An Interview with Growing Solutions Landscaping & Design in Ridgefield, Connecticut
Many people are searching for Landscape Designers in Connecticut especially in the lower Fairfield County towns such as Ridgefield, Westport, New Canaan, Wilton and Fairfield. It seems like every landscaper out there is now calling themselves a landscape design specialist.
I sat down with Chris & Paul of Growing Solutions Landscaping & Design to get their expert opinion on finding the right landscape or garden designer to work with. Their Full Service Landscaping Company services all of Fairfield County and is located in Ridgefield, CT.
How do you find the right Landscape Designer in CT?
Honestly, it can be a troublesome task finding the right landscape designer near you. We're often speaking with a prospective homeowners who've already talked with half a dozen "designers" who have remarked that they've never even sat down with the designer on staff. We've got a full-time landscape designer, Brid, who works with us and collaborates with all our clients.
First and foremost you'll want to make sure that if you're talking with a landscaping company that they have a full-time designer on staff. The second thing I'd watch for is their certifications. It's expensive to maintain these certifications and most lawn care professionals don't keep theirs up for that very reason. Paul and I are both NOFA accredited organic land care professionals. I'm also a Connecticut State Licensed Arborist and Paul is a Accredited Turf Manager. Paul also carries a Connecticut State Custom Grounds License. Our Landscape Designer, Brid Craddock is a Connecticut Master Gardener and is serving as the president of the Connecticut Chapter of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers.
Often times you'll see landscape companies without the slightest bit of certification. It's unfortunate to see homeowners get taken advantage of by smooth talking lawn maintenance guys. It's not rocket science to lay down a set of new patio pavers, but when a heavy rain storm comes you'll find out who is an irrigation expert.
Where can a Ridgefield Homeowner Find New Landscaping Design Ideas?
I'm not at all surprised by that question! We actually field many questions about landscaping ideas or garden design ideas on a weekly basis. Often times people aren't 100% sure what they want. We always suggest to hop on pinterest to find some inspiration or sit down with our Landscape Designer. Sometimes the occasional Tree Service in Ridgefield will have a good idea as well. Many homeowners throughout Connecticut wonder the same thing, but often don't get a chance to find those answers.
Contact Growing Solutions Landscaping & Design
You can find Growing Solutions Landscaping and Design online at www.growso.com or call them directly at (203) 423-3626. You may also visit them at the link below:
Looking for a Handyman in Ridgefield, Wilton or Weston CT?
I met with Al of Handyman Pro of Fairfield County who handles handyman work throughout Ridgefield, Wilton, Weston and the rest of Fairfield County. He was in the trades industry for the 30 years, building new homes, fixing older homes, and restoring almost everything.
People looking for Carpentry Services call Al for many different needs from Windows, Cabinetry, and Hardwood Flooring to Lock Replacement, Doors, and Skylight Installation.
He’s your local jack of all trades Handyman who will handle any home improvement job.
What made you want to go into the Handyman Business?
People always need something fixed at home. Having 30 years of experience in the industry I knew that I could do right on every handyman job I received. Helping people in the community is a great feeling, and people really appreciate the fair price I give them.
What was the toughest thing about opening your Handyman Business in the Ridgefield, Wilton and Weston Areas?
Although I’ve lived in Ridgefield, Connecticut all my life the hardest thing about opening my Handyman business was getting my name out there.
I could tell you a hundred things that weren't hard! Now that Pro Handyman Pro of Fairfield County is off the ground the only thing that can be difficult is scheduling. I try to be as flexible as possible when it comes to timing my jobs, but sometimes jobs can take longer than expected.
If a customer was to choose between your Handyman Business, and 3 others just like it – why choose Handyman Pro of Fairfield County?
I’ve been in the trades for what seems like a million years, and I’ve seen it all. I’ve got the utmost confidence that I’ll be able to handle a job faster, and better than any other Handyman in the business.
There are a ton of people in the Handyman niche nowadays. A lot of them have gotten their start because of fixing things around their own house so they figure they could do it for others while making a couple bucks.
Handyman Pro of Fairfield County is different. I’ve been in the trades for the last 30 years, and moved into the handyman industry to help the local community. It’s hard finding a fair price these days. I get a ton of repeat customers, and referrals because of my honest pricing.
Wrapping things up with Handyman Pro of Fairfield
Looking for Wedding & Event Design, or Custom Wedding Invitations?
I met with Enza and Briana from Enza Events and Pretty in Print who share a space in Ridgefield, CT. It was like I was walking into my wife’s Pinterest board from our wedding when I arrived at their Wedding & Event Decor showroom located at 23 Danbury Road in Ridgefield.
Enza Events handles everything from Wedding Design, Floral Decor, Bar & Bat Mitzvah design, Event Decor, Furniture Rentals, Specialty Linens and much more.
Briana owns Pretty in Print which focuses more on printed materials and event branding. Items she offers include invitations, menus, posters, logos, escort cards, signage, and table numbers...all which are custom designed to match the event. She understands that people want the perfect invitation for their event and don’t want to settle for the stock options others offer. Wedding invitations in CT are a big deal!
What made you want to go into the Event Decor and Invitation Design Business?
Enza and Briana both worked for a big event design company in Westchester and decided to leave to fuel their creative juices. Their showroom in Ridgefield is new, but they’ve both been in the wedding planning, decor, and invitation business for 20 years.
Enza Events doesn’t just do wedding design and décor; Enza works with a lot of bar and bat mitzvah clients to design the perfect event for their families. One of the most popular services they provide is branding, because no one settles for the average bar or bat mitzvah.
If a customer was to choose between Enza Events & Pretty in Print or three other companies in the Wedding Design Niche – why choose yours?
Our event design & custom stationery business is completely personalized. We work in collaboration with our clients to discuss their vision so that we can make it a reality. The 100% customization is really what sets us apart from the competition. We have the resources to do huge events with a custom boutique feel while still dealing with our customers one on one.
Where would you like to see Enza Events and Pretty in Print in 6 months?
We’d like to have a production space up and running in about 6 months. We do big events, and having a second space to house everything nearby would be ideal. We’re working to grow both of our businesses, but want to maintain our personal touch.
We limit the amount of events we take in to make sure our clients receive the highest quality.
Wrapping things up with Enza Events & Pretty in Print of Ridgefield CT
If my wife was doing this interview, she’d be here for 6 hours! Their showroom is like a Pinterest board where all things wedding come to life. They’ve created such a beautiful environment with so much to see and experience. I was impressed with both Enza and Briana on how quickly they were able to get on their feet after leaving a big event décor company. They are both busy professionals, and take what they do to the next level.