- The Firm -

Barks Road Founder, Eric Blamphin

Eric Blamphin, RLA, Owner/Principal

Barks Road Landscape Architecture, Ltd, was founded by Eric Blamphin in 2005 with the goal to create beautiful and enjoyable designs with the ability to install the designs to the highest standards and to be available to manage the landscape in the years that follow. His objective is to exceed our client’s expectations on each and every project, not based just on results but by creating an enjoyable experience from start to finish. Eric has over thirty years of experience, and has been licensed in the state of Maryland since 1996.

Because your home is not just an investment, but a reflection of your lifestyle and personality, we strive to design, construct, and if you choose, to maintain your property to your complete satisfaction. Some clients enjoy participating in the upkeep of garden and grounds, while others prefer to use their time for different interests; we can design programs to accommodate both and anywhere in between.

Logo: Architectural Gardens, a divison of Barks Road Landscape Architecture, Ltc.Barks Road + Architectural Gardens: It All Comes Full Circle

Missy Jones and I worked together many years ago at the start of our careers, then began to pursue other professional paths and interests. Both building successful small companies in the Annapolis area, producing similar, but distinctly unique exterior products.

In March of 2018, Architectural Gardens, Inc officially became a part of Barks Road Landscape Architecture. Since that time we have brought together operations and personnel, and although there were some initial challenges in merging the two businesses, we have produced some of our best work so far. Missy and I are convinced that we will continue to be successful. We share the same work ethic, so our experience - from dealing with site issues, to client relations - is complementary.  We are excited to incorporate the talent and experience of Architectural Gardens to Barks Road Landscape Architecture, Ltd.

- The Team -

David Warzyniak, ASLA, Landscape Designer
David Warzyniak, ASLA, Landscape Designer

Although originally from Pennsylvania, David has studied in New York, Brazil, and Puerto Rico and designed projects in New York State and Pennsylvania before continuing his landscape architecture career here in the Mid-Atlantic. A degree in landscape architecture and years of work within the nursery industry has equipped David to assist clients in making smart and beautiful landscape decisions.

Pedro Contreras, Construction Manager
Pedro Contreras, Construction Manager

Pedro can do, make, or build anything. His specialty is stonework, in particular he loves working with boulders and flagstones. Terracing, patios, and naturalized pool embankments are all part of his expansive repertoire. Pedro has been creating beautiful exterior spaces for Maryland companies for over 20 years.

Missy Jones, Professional Conservation Landscape Architect
Missy Jones,
Certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional

With nearly 30 years of experience as a designer and horticulturist, including owning and managing her own design/build landscape company, Missy provides a wealth of knowledge to Barks Road projects. Missy has a passion for the environment and conserving the Chesapeake Bay; she is a Master Watershed Steward, leading the way in reducing the harmful effects of polluted storm water run-off into our streams, rivers, and local watersheds. Her experience with native plants and natural drainage solutions, as well as her efficient management style and positive attitude makes her an important member of our operation.

John Benoit, MLA, Estate Manager
John Benoit, MLA, Estate Manager

As the head of estate management at Barks Road, John brings 25 years of hands-on experience in the horticultural industry coupled with a masters of landscape architecture. An Anne Arundel county-native, John has worked for landscape design and maintenance companies in New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and the Netherlands. John’s extensive knowledge of design and proper garden maintenance - along with his ability to listen carefully to each client’s desires - has allowed our gardens to flourish.

We're Hiring Good People!

Barks Road Landscape Architecture, Ltd. (BRLA), a design build firm located in the Annapolis, MD area, is committed to the development of beautiful, functional and sustainable landscapes in residential settings. We pride ourselves on our ability to install and maintain our projects to the highest standards Our objective is to exceed our clients’ expectations on every project We are looking for talented individuals to join our growing team. Please see the available opportunities below. Resumes can be forwarded to jobs@barksroad.com.



The Project Manager will oversee the operational details of current design-build projects, including materials acquisition, scheduling, cost tracking, customer communications, management of subcontractors and job crews, and coordination with office personnel.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Project management experience
  • Knowledge of landscaping and hardscaping
  • Excellent communications skills — bilingual in Spanish preferred
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Experience with project management software a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple projects of varying scale
  • A positive, can-do attitude and willingness to pitch in where necessary


The ideal applicant is highly motivated, organized, and has a professional attitude A passion for plants and horticulture is highly desirable, as we strive to include new plant introductions, natives and uncommon ornamentals in our designs. The Landscape Designer will meet with clients and conduct site analyses, develop garden designs/sketches, select materials, calculate cost estimates and work with the team to schedule and implement the project.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Degree in Landscape Architecture or related field
  • Experience in garden and/or hardscaping design
  • Proficiency in sketching/landscaping software (e.g., SketchUp, VectorWorks, etc.)
  • Strong problem-solving, organizational and analytical skills
  • Comfort with a fast-paced and energetic team-focused environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong freehand graphics a plus
  • Knowledge of local regulations including Critical Area is highly beneficial

What We Offer:

Competitive salary commensurate with experience, a 401K plan (3% match), PTO and holidays, continuing education reimbursement, and a relaxed and friendly environment.

Interested candidates can reach us at jobs@barksroad.com.

Barks Road Landscape Architecture

1197 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Arnold, MD 21012
P: 410-647-2090 / F:410-647-2091