Lou Penning

Co-Owner and CFO

Ben Penning

Co-Owner and President


We are committed to transforming outdoor living spaces in the Napa Valley and North Bay, one garden at a time. Lou Penning Landscapes is local, family-owned and operated business that has served the northern Bay Area since 1988. Our project portfolio includes everything from organic raised-bed vegetable gardens to elaborate estate landscapes for both residential and commercial properties. We specialize in designing modern and highly efficient irrigation and lighting solutions. We also frequently collaborate with landscape architects, large estates owners, and companies with strong corporate images.

Wendy Carter Jordan

Bookkeeper + Office Manager

Katy Kabbe

Maintenance Account Manager + Landscape Architect

Ali White

Maintenance Account Manager

Sha-Khan Sparks

Maintenance + Enhancement Account Manager

Rodrigo Cerventes

Maintenance Foreman

Juan Vargas

Construction Foreman

Margarito Chavez

Enhancement Foreman

Gemme Vonknopka

Vegetable Gardener

Lou Penning

Lou founded Lou Penning Landscapes in 1988. Prior to that he was the head gardener at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Lou graduated from Sonoma State University where he studied water quality management.

Lou loves designing, installing and maintaining gardens that his clients will enjoy for a lifetime. Lou is an Irrigation Designer and an Irrigation Auditor certified by the International Irrigation Association.

Lou has lived in Napa since he was 5 years old and has a daughter in addition to his son, Ben. Lou lives in Napa with hiswife, Julie.

Ben Penning

Benjamin is the second generation of the family to lead the maintenance and installation divisions. After graduating from San Diego State University, he worked as an Account Manager for a large landscaping company in San Diego.

Benjamin loves working closely with all clients to help bring their outdoor spaces alive. Training and coaching employees is also an important part of his job responsibilities.

Great landscapes start with great people and Benjamin spends lots of his time working closely with all members of the Lou Penning Landscapes team.

Ben is Bay Friendly Certified and Landscape Industry Certified.