dave dexter 

founded the company in 1985, following his strong interest in plants and gardens. With a background in wholesale nursery production and management of a soil products business, he has both a degree in Plant Biology and Environmental Studies & Planning from Sonoma State University.

He and his wife, Allis, a water color artist/teacher, enjoy spending time with their four grandkids. Away from work and family you might find him on a fairway or watching a giants game.​​​

diego casas

was born in Mexico City and raised in the Napa Valley. He worked as an Agricultural Irrigation Specialist for five years and graduated with a degree in Spanish from Sonoma State University in 1995.

He coordinates all the labor for our various projects and is always thinking on his feet as plans change daily. He has been with DEXTER since May of 2002 and fills an important role as Field manager.

lucas dexter

a North Bay native, has had a passion for plants and landscaping since he was a young child. His interest grew by helping his father, Dave, and mother, Allis, cultivate their own gardens at home. In his twenties he ventured off to pursue his other passion for technology and has successfully owned and operated an internet company in Silicon Valley.


​He jumped back into landscaping with both feet in 2010. He has developed a hobby of collecting rare Japanese Maples that has transformed into a small, personal nursery, which he adds to each year with new plant introductions that he grafts himself. Most recently, he has been working with the International Oak Society to introduce a new selection of a Blue Oak that he found.


His life is full with wife Rebecca and baby twins Miles and Allis Rose. 

lauren lugo

is our bookkeeper and human resources manager.  And far beyond her job titles, she is the source of support that keeps our company on course and cared for.  A resident of Calistoga, she grew up in the Napa Valley and has a record of excellent service to local businesses.  Her college studies included science, accounting and Spanish.

She enjoys gardening, reading and baking excellent lemon cookies.

laura mcniff

a self-proclaimed plant nerd, Laura fits like a glove here at DEXTER.  She came to the area from Trinity County to attend college and fell in love with the North Bay. 

With her passion for plants, trees and science she is a welcome asset.  In her account manager position she tracks job essentials, working with designers and architects, billing, proposals and plant sourcing.  As a graduate of Sonoma State University in Environmental Studies and a minor in Plant Biology, she comes with a solid background. She has experience as a beekeeper and sustainable edible landscape gardener.   Happiness to her is her home time with her husband Sean and her sweet young daughter Sloane in Napa.

andrew ruggles

brought in a diversified set of experiences when he joined our team in 2014.  A native Sonoma County guy with a degree in Philosophy from Reed College, he continued his education to earn a Masters in Environmental Science at USF.  As the head gardener at University of San Francisco he managed the campus gardens while gaining an appreciation of plants and design. Andrew is our restoration specialist and is beloved by our most nature-loving clients.


His love of the great outdoors and our beautiful part of the world allows him to contribute by helping us build special gardens.

robert paul​


since arriving in March 2015, has been able to take advantage of his over 30 years of experience in Landscape Construction and Horticulture.  Whether he is using his experienced eye studying plans or installing a transplanted hundred-year-old olive orchard, he still finds his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Plant Geography from UC-Santa Barbara a useful tool for all of his projects. When not exploring gardens near and far, Robert can also be found on the recreational softball field, or maybe at Oracle Park with family and friends.

christopher dunstan

with more than 20 years in commercial and luxury residential landscape design, purchasing, nursery and project management experience in South Florida, Chris joined Dexter Estate Landscapes in 2020 as project manager.


He enjoys spending time outdoors in Wine Country with his wife Aime, and coaching sports for sons Barrett and Carter.

eddie molina


came to us by way of the building trade. Long employed by James Nolan Construction, he is known for his good attitude and coordination of the various disciplines and subcontractors on the job. His work ethic is his strong point, and his former clients can vouch for his willingness to please. Eddie is our tree transplanting specialist and moves hundreds of trees every year.

In his spare time you will find him fishing and spending time with his wife Rosita and daughter Deanna.

juan gutierrez

with years of experience working in high end landscape installation in the Bay Area, Juan has thrived in his role running jobs here in Napa and Sonoma Counties. A breadth of knowledge, an easy going temperament and attention to detail makes him a valuable Supervisor and team member.  As a crew leader he commands respect from his workforce and is very result oriented. Juan has proven to be one of our very most talented and reliable supervisors.

A hard working family man, Juan is a valued member here at Dexter.  

gerardo paez

is our Office Administrator and we appreciate his great energy & eagerness to learn. He graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Business Administration and a Management Concentration in 2014.

In his spare time, you can find him jumping out of airplanes, hiking, or playing competitive tennis. He is a valuable addition to our team.

nick eberhart

has roots that run deep in the Napa Valley. His love for gardening started at a young age helping his parents in their large vegetable garden. Since then he has helped build a portfolio of estate gardens throughout the Oakland hills, Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties. Nick enjoys the challenges that come with building large complex gardens and has no problem getting his hands dirty. 

fernando lugo

a long time Napa Valley resident, Fernando comes to us with over a dozen years of high-end resort engineering management.  His resourcefulness and calm focus in crunch time all make him a great addition to our team. 

On the weekends you can find him kayaking, camping or working on his family’s home.  In a short time Fernando has become one of our best site superintendents.

hailie barnes

is a Sonoma county native with a degree in Environmental Studies from Chico State. Her background in resource conservation management and soil science make her a great fit for the Dexter team. 

As an account manager she works with our team keeping her jobs running smoothly. Her positive attitude means everything to us.

cody thomas

brought a down-to-earth attitude and 18 years of experience with him, and has matched beautifully with Dexter’s high standards. 


He has slipped into his leadership role very smoothly, with a deep sense of ownership, excellent problem solving skills and logistical know how.
Cody is a single dad to his beautiful daughter Brianna and is a talented chef and loving father.  


He is dedicated to his community and works as a part time fire fighter for the City of Calistoga, so we feel we have our own hero on the team.