"With Teresa's guidance and support, I am happy to say that my landscape design is one that my wife and I enjoy every day. It is beautiful and one we're most proud of. In addition, I have received compliments from neighbors and my homeowners association on how nice my landscaping looks. From a maintenance perspective, the amount of time I spend maintaining the yard is significantly less than other homes with comparable sized yards. Finally, the amount of irrigation my yard requires is substantially less than most other yards."
-Roberto Carrion, Homeowner, Montverde, FL
"I’ve collaborated with Teresa for several years on the green landscape and irrigation designs for many of my green certification projects. She is extremely knowledgeable, capable, and a joy to work with. Her focus is always on creating a beautiful yet water-conserving, low-maintenance exterior environment. I highly recommend Teresa to anyone building a new home or wishing to improve an existing landscape.”
-Tracy DeCarlo, CAPS, CGP, Owner, One Stop Green Certification, Apopka, Florida
"Fabulous concept, Fabulous design, Fabulous results.
Thank you! We love our landscape!
-Susan and Jack Follick, Plantation, Leesburg, FL
"I can’t say enough about Teresa Watkins and her amazing creativity. When we met to discuss my frustration with creating a beautiful space along our lakefront, Teresa had some thoughts but mostly she spent time listening to me describe gardens I enjoyed visiting. She took several photos and spent a great deal of time studying the space I had in mind for my new garden. When she returned with a plan, I was amazed.
Since my husband and I enjoy gardening, we chose to take Teresa’s plan and gradually create Teresa’s vision on our own. We added soil, we raked and killed weeds and we planted according to Teresa’s plan. The transformation from a boring space to a park-like setting has not only given us the pleasure of a beautiful space to admire; but neighbors have actually left notes at my door thanking me for the garden. One neighbor said, “It’s the highlight of my morning walk”. Thanks Teresa for making me look so good!"
-Violet Irminger, Homeowner, Mount Dora, FL
"I have been working in the water conservation field for 11 years and have worked with Teresa on many projects and events. Teresa Brings the “Wow” factor to every endeavor and project with her knowledge and expertise on Landscape/Irrigation and Conservation. I would highly recommend her and plan on working with her on future projects."
-Jay Stainer, Water Conservation Coordinator, Oviedo, Florida
"I have had the pleasure to work with Teresa on various projects in Florida. Teresa's knowledge and abilities have always made working with her a pleasure. I highly recommend Teresa to anyone in need of Florida WaterStar expert and/or a very knowledgeable Environmental Landscape Consultant/Designer.”
-Russel "Russ" Prophit, Irrigation and Water Management Director,The Brickman Group, Atlanta, GA
"Teresa’s passion and professionalism provides a palette for the audience to draw from to imagine vibrant landscaping ideas for their homes and businesses, while adhering to important environmental principles like water conservation."
-Bill Marcous, Utility Manager, Sanford, FL
"I had the pleasure of meeting Teresa about 6 years ago and was so impressed with her knowledge and experience concerning Florida landscaping and water conversation. I have taken advantage of her expertise by hiring her to host several landscaping workshops and seminars at the community I work at.
My husband and I decided to "re-landscape" our yard a couple of years ago and Teresa was the only person I wanted to do it. She had previously told me that we did not have to be a prisoner to yard work, and was she ever right! She worked beautifully with us, meeting several times to get our input, ideas, likes and dislikes. She created a wonderful landscape plan and worked within our budget. I love my yard!! I am not a slave to it, I don't have to cover anything in the winter, there is always color, and it looks great no matter the season. I highly recommend that you do yourself a favor and have Teresa design for you, your own little paradise."
-Barbara and Dave Painter, Eustis, FL
"For Florida-friendly landscaping, there is no better "go-to" than Teresa. She can name any flora or fauna you come across. She is a great talent on a hiking trip and will find obscure yet intriguing and beautiful plants in places one would never think to look! Teresa's enthusiasm is infectious. She loves what she does so much, it just rubs off on everyone!
The best thing about Teresa is her unwavering commitment to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with everyone. This makes her invaluable in any setting, from indoors to outdoors."
