Mike D'Orso

I love where I live, right on the Lafayette River here in Norfolk. This is, however, one of the most flood-prone spots in Hampton Roads. And it's gotten worse every year since I moved into this home in 1993. By the year 2001, the river was rising so high with each storm that I knew I had to do something radical if I wanted to stay here.

That's where Shawn Anderson stepped in.

With Shawn's knowledge and imagination, we were able to design and install a one-of-a-kind, landscaped stone-wall-backed berm surrounding my home that not only will keep those flood waters out for decades to come (we hope), but is also a gorgeous aesthetic feature in itself, planted with carefully chosen foliage able to survive occasional high water.

That's "outside" the wall. Just as gorgeous is the landscaping Shawn/Visonscapes designed and installed "inside" that berm - the area surrounding my home between the wall and the house.

This landscaping includes an intricate system of water features (waterfalls, streams, and ponds), winding stepping stone pathways (including a Zen garden-style bridge), and carefully selected plants and foliage that have turned my back yard into a stunning botanical garden, a peaceful sanctuary unto itself.

I couldn't have found a more earnest, accommodating, reliable and responsive "partner" than Shawn. After more than ten years, I now consider our relationship not just professional, but personal as well. When Shawn works for you, as he has for me, it's inevitable that he will become your friend.

B. Schneider

Shawn Anderson with Visionscapes has been providing design and installation service for my family for over 15 years. Shawn listens to our short and long term goals and always provides several different solutions. There has never been a situation where his completed work has not exceeded our expectations cosmetically or where we didn't feel like we got more than we paid for. We look forward to continue doing business with Visionscapes, working with Shawn and his supervisors John and Billy.

Susan & Paul Hirschbiel

Shawn Anderson and his team at Visionscapes were a pleasure to work with from the very early planning stages, through implementation and to completion of our project. Shawn's team was professional, always made cost saving suggestions where appropriate, kept the job site neat and tidy on a daily basis, and generally minimized the impact on our lives during the exterior renovation of our home. We also were impressed by the competency of the subcontractors chosen by Visionscapes for our project. We are thrilled with our new outdoor living spaces and yard and will certainly recommend Visionscapes to our friends.

Mark & Stephanie Russell

Shawn and his team at visionscapes did a phenomenal job with our landscape design and installation. We continue to use visionscapes when ever we plan updates or changes to our landscaping. Over the years Shawn has become a trusted business associate and friend. His integrity and attention to details are always a priority and show in his quality of work.

Josh Liverman

My wife and I had talked about renovating the pool area for some time and decided to give Shawn a call whom we had used in the pass. This was a big project, complete concrete removal, paver installation and landscape installation with up lighting. I've worked with Shawn in the past and he's always been great but on this project he exceeded my expectation.

Jennifer Stedfast

My husband, Jeff, and I spent a year renovating a 50 year-old house. After the inside renovations were done, we were ready to tackle the outside, which had been neglected for many years. We were given Shawn Anderson's name by two different sources who highly recommended him. We met with him along with other landscaping companies. We immediately knew that we wanted to use Shawn after talking with him due to his vast knowledge of planting materials, creative ideas, and his friendly nature. We are so glad that we did!

Shawn brought the outside back to life. Shawn was very interested in the look that we wanted in addition to inserting his own ideas of how to capture what he thought would look stunning on our property. We worked very closely with Shawn in the planning and design stages. Shawn designed a brick deck with planters, sidewalks around the property, a driveway and parking areas with pavers, an outside shower, fencing, lighting and the landscaping for the front and back of the house. Needless to say, it was not a small project. Shawn designed and implemented the entire project and coordinated the construction of all the various parts. Not only is Shawn a pleasure to work with but his employees and subcontractors are just as easy and enjoyable. Their whole philosophy is to make the customer happy. Of course in a project this size, different issues come up that are unexpected. Shawn and his crew handled every one of them with such ease and professionalism.

In addition, Shawn did not disappear after our project was complete. He regularly checks in with us to make sure everything is still working well for us and to our satisfaction. He has proven over and over again that he sets such a high standard for himself and his company, Visionscapes Land Design, Inc. If you are lucky enough to have Shawn take a project from start to finish, you will not be disappointed!

