Like most creatures on Earth, Matt has been drawn to water as long as he can remember. He spent his childhood creek-walking, digging, climbing trees, and blazing trails which instilled a level of gratitude for nature and the joy he found in it. One of his fondest memories was gifting his mother a small, dead bluegill he found while exploring Beargrass Creek.
These and other experiences led him to study horticulture at the University of Kentucky, and complete the practical experience portion of his degree in Australia. He spent an amazing year down under, working for the first eight months at two nurseries, and traveling the eastern half of the country for the remaining four months. It was a profoundly wonderful, life-changing experience for him.
After returning from Oz to his hometown of Louisville, KY in August of 2000, he connected with a local pond business in need of someone to grow aquatic plants. While there, he built 2 3000 sq ft greenhouses, propagated thousands of plants and helped with pond maintenance and construction.
He enjoyed the work so much that in 2002 he was inspired to start his own business and Branching Streams was born. He started an aquatic plant nursery, performed pond maintenance and landscaping services. As the years passed he moved away from growing aquatics and landscaping to focus on building and maintaining water features.
Incorporating all of the wisdom and experience of 20+ years in business, Matt has taken his craft to the next level by teaming up with an internationally known waterscape business, Aquascapes. He is more skilled, capable, and inspired than ever before, greeting each day with gratitude for the opportunity to help others realize their dreams of having an amazing space to unwind and reconnect by incorporating the innate healing properties of water.