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Meet the Team

Glenn Souza

Glenn Souza

Glenn is a transplant from New England and got his start in the landscape industry at Young’s Landscaping on Longboat Key over two decades ago. What started as just a summer job while attending Manatee Community College in 1988, turned into a lifelong career.

Working his way up the ladder from laborer to Operations Manager at Young’s, and eventually to one of the owners at Grants Gardens, Glenn has learned all aspects of landscape design, installation, irrigation, and maintenance literally from the ground up. Along the way Glenn has been involved in the installation and maintenance of numerous high-end residences and large luxury condominiums on Longboat and Lido Key. The Sanctuary, L’Ambiance, L’Elegance, The Water Club, Villa Di Lancia, Vizcaya, and En Provence are a few of the notable projects he has been involved in.

Working with large commercial clients in the maintenance realm like the Longboat Key Club to clients like David Miller, owner of Cannons Marina, Glenn has had the privilege to work with a diverse group of clients with a broad range of landscape needs. Glenn is a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture and has been certified in Florida’s Best Management Practices. His ability to connect with people on a personal level has allowed him to grow a loyal base of customers, employees, and vendors that is crucial to running a successful business.


Danielle Beatt

Danielle Beatt

In 2001, Danielle joined Grant’s Gardens, Inc. Danielle left her job as a Social Worker with Jewish Family and Children’s Service and took over the administrative side of the business. Together Grant and Danielle built the business from home while their two children, Hannah and Julia were toddlers. Danielle has since moved into management of the administrative staff and is the Chief Financial Officer.

The collaboration between Grant, Glenn and Danielle has allowed Grant’s Gardens, Inc. to grow from a small, specialized maintenance company to a full service design/build firm.


Adam Kirkland

Adam Kirkland

Certified Arborist

Originally from Gainesville Florida, Adam developed a love for plants from his Grandmother who was the head of the Garden club in West Palm Beach Florida.

At the age of 18 he began working at a local nursery in Gainesville. After 8 years in the nursery industry he relocated to Miami where he began working in Landscape Maintenance on some of Miami’s premiere landscapes.

After moving to Sarasota and running a maintenance crew for Young’s landscape on Longboat Key he was promoted to Maintenance Manager.

Adam holds certifications in Florida Green Industry’s Best Management Practices, Florida pest control I’d card holder, and is a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.


Elfego Valle

Elfego Valle

Landscape Maintenance at Corey’s Landing

Elfego has been with the company for over 12 years and is a key member of staff. He works out of the Long Boat Key office and is responsible for the landscape maintenance at Corey’s Landing. Elfego is a veteran of the landscape business and works closely with the property manager at Coreys’ Landings to ensure consistent high quality maintenance for every owner.


Marina Attili

Marina Attili

Potted Plant Maintenance

Marina is an asset to Grant’s Gardens with exceptional customer service. She has been a member of staff now for over 15 years and lives out on Longboat Key and has a very loyal following. Her services for ‘Potted Plant Maintenance’ is highly in demand, and we have a waiting list for her services. She specializes in patio gardens and containerized plantings and is loved by her regular customers for her care and consistency. Marina is based out of our Longboat Key office.


Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Landscape Coordinator

Dan graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Turfgrass Management. He began his career in the golf course construction industry building courses for nearly 10 years with MacCurrach Golf. As the Lead Shaper, he built courses for some of the most well respected modern golf course architects. Dan went on to work in golf course maintenance as a Golf Course Superintendent in Puerto Rico at Dorado Beach and Sarasota at The Ritz Carlton Member’s Club and the Longboat Key Club Islandside Course. Dan joined Grant’s Gardens in 2014 as the Landscape Coordinator where he manages all aspects of landscape installations for Grant’s Gardens.


Jeff Withstandley

Jeff Withstandley

Irrigation Manager

Jeff Withstandley, originally from New Jersey, relocated to Naples, FL in 1990 to begin his career in irrigation. He worked with several companies developing his skills in both commercial and residential irrigation systems. Jeff began his own irrigation company, Southern Rain, Inc., in 2000, serving over 800 clients until his move to Bradenton in 2012. Jeff is trained and certified in Best Management Practices for Manatee County Landscape Maintenance, accredited as a Florida Water Star Landscape Professional and is a Certified Irrigation Contractor with Sarasota County. Jeff designs and renovates irrigation systems to follow Best Management Practices for water usage. He also designs low voltage landscape lighting systems to accent the beauty of the outdoors.


Brendan Flanagan

Brendan Flanagan

Assistant Manager

Brendan Flanagan was born in St. Thomas, USVI but grew up in Southern Florida. He worked at the Palm Beach International Airport and Tropical Shipping at the Port of Palm Beach as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Brendan joined the US Navy Seabees in 2006 as an Equipment Operator and is a Veteran who served in Iraq in 2008. He holds 50 heavy equipment licenses including 40 ton crane operator. In 2011, Brendan started working at Grant’s Gardens as part of the landscape installation crew. He quickly showed his ability to work as part of the team and was promoted to Assistant Manager working in the Maintenance Division at the Longboat Key Office. Brendan now oversees multiple maintenance crews, meets with customers to ensure quality control, provides ideas and estimates to renovate landscaping and runs the weekly training meetings for the staff.


Paul Palmer

Paul Palmer

Paul’s love for drafting began in high school. He graduated from Gaston Community College with an AA degree in Architectural Technology. He worked for an architecture firm providing 2D and 3D drawings for a variety of commercial projects on Auto Cad.

Paul joined Grant’s Gardens design team in 2005. He quickly developed a passion for plants and landscape design. He is now involved with the entire process from meeting with clients on site, site mapping, drawing, estimating and presenting proposals. Paul developed relationships with subcontractors throughout the industry and builds teams to create a client’s ultimate vision.


Scott Murrell

Scott Murrell

Scott is a Certified Pest Control Operator in Lawn & Ornamentals, General Household Pest Control, & Wood-Destroying Organisms, as well as certified in Florida Green Industry’s Best Management Practices and Urban Commercial Fertilizer Application with the State of Florida.

A native of Sarasota, Scott has been working in the Green Industry for over 15 years, starting with a design & install company owned by his brother-in-law, then moving to his father’s new lawn maintenance company – all before he was 18!

From his humble beginnings of planting and mowing, Scott took the knowledge he gained and moved into Fertilizer & Pest Control side of the business in the early 2000s, starting as a Spray Tech and quickly moving up to Operations Manager, and eventually to Certified Operator in Charge.

Scott joined Grant’s Gardens in June, 2018 bringing his knowledge and experience to help ensure healthy landscapes and a value for customer service.


Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from The University of New Hampshire. He worked in the material handling field for 15 years. He left Material Handling to pursue his passion for plants. Starting as a Crew Leader to gain a better understanding of Florida horticulture, Peter grew to join the Management Team 2 years ago. Peter is an avid cyclist and runner who, in 2018, completed his 14th Marathon.

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Testimonials

  • Teresa and I wanted to express our appreciation for the great work your team has done in our garden on Bird Key Drive. The original conception is now in full evidence — what artistry!…

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  • Just wanted you to know that the “crew” did an excellent job of cleaning up the canal-side garden … it’s never looked so good!…

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  • Glenn, What a feat it was to get those HUGE trees planted, without disturbing a blade of grass anywhere else on the property. The removal of the Washingtonians was expertly accomplished as well…

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  • Glenn, Wow, what an amazing job yesterday! The precision needed to move these trees through the air was actually breathtaking! Everyone who saw this project was in complete amazement. And it was done without a flaw…

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