Jeremy founded Willow Gates Landscaping, in 2005. However his passion for landscape Design began many years earlier. Jeremy grew up working with his mother in her small nursery where he learned about rare and unique plants that are seldom found in typical landscapes. After he received his driver's license, he spent a year and a half working on a crew that maintained four family estates in the Reading area.
In 2002, Jeremy took a job as Landscaper in Lancaster PA at Sauder's Nursery and spent three seasons learning more about commercial landscaping and greatly broadening his knowledge of trees and shrubs. In 2005, he was offered the opportunity to purchase the landscaping division at Sauder's and after much debate, seized the opportunity, forming a partnership with his brother. His brother left the company in 2011 to pursue his dream of building a family dairy farm.
Jeremy focused primarily on landscape services including design, installation and maintenance in the beginning, but soon expanded the business to include hardscape patio and retaining wall installation. In the years that followed, Jeremy invested in installation training and certification from the Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute (ICPI) and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA). He also became a certified Techo-Bloc installer.
He has a passion for the industry, and became an ICPI instructor for the Certified Concrete Paver Installer course. He appreciates the opportunity to give back to the hardscape industry and pass on some of his experience to other hardscape contractors. Some of his favorite landscape projects have involved creative stormwater management, fire features, and anything that involves innovation in design or in technology!
While he says he has no time for hobbies, he’s always up for a discussion on diesel trucks or classic muscle cars! He makes his home in rural Berks County with his wife, 4 children, and a menagerie of cats, dogs, and rabbits.
Jesse joined Willow Gates in spring of 2016, bringing with him valuable carpentry experience. He recently passed the ICPI installer exam, and continues to expand his hardscaping skills. He particularly enjoys the landscape installation and maintenance projects, and watching our large patio projects progress. On weekends, he can be found playing volleyball with his friends.
From the owner: Jesse has been a tremendous asset to our crew. His quiet willingness to tackle any project and do it with attention to detail is much appreciated! He does a great job filling in as foreman whenever needed.
Josh joined Willow Gates summer 2017. While he is learning all parts of landscaping work, he’s been enjoying learning the hardscape trade! His hobbies include hunting and playing volleyball.
Derek joined Willow Gates summer 2017 on his summer break, and assists us on landscape installation and maintenance projects. He’s been busy saving money for his first truck!
We are always in search of additional talent for Landscape Design team. Please watch our video, and if you want to join an exciting industry while working in a clean, professional environment, call us!