Relationship: Client

Project Date: January 2014

Project Price: more than $100,000

Don was great. He is professional and has a great eye for design and planting. We were very happy with his suggestions and working with our ideas instead of pushing his own or telling us what we wanted to hear. Our yard turned out fabulous. We highly recommend Don and the Adler Group Landscaping.



Relationship: Client

Project Date: November 2013

I was sitting out in my yard thinking how much I didn’t want to write a review for Alder Group. This is simply because I’ve been enjoying my yard so much, I have been reluctant to come inside to my computer ☺
We stumbled upon Don Vivatson’s website on-line and loved his portfolio. However, we do not have the incredible property or sweeping vistas that appear in his photos. We live in a suburban ranch house with a small, fully fenced yard and an existing overly large pool.
When Don met with us, he encouraged us to envision our yard as a private courtyard or oasis. We discussed the experience of drinking a cup of coffee or sipping wine in a beautiful Napa-style courtyard – intimate and tranquil – and I was sold. All I can say is, Don delivered. His vision was perfect. He allowed us to be involved in the creative process as much we wanted, but took care of all the details as needed. Artistically and practically, he knew when to guide us. I discouraged some of his design elements early on because I was worried about our limited space. However, Don took the time to walk me thru his thinking and suggested creative solutions to my concerns. I’m so thrilled I listened to him. Don envisioned more from our yard than I ever could see.
Due to the size of our yard, the backdrop is every bit as important as the structures. Don approached our yard with a landscaper’s eye. It is gorgeous. (He also spent an entire afternoon teaching me about the care of each type of plant because I’m interested in learning.)
Everything turned out beyond our expectations. I still can’t believe this is our yard.




Relationship: Client

Project Date: February 2013

Project Price: $50,000-$100,000

We just recently re-landscaped our backyard. After taking the time to understand our needs Don created a spectacular backyard that we could relax, enjoy and entertain. We absolutely love our fire pit area and find ourselves sitting outside enjoying our wonderful view. Don was very professional, courteous and a very pleasurable to work with. His team members were easy to work with, followed directions and really did and excellent job with our backyard. They were very neat and cleaned up after each day. We have recommended the Alder Group to our friends and neighbors. Thanks Don! The Taylors…



Kelly H

Relationship: Client

Project Date: October 2012

Project Price: more than $100,000

Don Vivatson recently completed our backyard remodel. The finished results are spectacular. The former jungle of a yard has been transformed into a stunning space for entertaining and just plain enjoying life. He took my plans and meticulously re-scoped measurements to ensure everything was just perfect. This added extra time but ensured the finished results were just flawless. As well, Don used his creative experience to solve unknown issues as they arose which actually added further interest and beauty to the project. He is both fun and easy to work with and his followup has been amazing. I especially appreciate his warranty work once my project was complete. He has quickly responded to and accommodated every item I have brought to him. I would hire him again on another project.
Footnote…18 plus months later…loving my garden more than ever. Everything is more exquisite with each passing day.



Relationship: Client

Project Date: July 2012

Project Price: more than $100,000

Developed a very good design proposal and executed the project timely and on budget The design was innovative and very attractive Very responsive Good focus and understanding of our needs Quality work Excellent outcome, very pleased Very good follow-up Owner provided a lot of personal attention and was very attentive to the details and our needs.


landscape customer

Relationship: Client

Project Date: June 2012

Project Price: more than $100,000

Alder Landscaping did a great job on our landscaping project.
The design was beautiful and the execution was excellent. They were prompt, courteous and performed quality work. They always responded quickly and the owner took a great deal of interest in the job. Overall, we are thrilled with the job.




Relationship: Client

I just completed a remodel of my pool and landscaping with the Alder Group, and simply stated I could not be happier. From the first meeting until the project was completed, Don always looked for ways to improve the project and at the same time ways to minimize the cost of the project. His keen eye for design saw needed simple improvements that were relatively inexpensive but had a massive effect on the overall beauty of the project. Perhaps most importantly when the manufacturer delivered the wrong custom coping, and I worried that we would not be able to meet the deadline of a large party that was planned for my backyard; Don found a way to resolve the issue and keep the job on schedule. Don is truly one of the good guys.




Relationship: Client

Project Date: April 2010

We now entertain in the backyard quite often due to the fact we’re so proud of our landscaping and design done by The Alder Group. Our guests are in awe as to how beautifully lush our trees and plants look, their strategic positioning, and the clean transition of sod, cement, and borders. The attention they paid to the preparation of soil, grading, irrigation systems, and to “seaming” the sod rolls as they were installed have had great results to say the least. It’s obvious that the owner of The Alder Group takes great pride in all stages of his creative designs and work as does his workforce. They are equally proud and conscious of their customer’s expectations. From the design, implementation, seasonal enhancements, and weekly maintenance, The Alder Group always exceeds our expectations! We were so incredibly satisfied with the completion of our backyard landscape and design, we had The Alder Group come back and design/landscape the front yard as well. We will definitely be customers of The Alder Group for life!


The Alder Group did such a great job on our back yard that we decided to have them also re-do our front yard. Don was available throughout our project with great ideas and great vision. He listened to us and was able to combine our thoughts and his creativity into a fantastic living space. We have used our back yard more in the past three months than we did in the previous ten years.Don’s employees were always prompt and courteous and kept the jobsite clean and clear of debris. The monster job concept is great in that our job was finished well within the time we expected. We have had many comments from neighbors and passersby as to how much the landscaping has enhanced the look of our home. We would not hesitate to recommend The Alder Group for major landscape remodeling or refreshing of existing landscaping. Pool and Landscape Co.: Client – Will Perakis



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