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Why we do what we do

We believe in building relationships, inspiring creativity & expression, showing love & respect to both materials & the people we work with. We just so happen to build and maintain amazing outdoor living spaces allowing us to reconnect with nature and each other.

Get to know our team!

Mike Frank
Mike Frank

Owner, Designer, Pioneer, Visionary About 25 years ago, a tired owner passed down the flickering torch of a landscaping company we now know as Chevalier Outdoor Living. Today that torch is burning strong and bright because of one man’s determination. Mike Frank’s passion and integrity to provide quality service is the foundation in which he has built his company. Like many, plain old experience gives Mike a wealth of knowledge but unlike some he regularly continues his education. He attends classes on the most state-of-the-art techniques and business practices to ensure excellence for his clients AND employees. It’s hard to believe he was extremely shy and somewhat of an introvert growing up, because today we know him as a great teacher who is willing to teach anyone willing to learn. Mike’s true expertise lies within his creative abilities, which he likes to attribute to his grandfather who was a successful commercial artist. Favorite color: Rich vibrant colors. Orange. Favorite quote: “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” –Michael Jordan

Susan Frank
Susan Frank

Office Manager/Landscape Technician Sue is the oil for the machine known as Chevalier Outdoor Living. She started back in 1994 by landscaping, snowplowing, and managing the office. She continues to do all this and more. Sue’s degree in Business Administration, on-the-job experience and her continued business education keeps her atop her game. She relaxes by riding her motorcycle and is also a practicing sous chef. Favorite color: Red (and Pink) Proudest accomplishment: Working with her husband Mike to throw her parents an awesome 50th Anniversary. Words to live by: “Think outside. No box required.” Favorite quote: “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.” –Simon Sinek

Patrick Tolsma
Patrick Tolsma

Skilled Mason/Lead Labor In 2009 Patrick decided to leave his restaurant job in search of greener pastures- and that’s when he found us! Pat’s positive attitude and willingness to learn made hiring him a no-brainer. Every day Pat is faced with changing tasks that have given him hands on experience in a multitude of different areas. With determination he tackles anything thrown his way, but his excellence lies most in is patience with and ability to instruct his co-workers. In addition Pat’s sense of humor and eagerness to accomplish the task at hand makes him an absolute pleasure to work with. Favorite color: Black or Blue. Proudest accomplishment: Creating a mentality to overcome adversity, push beyond his personal boundaries and to stay focused on moving forward. Words to live by: “Life’s a garden… dig it!”

Sara Tolsma
Sara Tolsma

Landscape Technician Sara joined our team at turf level in 2012 and has been our main lawn care gal ever since. Her disarming bubbly personality and positive attitude allow her to connect easily with clients and co-workers. Sara is also highly skilled when it comes to detail work on carved concrete projects. In her spare time, Sara loves to write in whatever form it may take, she finds it incredibly liberating & therapeutic. Favorite color: No one specific color on it’s own, but rather high-contrast color combinations. Proudest accomplishment: “It’s a rollercoaster of ups and downs, with smiles and tears, bumps and bruises, but being a mother is my proudest accomplishment.” Words to live by: “Embrace life! Life is too short to dwell on the negative things or to do what doesn’t make you happy. It’s the only one we have so embrace it.” Inspired by a necklace given to her by her late father.

Karen 'Shortie' Bryne
Karen Byrne

AKA: ‘Shortie’ Landscape Technician Karen has the unique and valuable perspective of being a former landscape business owner. It was a no brainer, although she didn’t leave us much choice, to make her part of our team in May 2015. Already with a Bachelor of Science in Plants under her belt, Karen continues to learn and tackle whatever task is thrown her way. This small, scrappy tomboy meets any bet made against her with how fast she can prove them wrong. Favorite color: Red Proudest accomplishment: Mother of two, college educated, evolving children and Grandmother. “Family means everything!” Words to live by: “You can’t succeed if you don’t give it a try!”

Jenna Ostrowski-Winters
Jenna Winters

Marketing Manager Jenna started off as our Freelance Photographer/Graphic Designer and quickly moved into the slot of Marketing Manager in July 2015. Her Bachelors in Fine Art from Daemen College, 10 years Graphic Design experience in advertising and 15 years as a Freelance Photographer combined gives her the expertise to develop and execute a cohesive identity for our company. Jenna’s creativity doesn’t stop at work, she appreciates homemade items and always has a handcrafted project she is working on. Favorite color: All colors. Favored colors are situational. Proudest accomplishment: Securing my biggest and longest art project… purchasing my house. Words to live by: “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.”

Team Chevalier


Chevalier In the News


Renovation Opening at Botanical Gardens

Our Work at Botanical Gardens


2015 PLANT WNY Landscape Award Winners


Raising the Bar on Outdoor Living

Front Yard Beautification Award



  • Plantasia Garden & Landscape Show
  • Member of PlantWNY
  • Member of the Springville Chamber of Commerce
Nursery Landscape Association, Inc. - WNY Region 6
Springville Chamber of Commerce
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