Darren Wright started Three Seasons Landscaping out of his parent’s garage and it has now grown onto a 17 acre property just East of Sherwood Park. Pushing lawn mowers in the summer, Darren grew the business and clientele bit by bit, until him and his wife Crystie bought an acreage of their own. Three Seasons moved to 5 acres in Ardrossan, which worked well for many years as a home based business. More trucks were purchased, sheds were built, gravel and materials could be stored on site. With all of the room in the new location Three Seasons was booming, not to mention Darren and Crystie didn’t mind simply having to walk out their front door to get to work.
Growing the Business
Business was good and the daily drive was pretty light! Almost a decade later, Three Seasons had filled the location and was bursting at the seams. With 3 small kids running around, Darren realized the company needed a new home. Then wouldn’t you know it, just down the road came the perfect spot: 17 acres with a brand new 4000 sq/ft shop, plenty of space for Three Seasons. So in the winter of 2014 Three Seasons moved every machine, shed, storage bin, printer, and even some rocks to its new home.
This new home had a few flaws: the shop was not finished, still needing office floors, desks, shelves, and a coat of paint.
The Property was an Absolute Disaster
With an estimated 20,000 cubic yards of clay, soil, and turkey manure piled around the land; it was going to be a lot of work to get it ready for the summer of 2014. As much as it was a headache to get it ready, we have really enjoyed getting to build our own workspace with all the room we need, and getting to reclaim the land to turn it into something beautiful. Not to mention that doing so meant being a big kid, playing with bulldozers, excavators, and dump trucks – overall not a bad way to spend a summer.
Three Seasons is continuously growing and expanding the types of services we provide. We recognize that the success of the company is not possible without the employees of both past and present, as well as their friends and families who tolerate our unpredictable and often long hours. Landscaping is truly a labour of love, it is rarely easy, and so we thank our employees, families, friends, and community for making this all happen.
It started with one person’s dreams and has captured the dreams of others.
Meet the Team
Darren Wright; Horticulturalist, CLT
Darren is the owner and operator of Three Seasons Landscaping.
He started the company in 1999 while attending Old’s College to get his diploma in Horticulture. As the company has grown, Darren has gone from a foreman out in the field everyday to focusing on customer service and business management (although he still likes to get out in the dirt whenever he can).
When not at work Darren spends time with his wife and three small daughters, whose collective love of glitter frequently appears on Darren’s face. Darren is passionate about the industry and its integrity, volunteering much of his time in the off-season to coordinating the certification exams for Landscape Alberta.
JJ Bowerman; CLT
JJ came to Three Seasons Landscaping in 2008 with 3 years of previous landscaping and skid-steer operation experience. He started with Three Seasons as a labourer, expanding his knowledge of landscaping through experience and hard work.
JJ was the first employee to achieve both softscape and hardscape installation certificates. It’s tough to give JJ a job title because he has so many different responsibilities: machine operator, shop & landscape foreman, truck driver, mechanic, and graphic designer just to name a few.
His co-workers referred to him as a “wizard in the machine” because of his precise speed in the skid-steers. He likes to make his job as fun as possible, having helped give personalized names to each machine he uses.
Keely Runnalls; CLT
Keely started with Three Seasons Landscaping in 2006 as a summer student, when she discovered her love of trees and passion for building beautiful yards. She has since moved on to become an installation crew foreman and the safety officer.
Keely spends most of her time on site helping to build the client’s vision while developing and enforcing safety policies to protect employees, our clients, and their property. Keely recently attended Grant MacEwan University and earned a diploma in business management to help with business decisions.
In her free time and the off-season, Keely loves to snowboard and bake delicious treats to win good favour within the company.
Oscar has been with Three Seasons Landscaping since 2014 and has demonstrated a strong desire to learn all he can about the industry. Although he started in a labour position, Oscar’s commitment and leadership have earned him a promotion to Lead Hand. He enjoys working in the landscaping industry because he can experience construction and design principles hands-on.
Oscar is a full-time student working towards a career in architecture and the rest of the staff at Three Seasons are excited to see his designs constructed one day soon. He doesn’t like to sit still and even though he studies full-time in the winter, he gets out skiing and running as much as he can.
Lisa Clearwater; Horticulturalist, Turf Management Specialist
Lisa is in charge of our maintenance crews; performing sales, quality assurance, customer care, staff management, and helping out with the work itself. She has worked in the horticulture industry for over 30 years, is a Certified Horticulturalist, and has successfully completed her Turf Management Certificate at Old’s College. Lisa has held her Certified Arborist designation for 20 years.
Beyond being a landscape maintenance guru, Lisa loves to be active, also holding certifications in personal training, nutrition, and wellness. You can find her running and cycling her way around the county on a daily basis. Lisa grew up in Jasper and is still in love with the Rockies; who isn’t really? Her love of the Rockies can’t compete with her love of her new granddaughter, whom she would be thrilled to share a picture of whenever the chance arises.
Jason grew up in the badlands of Alberta and is absolutely obsessed with fishing. He comes from a construction and carpentry background, which has come in very handy for both our clients and our company. He is now running an installation crew, making yards beautiful and functional for the first time, or the first time in a while.
Jason spent many years working in sales, but grew tired of the sales lifestyle; he decided to make a change and discovered his passion for landscaping. Jason has always loved spending time outside with his family and now enjoys spending time outside with his Three Seasons family too. He hopes to obtain his certified landscape technician designation in 2017.
Jennifer is the superhero of the Three Seasons Landscaping office; as a successful mother, wife, dog owner, and Microsoft office champion – she manages to juggle all of that while keeping our clients happy and our office organized. Jennifer graduated from the UofA with a land reclamation degree in 2013; she has worked in both office and research positions for the past 6 years.
Her passion for nature and agriculture started at a young age on family camping trips, which she now gets to experience with her own family. According to her friends, one of Jennifer’s best qualities is her love of baking, but that might just be because they get goodie baskets each Christmas.
It’s hard work, but that only makes it more rewarding.
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