The Team
Shari Collins
General Manager-Designer
Shari founded Verdant Landscaping in 1997, after working 15 years in the Banking and computer
industry.  With recent trends in Landscaping, the company was renamed Gardens 4 the Soul.  
During this time, she earned her degree in Landscape Design & Planning from Pierce College.  She
has held a C-27 California Landscape Contractors License since 2000.  She is past president of the
local chapter of the California Landscape Contractor's Association (CLCA) and also served as
Director of Resource Management and Legislation on the State Board. CLCA is a Landscape Trade
Association which promotes professionalism and advances public awareness of the landscape
industry.  As a designer/builder, Shari has won numerous awards for her projects through the CLCA’
s annual Beautification Program.  Shari is also a licensed Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer and
Wellness Coach.
Joe Calderon
Landscape Foreman
Arturo Villanueva
Concrete/Masonry Foreman
Joe has over 20 years experience in the landscaping industry, and became the second member of
the team in 1999.  He supervises a crew of up to four members.  Joe is certified in gas line and
lighting installation.  He is also qualified to install the new water conserving WeatherTrac irrigation
controller.  Joe is currently studying to become Certified Landscape Technician through the
California Landscape Contractor's Association.  When he completes the course, Joe will have
been tested and certified by the state association of licensed professional landscape contractors
to install and supervise all facets of landscape construction.
Arturo is an artistic, creative professional who has been with the company since 2004.  Working
with decorative concrete, flagstone, brick, pavers, Saltillo and all types of decorative tile,  he
creates custom bar-be-ques, fountains, fireplaces, decks and patios. Some of his work is featured
on this website.  A perfectionist who accepts nothing but the best from himself and his crew, his
work is even admired by other masonry contractors!
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