Grant Beatt, the founder and driving force behind GreenEdge, is a certified arborist, gardener, and landscape contractor with a deep-rooted passion for horticulture and soil ecology. Born and raised in Durban, South Africa, Grant’s love for nature and understanding of the intricate relationships between plants, soil, and water was cultivated from a young age.
Grant holds a degree in horticulture and landscape design from Virginia Tech. His academic background, combined with his extensive experience in the field, has equipped him with a profound understanding of plant roots, their surrounding soil ecology, and the above-ground portion of a plant. This knowledge is fundamental to his approach at GreenEdge, where the focus is on nurturing a healthy soil ecology to create a vibrant rooting environment.
Before moving to Sarasota in 1997, Grant worked in Rochester, N.Y., as an arborist, landscape designer, and consultant. His expertise in Florida landscaping was further honed through his partnership with Glenn Souza, a veteran in the local landscape industry.
Grant’s philosophy is centered around the concept of being a steward of the land. He believes in the importance of understanding soil conservation, soil ecology, and the crucial role trees play in our communities and ecology. His approach to landscaping is not just about the aesthetics above ground, but most importantly, about what’s happening below ground. He emphasizes the need to create a healthy, sustainable environment for plants to thrive.
Grant is also a strong advocate for smart irrigation practices and water conservation. He promotes the use of reclaimed water for irrigation and encourages the integration of cisterns into the landscape for stormwater management. His deep understanding of the local climate and weather patterns allows him to design landscapes that are not only beautiful but also environmentally sustainable.
His commitment to the industry extends beyond his business. Grant serves on the Sarasota County Tree Advisory Council, advising county commissioners on arboricultural issues and contributing to the re-examination of Sarasota County’s landscape ordinance. He is also involved in efforts to educate the community about the benefits of rainwater harvesting and the importance of proper stormwater treatment.
Grant’s passion for horticulture, his dedication to sustainable practices, and his commitment to delivering the highest standards of service are the pillars that uphold GreenEdge. His vision and leadership continue to guide the company towards growth and success, while staying true to its core values of sustainability, knowledge advancement, and exceptional service.