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2024
Mark Makes Connections While Enjoying a Game

CEO of Laurel Group, Mark McAteer, received a special invitation to attend the May 22nd, 2024, Yankee game against the Mariners from EOS Consultant Michael Deutsch. Excited for the opportunity, Mark eagerly accepted and headed to the game. As the innings unfolded, Mark not only enjoyed the thrilling game but also had the chance to meet and connect with others who were collaborating with Michael. The event proved to be a fantastic blend of sports excitement and valuable networking, highlighting the power of connections both on and off the field.

Thanks so much for stringing the lights on our evergreen tree. Pete and his team did a great job. To see the tree so beautifully lit lent to a festive holiday vibe which was enjoyed by so many.

Your kind gesture is a nod to Randy Carr who loved Christmas and loved Locust Valley!!

Thanks again!
Regards,
Ellen H.
Long Term Employee Jeff Fulcoly Retires

Meet Jeff Fulcoly, an integral part of Laurel Group since 2005, contributing nearly two decades of hard work and dedication. Hailing from Doylestown, PA, Jeff's journey from farm life to expanding our business in the Hamptons reflects his exceptional commitment and personal drive. With a background at Warner Nursery in Calverton, Jeff played key roles in projects like beautifying Centennial Olympic Park and supplying trees to The Trump Organization. His meticulous attention to detail and "do whatever it takes" attitude have been invaluable, shaping our success. As Jeff embarks on a well-deserved retirement, we celebrate his remarkable career and wish him the very best. Read more in our newsletter. (Please click here for Newsletter)

Sad to hear you are retiring bc that means I won’t get to see you this summer but I wish you all the best and hope you enjoy your next chapter!!! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did to make my home such a special and spectacular sanctuary! I was actually going to ask you for some advice on adding to the reveg but I’ll talk to Wayne or Joe (trust you so it’s bittersweet) thank you so much for this! It’s amazing! All the best!
~ P. Newman
Laurel Lounge is Open!
On May 2nd, immediately following the monthly design team meeting, everyone gathered on the office's new outdoor patio, now dubbed the Laurel Lounge, to enjoy pizza, wine, and beer while taking in the open space and fresh air. This first gathering on the patio was a special treat from Mark, and it was a delightful way to unwind and bond as a team. The successful event has set the stage for what is hoped to become a regular occurrence, with plans to include the rest of the company's teams in future gatherings.
Please relay my sincere thanks to Justin and Bill for starting the work on our basketball courts so quickly after LandTek finished their work on our turf fields.
More importantly, I cannot thank Justin and Bill enough for sending the team of Marlin and Raphael to handle the job. I have known Marlin forever and his concern for doing the best job possible is amazing. If I have any questions, he answers them clearly so I can understand the process better. Raphael is always focused and displays great care in his work.
As they are working towards finishing the project I couldn't wait to share my happiness with your crew. As Bill knows the courts needed some extra TLC and Marlin is the magician that
will have the courts looking like new as he always does.
Again everyone at RRDC greatly appreciates your efforts and we look forward to seeing the beautiful bb courts with campers playing and having a great time.

Be well......Mark
Mark McAteer, Chairman of EOSPA Committee, presents to Centerport Civic Association
Mark McAteer, Chairman of the Environmental Open Space & Park Fund (EOSPA), recently presented to the Centerport Civic Association, highlighting the processes and community benefits of EOSPA. Formed in 1998, the EOSPA Committee was established to develop criteria for acquiring land for park and recreational use, as well as preserving open space. The Town Board has entrusted the Committee with advising and recommending the use of bond act funds for park and open space acquisition and improvement.

Since its inception, the Town Board has approved the acquisition of more than forty properties recommended by the EOSPA Committee, along with seventy park, neighborhood, and green energy improvement projects. These initiatives have significantly enhanced and beautified the community, improving the quality of life for residents.

The EOSPA Committee, with members appointed by the Town Board, meets monthly and conducts site visits to evaluate properties considered for recommendation. This diligent process ensures that each project aligns with the community’s needs and environmental goals.
CEO Mark McAteer Honored by the Cultural Affairs Committee
Mark McAteer, the CEO of Laurel Group was recently honored at the Cultural Affairs Committee Fundraising event, which successfully raised approximately $25,000 for the Town of Huntington. The event was a vibrant celebration featuring wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, live music, and exciting raffles. The evening brought together community members and leaders, all united in their support for local cultural initiatives. Mark’s recognition underscored their significant contributions to the community, adding a special highlight to an already memorable night dedicated to fostering cultural enrichment in Huntington.
As requested by ownership today, Greg, Mackenzie and I wish to thank you and the entire TLG Team. What you all accomplished in a few short weeks is nothing less than amazing. So many moving parts and you orchestrated the soil excavation, soil replacement, planting, planters, window boxes, irrigation, and doing all this when other work was doing on...... Wayne, getting those 3 Crape Myrtles in without one hitch was most impressive, and we just wanted you all to know that we noticed and appreciated all of it. Truly a colossal effort, and the best part is that you made it look so easy, which for us shows how skilled everyone is.

So, again, thank you Scott, Wayne, Arnie, Julia, Jocelin, Jennifer, and the entire TLG Team, from the field crew to back office support, including Robert, who pulled a rabbit out of a hat to provide a landscape maintenance proposal that would work for ownership; and, not to leave out the amazing work Jenny did in planting all 34 planters and 5 window boxes in just a few days.

