Staff Bio

Graham Kimak, APLD


Graham has over 24 years of experience designing landscapes, gardens, and outdoor living spaces in the southeast.  Originally from Pittsburgh PA, he graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture in 1994, during which time he was also President of Clemson University Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  He has since designed over 1100 projects (85% residential, 15% commercial, approx.), mainly in Greenville and the Upstate, but also in North Carolina, coastal SC and NC, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and even Washington DC.

Having worked for two prominent design firms in the upstate since 1991, Graham decided to start his own company in mid 2009, bucking the economic trend and finding immediate success which continues to this day.  The company has grown to employ four other people and is already an established name in the area.  As the principal of the company, Graham handles all of the design work himself, as well as managing project installations, working directly with all clients and contractors.  Additionally, he regularly gives lectures at local garden clubs and plant nurseries.

Other awards and community involvement include:

  • Voted Greenville Magazine’s Best and Brightest 35 and Under, Class of 2007
  • Design and Preservation Commission Member for the City of Greenville 2004-2009 (2 terms)
  • Greenville Literacy Association, Board Member 2005-2007
  • Mentor for Greenville Tech Charter High School program, 2007-2008
  • Past President of Neighborhood Home Owners Association, North Main area of downtown Greenville
  • Hands on Greenville volunteer, late 1990’s
  • Habitat for Humanity Home Builder with wife, family and friends 2004



 Ben Wakely, Associate

Ben is originally from London, England and joined GKLD in January 2010 having moved to the US after living in Italy for several years.  His background is in Illustration & Graphic Design and so he is responsible for most of the drafting and construction details.  Ben also takes care of many other project oriented tasks including contractor communication, bid packages, site measuring, photography and computer graphics.






IMG_8184 1Tim Freitag, Associate

Tim is a Greenville native with 10 years experience in construction and design. He graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in June 2014. He completed his college internship with GKLD and now works full time drafting, assisting in design, and project management.







Lynda Kimak, Office Manager

Lynda began working with Graham at GKLD before they opened their doors. From the beginning she has managed the business and financial aspects of the company. In addition to working as a teacher at First Baptist Church Kindergarten, she enjoys her role at GKLD handling invoicing, accounting needs and doing payroll. Oh, and she is married to Graham.





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