Meet the Drake’s 7 Dees Team

The strength of our company doesn’t come from our trucks, our tractors, or our excavators–it comes from our people.

Our team consists of expert horticulturists, seasoned landscape designers, and Portland’s best Private Gardener Service (just ask our clients). And all of us share a passion for helping the families we serve create life-long memories.

Our key team members each have over fourteen years at Drake’s 7 Dees, a tenure unique in the Pacific Northwest. These experienced experts are the ones who will serve you through the whole experience of design, project management, installation, aftercare, and warranty. And we will be there tomorrow for your next project.

Our motto? “Excellence in everything we do.”

Professionalism | Honesty | Integrity | Respect | Family

When you work with Drake’s you’ll see our core values in everything we do, from designing with constant consideration for the way your family lives outdoors, to respect for your time, budget, home and family throughout the process from concept to installation.

A Focus on Sustainability
At Drake’s, sustainability has always been part of our DNA. We work with nature, building up soils organically and creating naturally sustaining landscapes tailored to your yard’s unique ecosystem. We favor native, drought-resistant plant materials and organic soil amendments.

Family Matters
We are a local, family business, here to serve other Portland families. We believe what we do for you will enrich your lives and provide opportunity for countless happy memories. We’re thankful for each and every client, and our entire organization recognizes the trust you bestow upon us.

Honesty & Professionalism
Above all, we are here to serve our customers. We stand behind our work, communicate in a clear and timely manner, and will not take shortcuts when it comes to quality. In short, we believe the measure of our success comes from a job well done and our story well told.

Meet the Drake’s Landscape Design Team

Meet the Drake’s Landscape Design Team

Drake Snodgrass

A lifelong Oregon resident, Drake has been passionate about plants since childhood, beginning with propagating and growing flowers at his grandfather’s nursery. He opened Drake’s 7 Dees in 1974, while earning degrees in Business and Horticulture from Oregon State University. He later expanded into the design/build side of the industry, allowing him to combine his passion for plants with his love of family by maximizing the quality of family time spent outdoors.

Drake is co-founder of the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association and is a Landscape Industry Certified Manager (LICM)—a designation that less than two percent of landscapers have attained. Additionally, Drake serves on the Board of Directors for the Portland Japanese Gardens, widely regarded as one of the seven best Japanese gardens outside of Japan.

Drake is married to former Oregon Speaker of the House, Lynn Snodgrass. Together, he and Lynn received the Farm Bureau President’s award in 1999 for their service and dedication to agriculture in the state of Oregon. Drake and Lynn have two wonderful daughters and seven sweet grandchildren. In his spare time, Drake enjoys camping, water and snow skiing, reading, and of course, gardening.

Steven Kurvers

  • Professional: 10+ years of landscape design build experience
  • Education: Graduated cum laude from Cal Poly’s Landscape Architecture program
  • Awards: ASLA Excellence in Academic Achievement
  • Inspiration: His team of colleagues and the enthusiasm of his clients
  • Just for fun: Steven enjoys spending time with his wife and their two kids, camping, hiking, fishing and relaxing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest outdoors.

Nicolas Linck

  • Professional: 15 years of landscape/horticulture experience
  • Education: Before becoming a licensed landscape contractor, Nic was an EMT and firefighter!
  • Family: Nic enjoys spending time at home with his wife, two young daughters, four chickens, two rabbits, two cats, and a dog.
  • Just for fun: Nic’s whole family loves spending time in or near water, whether it’s water sports on the Willamette River or heading out to the Oregon Coast.

Trevor Stedman

  • Professional: 20+ years of landscape experience in installation, management, and design. Nearly 15 years at Drake’s!
  • Awards: Portland Yard, Garden & Patio Show “Best Use of Space” & “Best in Show”
  • Inspiration:  Friends and family. He is constantly looking for new ways to keep his three sons active outdoors!
  • Just for fun:  The Stedmans love camping and hosting parties with friends and family. They are also huge sports fans–Go Blazers!

Scott Winkelman

  • Professional: 35+ years in landscape design and construction, ranging from field work to business ownership 
  • Education: B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Illinois
  • Awards: Outstanding Service Award from Oregon Landscape Contractors Association
  • Inspiration: Teamwork in action
  • Just for fun: Scott is an avid reader of American history and enjoys spending time with his family