About JOEL T. PARKER JR. ASLA RLA LEED AP

A 1997 graduate of Mississippi State University, Joel joined Kersey/Wike Associates, a Memphis, Tennessee Landscape Architectural firm in the fall of that same year. Since joining Kersey/Wike Associates Joel has progressed from intern landscape architect to Principal and then further to his current position as President. Joel has been responsible for the landscape architectural design of parks, hospitals, schools, churches, multi-family housing, single family housing, commercial centers and various public works projects. His typical tasks include interacting with clients and managing projects from the schematic level of design through construction documentation, while also overseeing the day-to-day operations of the firm. Mr. Parker's deep-rooted interest in plant material and his attention to detail lend him particularly effective to planting and residential design. Joel holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University, is CLARB certified, is a LEED Accredited Professional and is licensed to practice Landscape Architecture in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. In 2008 Joel was awarded alumni member of the year by the Mississippi State Department of Landscape Architecture. For additional information about Joel and Kersey/Wike Associates, visit www.kerseywike.com

Landscaping with Trees: Adding Contrasting Color

This landscape design for trees and shrubs will add contrasting early spring color. This free do-it-yourself tree and shrub landscape design provides a show of spring flowers highlighted by an evergreen backdrop of the Green Giant Arborvitae. This planting can serve as a great focal point or accent piece to any yard I call it the “Flowering Green Giant

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Designing Underneath a Shade Tree

The Arbor Day Foundation approached me about designing several plant combinations that their members and fans could use to create plantings of aesthetic interest and which provide function in the landscape.  Over the next few months I will be sharing information behind these plant combinations and how they can be used as “do  it yourself landscape designs”.  Previously I outlined the Hedgerow Bird Shelter, aka the Bird Magnet planting.  Let’s now explore the Shade Tree Planting. 

Shade Tree Planting

While working on the design for the Shade Tree Planting, the primary goal was to produce an attractive planting that could be installed below a mature shade tree.  Often times the area below a mature shade tree becomes problematic for the homeowner due to the canopy of the  mature tree shading out the turf below as well as the trees surface roots sometimes becoming unattractive.  The Shade Tree Planting is designed to be installed below the canopy of a mature shade tree and offer months of flowering interest. Read more…

Designing Bird Habitat in Your Yard

The Arbor Day Foundation approached me about designing several plant combinations that their members and fans could use for plantings of aesthetic interest and which provide function in the landscape. During the next few months, I will be sharing information behind these plant combinations and how they can be used as “do it yourself landscape designs.” All of the plant combinations are available online now. 

Hedgerow Bird Shelter aka the Bird Magnet
When designing the Hedgerow Bird Shelter plant combination two basic goals were desired. 1) To design a planting which would be attractive to birds by way of food and shelter, and 2) provide visual interest for all seasons.
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