RSS
Print This Post Print This Post

Cover – James M. Towery – Coastal Gardens

james-towery-210

James M. Towery

The Art and Science of Design with Nature

By Ed Bertha

Photography by Giovanni Lunardi

Layout by Christian Lunardi

Growing up in Michigan, outside Detroit, James “Jim” Towery’s life was like so many others in The Motor City. His father worked in the automotive industry and mother in the local church. Jim could have followed his father’s footsteps, but a summer stint with a local gardener changed his trajectory. It was the love of the outdoors that set Jim’s future course, and led him to enroll at Michigan State University. Jim shares, “I’ve had an artistic flair and love of the outdoors since childhood. Early on I dreamed of designing beautiful outdoor gardens.”

Prior to attending Michigan State University, Jim did work at Ford Motor Company, but a career at the Big Three was not his goal. Graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Jim set his sights on his passion, the outdoors, but the Michigan winters were not in his plans. Florida had the year-round tropical environment that suited Jim and his future career. Landing in West Palm Beach, Jim began his landscape career.

james-towery-410

Establishing himself as a landscape architect, Jim’s career blossomed and he established Coastal Garden Landscape Services in 1987 as a full service landscape architectural design/build firm, specializing in luxury estate garden design. Jim credits his parents for setting his moral compass, actively reflected in the business. “My father taught me the value of never burning a bridge, no matter how difficult the situation, while my mother instilled my ‘Do what you say you are going to do and follow through.’”

As one would expect, Coastal Gardens brings a level of creativity and technical skills few other landscape architectural firms can match. Jim is a registered landscape architect (RLA #617), certified landscape contractor (State of FL #10) and certified professional horticulturalist (State of FL #6658).

Coastal Gardens – Design/Build Services:

• Conceptual Design • Planting Plan Design/Installation • Hardscape Design/Installation • Landscape Lighting Design/Installation • Irrigation Design/Installation • • Landscape Consultation • Landscape Contracting • Natural Preservation/Management • Project Management •

Outside of certifications, Jim has an extensive knowledge of conceptual color renderings, site evaluation, field design, construction supervision, scheduling and plant material selection; all essential for a successful design/build project. Jim was instrumental in the design of numerous golf course communities, resorts, commercial projects and residential estates throughout Florida, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, and Belize to its credit.

In 2006 Jim found himself and Coastal Gardens heading to the west coast of Florida, settling into Ft. Myers to perform design/build work on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. A trip a few years later to Sarasota changed everything. He fell in love with the area and relocated here in 2012. Soon thereafter he “Met the girl of my dreams”, now wife and partner, Becca Towery. Becca was a welcome addition to the Coastal Gardens team, stepping in to oversee finance, marketing and operations, enabling Jim to spend more time with his passion of hands-on landscape architecture.

becca-jim-towery

Why did Jim choose to establish Coastal Gardens as a design/build firm? He explains, “The design/build approach offers many advantages; quality control, cost efficiency and cost control. The relationship between designer and builder or client is well coordinated, allowing a smooth transition from the two-dimensional plan to three-dimensional reality.” He adds, “One individual is responsible for an entire project, closely monitoring time schedules to meet deadlines and control costs. Our design/build expertise assures practical results and eliminates last-minute surprises. Individual services combine into one system in the design/build network, and budgets are easily determined during any stage of project development.”

What does Jim do to keep his creative spark bright? He’s an avid tennis player, enjoys cycling and weight training. Jim also believes in giving back to the community and is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club and the American Cancer Society.

[jim-towery-computer

In closing I ask Jim what sets him apart in a very competitive industry. Getting a serious look on his face he answers, “What sets me apart? I stay with the landscape project from start to finish. At the end of the day it’s my name the client remembers.”

