Greenleaf 35th Anniversary Timeline

The Greenleaf Story Began in 1980

35 years ago, Spokane native Dan Gaffney returned to the Inland Northwest after studying landscape maintenance in Corvallis, OR. While at school, he worked for a top retail nursery and began his life-long pursuit of proper horticulture care and continuing education. When Dan returned, he decided he wanted to provide proper horticulture care and to meet or exceed industry standards in his field. Much of Greenleaf’s success can be credited to Dan’s personal motto from the very beginning: “Good enough isn’t good enough for Greenleaf standards.”

With a $2,500 loan from his dad, “plus interest,” Dan says, he and his brother Don purchased their first piece of equipment and started Greenleaf Landscaping; it was originally a landscape installation and irrigation business.  Don moved on, and operating with only a few employees out of his small home on Spokane’s South Hill, Dan continued to grow the business while raising his two young daughters. Within two years he married Jill and acquired a savvy business partner as well; Jill also has a degree and experience in Landscape Design. The business and their family grew, and together they raised their four little girls who also worked in the industry while growing up.

Two short years later, Greenleaf Landscaping moved from that small house on the South Hill to its present location in the Spokane Valley and Dan studied at night to earn his Arborist and Spray Certifications. With their passion for horticulture, Dan and Jill acquired property in 2007 where they planted 6,000 trees and built a new home on their tree farm. Today, Greenleaf uses those trees at customer sites and sells them to other contractors and nurseries as well. To give back to the local community, Greenleaf is donating 300 of those trees this year to the City’s Forest Spokane Residential Tree Program. 

Today, Greenleaf Landscaping is an award-winning landscape maintenance company and over the last eight years it has earned 14 prestigious WALP Awards (Washington Association of Landscape Professionals). The most recent awards (2014) were for their work at Kendall Yards downtown and at Touchmark on the South Hill. This year, Greenleaf was certified by EnviroStars, which recognizes environmentally responsible business and gave them a 5-Star rating, their highest. Dan and Jill are quick to point out that Greenleaf’s success is mainly attributed to the integrity and family values instilled in them by their parents, the caliber of employees they have, their serious focus on customer service and their collective respect for the environment. Many customers have been with the Greenleaf for 25-30 years because of this!

Dan also promotes the importance of being relevant in order to be a leader in the industry. Technology, products, and services progress so quickly that you must continually educate yourself and then act to stay ahead of the curve. Greenleaf has been able to do that by consistently evolving, implementing new approaches in the field and office, hiring skilled staff members with fresh ideas, all while keeping the core values of customer service, quality, and environmental stewardship at the forefront. Greenleaf’s team of professionals, many with numerous years of education and experience in horticulture, spraying, irrigation and pruning, are dedicated, highly qualified and work year-round. They hold degrees, licenses and certifications and continually pursue education. Many things may have changed over the last 35 years, but these values have remained a constant for Greenleaf and will pave the way for its future.

 

By Anna Twohig 04/2015

 

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Scroll down to view a timeline of our favorite events!

 

Greenleaf's Birthday

Greenleaf Landscaping is born! Dan first started out with only a truck, a mower and some landscape tools. For the first 10 odd years, Greenleaf services primarily consisted of landscape construction with some mowing, pruning, sprinkler, and snow plow services offered

Read more Apr 1980

Jill

Jill Gaffney, Dan's wife and business partner, joins the team at Greenleaf! Originally doing a little of everything for many years, Jill is now our Vice President and CFO

Read more Apr 1990

Gaffney Family

Dan and Jill marry and join their families, raising four little girls together

Mar 1991

Jim

Jim Falcon joins the Greenleaf Crew as a spray technician. Jim is still our longest employee!

Read more Apr 1991
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Longest Customer

Carole & William Zuppe. Thank you for your many years of customer loyalty!

Apr 1993

Gaffney Family

Dan and Jill's girls all worked in the landscape industry at some point while they were growing up!

Jan 1970
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Addition of Environment West

Greenleaf purchased Environment West Maintenance and Spray and began offering a lot more spray services and environmentally friendly spray practices such as IPM

Read more Aug 1998

Terry

Along with the addition of Environment West, Terry Micken joins Greenleaf with his many years of experience and helps expand our spray division

Read more Aug 1998

Chewie

Chewbacca, more commonly known as Chewie, is our beloved office dog and has put in more days at Greenleaf than most people who still work here today!

Read more Oct 2000

Gary

Gary Wickham joins Greenleaf in the Landscape Department and will later becomeour Operations Manager

Read more Feb 2001

Martin

Martin Bixby joins Greenleaf in the Arbor Department; he will later become our Arbor Manager

Read more May 2001
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Environment West Absorbed by Greenleaf

After the success of broadening our spray division, Greenleaf absorbed the separate division of Environment West Maintenance and Spray to simply become "Greenleaf Landscaping, Inc." a landscape maintenance company

Jan 2003

WALP

Greenleaf joins the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals

Read more Jan 2005
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Phosphate-Free Fertilizer

Long before it became illegal to use fertilizer with phosphates, Greenleaf had developed its own custom blend of phosphate-free feritlizer and used it as our standard issue fertilizer

Read more Jan 2005
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Greenleaf Mowing Contractors

