OUR MISSION is to assist clients in establishing appealing and productive landscapes that welcome wildlife and foster intimate connections with nature for people of all ages. We advocate using organic landscaping practices that protect the environment by sourcing local and recycled materials, selecting natural products, and minimizing the expenditure of resources and energy.
ABOUT JOHN: In addition to his work as a landscaper, John leads edible wild plant walks and lectures on a variety of landscaping and nature topics at libraries, nature centers, senior centers, and other venues throughout New England. He also promotes pollinator habitat through his participation in the Western Massachusetts Pollinator Network and is active in establishing community orchards for local food resilience as a member of Grow Food Amherst and Help Yourself Northampton.
John is a member of the Ecological Landscapers Association and is an accredited Organic Landscape Professional through the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
John Root has been a tremendous help to me in the establishment of edible perennial gardens on my homestead - in fact, without him I don't think I could have done it. His expertise and availability are invaluable, and he has consistently provided me with healthy, sturdy, delicious, and fascinating plants at reasonable prices. He is a great resource.
Rabbi Ben Weiner - Jewish Community of Amherst, Amherst, MA
Members of Grow Food Amherst, a community organization devoted to the locavore food movement, have come to appreciate John as an outstanding educator and landscape ecologist. His natural wisdom and willingness to share with others is a gift to our community.
John Gerber - Professor, Sustainable Food and Farming Program, UMass Amherst
John offers a wealth of horticultural experience and resources. In addition, he has a genuine interest in and commitment to helping people make wise, productive use of their land.
Steve Breyer, Nurseryman - Tripple Brook Farm, Southampton, MA
John’s vast knowledge is such a help to us. He understands our long-term priorities, including minimizing ongoing maintenance and honoring Mother Earth. John works with the energy of several teenagers in accomplishing the tasks that we designate together for our property. He is such a great “find!” I have recommended John highly to several friends and neighbors, and will continue to do so.
Elizabeth Alcaide – Retired Dance Instructor, Amherst, MA