Landscape Architecture

The New Leaf Story

Established in 1987, owners Rick King and Whitney Schwab started New Leaf Landscaping with the wish to provide professional, courteous, and complete landscape services to residences in the Triangle Area.

New Leaf currently operates two separate, but complementary, divisions. Although originally started as a design and installation firm, so many of our clients requested maintenance services upon completion of their landscape project that the maintenance division was created.

New Leaf Landscaping’s Design and Installation Division includes three highly qualified designers, including:

Rick King – Rick has been doing landscape design and installation from his teen years. His interest in gardening resulted in attaining a degree in Biology from Franklin and Marshall College where he also managed the greenhouse. Now, with more than thirty years designing with New Leaf Landscaping, he has developed knowledge of what looks beautiful, “works” in the landscape, and thrives for years to come.

The Installation Team includes four crews headed by:

Whitney Schwab, Installation Manager – As one of the founders of the company Whitney has accumulated countless hours in all areas of landscape installation. His ability to handle the purchase and delivery of materials, organize the work schedule, and delegate to the very capable craftsmen that make up the New Leaf Landscaping crews combine to provide our clients timely completion of their landscape projects.

Our installation projects range in scale from a simple planter to an entire site’s landscaping, including plants, irrigation, pathways, walls, terraces, fences, water features, and lighting.   Please take a look at our photo gallery for a few samples.

The Maintenance Team includes five crews headed by:

Uriel Vega, Maintenance Manager, has experience in both the installation and maintenance sides of our industry. He started working for New Leaf in 2004, and he supported New Leaf in many capacities before moving up to become the maintenance manager. Uriel is dedicated to our Durham clients.

The Team

Rick King

Lead Landscape Designer

Originally from Maine, After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Biology, Rick King came to Durham to attend graduate school at Duke University.  “I found that I wanted a ‘hands on’ work experience in the out of doors, rather than a job in research.  I had worked my way through college and graduate school in the landscape industry and it appealed to me as an outlet, both for my creativity, and as an opportunity to work outside”.  Rick takes a great deal of pleasure in creating outdoor spaces that are beautiful and suit the clients’ needs, be that dynamic, colorful, active spaces, or calm, peaceful retreats, as he is often heard saying “you live here, I don’t!  It must suit YOU.”

Whitney Schwab

Operations Coordinator


Sean Anderson

Landscaping Designer

Sean originally from New York, graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Horticulture management and Landscape Design. "Ever since I could walk I would find myself in the garden helping my mom and dad. I always liked the idea of taking something and putting my own twist on it to transform it into something amazing, I quickly found a liking for designing" Sean greatly enjoys getting to know the client and being able to create there backyard oasis through his designs from his interactions with the client!

Denice Esquina

Office Manager | Accounts Receivable


Cathy Boyd

Operations Administrator | Accounts Payable

Uriel Vega

Maintenance Manager

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Eloy Tapia

Service and Installation Facilitator