Introducing Our Experts for Landscaping Services in Healdsburg

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Principal

Peter Estournes, vice president of Gardenworks, has been involved in the landscape industry since he was a young boy working for his father’s landscape company.

A 1981 graduate of California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, he graduated with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture, and has worked throughout the industry as a nurseryman, grower, consultant, and contractor. Peter is licensed by the State as a Landscape Contractor (C-27) and Qualified Pesticide Applicator. He is also a Certified Landscape Professional and Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor.

He is an active member of the California Landscape Contractors Association, The Green Industry Advisory Council, and has been active on numerous committees and boards relating to water conservation and xeriscaping.

Principal

Jay Tripathi, president of Gardenworks, attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where he studied Natural Resource Management and Engineering, and worked in parks and grounds management after leaving the University.

Jay is licensed by the State of California as a Landscape Contractor (C-27), Qualified Pesticide Applicator, and Certified Landscape Professional.

He is an active member of the California Landscape Contractors Association on both the local and statewide level, serving on committees and boards. Jay volunteers time with many local community and service groups, and with committees coordinating community playfield and landscape projects in the Healdsburg area.

Landscape Designer & Sales

Anne Bibelheimer, Landscape Designer at Gardenworks, graduated from Cal Poly SLO in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Horticultural Science, with a concentration in Design. She began her career as a gardener driving a truck and trailer for a small landscape maintenance company in Nevada County. After a short period, she moved to Washington DC, where she worked for the British Embassy in the residence garden and then for Landscape Maintenance companies, first managing and implementing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, then as a landscape designer. After returning to California in 2011, Anne became a Maintenance Account Manager before transitioning to work at Devil Mountain Wholesale Nursery in San Ramon. In 2015, her family moved to West Africa where they started a full service landscape company- designing, installing and maintaining landscapes. She returned to her roots in California in 2022 to work with the great team at Gardenworks, Inc and is very excited to expand her diverse experience in the landscape industry.In her private Life, Anne likes to collect succulents and introduce her daughter to new outdoor adventures.

Office Manager

Melissa Wights, Office Manager at Gardenworks, attended Chico State University and Sonoma State University where she earned her BS degree in business administration with her concentration in Accounting. She keeps the papers moving fluidly and the phone calls answered. She is the point person for telephone inquiries and also manages the benefit programs for Gardenworks Inc. employees.

Landscape Installation Supervisor

Salvador (Junior) Ledezma is our Landscape Installation Supervisor.  He is in charge of coordinating and managing our landscape construction projects. Junior manages multiple projects and up to 5 crews at any given time.

His attention to customer service and quality landscape installation practices ensures that our clients get the best landscaping services in Healdsburg.  You will see him taking that extra step to make sure everything runs smoothly in the field.

Landscape Maintenance Manager

Kristine Henderson, Maintenance Manager at Gardenworks, is a UC Humboldt State graduate who has been working in the green industry for over 20 years. Her horticultural career has taken her from Northern California to the east coast and Southern California. She has worked in both wholesale and retail nurseries, private gardens, public spaces and finally, managing landscape crews. Currently she is a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper, QWEL Certified While being a nanny in Italy she realized the importance of speaking a second language and began studying Spanish in college. She spent a semester in Granada, Spain and had the opportunity to travel throughout the country. Some of her favorite places to visit when traveling are botanical gardens and nature preserves.

Kristine is passionate about horticulture and how it shows up intersects our lives. Whether it is a century old established garden or a potted plant in an office, plants continue to be a beautiful enhancement to people’s surroundings. She is dedicated to teaching her staff and clients how to make plants thrive by giving them the appropriate care.

Away from work, Kristine is a busy mother of two young boys. She grows a vegetable garden year-round that she enjoys tending to. She keeps two turtles in her backyard. Her favorite season in wine country is autumn.

Landscape Sales & Estimating

Elena Halvorsen Estimator at Gardenworks, graduated from University of California Santa Barbara in 2005. She worked as an elementary school teacher after receiving her credential from San Jose State University. Over the past ten years Elena has owned her own family photography business and has loved the creative expression that has afforded her.

Elena grew up in Gardenworks Inc, tagging along with her father Jay, the founder of the company, to job sites. It was a family requirement to work during the summer for the company and Elena spent hot summer days during her teenage years working in the field with Salvador.

When the opportunity arose to step into the family business, Elena dove right in. She is passionate about not only maintaining the high standard of work Gardenworks is known for but also the company’s commitment to quality employment practices. Elena is looking forward to being part of the next generation of the family business.

Out of the office you can find Elena on the sidelines cheering at one of her 3 children’s sporting or school events. She also loves to travel, eat delicious food, and spend time with her husband, three children and their two dogs.