Lee Gilliam is a first-generation landscaper from outside of the Boston area. With more than 35 years in landscaping, he is bringing his knowledge to This Old House as the show’s landscape contractor.
Gilliam graduated from Newton North High School. He worked full-time in assembly work, while starting his own landscaping company, driving around in a Toyota Corolla station wagon, learning by trial and error. Self-taught, Gilliam refers to his education and training as the “school of hard knocks.” He decided to go into business for himself, founding his landscaping business, Gilliam and Sons Landscaping.
A self-described people person, Gilliam enjoys working with his hands and teaching others about the best care for their properties. “It’s nice to plant something and see what happens from it,” he says, “I live in a region where people take a lot of pride in their properties, and there’s nothing better than fresh grass.”
Gilliam is excited to join the This Old House team and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and expertise with viewers. He hopes to inspire people to get involved in landscaping and to make their properties more beautiful. Gilliam resides outside of Boston and has two sons and a daughter.