About Us


*Charley, my brother, introduced me to climbing palm trees with lineman's gear to trim palm trees. It was a nice introduction to landscape contracting with a view.

*1982 -- Back on the ground, I graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a B.A. in Anthropology and a good grasp of the Spanish language.

*1983 – We (my wife and I) started Tremendous Gardens in Harlingen, Texas, my hometown. After a year or so, we moved back to Austin and were blessed with two children, Eric and Nicole. I continued the business and passed the licensing exam to be a Texas Licensed Irrigator.


*1989 -- We moved to Sandia Creek near Temecula. Eric was 2.5 years old and Nicole was 0.5 years old. I took care of a 20-acre avocado grove and estate.

*1990 -- We moved into the big city of Fallbrook, and I passed my C-27, CA Licensed Landscape Contractors exam (#583778), and started Horizons West Landscaping.

*For several years, I took evening classes in the Landscape Architecture program at the University of California Irvine. I was able to improve my skills in Architectural Drafting l and ll and Presentation Techniques, as well as get some new perspectives in Art and Design and the History of Landscape Architecture.

*1998-2004 -- I took a break from landscaping full time and taught elementary school in Vista. I continued to landscape on my breaks. Eventually, I decided I needed to choose between teaching and landscaping, and came back to my first love, landscaping.

*2004 -- Back to landscaping full-time with a renewed energy and direction. We're now Butler Landscape.

*I'm still learning, growing and refining my design and construction techniques. I have a small, hardworking, experienced crew who make it all happen. I'm involved in and love the process. I live in God's country and love working with my friends. Life is Good. God is Good!

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