Every service that Tropical Gardens Landscape provides to our clients is rooted in exceptional quality, world-class service, and integrity. We will always do exactly what we say we will.


Our core values are what support our vision, shape our culture, and reflect what we value as a company. Our values are the essence of our identity. Core values play a major role in the recruitment and retention of our great team members.

  • Attitude — Positive attitudes are the key to creating positive outcomes.
  • Integrity — We adhere to the highest moral and ethical values.
  • Pride — We are motivated by the highest standards of quality.
  • Passion — We continue to grow both personally and professionally.
  • Ownership — We hold ourselves accountable for quality and timeliness.

At Tropical Gardens Landscape, we strive to provide our clients with excellence in everything that we do.


We aim to provide the greater Sarasota area with a full spectrum of landscaping services through relationships built on unparalleled professionalism, the highest quality of work, and a commitment to enhancing the beauty, value, and function of our clients’ landscapes.

We provide safe work environments for our employees by providing efficient, quality equipment and tools, as well as the proper training needed to complete each job safely.

To provide meaningful and long-term employment to all of the management and team members. We strive to create a team-oriented, family-like atmosphere, and we recognize the hard work and contribution of our teams.

For Tropical Gardens Landscape to fulfill our mission, we continue to strive to:

  • Develop relationships with our clients and employees
  • Help our clients to understand what we do and why we do it
  • Provide long-term solutions
  • Continually meet and exceed our clients’ expectations
  • Train our teams to work safely and efficiently

About Our Founder

Having worked for many companies within the landscape industry throughout his life, Ryan Empey gathered extensive knowledge from each. From some, he gained insight into the inner workings of the industry itself; from others, he gained valuable experience.

Ryan wanted nothing more than to learn every facet of his chosen trade. In honesty, Ryan does allude to some of his drive being motivated by the prospect of higher earnings, but he also enjoyed learning and growing within these companies.

Outside of work, he would take any landscape related certifications courses he could find, including multiple horticulture courses, and entomology (the study of insects) to understand some of the issues that he was seeing in the maintenance industry. In this time, Ryan truly formed an inner love for plants.

Ryan has enjoyed art since grade school. He has always loved to draw and see what he can bring to life on paper. Landscape design is as much an art as it is a science, and the ability to envision the final outcome is crucial to a project’s success. Ryan began to hone his landscape design skills working under the tutelage of a well-known landscape design firm in Florida.

Building Our Business

In 2007, Ryan Empey decided to utilize his artistic abilities and started Tropical Gardens Landscape with a focus on landscape design and construction.

As the client base began to grow through word of mouth, he found a trend with the maintenance companies that the clients were using.

They were great at mowing, but none of them knew proper plant pruning techniques, signs of pests, whether or not they needed a fertilizer license, and the list goes on. The clients’ investments became leggy and ill-shaped, nutrient-deficient, and pest-ridden in a rather short period of time.

Most of these clients had a mowing and trimming company, a separate irrigation company, and also a fertilization/weed control company. None of these companies had a clear line of communication with each other. This is where their problems originated.

Ryan felt the need to offer the best, all-inclusive, in-house landscape maintenance company in Sarasota. He quickly began to assemble a team of like-minded individuals, each of them the best at their craft.

Your Sarasota Landscape Company

The Tropical Gardens Landscape maintenance teams know the proper way to prune (not trimming everything with a hedge trimmer — there’s a time and a place for that!), and what to look for when it comes to disease and insect issues. When the irrigation is not functioning properly, the teams notice and can make adjustments as needed.

This has alleviated a significant problem with maintenance in the Sarasota area.

Tropical Gardens Landscape wants to design, renovate and construct the outdoor space of your dreams. Your outdoor living space should be an enjoyable, relaxing space for years to come! Get in touch with our Sarasota landscape specialists now to learn how we can help upgrade your property!