-J. Leslie Corcelli, FMNP, NRLI Fellow Class X, Orlando, FL
"As a civil engineering consultant and as a homeowner, I've had the pleasure of working with Teresa Watkins for over 9 years. Throughout this time she has continued to prove herself as an expert in her field. It is evident that she is passionate about what she does as she is always eager to share her knowledge. Attending her popular workshops, Teresa has been a great asset to the residents of Central Florida and to me personally. I rely on her for advice and information on a variety of landscaping related issues both personally and professionally."
-Chris Germana, President, Germana and Associates Engineering, Clermont, FL
"I have had the opportunity to work with Teresa Watkins for over 10 years...I became aware of Ms. Watkins through our local Extension service and as the UF/IFAS Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program Coordinator. Upon meeting her I was impressed with her knowledge of Florida-friendly landscaping principles and water conservation issues affecting Central Florida. We were even more impressed with her ability to communicate with different age groups on topics that some would consider dry. Because of her dedication, good communication skills and background knowledge, the Lake County Water Authority contracted with Ms. Watkins to conduct FYN workshops throughout Lake County and host a weekly radio show highlighting water resource issues within the county.
I...highly recommend her as an asset to any project, program, or organization."
-Patricia Burgos, Environmental Program Manager, Lake County Water Authority, Tavares, FL
"Teresa Watkins has been a featured speaker at our garden club meetings and appeared for many years as an Expert at our annual Spring Fever in the Garden Festival. She generously donates her time and she does a fantastic job of educating our members and the public on numerous horticultural topics – in fact, Teresa can, and does, intelligently answer any garden–related question put to her. She is able to suggest tons of helpful ideas, and always goes the extra mile to help people solve their gardening issues, and do so in an environmentally-friendly way.
We highly recommend Teresa for her tremendous knowledge and for her ability, and willingness to share her knowledge with us."
-Lynn LaBerge, Ask the Experts and Entertainment Chairperson for "Spring Fever in the Garden Festival"
"After reading about my plight with my Home Owners Association and their ire over my Florida Friendly Landscaping, Teresa contacted me wanting to help. She inspected my yard and pronouncing that despite the HOA charges and threatened lawsuit, my yard was being maintained and definitely was not a breeding ground for rats and snakes.
Teresa went a step further and offered to come to the Association whenever they would like and speak about the benefits of and how to implement a water friendly landscape. What is so endearing about Teresa Watkins is even though she has a long list of credentials and a wealth of expertise she is down to earth, easy to talk to and work with."
-Mo O'Connor, Artist, Homeowner, Tavares, Florida
Teresa is considered a foremost authority in the area of Florida Friendly Landscaping and the new regulations established by the Florida Legislature. She has helped design resource-efficient landscapes and has won numerous awards. Teresa is one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the area of water and energy conservation in residential and commercial landscapes. I often recommend her as a consultant in the area of Florida Friendly Landscaping.
-Tom MacCubbin, Extension Agent Emeritus, University of Florida IFA, www.betterlawns.com
... and Teresa.....can't say enough....where does she get all her enthusiasm? I want to bottle some of that up and take a sip every morning! She was great.
It'll take a while for us to ingest all the Livin' For The Lagoon workshop information we brought home to our Indian Trails community but we look forward to doing just that and using implementing a well thought out plan.
-Phil Altavilla, Livin' For The Lagoon attendee, Vero Beach, FL
"Teresa Watkins is so much more than we dreamt of as a landscaper. After meeting with my husband and myself, Teresa knew exactly what we were wanting and better yet, she discerned what we needed, without our realizing more was possible... All of Teresa's plans were executed with precision. Her referrals for installers, tree trimmers, and irrigation proved to be companies of excellence. Upon watching her interaction with them, I was pleased to see her kindness and respect for the laborers, even digging in the soil with her own hands to show them how she wanted it done. Although we have had many obstacles to work around, such as mucky soil, a water retention swale, a neighbor's dock to hide, and lastly, the difficult rules enforced by the City of Winter Park's arbor department, you would never know it by viewing our yard now... I have referred her to many dear friends, telling them of her vast knowledge, expertise, passion, and genuinely happy spirit."
-Darlyn Fecudnaus Jimenez, Homeowner, Winter Park, Florida