Our Team

Dabney Peeples

Founding Principal

DabneyCollins Owner Kenny Collins

Kenny Collins

Owner & CEO

Tessa Pinner

Planting Designer

Nathan Schaupp


Josh Hazard


Greg Griffis


Skip Briggs


Brian Pinner

Outdoor Lighting Designer

Nathan Newsom

Project Development Manager

Susan Sentell

Chief Operations Officer

Krista Ruse

Systems Architect

Greg Gorham

Logistics Manager

Stephen Gagnon


Keith Cox

Special Project Coordinator

Joey Zywiczynski

Fulfillment Coordinator

Matt Brown

Fulfillment Coordinator

Joseph Carlson

Lighting Specialist

Jenae Ellsworth

Accounts Payable Specialist

Tiffany Tucker

Accounting Support Specialist

Blythe Ely

Design Associate

Emily McDowell

Design Associate

Sean Colby

Project Manager

Chuy Paniagua

Crew Supervisor

Marcelo Paniagua


Oscar Vega


Roberto Alejo

Crew Supervisor

Bobby Carter

Crew Supervisor

Jim Collins

The Fixer

The Installation Crew

Dabney Peeples

Founding Principal

Dabney Peeples’ gardens range from highly traditional to playful and contemporary. The three driving forces of his work are the requirements of the architecture, cues from the land, and the unique personalities of every client. These tenets have influenced hundreds of gardens over the past four decades, each one as unique as the place and people who inspired it. He firmly believes that to successfully practice design over time, one must “never quit learning, always stay completely aware of your surroundings and listen, listen, listen.” Dabney eschews trends in the garden, opting instead for timeless solutions guided by the principles of design, proposing that “if a design is good now, it will be good forever.” He finds inspiration both in classical architecture and contemporary masters, because a garden should reference the past while looking to the future.

Dabney has built his practice on the belief that gardens are first and foremost personal. Relationships are essential to the successful creation of every garden. He extolls the importance of a strong partnership, saying, “No matter how extensive or how detailed a set of drawings are, there is absolutely no substitute for trust between client, designer, and contractor.”

Kenny Collins


Over the course of 20 years, Kenny Collins has built a company from two men with a truck and a couple of shovels into a thriving group of multiple installation crews with specialist craftsmen. His philosophy has always been to put people first, both internally and in client relationships. Kenny also places great emphasis on structural and horticultural integrity, encouraging continuing education, experimentation, and research to augment the collective team experience. “We are continuously improving how we do things, and we never sacrifice our own integrity by taking a shortcut.” He believes that every element contributes to the value of the garden, from the effectiveness of the drainage and water management, to concert-quality outdoor sound and thoughtful landscape lighting. “Community in life is paramount and the gardens that we create cultivate this on another level. They have the ability to promote community in a unique way.” The work at DabneyCollins is ultimately all about people and valuing relationships; when the relationships are solid, everything else will follow. “It does take a team and I love ours. So much more is possible when we work together.”