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What our Clients say about our Service
Please accept this letter of recommendation from one of your devoted clients. I am hoping that others who are considering using your services will contact me should they wish a more detailed reference. My husband, Joe, and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome of our landscape project. You started with a tired and depressing fifteen year old garden that had been further decimated by construction to our house. You transformed this into a garden that is both useful and gorgeous. Everything you did was of superior quality, from your design services, to the plant selection, to the installation. Your knowledge of plants is tremendous and your work crew was extremely professional...always on time and neat as could be. I also appreciated your excellent contacts with the very best of the wholesale nurseries. Best of all, your sunny optimism and kindness made the whole process a delightful experience. This was most apparent when you commited to finishing our project in time for a special occasion party we gave, which, in spite of prolonged bad weather, you completed on the day of the party with flowering pots that were placed around the patio and looked like still-life paintings. My only regret is that the project is over, but I am determined to find yet another project in the near future. It was so satisfying and pleasurable to work with you, I just can't let our association stop now.
—Judi Epstein 10-18-2010
"Just a note to let you know that the wedding went off mostly without major hitches. One of the guests got her car stuck on the steepest section of the road, forcing some guests to ‘hike' up the hill! Other than that, things went beautifully. The ceremony was deeply felt, the food was great, but, most of all, and thanks to Autumn Skies (otherwise known as "All Them Guys") Landscapes, the setting was breathtaking and the hard work you and all your guys did was widely admired, especially by our friends who knew what the ‘before' was like. We have really lived under the arbor virtually every day since you left. We eat every meal there weather permitting, and my heart skips a beat every time I come up the driveway and enter through the split rail fence into the landscaped area, thinking, ‘Can this beautiful place really be OURS?' And we owe it all to your creativity and hard work. Thanks so much again. If you ever need a reference or would like to have future clients see what you have done here, feel free to call us. So many people found the fountain just breathtaking – ‘Where did you get that?' ‘How does it work?' etc., etc., etc. So it was really all worth it to us."
—Roy Hagar 10-29-2003
"My little acre is a good thing now! Complete. Thanks to you. You have said things like: ‘It‘s your idea, Jan, your color palette.' But I didn‘t hire you without knowing you would have knowledge, smarts, artistic eyeballs. You have vision. In all ways! You do it right. In all ways! You are a darn good landscaper…the tops! You are also Excellent at reading your customer (read that "friend", I hope!) in my wants and needs. You are a good business man and are meticulous to a fault! You paint a palette…you are an artist! And have the rest of the stuff to back it up!"
"The true thing is… you designed this place… and when I met you 4? 5? years ago, you became the one to do it. And so you did! You are awesome! THANKS."
—Jan Noble 3-30-2005
"Rodney Rose of Autumn Skies Landscapes is a licensed landscape contractor of the highest quality! He employs the hardest working, humblest, and most unobtrusive crew we have ever experienced. His crew arrives early and they are well-groomed, hard working and have an easy camaraderie. They work as a team; they solve problems as a team. You never hear raised voices, cutting comments or swear words. Rodney loves the earth and the plants. He spends a lot of time preparing to welcome them (the plants). The crew amends the soil, adds nutrients, installs a flawless irrigation system and highlights nature's inherent beauty with exquisite lighting. Rodney has incredible design sense and understands inherently "the climate of the Napa Valley". He respects the environment and can create beautiful landscapes utilizing drought tolerant and deer/rabbit intolerant plants. He also acknowledges that water can be your enemy and makes sure that the drainage is more than adequate. Rodney's landscape installations are truly a work of art and he artfully cultivates a satisfied customer. Rodney Rose is the ‘man for any landscape job!"
—Mara McGrath & George Pugh 6-15-2008
You need to know how absolutly pleased both Gary and I are with this backyard park you've created! Friday I came home and saw the lawn in (which married all of the pieces of the landscape together and even made the big trees that surround our property pop). I could not stop talking about the garden and showing it off to the neighbors and other contractors working on our project. I have never had a yard this beautiful nor have I ever seen (in person) a yard this beautiful. The choices and sizes of the trees and plants, the colors and textures you picked, and the many details that had to be just so are reflective of your gift and artistry and experience in your business. Along with being so happy with the outcome, I want to let you know how very hard working, tidy and careful your employees were! They were also very friendly and good listeners. Thank you for a superb job and we look forward to working with you again."
—Beverly Mills 5-4-2009
"Rodney Rose's company, Autumn Skies Landscapes, was originally referred to us in 1998 to do 'some landscaping' at our weekend home in Calistoga. Under Rodney's direction, what began as my vague notion of 'putting in some native plants' in the large patch of weedy dirt that surrounded our house, evolved into a magical and beautifully balanced resort for the senses. Our garden -- which to my mind is much too humble of a word to apply to the breathtaking results -- was colorful, fragrant, and tactically stimulating. The sounds of the babbling fountains, joyful songbirds and the gentle breezes rippling through the flora created a sense of well being that I had never before experienced from a garden. Rodney's garden design and implementation transformed our weekend, wine country home, into a much needed respite from our hectic lives. Rodney's talent for landscape design, knowledge of plants, experience with the Valley micro-climates and competent crew made for awesome grounds that became increasingly beautiful every subsequent year.
