After 35 years, Garden Design gets new owner

Contributed photo: Patrons at The Bayou Southern Kitchen and Bar in Bethlehem, which recently opened.

After 35 years in business, landscape architect Joanne Kostecky has retired. Her business, Joanne Kostecky Garden Design in Wescosville, has been taken over by a new owner, Frederick Learey.

After 35 years in business, landscape architect Joanne Kostecky has retired. Her business, Joanne Kostecky Garden Design in Wescosville, has been taken over by a new owner, Frederick Learey.

Learey said he worked with Garden Design about 10 years ago, but then went to work in the Philadelphia market.

He said he’s happy to be back in the Lehigh Valley and hopes to grow on the reputation the business has developed over the years.

“When people think of Joanne Kostecky Garden Design, they tend to think of a certain style,” said Learey, noting her love of natural, ornamental-grassy landscapes. “For customers who want that, I can certainly give them that, but I’m a more classical designer. I like a very formal garden.”

Learey said he also does more work with the construction elements of landscape design, designing decks, pools and outdoor kitchens.

“You see a lot of that in the Philadelphia area, and I think there’s a growing market for that here in the Lehigh Valley,” he said.

Learey said the business will continue to use the name Garden Design Inc., but he will associate his name, as well as Kostecky’s name, with the title.

Garden Design Inc. is at 4906 Hamilton Blvd. in Wescosville. For more information, visit www.gardendesigninc.com.

The former Hawthorne has been resurrected as The Bayou Southern Kitchen and Bar in Bethlehem. The building had sat vacant since an arson in 2009.

It was owned by City Line Construction, a fire and water repair company that planned to repair and reopen it. Ultimately, though, a group of Lehigh Valley-area restaurant veterans bought the property to run it as a southern-style restaurant and bar.

Stacy Wescoe
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