We provide the finest commercial, resort, and residential landscape design, construction, and maintenance services. We create outdoor spaces where people get lost in the beauty and delight. We build from a mixture of a clients desires and our extensive design background to create perfectly refined gardens. Our passion and experience qualify us for small intimate gardens to large complex projects.

OUR TEAM

PRESIDENT / DIRECTOR OF DESIGN

JEREMY MCVICARS

Jeremy’s imagination and ingenuity have been the driving force behind Refined Gardens. From an early age and into college, Jeremy’s artistry and designs have scored many awards and notoriety. Jeremy spent 13 years as Director of Design at an award winning design firm. As president and founder of Refined Gardens, Jeremy focuses his passion and leadership on the design and construction of the most refined exterior spaces. His work has been published in the magazines Phoenix Home & Garden, Luxe, Beautiful Homes, North Valley, AZ-Lifestyle, Arizona Foothills and Arizona Residential Architects featuring design perspectives inspired by his extensive travels. Jeremy works to build a culture of collaboration in an inspiring environment. When Jeremy isn’t guiding and motivating the team, he enjoys traveling with his beautiful wife and being inspired by gardens around the world.

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

JASON REALE

If you ask Jason why he wanted to be an accountant the answer is simple.  "Accounting runs in the blood, My grandmother was an Air Force accountant for 62 years, retiring at 87 years old and my mother has been a billing systems consultant for 25 years".  Jason found his love of the green industry completely on accident.  In 2007 he signed on to clean up a struggling contractor's books and ended up purchasing half the company a year later.  In 2016 that company was sold and was the 2nd largest high end residential landscape firm in Colorado.   Since relocating to Arizona he has overseen a multimillion dollar real estate investment firm and a national construction firm as a Sr. Accountant. Jason brings over a decade of experience working with home builders, banks and homeowners directly to the Refined Gardens team.   In his free time Jason enjoys racing, participating in strongman competitions and complaining about the Denver Broncos who he loves with a passion. 

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

MIGUEL SOTO

With nearly 20 years of experience between supervising and landscape construction, Miguel is no stranger to getting his hands dirty. Miguel has gained his construction knowledge through the many years of working for an award-winning golf course construction company, which have built some of the finest courses in the game. Past projects have taken him all over Western states such as California, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and throughout Arizona. After finally settling down in Arizona and taking on a supervisor role at Refined Gardens, Miguel has become the guiding hand to transforming our gardens in an orchestrated operation. His humble and honest personality is shown throughout the quality of his work. Not only passionate about his work, Miguel is a family man who in his free time enjoys blazing down hills on his mountain bike.

MAINTENANCE MANAGER

JOE GRANILLO

As a proud native of the Southwest, Joe brings over 25 years of experience caring for gardens in the unique Arizona landscape. He’s always been very fond of nature, especially botany, and loves being able to work closely with plants and trees everyday. Keenly aware of the amount of continuous attention gardens require, his detail-oriented approach allows the gardens he cares for to flourish and stay vibrant and lush. After all, he knows that some of the best memories are made outside, as he strives to maintain every garden’s beautiful condition. His passion for the outdoors extends beyond his work, and you’ll be sure to find him hunting, fishing, or camping with his family in his free time.

PROJECT MANAGER / SENIOR DESIGNER

RYAN SAWDEY

Ryan is a Southern California native whose passion for outdoor environments has inspired him to explore the nature of storytelling through design. His work develops meaning through the constant dialogue of architecture, art, decor, furniture, and the evolution of plant material. Ryan obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University, where he focused his studies on sustainability in design and construction. Having designed a wide range of project types such as master communities, parks, restaurants and large estates, his work has been both award-winning and magazine published. With a laid-back attitude, Ryan can be found reaching his meditative state while camping, hiking, fishing or surfing up and down the coast.

PROJECT MANAGER / DESIGNER

MARCOS CARRILLO

Trained and registered as a building architect, Marcos saw a need for visionary design in exterior environments. After receiving his Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Baja California, Marcos practiced as a licensed architect in Mexico for a few years until finally settling down in Arizona. His work seeks to celebrate the relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces, modern and timeless, and the constant conversation people have with gardens and gardens have with the site. Throughout his many years as an architect and landscape designer, Marcos has designed and managed a number of projects ranging from large communities to small-scale sites, always pushing for romantic gestures in design. Marcos and his wife Melissa, have three darling children who are constantly exploring Mexico and the Southwest seeking out hidden gems with great food and drinks. 