Patti Gandy

Shawn and his crew,

I just wanted to tell you how happy I have been with my new home and yard. My husband and I worked so hard at building a good quality home that had everything we wanted in it. But, I never really thought about how much the landscaping would make our new house a new home for us. Shawn, we get so many compliments from neighbors that tell us they can't believe that we have only lived here 3 1/2 years because all the trees and foliage look so mature. And, they compliment us on the different types of foliage because it all works so well together. Scott and I agree. We are proud to drive in our driveway because of its curb appeal and we love to sit in our back yard and just take in all the beauty. I want to thank you again for really listening to me when I told you what colors I liked and what style I was looking for. You also remembered that I wanted plants that attracted butterflies and birds. Well, you did it. We love our home and you and your team helped make it possible.

God Bless and make it a great day,

Gary Nye CFM
Director Facilities and Security
Amerigroup Corporation

As the Director of Facilities for a Fortune 500 corporation, it is critical that our properties retain a high quality appearance for our Associates and visitors. Many times Visionscapes has responded beautifully to our requests for landscape design and upgrades to our sites here in Virginia Beach. We have asked them for anything from barbeque stations to patios, smoking areas to retaining walls, and Visionscapes has given our Amerigroup work environment a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere - and we receive the praise!

Mr. Anderson and his team have supplied us with excellent designs, drawings and installations, completed on time and on budget. We look forward to working with Visionscapes as Amerigroup continues to grow.

J. Grubbs

We learned of Shawn Anderson and VIsonscapes from a friend who had work done in her yard. Shawn provided us with a quality design for our backyard as well as solved drainage problems we had been dealing with for years. Shawn's crew were professional and very neat with all of the debris removal, drainage and garden creation.

I look forward to welcoming spring and seeing all of the new plants emerge from the ground and expect to enjoy the sight for years to come. I'd use Visonscapes again without hesitation.

M. Fredrickson

From initial design to installation, Shawn Anderson and his crew balance the esthetically pleasing with optimal plant selections. Shawn's professionalism is mirrored by his in-depth knowledge of sustainable regional plantings and reliable standbys. Shawn transformed our yard into a dimensional tapestry rich in texture and color - if only all contractors made it so easy.

Frank and Maureen McGrath

We first were impressed by Visionscapes when they landscaped a large pond surrounded by a walking path next to Maureen's office. We invited them to design a small waterfall and stream for the border of our garden and to reconfigure our existing plants, both front and back. They result was more than we could have hoped for.

Last year, we had them expand the seating area by raising it, lay sod where we previously had pine straw, and add a raised bed for shade plants next to the sitting area. It has become, along with the sound of the waterfall, our favorite part of the garden, where we often relax and catch up on each other's day. Also, whenever we have wanted maintenance or upgrades on the pond or any part of the landscaping, Visionscapes has been quick to serve and always knowledgeable and professional. We wholeheartedly recommend them.

E. Pilkington
Trinity Partners

Visionscapes Land Design has been a trusted vendor of mine for over 10 years. Shawn Anderson who is the President has a great knowledge of landscape materials, the environments that he is working in and matching them with the vision the client has and their budget. The projects we have worked on have consisted of $500,000 overhauls that have been phased in over a few years to upgrades designed for maximum leasing, existing tenant satisfaction and value to owners for upcoming property sales.

Shawn has the highest integrity and the quality of his projects are second to none. I would highly recommend Shawn to look at any landscape design and installation project.

Jack and Shelley Frazier

I had a rough idea of what I wanted my backyard patio to look like but could not clearly articulate it. Working with Shawn and Visionscapes, my concept became a reality and came out better than I could have hoped for. Shawn's creativity, his attention to detail and ability to work closely with his customers is what makes Visionscapes stand out from the competition.

Tim Daffron
Daffron Construction

The entire staff at Visionscapes have always given us good advice and excellent service no matter what the size of the job or budget is. Shawn's knowledge of the business and eye for design add value to every project we build.

Phyllis J. Dunn
The Drags Companies

In my position as Director of Property Management and Leasing for a Tidewater Virginia based real estate firm for almost thirty years, I have associated and done business with many grounds maintenance and landscape contractors over the years. I can truly say that Shawn Anderson and his company Visionscapes Land Design is at the very top of my list for professionalism, design creativity and quality workmanship.

Shawn Anderson is a pleasure to work with; I have relied on him for many years for landscape planning, development and consulting and would not hesitate to recommend his company, Visionscapes Land Design, to anyone looking for a top notch landscape design company. Visionscapes Land Design under Shawn's talented leadership is one of those very rare companies in which the work contracted for is not only performed in a professional manner but also consistently meets or exceeds the highest expectations upon its completion.