Greg, Mackenzie and I applaud the great teamwork, again, including all of the workers in the field and behind the scenes that we didn't get to meet. Thank you all~!!! With all of the compliments coming in from the public we give our thanks to you all for turning our vision into reality!!!!
Job well done, and Mark, thank you for creating such a wonderful Team!!!

Thank you!!!
~Michael, Greg & Mackenzie
Laurel Staff Observes Solar Eclipse
Our Prospect and Woodbury offices joined together and shared eclipse glasses to watch this “once in a lifetime” celestial event. As the moon blocked out the sun the staff felt a slight chill which signaled it was almost time to head back indoors and to work. Though brief, the eclipse provided a welcome break and a reminder of the beauty found beyond the office walls.
Thank you! Your generous donation to light the library’s Christmas tree is awesome! All the staff & Board Members appreciate it, and we hear often from the community that it means a lot to them as well. Thank you so much and happy holidays!
~J. Bloom
LINLA Awards Dinner
Laurel Group designers recently attended the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association (LINLA) dinner, an esteemed event that brought together industry professionals from across the region. The dinner provided an excellent opportunity for the team to network with peers, share insights, and stay updated on the latest trends and innovations in nursery and landscape design. The event featured keynote speakers, engaging discussions, and recognition of outstanding contributions within the industry. The Laurel Group Design Team’s presence at the LINLA dinner highlights their commitment to professional development and excellence in landscape design

Dozens of LI Projects to get Federal Funding – including 1653’s Alley Way Project!

As a follow-up to the September 2023 news, the Alley Way project in Huntington (a 1653 Foundation project) is slated to receive Federal Funding. This effort to improve a blighted alley way in the heart of Huntington downtown area involved the initial clean-up in September which will make way for the final creation of a vibrant and safe space that promotes art, culture, and commerce while enhancing the overall community experience. (Please click here to read Newsday’s article on the federal funding.)

Just wanted to thank you for the schedule shift and also maybe it’s just the lovely weather but I feel like they did an extra good job. It looks immaculate. So my compliments to the boys and my thanks to you!
~M. Schwarz
2023
Laurel Group Supports a Wide Range of Causes
Laurel Group has made significant donations to a variety of charitable organizations, demonstrating its commitment to supporting and enriching the community. Among the beneficiaries are Helping Hands Rescue Mission, Eaton’s Neck Youth Club, Huntington Cultural Affairs, Catholic Charities of Long Island, Paws of War, and United Way of Long Island. Their contributions have also extended to the Greenlawn Historical Society, Heckscher Museum of Art, CSH Fire House Museum, Susan G. Komen, The John & Alice Coltrane Home, Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Research, Van-Wyck Lefferts Tide Mill Sanctuary, Landcraft Garden Foundation, and Huntington Rural Cemetery.

These donations have supported a wide range of causes, from historical preservation and cultural enrichment to health research and veteran assistance. Laurel Group’s philanthropy underscores its dedication to fostering a vibrant, compassionate, and culturally rich community, making a meaningful impact across Long Island.
Regarding my June 2023 purchase. I wanted to make sure that you were aware that I was very happy with the service, love the product, and the furniture is great. Daniel was a sweetheart and very accommodating and wonderful to work with. Overall, it was an excellent experience and I enjoyed doing business with you. Daniel was great!
~ M. Belfonti
EOSPA Provides Grant as part of Soundwalks Projects
The Environmental Open Space & Park Fund (EOSPA) committee, under the leadership of Chair Mark McAteer, has made a significant contribution to enhance the cultural and environmental landscape of the community. As part of their Soundwalks Projects initiative, the committee has provided a grant to support immersive experiences at Dove/Torr Cottage and Heckscher Park.

The grant will enable the implementation of tactile signs at entrances to the soundwalks, which will invite visitors to explore these historic and natural landmarks through audio narratives and sensory engagement. These immersive experiences aim to deepen connections with nature, history, and the surrounding environment, enriching the cultural fabric of the community.

Mark McAteer expressed his enthusiasm for the project, highlighting its potential to inspire appreciation for the region's natural beauty and historical significance. He emphasized the importance of preserving and celebrating these valuable assets for future generations to enjoy.

Through the EOSPA committee's commitment to funding projects like the Soundwalks initiative, they continue to uphold their mission of promoting environmental stewardship and cultural enrichment in the community. The grant for the Soundwalks Projects at Dove/Torr Cottage and Heckscher Park represents another step forward in their efforts to create meaningful and immersive experiences for residents and visitors alike.

I just wanted to take a minute to send out my favorite kind of note. Yesterday the grounds crew was here to do the leaf cleanup. They did their usual excellent job, but that’s not why I’m writing. We left while they were here and left the garage door open — I know there were leaves and dust in there when we left, which had nothing to do with you guys. When we came back, the garage was spotless; blown out and looking better than it has in months (a lot of our contractors used it as a workshop so there was sawdust and metal shavings etc). Moreover, none of it was in the driveway, so they must have scooped it all up with the leaves. It was such a nice surprise, and so appreciated.

It’s those kinds of little above-and-beyond touches that make it so great working with you
guys.

I know all too well that customers tend to leap at the chance to complain, so I thought it might be nice to get a note saying what a great job you’re doing and how happy we are as clients.

All the Best,
Max
1653 Sponsors Ice Carving at Huntington Holiday Spectacular
The holiday season in Huntington Village received an extra dose of magic this year, courtesy of the 1653 Foundation. As part of Huntington's Holiday Spectacular, the foundation proudly sponsored a live ice carving show that left spectators in awe.