The mowing division is sold to Hal and Andrea, who will keep the Greenleaf name and work under the Greenleaf umbrella as our main mowing subcontractor

Feb 2005
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Greenleaf Irrigation Division Sold

For a brief time, the Greenleaf Irrigation Division was sold to a previous employee who continued to run that division under the Greenleaf umbrella as our main irrigation subcontractor

Feb 2005

Mike

Mike Richardson joins Greenleaf as a spray technician

Read more Apr 2005

Winter Deice Service

Greenleaf begins to offer winter deice service to our customers

Read more Oct 2005
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Greenleaf Tree Farm

Dan and Jill start the Greenleaf Tree Farm on their property in the Deer Park area

Read more Jan 2007
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Greenleaf Irrigation Division Bought Back

Greenleaf Landscaping bought back the irrigation division after two years and continues to run it as one of our main and growing divisions today

Jan 2007
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WALP Award: The Ridge at Hangman

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Merit for Multi-Family Residential Maintenance at The Ridge at Hangman!

Read more Jan 2007

WALP Award: Quail Ridge

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Merit for Multi-Family Residential Maintenance at Quail Ridge! We are also published for our work at this site!

Read more Jan 2007

WALP Award: Guardian Life Insurance

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Distinction for Commercial Maintenance at Guardian Life Insurance!

Read more Jan 2008

WALP Award: Riverside Court Townhouses

Greenleaf is given the WALP Grand Award for Multi-Family Residential Maintenance at Riverside Court Townhouses! We were also published for our work at this site!

Read more Jan 2008

Agustin

Agustin Lopez joins Greenleaf as an irrigation technician

Read more Jun 2008

Anna

Anna Twohig joins Greenleaf as our Marketing Director; she will later become our Office Manager as well

Read more Feb 2009

David

David Hill joins Greenleaf as a landscape technician; he will later become our lead Horticulturist

May 2009
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Organic Fertilizer

Greenleaf develops our own blend of organic fertilizer with the help of Wilbur Ellis and we begin offering it to our customers

Read more Jan 2010

WALP Award: Manito Place

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Merit for Color in the Landscape at Manito Place!

Read more Jan 2010

WALP Award: Manito Place

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Distinction for Multi-Family Residential Maintenance at Manito Place!

Read more Jan 2010

Sergio

Sergio Escalera joins Greenleaf as an irrigation technician; he will later become our Irrigation Department Supervisor and then our Landscape Department Supervisor

Read more Apr 2010
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Paperless Billing

We reach one of our environmental goals and with an updated website are able to offer paperless billing to our customers!

Read more Jan 2011

WALP Award: Fitzpatrick Residence

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Distinction for Single-Family Residential Maintenance at the Fitzpatrick Residence!

Read more Jan 2011

WALP Award: Legacy Ridge

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Distinction for Commercial Maintenance at Legacy Ridge!

Read more Jan 2011

SMART

Greenleaf becomes a SMART Sustainable Business Participant

Read more Feb 2011
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Rain Sensors

Greenleaf partners with the City of Spokane and their Slow the Flow program; with Greenleaf offering customers a low price for installing a water-saving Rain Sensor to their sprinkler system and the City of Spokane offering incentives and rebates for customers who have them installed

Read more Apr 2011

Rosa

Rosa Mejia joins Greenleaf and becomes the scheduler; she will later become the controller and one of our managers

Read more Sep 2011

John

John Goldsberry joins Greenleaf as our mechanic

Sep 2011

WALP Award: American West Bank

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Distinction for Commercial Maintenance at American West Bank!

Read more Jan 2012

WALP Award: Manito Place

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Distinction for Color in the Landscape at Manito Place!

Jan 2012

WALP Award: Coeur d"Alene Place

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Distinction for Multi-Family Residential Maintenance at Coeur d'Alene Place! We were also published for our work at this site!

Read more Jan 2013

WALP Award: Quail Ridge

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Distinction for Commercial Maintenance at Quail Ridge!

Read more Jan 2013

Melissa

Melissa Boyer joins Greenleaf as a scheduling assistant; she will later become one of our top sales people and begin leading a sales division in the company

Read more Feb 2013

Missy

We continue to grow and develop a larger need for more office staff. Missy Mitchell joins Greenleaf as our Human Resources person and remains so to this day!

Read more Apr 2013

Community Canopy Award

Landscape of Excellence Award
Presented to
Coeur d'Alene Place Homeowner's Association
For Outstanding Use And Care Of Trees In The Landscape
Coeur d'Alene Place

Read more Aug 2013

WALP Award: Kendall Yards

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Distinction for Commercial Maintenance at Kendall Yards

Read more Jan 2014

WALP Award: Touchmark Retirement

Greenleaf is given the WALP Award of Distinction for Commercial Maintenance at Touchmark Retirement!

Read more Jan 2014

EnviroStars

Greenleaf joins the EnviroStars Program and receives a 5 Star Rating! (their highest)

Read more Feb 2015

Marina

Marina joins our team and is a huge help in the office as our customer base and their needs grow. If you have called in recently to our office, chances are Marina has helped you and given amazing customer service!

Read more Mar 2015

Greenleaf Turns 35!

Happy 35th Birthday to us!

Apr 2015
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Jan 1970