Coastal Gardens Landscape Services takes pride in knowing they will deliver each client a unique landscape that fits their outdoor dreams and desires. Combining solid design and proper materials the Coastal Gardens team provides outdoor landscapes that are not static, but change with the seasons. Coastal Gardens’ blends the Art & Science of Design with Nature creating that special outdoor paradise.

jim-towery-plans
Coastal Gardens
James Towery
(941) 893.5299
JMTAdesign@gmail.com
www.CGLSdesign.com
P.O. Box 20322
Bradenton, FL 34204

Copyright © 2015 REAL Exclusive Magazine
Links to this article are encouraged

Photography used under license from Giovanni Lunardi Photography
Photography Copyright © 2015 Giovanni Lunardi Photography

Share

Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply


Featured Properties

Ads

REAL HAPPENINGS

August 23, 2018 VOLUMES At The Ringling

August 23, 2018 VOLUMES At The Ringling

Brian Blade Performs. As a part of the special installation, VOLUMES, by the artist Ezra Masch e[...]
August 17, 2018 Friday Fest CANCELLED

August 17, 2018 Friday Fest CANCELLED

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest Is Cancelled Due To Red Tide! Free outdoor summertim[...]
August 22, 2018 Business Builder – Helping Hands

August 22, 2018 Business Builder – Helping Hands

Join Us As We Support All Faiths Food Bank. Business Builder is a community networking and suppo[...]
September 5, 2018 Women's Council Of Realtors Fashion Show

September 5, 2018 Women's Council Of Realtors Fashion Show

Get Your Tickets Before They Are Gone! Click HERE for more information. SPONSORSHIPS AND PR[...]
August 17, 2018 Friday Fest CANCELLED

August 17, 2018 Friday Fest CANCELLED

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest Is Cancelled Due To Red Tide! Free outdoor summertim[...]
August 13, 2018 International Left Handers Day

August 13, 2018 International Left Handers Day

Left Handers You Can Celebrate! August 13th is designated International Left-Handers Day by Lef[...]
August 13, 2018 School Starts

August 13, 2018 School Starts

Sarasota/Manatee Children Back In School. It can be hard to adjust from the dog days of summer t[...]
August 16, 2018 Classic Movies at the Sarasota Opera House

August 16, 2018 Classic Movies at the Sarasota Opera House

Sarasota Opera House Presents Rio Bravo (1959). Thursday, August 16th at 7:30pm $10 In 1860s[...]
August 13, 2018 School Starts

August 13, 2018 School Starts

Sarasota/Manatee Children Back In School. It can be hard to adjust from the dog days of summer t[...]
August 16, 2018 VOLUMES At The Ringling

August 16, 2018 VOLUMES At The Ringling

Taylor Gordon AKA The Pocket Queen Performs. As a part of the special installation, VOLUMES, by [...]
William McComb & Kelly Roberts Recognized As Super Lawyers

William McComb & Kelly Roberts Recognized As Super Lawyers

William McComb & Kelly Roberts 2018 Super Lawyers Florida Rising Stars. Berlin Patten Ebling ann[...]
New College Named To ‘Best Colleges’

New College Named To ‘Best Colleges’

Princeton Review Names New College Of Florida To ‘Best Colleges’. New College of Florida was a[...]
Four Large Housing Tracts Set For East Sarasota County

Four Large Housing Tracts Set For East Sarasota County

Where Is The Long Range Public Plan? If you live in Sarasota east of the Interstate, or if you l[...]
August 5, 2018 National Sister's Day

August 5, 2018 National Sister's Day

First Sunday in August is your chance to show your appreciation for that unique bond only sisters ca[...]
August 5, 2018 National Oyster Day

August 5, 2018 National Oyster Day

If The World Is My Oyster...I'm Getting My Shucking Knife! It's reputed that Casanova, the infa[...]
Red Tide, Oceanic Kills Have You Down?

Red Tide, Oceanic Kills Have You Down?

This Mess Is Much Bigger Than Florida! For years, the U.S. sugar program has existed as one of t[...]
All Faiths Food Bank Receives $151,700 In Grants

All Faiths Food Bank Receives $151,700 In Grants

Campaign Against Summer Hunger Ends Well. The Campaign Against Summer Hunger raises funds for su[...]
August, 3, 2018 International Beer Day

August, 3, 2018 International Beer Day

This Bud's For You! International Beer Day (IBD) is a celebration on the first Friday of every A[...]
Caldwell Trust Company Promotes Elaine Griffin

Caldwell Trust Company Promotes Elaine Griffin

Elaine Griffin Now Operations Manager. Caldwell Trust Company has promoted Elaine Griffin to ope[...]
Pascone’s Ristorante Opens

Pascone’s Ristorante Opens

AAA 4 Diamond Culinary Experience, Pascone’s Ristorante, Now In Sarasota. Judi Stanley brings he[...]
Translate »