Taking place on Wall Street in Huntington Village, the event featured none other than Rich Daly, a Guinness World Records Holder for "World's Fastest Ice Carver". With his incredible talent and precision, Daly mesmerized the crowd as he transformed blocks of ice into stunning works of art, all within record-breaking time.

Families, friends, and visitors alike gathered to witness the spectacle, marveling at the intricate details and creativity showcased by Daly. The live ice carving show added an enchanting touch to the holiday festivities, creating unforgettable memories for all who attended.

The 1653 Foundation's sponsorship of the event underscores its commitment to enriching the community and spreading joy during the holiday season. By supporting initiatives like the live ice carving show, the foundation continues to foster a spirit of togetherness and celebration in Huntington Village, bringing people together to create cherished moments and lasting connections.
LAurel GROUP HOLIDAY PARTY
The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to gather and celebrate the connections we cherish. Our 2023 Holiday Party offered staff and their partners a delightful evening to reconnect with familiar faces and forge new friendships. Meehan’s in Huntington, with its inviting ambiance, served up delicious drinks and mouth-watering food. The night was filled with joy and laughter. Adding to the excitement, we held raffles for cash and gift cards, making the evening even more memorable and fun.
Alfred Walker Park Rehab
Alfred Walker Park, a beloved community space, has undergone a remarkable transformation, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Laurel Group and the 1653 Foundation. The revitalization project breathed new life into the park, enhancing its basketball courts.

Featured in The Long Islander in November 2023 and The Leader in December 2023, the story of Alfred Walker Park's revitalization captured the hearts of residents across the region. Through these articles, readers learned about the dedication and vision behind the project, as well as the positive impact it has had on the community.

Mark McAteer's dual role as CEO of Laurel Group and Founder/Vice Chair of the 1653 Foundation exemplifies his commitment to serving both the business and philanthropic sectors. By leveraging resources and expertise, Mark and his both of his teams have successfully transformed Alfred Walker Park into a vibrant hub for recreation, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come. (Please click on articles to read more)
CEO Mark McAteer Featured in Lawn & Landscape Magazine
In October 2023, Lawn & Landscape Magazine featured an insightful interview with Mark McAteer, CEO of Laurel Group, shedding light on key issues impacting the industry. Mark discussed the current economic landscape, emphasizing both challenges and opportunities in a fluctuating market. A significant portion of the conversation focused on wages, highlighting the company’s commitment to providing competitive salaries to attract and retain skilled workers. Additionally, he addressed the labor force dynamics, noting the ongoing efforts to navigate labor shortages while maintaining high service standards. This interview offered a comprehensive view of how Laurel Group is adapting to and thriving in the evolving economic and labor environment.
1653 Foundation Accepts Funding from County of Suffolk
The 1653 Foundation, dedicated to supporting community initiatives and fostering growth, recently received a generous boost from the Suffolk County Small Business Downtown Investment Program. Board members of the foundation were thrilled to accept a significant check, further empowering their mission to make a positive impact in the local area.

The donation comes at a pivotal time, as the 1653 Foundation continues to identify and support projects that enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses alike. With a focus on community development and economic revitalization, the foundation's partnership with the Suffolk County Small Business Downtown Investment Program aligns perfectly with their shared goals of driving positive change.

As board members gratefully accepted the check, they expressed their appreciation for the program's commitment to empowering small businesses and revitalizing downtown areas. The funds will be strategically allocated towards initiatives that promote create vibrant, thriving communities through the Town of Huntington.

Through collaborative efforts and strategic partnerships, the 1653 Foundation remains steadfast in its mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and businesses throughout the region. The generous contribution from the Suffolk County Small Business Downtown Investment Program serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration and the potential for positive change when organizations come together with a shared vision for progress.
Mark, I had said it before, but happy to share again, there are very few people who want their own business that pull it off with success, and better than that, with great service, standards of excellence and great Team work.

Having owned my own business, I recognize your achievements and I tip my hat to you and your Team!!!!!!!
Best always,
Michael
ILLUMINATIONS LIGHT SHOW
Laurel Group Sponsors Illuminations 2023: The Many Faces of Home Light Show & Multimedia Installation at The Heckscher Museum of Art on October 8, 2023

A dynamic multimedia display of art, light, and sound, sure to delight and engage all audiences, Illuminations 2023: The Many Faces of Home will be a highlight of the annual Long Island Fall Festival at Heckscher Park this year! Illuminations 2023 includes a custom-made collection of dynamic, short, digital art animations, which will be projected onto the Museum’s façade and choreographed to music.

Illuminations 2023 was sponsored by The Huntington Chamber of Commerce, Town of Huntington, Laurel Group, & M&T Bank.

This socially engaged and collaborative visual art installation has been specifically created for the Museum by a team of international digital artists working with Executive Director Heather Arnet, and visual artist Han Qin, an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University, in collaboration with composer Margaret Schedel and independent curator Chiarina Chen.
The projected art installation includes three acts. The first, HOME by artist Han Qin, is an animated film projection about the artist’s personal journey. It showcases ocean hues of blue and a school of fish transfiguring before the eyes into groups of people swimming to a new home, a beautiful, captivating portrait of the journey to a new land, a new island home…Long Island.