After creating mesmerizing gardens at our weekend home, we contracted with Rodney's firm on numerous projects at our guest ranch and conference center, Mayacamas Ranch, including the design and creation of the Sunrise Garden (discussed below), Sunset Meadow, the Lavender Walkway and the Mountain-top pool gardens. Set on 80 acres on the border of Napa and Sonoma Valleys, the Ranch benefitted from glorious 360-degree, mountain and valley vistas. Creating a Ranch vegetable and flower garden, a grassy meadow, and a fragrant approach to the pool area, as well as landscaping for the immediate surroundings of the Ranch buildings were unique challenges. While the grand, mountainous backdrop prevailed, our Ranch landscaping needed to be both symbiotic and dramatic against that backdrop. And, important to our concept of food preparation in our restaurant and catering, our vision was that "Sunrise Garden" -- our imagined organic garden -- should meet three equally important objectives: to be a sensual experience for our guests as they strolled or meditated there; to produce vegetables, fruits and flowers that would play a key role in our cuisine creation; and to be a setting of memorable gatherings, parties and celebrations. After our previous experience with Autumn Skies Landscapes, we were confident in our choice of talent. In record time, Rodney and his team designed and implemented what became our popular Sunrise Garden. Sunrise Garden provided beautiful produce to our many, well-satisfied guests over the years. Most memorably, however, the Garden was host to more than 100 wedding dinner parties, accommodating hundreds of diners on the decks and throughout the myriad vegetable and flower beds. The Sunrise Garden setting was pure magic to the couples who took their vows at the Ranch. And the garden served as a perfect setting for thousands of lovely wedding photos.
In my opinion, Rodney Rose totally knows his stuff. The investments we made in creating landscapes with his firm always paid off. The best part of Rodney's work is that with each year, the gardens kept getting better and better. While his designs always were beautiful upon immediate completion, with the passing of the seasons the gardens proliferated into places that were nothing short of glorious."
Mayacamas Ranch 6-25-2006
My family would like to recommend Rodney Rose as he truly understands the concept of landscape design. When my husband and I built our custom home, it was important to us that the landscape compliment the home in a way that made our property unique, yet representative of the beautiful Napa environment. Rodney’s in-depth knowledge of the plants, trees and flowers enabled us to achieve our exact wishes.
Rodney takes the time to understand your ideas and vision and works hard to ensure your landscape looks just as you hoped it would. I wish I had a dime for each and every compliment we receive on our garden!!
In addition to being a craftsman and master of his trade, Rodney also runs a clean work site and is someone you can absolutely trust to work responsibly on your property.
Choosing Rodney and Autumn Skies Landscape is a decision you can feel good about and you’ll end up with a final product that you will love!
—Jessica Martin 5-8-2009
Rodney, I just want to tell you how impressed I am with how professional both you and your crew are. We have worked with a lot of contractors and I have never seen such professionalism! Your crew is here when you say that they will be, they work very hard and making great progress and all the while they really seem to be enjoying themselves. At the end of each day, all of the tools are put away neatly and everything is cleaned up as if you were never here. Jeremy & I are very impressed with the work that you and your employees have done for us. Your creative ideas, the quality of the materials you have used and your efficient crew have been very much appreciated. We find ourselves wondering, "What took us so long to do this…" It’s beautiful!!! Thank you.
—Susan & Jeremy Benson 8-20-10
What first impressed me about Rodney is how personally he took the attention to service and detail, thoroughly questioning me about what I was looking for and then providing links to images of work he'd done that represented the vision of what we'd discussed. From there, he added his own ideas and made suggestions that we are so happy with now that the project is complete. Our property, in the vineyards between St. Helena and Calistoga, is a retreat away from a busy life at home and was in need of attention in regards to the landscape lighting along with many horticulture issues. Rodney worked with the best of what we had and then raised the overall quality of the property to a new level of aesthetic enjoyment for us. We started about 9 months in advance of hosting a family wedding in our backyard, the first large event at our home, and it turned out spectacularly. The landscape lighting had to be replaced entirely and we needed to be tasteful but add some dramatic effect that would take the party late into the night. I think explaining what you want in lighting and getting someone to understand and deliver is very difficult. Rodney set up different options that we could plug in after dark when we came up on weekends to choose from, found the best materials and was totally flexible to change out a couple of things that weren't quite right, not from a quality point of view, but just a style preference once we saw the whole package come together. I very much appreciated his flexibility in that regard. The other reassuring part of working with Autumn Skies Landscapes was how much he communicated along the way about progress, or checking-in on last minute options or double checking on plant materials etc. He was there when he said he would be, we were done when we said we needed to be, and we stayed very close to the amount we agreed to spend (only went over because I asked for a few additions after we started). Overall, it was a very pleasant experience, money well spent, and I'm sure that we will enjoy his work for many years to come.
—Gene Domecus 9-6-10