John DeVore

DeVore’s Land and Water Gardens

John DeVore is a lifelong student of all things natural.  He is President of DeVore’s Land and Water Gardens, established 1979, and has used his business as an excuse to pursue design, horticulture, water aesthetics, stone construction, and travel. He is an active participant in the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, The Stone Foundation, the International Professional Pond Companies Association, and the North American Japanese Garden Society. 

He was also the founding US partner of Garden Design School from the UK, and has trained designers and professionals in design, aesthetic boulder and stone construction, and water feature construction. His interests always run towards aesthetics and experience. 

Experiencing the wonders of nature fuels the creative impulse, and working with his hands has allowed him to grow as garden artist, enabling him to bring some of that wonder into people’s lives.


Track: Plants
Jan 28 2019 - 9:00am

The bones of the garden are what stand out in the wintertime; stone, space, hardscape, structural trees and shrubs. The garden should be beautiful when the plants are dormant, especially in a Northern climate such as Michigan when this can be as...

Track: Landscape Design/Build
Jan 28 2019 - 2:40pm

We'll begin with the basics of water feature construction and the things that need to be factored in, including liners vs. concrete, skimmers or not, filtration, pond or pondless and then discuss some design techniques using stone and edge...