The second act, My New Land – Cultural Fluidity, created by Han Qin and composer Margaret Schedel, portrays and celebrates the immigration experience by featuring 3-D image projection glowing portraits of diverse community members who have immigrated to Huntington and made it their home. As part of the project, community members voted to select who to honor and chose the following individuals who are featured in the installation: Yanping Yu, Xin Jin, Lucie Kwon, Clara Cortes, and Frank Sprouse-Guzman.

The evening will culminate with a grand finale – a custom-made collection of dynamic, short, animation pieces choreographed to music entitled Enchanted Current: A Collection Digital Play. The digital art pieces included in the finale were created by six international digital artists: Colton Arnold, Blake Carrington, Silent Desautels, Shuyi Li, Koi Ren, and Yehwan Song. This piece was co-curated by Han Qin and award winning New York based artist and independent curator Chiarina Chen. Original music for Illuminations 2023 composed by internationally recognized composer and cellist, Professor Margaret Schedel, Co-Director of Stony Brook University’s Computer Music Department.

LAUREL GROUP 30TH ANNIVERSARY
With the 30th Anniversary of Laurel Group, updates were in order. The company logos have been modernized while staying true to the prestigious Laurel Group brand. They have become a true representation of our suite of companies, Laurel Group Fine Landscapes, Laurel Group Outdoor Living, and Laurel Group Tennis & Sports.
It’s 30 years since the founding of the Laurel Group and what an amazing ride it’s been! From its meager beginnings and a dream to be the best on Long Island, Laurel Group has continued to grow and expand. Today, we are a suite of companies that include Laurel Group Fine Landscapes, Laurel Group Outdoor Living, and Laurel Group Tennis & Sports. Our client base seeks platinum level service, and we provide it for their homes on the Gold Coast of Long Island and the Hamptons. Laurel Groups prestigious offerings allow our clients a full array of options to create and maintain their dream outdoor living space. From design/build, installing and maintaining tennis and sports courts, year-round property care and maintenance, and providing finishing touches of outdoor furniture and accessories, Laurel Group ensures outdoor living at its best.
2023 FAMILY PICNIC
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year – the annual company picnic! Once again Laurel Group families congregated at Caledonia Park in Dix Hills on a beautiful August day. Everyone enjoyed socializing while dining on delicious food and cold drinks. Our families took full advantage of the various activities and challenged each other to corn hole and soccer. Children delighted in the petting zoo, playground, dancing to the music from the DJ, jumping in the bounce house, and getting wet while slipping down the water slide! HR Director Barbara said, “I’m glad everyone was able to come out and enjoy the day! It’s great to see everyone having so much fun with their friends and families.”
RENSON PERGOLA SHOWCASE
Experience Renson Pergolas, get to know The Laurel Group, and meet our team over food, drinks and music.
Learn More
New Design Studio
Laurel Group is growing! With the need for increased space, an adjoining property was purchased and re-furbished creating an all-new, top-notch design studio. The character of this historic building was maintained by showcasing the original timber wood beams in the ceiling and walls, while adding a modern touch by updating the staircase. New furniture and a Vibe Board finished it off creating an ideal collaborative workspace for our outstanding design team. Per Lead Designer Justin, “This new space really allows the designers to work together and learn from each other. Everyone is thrilled with the new studio!”
Pictured top left: Alex, Justin, Mike; bottom left: Matt, Scott; bottom right: Mike, Justin, Kelly.
The work the team is doing is inspiring. Thanks so much for everything!
~ F. Frei
HC&G Magazine July
We are thrilled to have one of our projects featured on the cover and as part of designer Bella Mancini’s article! Furnishing from Laurel Group Outdoor provided the finishing touches on this exquisite entertaining space at this home in Sag Harbor.  [Photos Courtesy of HC&G Magazine]
BREWERY’S NEW BEER TO BENEFIT HUNTINGTON PARKS
The Six Harbors Brewery has launched a new beer to help raise funds for the 1653 Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to restore and enhance parklands and public spaces in the Town of Huntington.

The new beer is called Heckscher Park Helles, sold with four different labels featuring historic photos of the town. Proceeds from the sales of the new brew, available at select restaurants and bars in Huntington, will go directly to the 1653 Foundation.

Heckscher Park Helles is the brainchild of Mark Huewetter, the owner of Six Harbors Brewery, and was crafted in coordination with the nonprofit. The 1653 Foundation aspires to build an effective and visible organization that promotes the principles of world-class park management and environmental excellence to improve the quality of open space in Huntington.

Six Harbors Brewing Company is located at 243 New York Ave. in Huntington.
Alleyway Project
Once again 1653 Foundation, Chaired by Mark McAteer (CEO of Laurel Group) steps up to improve public spaces in the Town of Huntington! This alleyway serves as the only direct route from the New Street Parking Lot to the downtown entertainment district on NY Ave. Unfortunately, the path has been unsightly and unsafe for years, hindering the incredible potential for people to gather, socialize, enjoy the arts and contribute to the local economy. Laurel Group is a key part of this project providing a pro bono concept plan to help the community visualize the possibilities of the alley. On 9/15/23 1653 Foundation in collaboration with National Grid volunteers helped to clean up the alleyway during a public service event. The effort to clean-up this blighted alleyway in the heart of the Huntington downtown area included; removing debris, weeding and enhancing the pedestrian walkway. This clean-up project is the first step to revitalize the alley way into a vibrant and safe space that promotes art, culture, and commerce, while also enhancing the overall community experience.

