Who We Are

Why Us?

At Holmes Fine Gardens we are committed to providing beautiful landscapes that protect the diversity of the land and its surroundings. We approach projects from a holistic standpoint, assessing your entire property as well as abutting neighbors' to protect and enhance the natural elements of each property.

As stewards of the earth we strive to use only organic methods where applicable. We work toward sustainable landscapes that are attractive, long lasting, save water, use less fertilizer to maintain, and are free of potentially dangerous chemicals and substances for the families we serve and the environment we share. Our goal is to maximize a property's value while minimizing its environmental impact.

And we don't stop there. We strive to operate all aspects of our business in a sustainable manner - from careful selection of materials and equipment to the reuse and recycling of materials both on-site and off-site.

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Our design, construction and maintenance landscaping firm serves the towns of Fairfield and Litchfield counties, including but not limited to Easton, Fairfield, Litchfield, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Southbury, Weston, Westport, Wilton and Woodbury.

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Meet The Team

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes


Holmes Fine Gardens, established in 2002, is owned and operated by Dan Holmes. Dan has worked in the landscaping industry for over 25 years and is a graduate of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design. Dan's passion for landscaping grew at an early age mowing lawns for neighbors in his Connecticut home town. He was inspired by one home owner in particular who had Dan pruning ornamental plants and building retaining walls out of newspaper. Not long after completing his studies at Cal Poly, he returned to Connecticut where he knew he could employ more natural landscaping practices. After working for several nurseries and landscaping firms including Young's Nursery and Shermin Nurseries, Dan founded Holmes Fine Gardens based in Newtown, CT where he lives with his family.

Dan contributes his time and energy to several communcity based organizations. He is on the Board of the Pootatuck Watershed Association and is a past committee member of the Newtown Sustainable Energy Commission which works to inspire a greener approach to energy use, conservation, and renewable resources on a municipal, business, and household basis. Dan is also a co-founder of Newtown Earth Day (est. 2007), advocating for commercial plastics recycling for local nurseries through the Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association. Dan is a frequent speaker on a number of topics related to sustainable and responsible landscaping and horticultural practices.

Dan Holmes

Jesse Birden

Project Manager

Jesse Birden is a Newtown native and has worked with Holmes Fine Gardens for eight years. Coming from a creative background, he brings his artistic flair to his work as he earned a B.A. in Studio Art in 2010 and an M.F.A. in Sculpture in 2013. Jesse began working with Holmes Fine Gardens in 2007 originally to service equipment. He was then introduced to the fieldwork and quickly grew eager to learn landscaping practices and design. Now, thanks to the opportunity for growth within the company, Jesse has developed the knowledge and experience to fulfill many roles. These projects include landscape design, patios and stone walls, pruning and plant care, and both small and large scale planting projects. In his passion for landscape architecture as well as landscape construction, willingness to meet client needs, and attention to high quality work, Jesse brings a superior level of commitment and service to Holmes Fine Gardens.

“Dan and Holmes Fine Gardens are my go-to company for planting and re-evaluation of any property. Their knowledge and love of what they do shows, and their respect for horticultural history and indigenous plantings to the Northeast is inspiring.”
- Mary F. - Newtown, CT -

In The Community & Affiliations

Pootatuck Wtershed association
Community Newtown Earth Day
Community CNLA
Community Town of Newtown
Community CTNOFA