About Us

Larry Caplan, Owner


My earliest memories involve trees – staring in awe at the cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens with my mom and dad… delighting in the crunch of leaves beneath my feet in the fall. Fast forward through the years and several backyard gardens, two college degrees, and a career spanning over 30 years with the Cooperative Extension Service…

Maple Grove LLC, established in 2015 by Larry Caplan, was borne from more than 30 years’ of professional, hands-on experience in the forests, fields, residential yards, and urban landscapes of the Midwest:

Larry Caplan's credentials and experience:

  • Certified Arborist since 1997

  • Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) since 2015

  • Indiana Accredited Horticulturalist

  • Evansville Tree Trimmer's License

  • Founding member, Indiana Urban Forest Council

  • Member, Indiana Arborist Association

  • Member, International Society of Arboriculture

  • Member, Evansville (IN) Tree Advisory Board, 2001 to present

  • Hold Indiana Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License for categories 3a (ornamentals) and 3b (turf)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Cook College, Rutgers University, 1982.

  • Master’s degree in Horticulture, University of Illinois, 1984

  • Extension Horticulture Educator, Purdue University and University of Illinois, 1985 to 2018

    • Presented over 75 educational programs and seminars annually to commercial horticulturalists and home gardeners

    • Weekly columnist for Evansville Courier and Press

    • Bimonthly columnist for Indiana Gardening Magazine

  • Has performed hundreds of tree appraisals and tree risk assessments since the mid-1990s

  • Lecturer:  Indiana Nursery and Landscape Green Expo; Indiana Arborist Association Conference; Professional Landscape Management School; and countless Master Gardener classes in Indiana and Kentucky

  • Adjunct professor for Vincennes (IN) University

  • Adjunct professor for online horticulture classes, Kentucky Community and Technical College System

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