Who We Are


Our people are among the most talented in the industry. Our outside associates have numerous years of experience in all aspects of the landscape industry, from small firms to some of the largest and most recognized in the industry, from organic vegetable gardening to stunning, award winning outdoor rooms and environments, from pondless water features to swimming pools. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.

Tom Trench, President tom@systemsanddesigns.com

Tom has been active in the landscape and nursery industries since graduating from New York State University Agricultural and Technical College with a Degree in Ornamental Horticulture in 1969. He has been a partner in three successful residential design/build landscape companies, two in the Denver area. The companies Tom has been a part of building have won numerous landscape industry design awards, as has Tom himself.

Tom prides himself in being very active in the landscape industry in Colorado, including having numerous positions with statewide Green Industry associations. These include President of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC), Treasurer of the Green Industries of Colorado (GreenCo) and also Treasurer of the Scholarship Board of ALCC.

Tom also helped write a brochure on design concepts in the state of Colorado published by the Colorado Nurseryman’s Association, and has written articles for various newspapers, including “Hardscapes in the Landscape” and “The Art of the Espalier”. “Hardscapes in the Landscape” was also published in a national magazine. His training credits include seminars at the prestigious ProGreen Expo, the trade show for landscape professionals, as well as courses at the Denver Botanic Gardens and participation in a Business of Landscaping program at Colorado State University. Areas addressed in these forums include The Business of Landscaping, The Business of Gardening, Hardscapes in the Landscape, Design Features for the Landscape and other meaningful topics.

Tom’s experiences have allowed him to help companies reach their full potential by introducing them to systems developed during his many years spent in the management and ownership of different companies in the industry. Budgeting accurately, income & expense statements, job pricing, job costing, employee motivation & empowering and just plain good business sense are some of Tom’s areas of expertise.


We have relationships with experts in all fields of the landscape industry, from some of the most successful and awarded design/build firms to the small niche companies. These companies are experts in fields like organic gardening to stamped concrete, electricians to masons, architects to accountants. These experts are called in on an as needed basis, providing you with the most up to date information. Everything at your fingertips…nothing on your payroll…and only if you need or want them.

Contact us today for a free consultation!