We highly recommend Autumn Skies Landscapes, without any reservations. We were looking for a landscape contractor who could not only formulate the design for the plantings and hardscaping, but one that could also do all the work implementing the design, with minimal subcontracting. After searching for several months, we came across Autumn Skies Landscapes. We read about the awards they received, and reviewed some of their projects online, as well as client testimonials. Since they seemed to be known for large projects (Ladera Winery, for example), we were a bit anxious that they would consider a small project such as ours - a complete redesign of all of the landscaping for a small house in St. Helena. We were delighted they accepted us as clients.
All we had was a vague conception of what we wanted (a Mediterranean landscape). Since our careers keep us both quite busy, we were looking for someone who could take our concept and execute it without extensive input from us.
Rodney Rose and his wife, Dawn, were great to work with. They were enthusiastic from the outset and "got it" as far as what we needed and wanted. The design couldn't have been more right on. The execution, from bulldozing just about everything to the ground, followed by the irrigation, the electrical, the hardscaping, and finally the planting, was accomplished with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail and quality. In addition, Rodney was easily accessible to answer any questions and calm any worries throughout the project. He was very responsive to any suggestions we had, as well as adjustments we requested to fit our budget. Some of the planting occurred during a heat wave, and he was quick to replace plants that were heat damaged. We received detailed information on every plant, including care and pruning, and a walk-through reviewing every plant. Even after finishing the project, Rodney continues to be available for any questions and problems that may arise.
It has been 6 months since completion, and each day we are still in awe of how beautiful everything looks - a remarkable transformation that far exceeded our expectations!
— Mary Jane Dylla & John Radick
We moved to California from Seattle three years ago, we bought our home just after the new construction was complete. Even though our house was complete, no landscaping was done. Happily, our extensive two-year landscape project with Autumn Skies (AS) is now complete. Rodney was instrumental in shaping our landscape design, being knowledgeable about the native plants and trees; he worked with our landscape architect in Seattle. Our project evolved into a more complex job over the course of its evolution; Rodney and his crew not only kept pace with the changes but did so with a positive attitude. AS has a collaborative company culture, with positive and hardworking people. We also appreciated receiving bi-monthly detailed invoices showing an itemization for their work, and the work of subcontractors. We highly recommend AS for their capabilities and honesty and have retained their services for the maintenance of our beautiful place.
— Sloan Buccola
Beautiful aesthetic and terrific person - creates a wonderful outdoor environment and always comes with a smile! Very knowledgeable of all things related to plants and trees. Also willing to take guidance and advice as we have looked to evolve our property over time. Has been working on our property for years and we couldn't be happier.
— Jamie Ford
Rodney manages our property on an ongoing basis. He is knowledgeable, responsible, responsive and has well-trained staff. We think he is highly qualified and very good. He is a pleasure to work with.
— Lauren Ford
I am the owner of a metal fabrication company in St. Helena CA. I have worked with Rodney, and for Rodney in the past. He has an amazing depth of plant knowledge and a great design eye. Understanding the plants habit and coexistence with the entire landscape are qualities that separate the best from the rest of the pack. His attention to detail in hardscapes, electrical, underground wiring, and irrigation make him a great choice as a contractor. You can be assured that the job will be done right.
— Chase Alstott
We have worked with Rodney Rose of Autumn Skies Landscapes on two very different projects. The restoration and landscaping of the Ladera winery property was a huge project just in size and scope. Rodney's creative design brought everything into balance. He planted 100 year old olive trees to help ground the 120 year old stone winery. He lined the driveway with drought tolerant and deer resistant plants in a color scheme that compliments the winery stone.
The second project was the landscape for our home. True to our request, the landscape reflects the rustic native nature of the property. This project had different challenges than the winery project. There was a steep drop off in the back yard that Rodney terraced and formed three levels with each planted to different flowers. It's stunning.
Rodney has true passion for his work. He strives hard to create what the customer wants with what the site will allow. Each of his projects is unique. Rodney is creative, honest and reliable.
— Anne and Pat Stotesbery
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 committed 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