Native Land Design Blog

What Makes Native Land Design Different

Ben Collinsworth

Every landscaping company likes to think they’re different — that they somehow rise above.

But are they?

They might tell you about their new trucks, their professional uniforms, their updated equipment.

At Native Land Design, all that’s a given.

That’s not what makes us different.

Chris Rhodes, Native Land’s director of marketing and business development, talks to clients about this all the time.

What really makes Native Land different?


Employee Close-up: Patricia Buckley

Ben Collinsworth

Patricia “Patti” Buckley’s favorite landscape projects are the “ones that go just as planned.”

 

The organized Buckley joined Native Land Design as an account manager just more than one year ago because it was “exactly the job I was looking for,” she says.

 


New Hire: Emily Pridgeon

Ben Collinsworth

 

Native is proud to announce the newest addition to our team Emily Pridgeon. Emily comes to


us with 12 years landscape experience and a B.S in Horticulture from Teas A&M University.

 


Employee Close-up: Jessica Cruz

Ben Collinsworth

 

Jessica Cruz never thought she would end up as a landscape professional.    

 

The Native Land Design account manager started as an urban planning major at Texas A&M University, which included a lot of similar classes that are part of the landscape architect degree. Things changed when she took a horticulture class as an elective with some friends who were landscape architecture majors. “The rest,” she says, “was history. I was hooked on plants.”

 


Close Up:  Intern Elizabeth Lane

Ben Collinsworth

 Native is proud to introduce our Austin intern Elizabeth Lane.  Elizabeth is originally form Marble Falls, TX and is a student at Texas Tech University.  She is majoring in Landscape Architecture with a concentration in plant and soil science. While serving as the secretary for the Student American Society of Landscape Architects (SASLA), she is also a member of the Texas Tech recruiting team AgriTechsans. 



Close Up:  Intern Carly Wright

Ben Collinsworth

Native is proud to introduce our summer intern that is working in our Houston Office, Carly Wright. Carly is currently a Horticulture major at Stephen F Austin.  Carly recently competed in the Flower and Foliage Identification competition at the NCLC this past March. 


Texas Landscape Labor (The Impact H-2B Has on Your Landscape Contractor)

Ben Collinsworth

Landscaping, in most areas of the country, is a seasonal business. While some areas have seasons that last longer than others, there is still usually a peak growing and landscape maintenance season, as well as a season where less work is required to keep your outdoor spaces trim and tidy. This means there’s a period of time where landscape businesses need additional labor to get work done in a timely and consistent fashion.

As a result, the challenge landscape business owners face is they must ramp up their workforce in March and then wind that down for approximately three to four months out of the year in Texas.


Internships at Native Land Design

Ben Collinsworth

Don’t tell us — let us guess. You want to be a landscape designer.

We’re not sure what’s up, but it seems every college student in a landscaping program has their eye on design these days.

We love designers. They play a crucial role. But you know there’s more out there, right?

Intern with us here at Native Land Design, and you’ll experience every facet of the landscaping business, from estimating to enhancements.


Employee Close-up: Josiah Ball

Ben Collinsworth

When Josiah Ball was a kid, he’d go “noodling” in nearby rivers, sticking his hands in hollow logs and underwater holes to catch catfish with his bare hands.

He might nab a snapping turtle from the river bottom for dinner. His family hunted for meat in the winter and tended big gardens in the summer, canning the bounty.

He grew up in Illinois loving the land, building tree houses and hunting for cool rocks.

Josiah still loves the land, these days nurturing it with water as Native Land Design’s irrigation manager.


What Makes Native Land Design Different

Ben Collinsworth

Every landscaping company likes to think they’re different — that they somehow rise above.

But are they?

They might tell you about their new trucks, their professional uniforms, their updated equipment.

At Native Land Design, all that’s a given.

That’s not what makes us different.

Chris Rhodes, Native Land’s director of marketing and business development, talks to clients about this all the time.

What really makes Native Land different?


Employee Close-up: Stan Johnson

Ben Collinsworth

Start talking to Stan Johnson about landscaping and he'll tell you, "It's all I've ever done.”

Well, not exactly. He also owns and runs a winery, designs and builds metal and wood furniture, travels the world, hunts, fishes and cooks up a mean crawfish étouffée.

Career-wise, though, Stan's a landscaping guy, to the bone.

“I’ve done everything you can do in the landscaping business,” he says, from digging trees to heading up finances.

“Every mistake that could be made, I’ve made it,” he says with a laugh.

Now he’s president of Native Land Design.