Janet P. Gross - President and CEO
Jan’s earliest memories are of helping in the family garden and exploring the woods and lakes of her native Ontario. The passion for environmental stewardship that grew from these childhood experiences has led her to explore other cultures, become an organic gardener in Mendocino and, in 1985, establish an award-winning landscape design, build and maintenance company in Marin County. As President and CEO of Heritage Landscapes, Jan is a leader in the landscape industry, serving as past president of the California Landscape Contractor’s Association and developing many technical training programs that have resulted in the conservation of natural resources. Jan’s mission is to protect and enhance the natural vitality of gardens and landscapes in all settings, and to share her proven approach with commercial and residential clients.
Heritage Landscapes holds a State of California Landscape Contractors License and is a Certified Bay Friendly Landscape Company and Marin County Green Business. The company is a member of the national landscape organization PLANET, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and numerous other professional organizations. Jan serves as a landscape industry representative on the county’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee of MCSTPPP, which protects water quality. Heritage Landscapes has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset Magazine, Dream Pools and Spas and the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine.
Jan aligns her environmental stewardship values with her personal life, exploring new ways to grow her own organic food, raise chickens and create a healthy lifestyle with her family at her San Geronimo Valley homestead. Both personally and through Heritage Landscapes, she contributes generously to her community and donates landscape consulting and design services to local schools and non-profit organizations. Jan is also a recognized artist with works published in the books Spirit of Color and Spirit of Drawing.
Jan’s son and daughter both joined Heritage Landscapes full-time after working in the maintenance and construction divisions during the summer months while attending college. David and Almora are proud to carry the legacy of Heritage Landscapes into the next generation.
David Gross - Owner
David Gross held the position of Maintenance Manager from 2005 – 2008 and he now acts as assistant to the Landscape Architect, oversees the installation team’s production and quality of work and is involved in sales, marketing and outreach. David is certified as an Irrigation Auditor, Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper, CLCA Water Manager, Qualified Bay Friendly Landscaper, Pesticide Qualified Applicator and holds a CLT in maintenance Ornamental and Turf. David is passionate about landscaping, environmental sustainability, and continual client satisfaction.
Almora Hudson - Owner
Almora Hudson has been with Heritage Landscapes since 1993. After working as a landscape maintenance Crew Leader, she assumed the bookkeeping and administrative duties of the Company. She now functions as the Operations Manager / Controller. Almora enjoys the camaraderie and teamwork at Heritage Landscapes while promoting the goal of Creating Paradise One Garden at a Time.
Pedro Castrejon - Landscape Architect
Pedro Castrejon joined Heritage Landscapes in 2011 as an Architectural Landscape Designer, Estimator, and Project Manager. After receiving his Bachelors of Science degree in Landscape Architecture form Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, he spent fifteen years working on all types of commercial, residential and urban projects. Prior to joining Heritage Landscapes, Pedro worked extensively in the Bay Area with several highly-regarded landscape design and construction firms. As a team member of Heritage Landscapes, Pedro currently oversees all aspects of landscape construction from the design phase through completion. He designs, drafts, and presents conceptual and final landscape plans to clients, coordinates jobsite tasks, supervises work crews, manages and leads on-going client meetings, and ensures a quality process throughout. Pedro is passionate about design, sustainability, and creating aesthetically pleasing outdoor environments.
Spears Mallis - Maintenance Manager, Residential Division
Spears Mallis brings a well-rounded and unique approach to our team. His experience includes the management of the landscape crews for Skywalker Ranch in Nicasio and Mission Creek Park in San Francisco. He enjoys creating and maintaining natural environments that suit every client specifically, utilizing knowledge gained from 8 years of experience in the California horticultural field. Spears also brings knowledge gained from his time leading the construction of permaculture gardens and xeriscape orchards in Chile. Spears holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, with a focus on sustainable agriculture. He is a resource-conscious landscape manager proven to achieving the highest standards.