(Photos taken at Artist’s Alley in Huntington, NY)
Lake Mineola Invasive Species Seminar
Our own Mark McAteer was the primary speaker at the Lake Mineola Invasive Species Seminar. His presentation focused on invasive terrestrial plants including Japanese Barberry, Wisteria, Burning Bush and Stilt Grass, all of which are common in the area. Mark provided information on identifying, control, eradication and prevention of each of these species. Attendees also learned about the impact each of these plants have on the local environment. Those present indicated they are willing to help with control and prevention in addition to spreading the word to any neighbors who were unable to attend. (shown in photo: Mark)
“I think Thank Yous are in order from us to you. I really can’t tell you how pleased and impressed we are by your operation. ALL of your guys, from anyone digging ditches and slinging rocks all the way up to you, and Brendan, and all the rest of the honchos are so polite, professional, respectful, talented…it’s just been such a joy to work with you guys. Yes, you cost more than your competitors. Be that as it may, you get more than you pay for with the Laurel Group and we are so, so glad we went with you. The pool patio is coming along and looks fantastic and we’re so excited to see your landscape come to life.”
~ The Schwarz Family
To the Laurel Group Team,

My family and I just wanted to say how happy we are with the outstanding job you did in creating a paradise for us! Not only does our home now look enticing as our family and friends pull up, but they never want to leave once they start enjoying our backyard. The thoughtful design and flow between the outdoor kitchen, fire pit, pool, and lounge areas couldn’t be better. Add the wonderful landscaping that provides color throughout the seasons along with your regular maintenance and it truly is a place that we don’t want to leave. Thanks again for all of the work you put into our property. It has been a pleasure working with you and we look forward to upgrading our furniture with your store next season!
Sincerely,

~ D. Byrne
“Hi Pete! Wanted to thank you and the crew – the grass looks incredible! My neighbors all have “grass envy” LOL! Thanks!
~Michelle
HC&G Magazine July
What a pleasure to feature our services in HC&G Magazine! Laurel Outdoor Living furnishings are on display centered in a garden retreat elegantly designed for relaxation. For those who wish to exercise prior to relaxing, a pristine multisport court is exhibited from Laurel Tennis & Sport. Live the life on the beautifully landscaped property designed and maintained by Laurel Group Fine Landscapes.
[Photos Courtesy of HC&G Magazine]
Internship Program
The Laurel Group is proud to offer a summer internship program to college students seeking to hone their skills and increase their practical knowledge of landscape design. The program provides students with hands on experiences working directly with designers and other landscape professionals. Students learn the importance of drafting clear plans, proper plant selection, how to evaluate and measure sites, along with the full process from concept to completion. Our internship program allows the student to get a real feel of the day-to-day work of landscape designer and provides them with the skills they will need to succeed after graduation. This summer Megan joined our team to prepare for her career in landscape architecture when she graduates in May 2024. Megan indicated, “I am enjoying my time here at Laurel Group. The design team has been very welcoming and willing to share their knowledge and include me in many projects. This has been a great hands-on summer experience – I’m learning a lot that will help me as I start my career next summer.” (pictured in photos: Justin & Megan)
HC&G Magazine May/June
It’s always great to see our information in publications such as HC&G magazine. Our two page spread showcases beachside trend-forward furnishings from Laurel Outdoor Living, a pool side Renson pergola, and a stunning property designed/built and maintenaned from Laurel Group Fine Landscapes. Our stand-alone summary of services shows off one of our properties featuring a pool-side retreat complete with furnishings, pergola and manicured green space.
“Jim’s got the magic touch! You all did a terrific job and we love working with you!”
~ M. Silver
[Photos Courtesy of HC&G Magazine]
GOLF OUTING
Early in May, Laurel Group once again showed their support of Cold Spring Harbor Education Foundation by sponsoring the carts at their annual golf outing and sending a foursome. Scott S., Kevin, Bill, and Scott C. represented the company and showed off their golfing skills – each claiming to have achieved the best score and longest drive!
[Photos By Cold Spring Harbor Education Foundation] Pictured top right: Bill; bottom: Scott, Bill, Scott, Kevin
ParamoUnt / Comedy Night
Laurel Group showed appreciation to their design team and provided them with a night of comedy at The Paramont in Huntington in May. Designer/Salesperson Joe T. said, “It was great to enjoy each other’s company outside of work. Laurel Group is a place where co-workers become friends.”
Pictured from left to right: Matt, Alex, Denise, Joe, Mike, Deborah, Kelly, Sharon
“Rob, you are amazing, thanks as always! Best the property has looked in years thanks to you all!”

