Hi I’m Chris

in few words,

I grew up in southern California in a family that liked to garden and had a beautiful garden. From the time I was a child I loved plants. I remember seeing photos of my grandfather’s garden in Long Island New York and always being awed by their beauty so when it was time to go off to college I jumped into Ornamental Horticulture.

In 1974 I graduated from California Polytechnic University with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. At that point in time I decided to find my roots and go south to Venezuela which is where two of my grandparents were from and where I had a lot of family. I had heard stories of my grandmother’s childhood in an old colonial house in the jungle with a river in front where they would bath daily. I was hooked by an exotic world for a kid from middle class America.

What I found blew me away and although I did not know it at the time, I would put down strong roots that would not let go. I found a fascinating world of green all around me, wherever I went. Wonderful new plants were everywhere and I wanted to get my hands into the soil and have a garden of my own. After a couple of years working in a nursery and familiarizing myself with the soil, climate and plants I moved to Valencia where I have been ever since. I began small, a garden here, a garden there, slowly making a name for myself in a society which did not know that the landscape profession even existed.

For many years my work was purely residential and it was design, planting and maintenance. Eventually some opportunities at bigger things began to come in, shopping centers, industry, hotels and resorts. I now work all over the country in many different climates and soils. And I have even had a chance to work in a couple of Caribbean islands. Each place has something to teach me so I continue to grow professionally.

I design and plant gardens for the soul. Although my workers always would say that I should plant something useful, edible, I figured my clients can always buy food at the store but they cannot buy food for their souls, so I have to plant it. My gardens reach out to the spiritual side of people. And you know what, all of those workers who stuck with me for longterm, started growing ornamentals around their humble homes too, so I guess I was right!

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