Nick McCullough

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14401 Jug Street 43054

Nick has owned and operated McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery, LLC since 1997. Family operated design, build and maintain, the business is a blend of Nick’s artistic vision, his Midwestern roots, and a genuine love of making exceptional properties.

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When it comes to the art and science of landscape design, Nick McCullough’s talents lie in both worlds. He studied both horticulture and art history at The Ohio State University, giving him a unique perspective on every design project. Furthering his experience, he also studied landscape design in Northwest England. The aesthetic of English gardens made a profound impact on Nick, and many of his projects have ties to the classic design elements found in the English countryside.




Nick is an APLD-certified Designer, who has won numerous awards including Young Professional of the Year from the Perennial Plant Association and Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association. A self-described “plant nerd,” he is passionate about perennials and has a masterful understanding of how plants thrive in the Midwestern climate. This love of cultivating extends to Red Twig Farms—the nursery extension of his business, where unique perennials, annuals, specimen trees and hedges are grown for use in his designs. His social media presence of over 3 million Pinterest followers makes him a standout in the industry, and a sought-after public speaker. Author of the Thinking Outside The Boxwood blog, Nick has also been a featured writer for publications such as Garden Design magazine.


Implementing the Design:   As a grower, designer and installer, McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery has the benefit of seeing through projects from inception to maintenance. Owner and lead designer Nick McCullough will share how organizational structure and workflow process lead to exceptional end results. From growing the plants, to design and ongoing maintenance, he’ll share how collaboration with the homeowners is key at each and every step.

Business of Containers: Nick shares how designing beautiful container generate repeat revenue stream to their design, build and maintain landscape company. The presentation includes over 50 container combos and showcases how design and plant knowledge can lead to inspirational container combos.

Garden Trends: What is new in garden design and how practical is it for the homeowner? Nick discusses the new trends in gardening and how you can implement at home, from interesting planting combos, hardscape designs and materials.

Social Media for the Landscape Design Professional: Instagram was made for showcasing beautiful gardens, but how do you put your work out there to get the most likes, repins and engagement. And what is the payoff for the additional work? Nick shares his experience on social media, how he uses it and how it has led to more design work and turned into revenue.

How to Choose Sustainability in your Everyday Decisions: Firms and homeowners all want to make the right choice for sustainability when it comes to the garden. Nick provides real life examples where you can choose sustainable options when designing, installing and maintaining. 


Midwest - Ohio Based
Willing to Travel

Photo Gallery

  • Apple box container design
  • Containers placed in the landscape
  • Implementing the Design
  • Grotto Garden

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Audience Reviews

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Expert Knowledge and a Strong Audience Connection

Maureen Robinson from Virginia - 01/31/2018 16:26:18

Nick brought his expertise on planning and implementing a project to our annual APLD Washington D.C.-area seminar. We invited him because we knew he had a strong, successful business model with beautiful projects and happy clients. His talk confirmed that he is also an excellent public speaker. His slides were beautifully designed with the right amount of information for the audience, his case studies supported his topic, and his friendly personality kept the audience interested and engaged. He was very willing to share project details during Q&A, leaving people with solid knowledge that they didn't have before. I highly recommend Nick as a strong speaker choice for both landscape professionals and amateur garden enthusiasts.

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Fascinating Business Model

Lynley Ogilvie from McLean, Virginia - 01/31/2018 13:08:11

We brought Nick to town to speak to a group of Landscape industry professionals — designers, nursery owners and contractors. He was very well received by our group, which enjoyed hearing about Nick’s entrepreneurial ideas about growing new line sales of business and his commitment to best practices. The pictures were lovely, Nick is a dynamic and engaging speaker and his social media skills are impressive. Great all-around choice.

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Wonderful Presentation

Julie Friedman from Rockville, MD - 01/31/2018 09:35:43

Nick shared his amazing experiences throughout the journey of his career with humor and detailed descriptions. Learning about the process of not only his current work but what led him to run his design and installation business the way he does was fascinating. The photos were all stunning, descriptive and informative. It was truly a pleasure hearing Nick talk about the business is he clearly so passionate about!

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