History

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Rodda & Sons West has its roots in a Seattle business begun by Stewart Rodda in 1937. Stewart had studied painting at the Philadelphia Fine Arts Academy, but with 4 sons and a daughter to provide for, he ended up building models for Boeing and moonlighting as a landscaper. Gradually there developed  enough demand for his work that landscaping became his main occupation.

Stewart passed on to his children an enterprising and innovative spirit. You may have seen some of the very convincing fiberglass rocks he developed in the Tacoma Mall. He also designed and constructed the interior of the Woodland Park Zoo’s Nocturnal House.

In his eighties he was still providing for needy families from the bounty of his beautiful vegetable gardens. In his nineties he was still growing stock for Furney’s Nurseries. Meanwhile 2 of his sons, Barry & Foster, became partners in the landscape business Stewart had started, calling it Rodda & Sons Landscaping.

A few years later, Foster was invited to leave Seattle for the North Beach area where his wife Sharon’s parents were expanding the Sandpiper Beach Resort from 5 sad cabins to one of the best places on the Washington coast. (It has long since been sold.) As Foster gradually took on other landscaping projects Rodda & Sons Westbecame a going concern. Barry & his wife Jan have continued to be very successful with Rodda & Sons in the Seattle area. One of Jan’s appealing demonstration gardens created for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show was featured in Sunset Magazine. They are well known for the excellence of their designs and craftsmanship.

Foster and his trusty crews have now been serving the Grays Harbor community for over 30 years. Foster has been training his son Gabe since he was just a tot. Gabe now oversees the construction crew and brings Foster’s designs to life. Gabe sets a brisk pace for his three man crew and is a skilled machine operator. Since his move to the Olympia area in 2001, the family business has expanded to provide landscape services to Olympia and all of Thurston County as well as Tacoma and the greater South Puget Sound. Rodda & Sons West continues to loyally serve Ocean Shores and the Grays Harbor community.

We look forward to helping you create a landscape at your house that says, “Welcome home!”