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


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

Landscape Architect, Design Studio Manager

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

Michael Cunningham

Maintenance Manager

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Utah State University

Project manager in Landscape Design/Build, & Landscape Maintenance specializing in residential properties since 1999

Installation & Tech

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

Drew Manning

Enhancement Supervisor

SUNY Farmingdale, completed variety of horticulture classes

Experience in estate gardening and groundskeeping since 2007

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

Design Team

Walter Guidry

Landscape Designer I

B.S. in Architectural Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Experience in landscape construction industry since 2016

Marissa Gigis

Landscape Designer I

B.A. in Landscape Architecture, Clemson University

ASLA Member


Cuddle Administrator

Nursery & Production

Ruthie Irvin

Purchasing Agent & Customer Service Specialist

SCNLA Member

Experience in the landscape and garden industries since 2006

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

Patty Franken

Nursery Manager

Experience in the nursery industry since 2015.

Experience with nursery management and growing since 2017


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