As a landscape architect and landscape designer, Alan Burke has been creating and building residential properties for almost 40 years. His firm, Classic Nursery & Landscape Company - manages up to eight construction crews with a team of talented designers, from their 10 acre retail nursery in the winery area of Woodinville.
A graduate of the University of South Florida as well as the University of Florida, Alan has a background as a practicing landscape architect in Los Angeles and Seattle. Pacific Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Northwest Home+Garden and American Home magazine have featured his design work. A residential garden design that he prepared at the request of the editors of Sunset is displayed on the back cover of the first edition of The Sunset Western Landscaping Book. He developed the presentation "Eyes on Earth from Space" as a keynote address to the national ASLA convention in the late 1980's. He is a contributor to the books Residential Landscape Design and Landscape Design: A Practical Approach. Ed Hume has profiled Alan on his show Gardening in America. As a pioneer in digital imaging, Alan has been profiled by Evening newsmagazine and his design work has been presented on City TV in Toronto, a CBS television special and The ABC Home Show. He has also written for landscape industry publications and lectured at universities and trade organizations throughout the country.
Alan worked for a number of landscape architects and design/build firms before joining Classic Nursery in 1994. With his wife Julie, a former project manager for Starbucks, the Burkes purchased Classic Nursery & Landscape Company in 2001. With over two decades in King County and a staff of up to 50, Classic is a comprehensive landscape and nursery operation on 8 acres in Redmond. Classic performs all aspects of outdoor construction as well as landscape care, consulting, retail garden sales and environmental education.
Classic's outdoor projects have earned numerous Grand Awards and Awards of Distinction from the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals. As host to hundreds of schoolchildren viewing salmon runs at their former Bear Creek facility annually, Classic was presented with two King County Green Globe awards for efforts in habitat restoration and wildlife education. Classic is typically installing up to a dozen projects concurrently on any given day as well as caring for a number of properties. The garden center, now in Woodinville's winery district, is open daily and provides a colorful shopping environment and a natural alternative for homeowners seeking advice regarding horticultural problems.
Public installations include a number of exhibits created for Salmon Bay Communications and the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. The 2000 submittal, "The Millennium Railway", was the recipient of gold, silver and bronze medals, including a Peoples Choice award and ASLA award. Classic also created "Mirabilia", a medieval garden at the 2002 show entry on the Skywalk over Pike Street. The 2004 Garden Show exhibit marked the bicentennial of the expedition of the Corps of Discovery. Titled "Portage to the Pacific", the garden displayed a mix of ancient Columbia River tribal artifacts and memorabilia from Lewis & Clark's journey in a garden filled with native plants taken from Lewis' journals. Built by the Classic team in three days, this design received the Founder's cup as "Best of Show" in 2004 from a team of international judges. In 2006, Classic completed the Gold medal award-winning garden "La Palabra Pintada" in collaboration with New York Times bestselling author/artist Nick Bantock (Griffin & Sabine, The Artful Dodger).
Alan lives with his wife Julie and three children in Seattle.