Richard moved to Sonoma County 31 years ago and started Geared for Growing! He has been successfully designing and building gardens and his business ever since. He aspires to the concept of Fine Gardens for Outdoor Living! He received an AA degree in art and a BS degree in Landscape Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He says “I most enjoy working with people and helping them with space planning. A garden should be an expression of your life and an extension of your living space, a place to relax, reflect, and to enjoy the company of others!” He says “I believe we live in one of the most all around beautiful places and it is my obligation to help others make the best of it, enjoy it and to take care of the land they have been blessed with.” He continues to enjoy building his business, traveling anytime and anywhere, hiking, snow skiing, improving his golf game and hanging with his dog, his wife, his daughter and his friends. Not necessarily in that order.
A Sonoma County native, Austin started his collegiate journey as a film student, but ended it with a degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2004. He has been working for Geared for Growing ever since. From a family of painters (sister, grandmother) and musicians (brother), Austin has created sculpture in both bronze and concrete, but his primary creative outlet is creating outdoor spaces. Passionate about the natural world, Austin tries to incorporate natural processes and aesthetics into his designs, and loves the use of custom water features in the landscape. Originally hired as a designer, he now handles estimating for the company as well. On weekends Austin can be found at local parks, bike paths and ball fields with his three young sons.
Jessica Miller moved from the Midwest to Sonoma County in 1995. She grew up living in 6 states including California where she has happily remained. “I have lived in enough places to truly appreciate how special and beautiful Sonoma and neighboring counties are.” In addition to a lifelong interest in plants, nature and the outdoors, she worked in the nursery business for six years learning about the kinds of trees, shrubs, grasses, vines and flowers that are best suited to thrive in the multiple microclimates that make Northern California so unique. Enthusiastic about the concept of edible landscapes she is passionate about the opportunity to inspire people to redefine and beautify their space may it be vast or cozy. Jessica is thrilled to be working with Geared for Growing as she continues to cultivate an environment of inspiration and new potential.
Chistine is the co-owner of Geared for Growing. She graduated from Cal Poly SLO in 1982 with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture, with a concentration in nursery practices. She worked in the field mowing lawns until she was 8 months pregnant with her first child. She now wears many hats, including holding a pest control license, doing the payroll and accounts receivable and payable. She is the office party planner and head cheerleader for the company. When she is not in the office she can be found hiking, scrapbooking or chillin’ with her hubby, her daughter, her dog or friends.
Back Row, Left to Right: Victor Mendez [18 years]
Dante Mendoza [2 years]
Oscar Andrade [7 years]
Front Row: Ruben Leon [9 years]
Rene Lopez [23 years]
Enrique Avila [8 years]
Juan Cruz [3 years]
Not pictured: Dario Bernabe [20 years]
“Geared for Growing designed and installed an entirely new backyard for me. The end result is a beautiful, serene space that is great for entertaining. Richard, Austin, Dario and everyone else at Geared for Growing were professional, responsive and talented…I would recommend them without hesitation.”
“From start to finish, Richard and his team were reliable, professional and a pleasure to work with.”