~ Danielle, Manager of Topping Rose
“Rob, you are amazing, thanks as always! Best the property has looked in years thanks to you all!”
~ Danielle, Manager of Topping Rose
RENSON TEXAS & NYC
The cold January weather didn’t stop the Laurel Group from furthering their education. Members of our production team attended detailed training on assembling Renson pergolas in Dallas, Texas. The guys impressed the instructors with their insightful questions along with how well they feed off each other and work together.
View Our Renson Line Of Pergolas
Pictured top from left: Bill, Arnie, Joe, Jim, Carlos, Ben, Dirk, Jurgen. Bottom from left: Kenny, Kevin, Lashanna, Mike
Laurel employees’ product knowledge is impressive due to training like the one the design team attended in February at the Renson New York City studios. Designers spent two days learning about the Renson pergolas, their features, and accessories and have since applied this expertise when speaking with customers about the options available to them. Devin feels, “The ongoing education provided by The Laurel Group has been invaluable, furthering my knowledge of the field which benefits not only me, but our clients as well.”
Pictured from left to right: Alex, Matt, Kathy, Devin, Magdalena, Julia, Mike
“Just have to say your guys (Marvin, Angel, Nery, Elvin, Jose) are AMAZING!! I think my trees will be very happy to finally be home.”
~R. Caiola
2023 Calendar
Creating, maintaining, and furnishing impressive landscapes are what Laurel does best! The Griffith property added a Vermont Timber Works pergola to the masonry and furnishings from The Laurel Group. This spectacular property is featured in October 2023!
[Photo Credit to Steven Griffith and Vermont Timber Works]
New Conference Room
Meetings anyone? Our new conference room features space for over 12 people along with the tech needed to share materials on a large screen and for others to join remotely. This magnificent space has been a big hit since it debuted earlier this year and is constantly in use.
CRIPPEN HOUSE PROJECT
The 1653 Foundation - a not-for-profit foundation established to restore, maintain and enhance Huntington's parklands and public spaces, recently presented a check for $32,000 towards the preservation of the original timbers of the Crippen House... Read The Full Article Here
2022
MILLER NURSERIES JOINS LAUREL GROUP
The Laurel Group adds the Miller Nurseries team to its fine landscapes division, expanding the Laurel service footprint within northern Nassau county. This is the latest addition to The Laurel Group portfolio of companies and is part of the companies ongoing growth initiatives.... Read The Full Article Here
GOLF OUTING 2022
(pictured: Bill, Scott, Scott, Kevin)
(pictured: Kevin)
Early in May, Laurel Group once again showed their support of Cold Spring Harbor Education Foundation by sponsoring the carts at their annual golf outing and sending a foursome. Scott S., Kevin, Bill, and Scott C. represented the company and showed off their golfing skills. Bill came back and reported, “Golfing is a great way to support a great cause! Can’t wait until next year!”
[Photos courtesy of Cold Spring Harbor Education Foundation]
RENSON BELGIUM
Laurel Group is now an official distributor of Renson Pergolas! Renson Headquarters is based in Belgium where Mark and Tina were invited to attend the grand opening of the NOA outdoor living park. They were immersed in the very best outdoor living as they explored the 12 realistic garden settings on display while socializing with Renson senior staff and enjoying a variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres.
(pictured: Tina & Mark)
CANE-LINE COPENHAGEN
Velkommen! Mark and Tina were welcomed by Sten while in Copenhagen visiting with Cane-Line, one of our premier vendors for comfortable high-end outdoor furniture. Tina indicated that although she is in regular contact with Sten, it was great to see him once again in person. They enjoyed a wonderful Danish lunch while discussing the upcoming trends for 2023 and are looking forward to what next year brings.
“I think thank yous are in order from us to you. I really can’t tell you how pleased and impressed we are by your operation. ALL of your guys, from anyone digging ditches and slinging rocks all the way up to you, and Brendan, and all the rest of the honchos are so polite, professional, respectful, talented…it’s just been such a joy to work with you guys. Yes, you cost more than your competitors. Be that as it may, you get more than you pay for with the Laurel Group and we are so, so glad we went with you. The pool patio is coming along and looks fantastic and we’re so excited to see your landscape come to life.”
~The Schwarz Family
“Just wanted you to know how much we LOVE our court and appreciate all you have done in the process to make it happen!!!! TYSM!”
~J. Polansky
(pictured: Mark, Tina, Sten)
DONATIONS TO TURKEY
The recent devastation in Turkey and Syria caused by the earthquakes prompted employees Volkan and Lina to host a supply drive. Our teams stepped up and supplied 100 flashlights, batteries, 40 sleeping bags, pallets of new clothing, baby items, and other much needed supplies that will be shipped directly to the victims. Many thanks to Volkan and Said for picking up and donating these critical supplies. And many thanks to all those who donated to help the needy.
(pictured: Volkan, Lina)
(pictured: Volkan, Said)
BRUCE WILSON VISITS SAG HARBOR
The Ginkgo Group, one of the Bruce Wilson CEO Peer Groups, enjoyed their quarterly meeting hosted by Laurel Group in Sag Harbor. After sharing fresh ideas, different perspectives, and changing trends, the group enjoyed tours of the Laurel Group Outdoor Living Store and the local area by member Mark McAteer, CEO of Laurel Group. They look forward to meeting next quarter in Maryland.
(pictured: Gingko Group)
(pictured: Gingko Group)
MILLER NURSERIES
(pictured left to right: Eddie, Luis, Noel, Alaberdo, Bennie, Ismael, Ruban, Jose, Brian)
Laurel Welcomes Miller! In October 2022, The Laurel Group welcomed Miller Nurseries to its fine landscape division, expanding our service footprint in northern Nassau County. “We look forward to the opportunity to build on the trust and loyalty established by three generations of the Miller family, as well as adding the skill sets of the Miller team to the larger Laurel enterprise,” says Mark. “This opens up all the resources available at the Laurel Group to future projects and continuing service for the Miller clients.” The Miller team with its fine reputation in the industry, is a perfect fit for Laurel. We are excited to have them join us and look forward to continuing to provide platinum service together.
“Emily G. and Justin K., thank you for supporting Marlon. He is, as always, wonderful, and professional. He is truly a pleasure to work with and will do whatever is necessary to do the best possible job. Finally, please thank Bill S. for coming to camp 10 days ago to check the courts. He resolved our problem, and the courts look awesome.”