PROJECT MANAGER / DESIGNER

KAYLA SAWADA

Kayla grew up in Victoria, BC. The exhilarating surroundings were a great setting to nurture her fondness for nature, capturing the rugged beauty and wildlife through photography and hand-drawings. The combination of these two passions developed into a real keen focus for design. This cool Canadian moved to the hot Arizona desert to attend and receive a degree in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University. Kayla has worked on larger scale projects but she is eager to concentrate on residential homes that are more intimate, allowing for deeper creativity. True to her roots, Kayla loves hockey and beer, always willing to try a local brew. We are thrilled to have this charming outdoors devotee a part of our team.

PROJECT MANAGER / DESIGNER

CHELSEA MOORE

Throughout her many years of working in landscape design, Chelsea has designed a range of projects from master planned communities, parks and city monuments, to commercial properties and large estates. Chelsea’s passion for plants and gardening led her to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University. Originally from Colorado, her love for the outdoors inspires her to create inviting outdoor retreats within the Arizona desert. When she is not managing a project, you can find Chelsea in her own backyard tending to her garden of tropical fruit trees, on a road trip to the beach or mountains with her awesome twin boys.

DIGITAL ARTIST

SEAN DIVINCENZO

Sean is an architectural consultant and designer from Long Island who threw a dart at a map and ended up in Arizona. Sean brings to Refined Gardens his many years of experience in planning large estates and environmental studies, specializing in 3-D renderings. His designs have been published in various publications and recently designed the archways into the Town of Carefree. He answered the call of duty, serving at Ground Zero and achieving the rank of sergeant for his diligent efforts. Sean is a Mini Cooper enthusiast and spends his free time on road trips and rallies with his friends and his wife, Alexis. Sean is also a student of photography, and enjoys designing various steampunk creations.

ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER

JEFF HYLER

A native to the midwest, Jeff travelled from Iowa to Arizona to pursue his passion in becoming a Landscape Architect. The vast landscapes, sports teams, and immaculate weather pulled him to this great state. With him, he brings his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture, earned from Iowa State University, accompanied with a minor in sustainability, with a focus in environmental science and business. Jeff has award winning designs in sustainability at ISU’s campus, along with five years of landscape construction experience, that allows him to continue building his professional goals. Growing up as an Eagle Scout, Jeffs adventurous spirit, drive and ambition mixed with his passion for the outdoors, catalyzes his creativity in design to reflect that of nature. He focuses on inviting spaces that encourage function, health, and gathering, all while remaining sustainable and encouraging nature to thrive. Outside of the office, Jeff is no stranger to adventure and regularly travels, plays ice hockey, and likes to find those sweet wine tasting hot spots.

MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR

CRYSTAL DORAN

Crystal grew up in the small towns of Arizona running around in the dirt and helping her dad remodel houses during her summer breaks. As an adult she has volunteered on large non-profit construction projects across the country and loves to spend her free time traveling the world with her husband. Always looking to help a friend in need is how she found herself in the landscaping industry almost a decade ago. Now she prides herself in taking care of our maintenance clientele by working closely with and coordinating the teams in the field.

MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR

ERICKA SHAFFER LOPEZ

As an Arizona native, Ericka loves basking in the endless sunny days and considers anything below 70 degrees as too cold. Her keen eye on detail originated from her experience working as an assistant for a local accounting firm and now she brings that same attention to Refined Gardens. A foodie at heart, Ericka enjoys trying new cuisines in her free time and finding ways to fuse them into her own family’s recipes to create delicious new twists.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

YANET FLORES

As an administrative assistant and a background in education Yanet is happy to support and navigate the complexities that a busy office like Refined Gardens brings to the table. Yanet moved to AZ in 2016 from NYC (the Bronx) and she excels at crossing the street dangerously. When Yanet isn’t in the office she enjoys spending time with her family, going to concerts, cat sitting and taking long naps.

JUNIOR ACCOUNTANT

BRIANA RODRIGUEZ

Briana is part of the office support staff. She has a passion and skill for numbers, which she has been able to carry over to Refined Gardens. On her free time she enjoys hikes, traveling, puzzles, and spending time with family and pets. She has lived in Arizona since she was 4 years old and always enjoys watching the amazing Arizona sunsets with her husband.

HUMAN RESOURCES

STACY MCVICARS

Stacy is responsible for ensuring and furthering the vision of Refined Gardens. From developing standard operating procedures to creating and establishing relationships, Stacy draws from her over ten years of customer service, specializing in insurance coordination. A true lover of animals, Stacy makes a point of visiting a wildlife sanctuary or habitat on every vacation. She is a talented author of many farcical stories.

Refined Gardens  |  14555 North Scottsdale Road #240, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254  |  info@refinedgardens.com  |  Tel: 480 588 7166

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