After working for another landscaper who focused mainly on sprinkler systems, Neil Hedman wanted to widen the range of work he could do, offer quality craftsmanship and have a financially sound business. That led him to begin Olympic Landscape and Irrigation in 1977. Now with 30 employees, the company is celebrating 40 years of service excellence to the community.
“Building long-term relationships with our customers sets us apart from our competition,” says John Sullivan, lead designer. He cites an example of the company serving two generations of the same family: Beautifying the outdoor space at the family’s Puyallup home led to doing the same when they moved, and again when the couple settled into their retirement dwelling. Recently their grown son, who’d been a child in the first house, hired Olympic to develop his own yard.
“Our practice is almost 100 percent residential, and half of that includes renovating existing landscapes,” says Sullivan. “We do paving, stonework, stunning water features, decks, plantings or whatever the customer needs.” And he says they aren’t afraid of a challenge.
A homeowner with an 11,000-square-foot log home asked for all of her plantings to be 100 percent native to the area and that any plants or seeds come from sources west of the Cascades. For her two-acre garden, that took a great deal of research, says Sullivan, and he had fun doing it.
He says everyone at Olympic is driven by the creative spirit. All of the creativity and enthusiasm begins in the office with a team approach. “We treat our fellow employees like we treat our customers,” says Sullivan. “That shows in our work.”
We celebrate and congratulate Neil Hedman on achieving his dream of creating a sustainable business and to Olympic Land- scape and Irrigation on its continued contributions and service to our community with creative solutions and excellence. JORDAN MARIE MARTINEZ
5620 112th St E, Puyallup