~The Rolling River Day Camp

“Emily G. and Justin K., thank you for supporting Marlon. He is, as always, wonderful, and professional. He is truly a pleasure to work with and will do whatever is necessary to do the best possible job. Finally, please thank Bill S. for coming to camp 10 days ago to check the courts. He resolved our problem, and the courts look awesome.”
~The Rolling River Day Camp
Disabled American Veterans Shooting Event
In October 2022 members of the Laurel Group attended a fundraiser for Disabled American Veterans whose mission is to “empower veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity”. Our teammates enjoyed some healthy competition seeing who could shoot the most clays. Brendan expressed he and his Laurel Group friends were proud to support DAV through this event.
(pictured: Brendan)
(pictured: Desiree)
HOLIDAY PARTY
The holidays are a time to come together and appreciate the bonds we have with one another. Our 2022 Holiday Party provided staff and their partners an evening of socializing with old friends and making new ones. Meehan’s in Huntington provided an excellent atmosphere with tasty beverages and delectable cuisine. There was much laughter and storytelling as everyone shared what they have been up to since we were last together at the Family Picnic.
(pictured: Kevin, Scott, Dirk)
(pictured: Alex, Mike, Joe, Julia, Justin, Bill, Devin)
LOCUST VALLEY CHRISTMAS TREE
“Thank you so much for stepping in and stepping up to make sure the library’s tree was strung & lit so beautifully! We really appreciate it and hope you know how much your kindness & generosity means to all of the library’s staff & Board.“
(photo courtesy of Locust Valley Library)
COAT DRIVE
Warm up Huntington! Each year The Laurel Group encourages its employees to give back and one of these ways is through the annual coat drive supporting Helping Hand Rescue Mission. As in the past, the Laurel family didn’t disappoint and provided approximately 35 coats and jackets along with hats, gloves, and scarves, that will be distributed directly to those in the community that are in need.
Promotion 2022
Congratulations to Joe on his promotion to Design/Sales! Joe is another success story from our internship program. He interned with us the summer of 2016 before entering his senior year at the University of Rhode Island. The Laurel Group happily welcomed him back as a designer when he graduated in 2017 with his Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. After a lot of hard work and a few raises, Joe was promoted in 2022 to Design/Sales as he had the desire to sell his own designs. When asked why he wanted to work for The Laurel Group, Joe states, “I chose TLG because of its impeccable reputation and it was near home. I also enjoyed the internship process and decided I'd like to get into high end residential design/build.”
(Pictured: Joe)
BLOOMBERG NEWS / CRAINS NEW YORK – POOL CRAZE/DELAYS
While the changes in leaf blower regulations have been a recent topic of discussion, so has the impact of supply chain, labor, and building permit issues. This was brought to light in the Bloomberg article dated 5/18/22 which indicated that these issues are even affecting those in the Hamptons. Families started the process of purchasing and installing pools in Spring 2022 for hopeful completion in Spring 2023. Mark was quoted saying, “What used to take four weeks [to get approved] now takes 90 days. If we submit something in January, and [those in the town building department] still haven’t read it in April. I can’t say for sure you’ll be swimming next summer.”
(photo courtesy of Crains NY)
“Gregory M. is my favorite Laurel Group guy! He always goes beyond, and I can tell he cares because of the way your company is perceived. He really stood out. We are very happy this season! “
~The D’Agostino Family
TLG Family Picnic
After a break due to COVID restrictions the TLG Family Picnic returned in 2022! The weather was outstanding, and the day was filled with fun and games for staff members and their families. After eating their fill of an array of delicious food, children enjoyed the petting zoo and slipping down the water slide while the adults challenged each other to corn hole. At the end of the day, there were many choruses of, “Please Dad! Just five more minutes!”
(pictured: Dirk, Alex)
INTERN TO EMPLOYEE 2022
Congratulations to Alex on graduating from Penn State with a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture! Alex is another example of our internship program’s success. He joined us as an intern in the summer of 2021 where he gained hands on experience including drafting, site visits, plant selection, and the process of making a vision into reality. Alex’s skill and eagerness to learn earned him a job offer upon graduation. He happily accepted indicating, “The internship program proved to me that this is the field for me. I compared notes with other students and interviewed with other companies, but the Laurel Group was the one that stuck out for me. Their focus on collaboration, training, hard work, and the overall friendly environment made The Laurel Group an easy choice for my career.” 
(pictured: Alex)
ASID Conference
On Thursday evening, June 2, 2022, the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and Stark hosted an event at the Syosset Stark showroom focused on designing outdoor spaces. Mark McAteer and Keith Baltimore of The Baltimore Design Group were the stars of the show. Amal Kapen moderated as they both elaborated on the designer’s perspective of taking on these projects and offered their guidance and expertise to a well-attended and captivated audience. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the ASID, Stark, Keith Baltimore, and Mark McAteer the evening was a huge success!
(pictured: Keith, Mark)
Hi guys!

I just wanted to take a minute to send out my favorite kind of note.

Yesterday the grounds crew was here to do the leaf cleanup. They did their usual excellent job, but that’s not why I’m writing. We left while they were here and left the garage door open — I know there were leaves and dust in there when we left, which had nothing to do with your guys. When we came back, the garage was spotless; blown out and looking better than it has in months (a lot of our contractors used it as a workshop so there was sawdust and metal shavings etc). Moreover, none of it was in the driveway, so they must have scooped it all up with the leaves. It was such a nice surprise, and so appreciated.

It’s those kinds of little above-and-beyond touches that make it so great working with you guys.

