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A few people have said a few nice things about John Black and Verdance Fine Garden Design. Although we treat every garden as well as if it were our own, we never forget that we're designing your landscape, not ours. So it's particularly gratifying when a client takes the time to give their opinion of our work. Here are a few representative comments:


"Oh my goodness! John Black at Verdance Fine Garden Design is beyond amazing. He transformed my field of ugly overgrown weeds into an unbelievably gorgeous garden! He had a vision that I never could have dreamed of, and he brought that vision to reality so beautifully and seamlessly that it far surpassed my wildest expectations. He found a brand new product to use for the patio, which turned out perfectly. Every little detail, down to the precise placement of plants, the fountain, etc. is a work of art. This man knows what he's doing-- oh boy does he know what he's doing. On top of all of his genius qualities, he's an extremely bright and affable guy who was absolutely delightful to work with. Words cannot adequately describe what a wonderful experience it was to work with him, and I cannot recommend him highly enough!"
:: Barbara F., Menlo Park


"Our small garden was what can only be described as a complete disaster. That is, until we hired John. After interviewing several landscape architects, my wife and I selected John and his company. We felt that of all the designers, he best understood our vision of turning our yard into a small Zen like oasis in the heart of Mountain View. With that as a directive, we placed ourselves in John's capable hands and gave him free reign to create the beautiful and serene garden that we now enjoy on a daily basis. Thanks to John's creative skills, attention to detail, and consistent communication, our journey from barren landscape to our dream garden was equally serene and trouble free. John even connected us with a contractor whom he felt would work best with us, and he and his team made sure that my wife and I suffered no stress for the duration of the project. John's involvement did not stop with the completion of the project. He has followed up consistently with us and addressed the minor and expected issues that cropped up post install. I can without hesitation recommend John and his team for any project large or small."
:: Ross D., Mountain View


We hired John to re-design our backyard in Spring 2008. Knowing we didn't like what we had, but not exactly sure of what we wanted, we relied on John's expertise to help us create a backyard that has exceeded all our expectations. John is very creative, a great listener and extremely flexible. He worked within our budget and timeframe, and treated our project like it was his own. You can tell he loves what he does and is extremely good at it. We'd hire him again in a heartbeat!"
:: JP G., Redwood City


"We hired John as our landscape designer after interviewing several other designers. The reason we initially selected John was his approachability, his willingness to listen to our concerns, and he shared our passion for craftsman style homes. From day one it was clear that John's sole purpose was to provide us with a plan that achieved everything we wanted (and that was a lot!) within a budget that we could afford. We wanted a sustainable garden, with California natives, a vegetable garden in our very shady backyard, and lots of color and style that fit with the craftsman atheistic of our home, a tall order! John exceeded our expectations on every level. He very respectfully steered us in the right direction with plant choices and enthusiastically shared the design reasons for those choices; he helped us find creative solutions for our desire to have a space for vegetables; and he doggedly worked to find a contractor who could deliver the design on our budget. The results are outstanding. We are literally enjoying our yard every day. We have had surprising and wonderful changes in colors from season to season, something we really hadn't thought of; thankfully John did! Our initial impression of John did not do him justice. We came to realize that John is approachable and listens because he cares about providing his clients with a garden that surpasses anything they can imagine. We regularly recommend John to neighbors stopping by to admire the change in our garden and wholeheartedly endorse him for anyone else who may be looking for a designer."
:: Christina L., San Jose


"John did an outstanding job converting our neglected back yard into a very usable and enjoyable space for my wife and our daughter. John was extremely hard working, listened to all our ideas, worked with our budget, and came up with some great ideas. We'd hire him again in an instant."
:: Eric L., Oakland


"We hired John to design a deck for our remodeled house. He came to our house, looked at the space that we had to work with and designed the best possible use of the space with some innovative and creative ideas. The contractor built the deck to John's specification and we ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!"
:: Eric M., San Carlos


"John listened very attentively to our "wish list" for new landscaping after construction. He kept our desire to use as much of the existing mature plantings as possible while introducing new designs for a more open garden look. He was willing to adjust his initial plans based on feedback from us. We were pleased with both the results from his work and his interactions with us."
:: Marga O., Atherton


"John was the landscape designer we worked with as a participant in HGTV's Landscape Smart. We really lucked out by being able to work with John. My wife and I had a general idea of how we wanted our backyard to look, but John took our scattered thoughts and produced an amazing, detailed design plan. John's creativity, enthusiasm (working in the rain even with a bit of the flu!) and knowledge was truly impressive. John's expertise in architectural and landscape design was very evident in this project - down to the detailed plant map complete with biological names. On top of all this, John is a really great guy - very friendly and energetic. We would definitely work with John again and would recommend him to anyone considering a landscape makeover!"
:: Brett and Courtney U., Oakland


"John went above and beyond...that's for sure! He truly is passionate about his projects. We were on a very limited budget but our needs still called for someone with expertise, honesty and pride in his work. John was all that. It was easy working with John (it didn't even feel like "work"). He listened to what our pain points were, took in our capabilities on the spending part..and off he went and treated our project like it was for his own home (and wallet)."
:: Rowe H., Mountain View


"We remodeled our house which left us with absolutely no garden or deck. We were excited that John agreed to help with our project despite the fact that our yard is not that large. He designed a truly spectacular deck off the back of the house that fits perfectly with our small yard. He also helped us plan all of the landscaping design and gave us a detailed layout. He was very responsive and easy to work with. If you are looking for someone to create your yard who is easy going and responsive, John Black is your man!"
:: Danielle D., San Carlos


"John is a very talented, personable, and hard working landscape designer. He meshes his creativity and "out of the box" thinking with the client's wants and needs. The process was very straight forward. We met and discussed our likes, dislikes, and budget. He walked the space and then created a plan. Together we reviewed the plan and discussed a few minor modifications. John then returned a final plan that included various drawing, planting maps, and a detailed materials list. All our installer had to do was follow the plans. It turned out wonderful and beyond our expectations. We look forward to working with John again on our next project."
:: John C., Berkeley


"John worked with me and the crew from the HGTV show Landscape Smart in the renovation of my yard. From the start John showed his creativity, expertise and willingness to go the extra mile. My wife and I really enjoyed working with John and appreciate the results everytime we look out our windows and into our backyard. The intensity of the filming process put us all under a great deal of pressure but John was always cool and easy going while being decisive and committed to the quality of his work. For anyone thinking of hiring John for landscape design...do it now."
:: Scott B., Oakland


We would love to count you among our delighted clientele. Please contact Verdance today to schedule your personal consultation, and begin designing the landscape you'll love!

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