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Designs by Don

Don Schneider

After working 4 years for several of the larger and more prominent nurseries (Symon's Nursery in Willow Glen & Yamaguchi's Nursery in the Santa Teresa area) in the San Jose, California area post-college, I went on to start and successfully operate my own landscape company (Quicksilver Landscape Company) for over a decade. During those years of providing service to the Santa Clara Valley and beyond as a licensed landscape contractor (C-27), my landscape designs became an integral part of both residences and businesses throughout the Santa Clara County area north, from Mountain View all the way down to the Almaden area in South San Jose. My years of professional experience with both installation and maintenance afterwards provides both extensive experience as well as an evolved artistry that work together to provide designs that are not only aesthetically pleasing but eminently practical for both homeowner or contractor.

Don now lives in and works from

the Santa Cruz area

Professional Connections

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (headquartered in Harrisburg, PA) is dedicated to advancing the profession of landscape design and to promoting the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals. APLD encourages all members to adhere to a code of professional standards, to actively participate in continuing education and to be current with state-of-the-art developments and trends throughout the field.

Begun in 1952 and focusing on C-27 (landscaping) licensees, the association’s core goal is to support CLCA members as they create beautiful, enduring landscapes that improve the quality of life. 

Begun in 2014 in response to California's ongoing water supply issues, the program includes both residential and commercial customers. The Santa Clara Valley Water District began their Landscape Rebate Program to help their customers transform high water-use properties into beautiful water-wise landscaping through the use of more efficient plant choices and irrigation equipment. 

The Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper training presents an affordable, proactive, local approach to reducing landscape water demand. QWEL provides graduates with knowledge in water efficient and sustainable landscape practices, including water management and preservation of other valuable resources.

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