I thought it might be nice to get a note saying what a great job you’re doing and how happy we are as clients.

All the best,

~ Schwarz Family

Hi guys!

I just wanted to take a minute to send out my favorite kind of note.

Yesterday the grounds crew was here to do the leaf cleanup. They did their usual excellent job, but that’s not why I’m writing. We left while they were here and left the garage door open — I know there were leaves and dust in there when we left, which had nothing to do with your guys. When we came back, the garage was spotless; blown out and looking better than it has in months (a lot of our contractors used it as a workshop so there was sawdust and metal shavings etc). Moreover, none of it was in the driveway, so they must have scooped it all up with the leaves. It was such a nice surprise, and so appreciated.

It’s those kinds of little above-and-beyond touches that make it so great working with you guys.

I thought it might be nice to get a note saying what a great job you’re doing and how happy we are as clients.
All the best,
~ Schwarz Family
NALP Field Trip
In June 2022, Mark attended the annual NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals) Field Trip which was hosted by Frank Mariani & Marty Grunder at the R.P. Marzilli & Company headquarters in Medway, Massachusetts. Mark enjoyed a mix of an interactive landscape company facility tour and education sessions, that provided an in-person inside look at one of the most successful landscape companies in the country. Mark felt it was great to experience another elite facility and compare notes with his colleagues throughout the country. (photos courtesy of NALP)
(photos courtesy of NALP)
2021 & Earlier
MILLER NURSERIES JOINS LAUREL GROUP
The Laurel Group adds the Miller Nurseries team to its fine landscapes division, expanding the Laurel service footprint within northern Nassau county. This is the latest addition to The Laurel Group portfolio of companies and is part of the companies ongoing growth initiatives.... Read The Full Article Here
CBS NEWS – TOWN OF HUNTINGTON LEAF BLOWER BAN

The Laurel Group’s reputation as experts in the field have led to being highlighted in several noteworthy news outlets including CBS2s news. Reporter Carolyn Gusoff reached out to Mark for her 11/10/21 story regarding gas powered leaf blower restrictions. Mark indicated that he is not against the change, but it comes with a cost. "It costs us more in labor, because it's not as productive, it's not as powerful. And in addition, the machinery costs more, the battery life is inadequate," he said. Our hard-working crews were also included in the televised story demonstrating the differences in the blowers. To read the full article please click here.
(Video courtesy of CBS News)

Newsday – Huntington Town officials further limiting gas-powered leaf blower use

In recent media news, Newsday interviewed Mark for a story about the transition from gas leaf blowers to electric leaf blowers. Updated laws ban the use of the blowers anytime on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day for both residential and commercial properties. Previously the ban was only for Sundays and holidays. Electric powered blowers are not restricted. Mark said that easing away from gas-powered leaf blowers is best for everyone to adapt. To read the full article please click here.

(Photo courtesy of Newsday)

HAMPTONS REAL ESTATE SHOWCASE 2018 – OUTDOOR LIVING IN THE HAMPTONS

We’re thrilled to be included in Hamptons Real Estate Showcase Magazine! Both Matthew and Tina were interviewed sharing their opinions regarding outdoor living. Matthew stated, “It’s important to have your space reflect who you are and how you like to live. A specialist can help you express tyle, satisfy your needs and make sure that they work together from a design perspective.” Tina added, “We take a holistic design approach that includes landscape design, showpiece plantings, fine outdoor furnishings, artful landscape lighting, and the perfect complement of accessories…We curate the perfect outdoor space to fit every client’s individual needs.” To read the full article please click here.

(Photo courtesy of Hamptons Real Estate Showcase)
Baywoods Fall Festival 2013
The Laurel Group at Baywoods Fall Festival was the place to be on Columbus Day weekend! Families were able to enjoy time together getting lost in our maze, making scarecrows, getting their faces painted, painting pumpkins, and creating miniature fairy or spooky gardens. The petting zoo and pony rides were also a big hit!
Sag Harbor Express 2010 – Warm Home Away from Home
We are honored to be featured in Sag Harbor Express! Our Laurel Outdoor Living retail store features a variety of programs to fill the needs of our customers, one of which is our overwintering program. Each winter plants come to visit us, staying as well cared for guests in our greenhouses until their owners return for the summer season.
MARK HONORED BY HUNTINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY 2017
What an honor! President and CEO of The Laurel Group, Mark McAteer, was named Honoree of the 27th Annual Evening of Food & Wine Under the Stars in support of the Huntington Historical Society. Mark was chosen due to his many years of distinguished volunteerism and service to the community. He states, “My family and I enjoy the wonderful community character here on the North Shore. To a large extent that community character stems from the area’s rich history, a history that the volunteers and staff at the Historical Society have been working to preserve for well over a century. I am truly privileged to have been selected as Honoree of this year’s event.”
ART IN THE GARDEN

Newsworthy landscapes!! The New York Times article, Art in the Garden: A Monet Brought to Life features the Entel property designed and built by The Laurel Group’s President/CEO Mark McAteer. The article states, “Mr. McAteer said the trend toward features like fireplaces and putting greens makes backyards more inviting. “It is no longer just mid-May to mid-September,” he said. The options cover every base. Because a covered terrace and an outdoor kitchen at the Entel home, Mr. McAteer built a court that can be used for basketball, volleyball or short-court tennis. A rectangular pool with a spillover spa is under construction, with plans for an outdoor billiard table nearby.” To read the full article please click here.

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