​​James Dillon, PCH:  has been studying plants and working in the landscaping industry for over 20 years.  He studied Biology at East Carolina University gaining a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry.  In his studies he developed an appreciation for the benefits of diverse plantings and how they foster beneficial insects, bring birds to the landscape and ultimately require less pesticides and maintenance. While gardens have a beneficial effect on wildlife, the effect some plantings have on the human psyche can be profound.  Expertise in horticulture and experience in the field ensure that plants adapted for the exact planting situation are used to ensure a very high rate of survival.  James is familiar with the growth rates and habits of ornamental and native plants; you'll be pleased to figure out...."what the name of that conifer planted by the house is and how big does it get?"  James will help you determine what almost any species is on the property, how big it gets, what the life-span is and the most effective and efficient way of managing it. 

Josh Evans, CPH: has been a student of personal and social change for more than 15 years.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Adventure Education in 2004 and has led Wilderness programs for adjudicated and at-risk youth, and has facilitated dozens of team-building programs for a variety of ages.  Over the years, spurred by a passion for nature and sustainable homesteading, he received his Permaculture Design Certification from Susquehanna Permaculture in 2011, completed an advanced permaculture training in 2014, gained his Master Gardener certification in 2018, and WV Certified Horticulturist in 2023.   For 9 years, he’s been learning traditional primitive skills, foraging, and teaching about ecology, fire skills, permaculture, and plants.  

In April of 2019, Josh joined the Native Havens team with a strong background in landscaping, gardening, and customer service.   In addition, he brings a large knowledgebase of plants, including native, ornamental, edible, and medicinal plants.  He has enjoyed developing and honing his ecological design skills under the direction and guidance that James has offered.  Josh continues to enjoy learning new plants and skill sets both in the office and in the field.   Through his roles in design, sales, production management, plant procurement, and field support work, Josh seeks to provide friendly and professional interactions paired with high quality service.

CREW: Employees of Native Havens bring tremendous knowledge and experience to the company. Plant/weed identification, plant use/foraging knowledge, installation and maintenance techniques, design skills, and an attention to detail are just some of the qualities crew members of Native Havens add in creating and maintaining your ideal garden.


James worked for many years in the nursery field, so please tap into his vast experience on the best way and time to prune any ornamental plant and just how that action may make the plant respond.  James and Josh continue to take courses in ecological landscape design, learning how plants grow over time, form communities and respond to our actions.  This study has provided Native Havens the knowledge to suggest effective strategies in managing your planting that ultimately leads to efficient and cost-effective maintenance plans. 


Native Havens finds the art involved in an ornamental planting design a key component in how a planting affects us.  Rather than design simply a line of Boxwoods, we may suggest substituting a native shrub, and use in groups, drifts, or as single specimens rather than straight lines.  Depending on the wants of each client, we'd also be likely to include diverse flowers and plants for foliage that are eye-catching and change throughout the seasons.   All of our planting designs strive to be beautiful and functional as well as neat and orderly with good rhythm and cohesiveness throughout the design.  

Because of James', Josh's, and the crew's vast plant knowledge and experience, Native Havens will be a great choice of gardening companies no matter what your garden style...give us a call today and try our garden maintenance, installation and design services...we can't wait to talk about gardening with you! 

Ecological Landscape Design - Installation - Maintenance 


Gardening services that unite Art, Science, and Nature!

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