Bill Sullivan started his local business as a teenager when his mother drove him to his very first jobs. His mother's love of flowers and plants made a quick impression on Bill. After earning a college degree in Journalism, he spent 17 years as a sports journalist and media consultant.
From sports to plants...While starting his landscaping business, Bill attended school for five years (nights and weekends) at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Graduate School in Washington. In 2005, he earned a graduate certificate in Landscape Design. The program requires completion of 12 semester courses examining trees, shrubs, ground covers and perennials. Courses are taught at the U.S. National Arboretum—a "working classroom" over 440 acres.
Happy Anniversary...In 2020, Sullivan's Landscaping celebrates its 30th year. Over that time, over 1,200 customers have retained Bill to design and maintain their residential landscapes and patio gardens. A near native of Alexandria (he spent part of his youth in upstate New York), Bill focuses on serving customers in Alexandria and Arlington, whether it be single family homes, townhomes, condominiums or apartments.
Free written estimates are provided by Bill after meeting with a customer on site.
Personal plant selection is a trademark of Bill's business. Whatever he plants in a customer's landscape, he chooses at a local nursery. Plant orders never are "called in."
It's Easy to Reach Bill. Just call or email. You don't need a PIN, password or username. You don't need to answer security questions (like the name of your first pet). If you call, there is NO tedious phone menu. You hear a brief message from Bill. Then leave your message. Then Bill contacts you. Bill prefers email since robocalls from spammers and solicitors are so frequent these days.
Learning about Bill...He comes highly recommended on the Fairlington Appreciation Society, Fairlington Facebook, Consumers Checkbook and the Better Business Bureau. He has written a monthly garden column ("Down to Earth Patio Gardening") for the All-Fairlington Bulletin since 1996. The newsletter is delivered to 3,400 residents in Fairlington. In 2008, Bill self-published a guide on landscaping (Sullivan's Practical Landscaping Guide). He has taught landscape design in both the Alexandria and Arlington adult education programs and once taught a course in landscaping at Northern Virginia Community College. Currently, he teaches landscape design as well as writing and publishing your own book in the Arlington Community Learning program. In the past he has given educational landscaping tours in the Fairlington community.