Meet The Firm

Carolina Landscape was established in 1958 when Harold Wade purchased the landscape contracting division from Carolina Floral Nursery in Berkeley County. His son, Derek, joined the company in 1991 and has been acting principle until the recent sale of the company to Erik and Sara Engstrom in 2017. The Engstrom’s have been a part of the Carolina Landscape family since 2011 and are looking forward to continually building upon the wonderful legacy the Wade family has started.

Erik Engstrom

Principal and CEO

B.A. in Business Administration with a Specialization in Landscape Architecture, University of Florida

National Association of Landscape Professionals Member

Experience in the nursery and landscape industries since 2003

Sara Engstrom

Principal and CFO

B.A. in Business Administration, University of Florida

Masters of Business Administration, Meredith College

Experience in the construction industry since 2004

Derek Wade

Designer, Consultant

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky

South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association Member

American Horticultural Society Member

Former Charleston Horticultural Society Board Member

Master Rain Gardner

Cameron Moore

Operations Manager

B.S. Plant Science with a Specialization in Landscape Design, University of Tennessee

Experience in the landscape design and construction industries since 2003

Diandre Sunner

Designer II

B.A. in Landscape Architecture, Penn State University

ASLA Member

Professional Gardener Certification from Longwood Gardens

Experience with high-end residential landscape design since 2012

Aleka Hobby

Designer I

B.S. in Plant Science with a specialization in Sustainable Landscape Design, University of Tennessee

SCNPS Member

Experience with horticulture & design since 2015

Ellen Haynsworth

Seasonal Flower Specialist

A.S. in Horticulture Technology,
Trident Technical College

Member of the SC Herbal Society and
Charleston Horticultural Society

Certified in edible landscaping and
horticultural sustainability

Experience in the green industry since 2015,
Specialization in container gardening since 2016

Chris Strano

Installation Supervisor

B.S. in Plant Science, with a specialization in Landscape Design, University of Tennessee

Experience in the landscape construction industry since 2013

Ruthie Irvin

Purchasing Agent & Customer Service Specialist

SCNLA Member

Experience in the landscape and garden industries since 2006

Eric Scott

Chemical & Irrigation Technician

B.A. in Criminal Justice, The Citadel Military College of SC

Experience in the landscape industry since 2017

Certified SC Pesticide Applicator

Mitch Nussbaum

Maintenance Head Crew Leader

Experience with landscape maintenance since 2015

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