Our Architects and Designers
Over 65 years of landscape design experience.
Goldner Walsh Nursery is a well established landscape company founded in 1953 by Al Goldner and his wife Jean Walsh Goldner. Al Goldner offered me a job at the new location in Pontiac in 1980. I worked on the landscape crew for two summers while in school. Upon my graduation from MSU in 1982 in Ornamental Horticulture and Business, I was promoted to the Operations Manager for Goldner Walsh. I purchased the company in 1988 when I was 28 years old.
This philosophy of business was the foundation of the important mission we still hold today. At the same time, my passion to give back to the community and support education and the arts was always part of my daily mantra.
Some personal awards include:
• President of Pontiac Rotary 2016 and 2017
• 2016 Business Person of the Year Award / Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce
• Sam Walton Business Leader Award
• Boy Scouts of America Community Service Award
• Volunteer of the Year from Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
• Michigan Recreation and Park Association Community Service Award¬
He belongs to several professional horticultural organizations and presently writes for “The Michigan Gardener”. Jim has always been a traveler with a cause – visiting many American gardens as well as trekking to others world-wide for inspiration and enlightenment. Currently he resides in Northern Oakland County at his private arboretum and garden park, “Diana’s Pines” in its 33rd year in development. An annual passion and challenge is planting a “Tropical Plant” garden at home to be enjoyed by family and friends at the early September reunion picnic. Jim likes to admit in his 45th Year in horticulture at GW: “My wealth of experiences has run the gamut from landscaping a children’s playhouse in Birmingham to the gardens of The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for its centennial year celebration.” The signature gardens around the Bloomfield Township Public Library in Oakland County are still under his wing for design and direction.