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Best of Loudoun

Certified

Landscape Professional

About

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Sunrise’s History

Sunrise Lawn/Landscaping Services, Inc. was formed in 1986 in a small shop located in Reston, Virginia. It began with two employees (one being myself, Joe Markell), two mowers, and a pick-up truck that had been in our family since 1964. We have steadily grown to over 40 employees, with a variety of trucks and equipment that allow us to accomplish virtually any landscape-related task.

The Sunrise name has been in my family for over 60 years. First, my great grandparents owned and operated Sun Rise Dairy located in Reston/Herndon, Virginia, and then my father and grandfather owned and operated Sunrise American (this was an American Oil Company Service Station) that was located at the intersection of Route 7 and Baron Cameron Avenue. Later, the name was changed to “Sunrise Amoco”.

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Sunrise Lawn/Landscaping Services, Inc. has evolved into Sunrise Landscape + Design, a full-service landscape maintenance design/build company. We offer many services to help improve and maintain your landscape. We pride ourselves in our high standard and quality of work, and look forward to continuing to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction possible.

– Joe Markell

Meet Our Team

We are proud of our diverse team of designers, account managers, production managers, administrative personnel, and field experts who all work together to create a robust landscape that engages aesthetics, function, safety and maintenance.  Whether the task at hand is creating an entirely new landscape, revitalizing neglected green spaces or simply correcting a drainage problem, Sunrise can help you implement a complete design/build program that fits your budget and your lifestyle.

Joe Markell President and CEO of Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Joe Markell

Joe is a native of the Northern Virginia area. He was born and raised in
Great Falls/Reston and has lived here his whole life. In 1986, Joe started Sunrise
Lawn/Landscaping Services with one truck and a mower. The name Sunrise runs deep in Joe’s family as his grandparents owned and ran Sunrise Dairy Farm 70 years ago. Joe’s father then owned and operated Sunrise Amoco in Reston. When Joe started his own company, Sunrise had to be a part of the name. He is the driving force behind the company’s growth and success.

Joe attended Virginia Tech in the Landscape Architecture program for 3 years. He left Blacksburg early when he had the opportunity to start his own landscaping company. Joe is a Certified Landscape Professional and has his horticulturist certification. In his free time Joe enjoys bass fishing, duck hunting, working in his yard, and football with his kids. Joe currently lives in Leesburg with his wife and children.

Alexandra Spare Landscape Designer Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Alexandra Spare 

After completing her undergraduate studies in Landscape Horticulture at the University of Maine, Alex said goodbye to harsh winters and expanded both the growing season and her plant palette by moving south. Alex began her career in Annapolis, Maryland as a production manager before working her way into Landscape Design, Management, and Business Development.

For nearly 15 years Alex has been working along the East Coast. In 2012 Alex earned her Master’s Degree in Business Management. Alex’s passion for gardening has kept her interests focused on residential design build and the infusion of beauty with practicality.

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Jesse Hanks

Jesse is from the Northern Virginia area and grew up in Fairfax and Loudon counties. He has a degree in Health and Recreational Resources from George Mason University. Jesse has over 15 years of experience in various customer service industries. He started in retail management and then spent 11 years as a personal trainer helping people achieve their goals. Jesse has always had a passion for landscaping and the beauty of the outdoors. Over the last year Jesse has been honing his skills and knowledge of the industry with Sunrise, learning the Sunrise way, and building on his passion for landscaping. In his free time Jesse enjoys fly fishing, hiking, kayaking, camping, and spending time with his wife and two children.

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Jad Dumbrell

Jad joined the Sunrise team in November of 2021.  He was born in England, where he worked in a nursery and then for English stonemasons until he moved to Virginia at the age of 22. His experience covers from the early days of lawn maintenance and tree and shrub maintenance to creating full masterplans and overseeing the project from the bare landscape to a completed paradise. In his spare time Jad enjoys staying active whether it’s working out or enjoying beautiful days in the countryside.

Ashlee Gardner Bookkeeper Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Ashlee Gardner

Ashlee is a native of Leesburg, VA. She joined Sunrise in 2018 as our Bookkeeper. In 2021 Ashlee was promoted to Office Manager. Ashlee spent her HS and college years helping keep the books for her family’s business. Ashlee attended Johnson and Wales University where she took many courses in management and accounting and received a degree in Food and Beverage Management. A lover of everything Disney-related Ashlee also enjoys baking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her husband, daughters, and extended family.

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Evelyn Umana

Evelyn joined the Sunrise team in September of 2021. She is a first-generation Salvadorian American and grew up in Northern Virginia. Evelyn has over 8 years of management experience from Medical Program Manager to Commercial Construction Operations Manager. Evelyn is very organized, schedules all of our jobs, and makes sure all our projects run smoothly and on time.  In her free time, Evelyn likes to spend time with her 2 boys, family, and friends as well as attempt to keep up with her 11-month-old Pitbull named Blu.

Pablo Mejia Design and Build Manager Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Pablo Mejia 

Pablo has been with Sunrise since 2005. Pablo’s personal mission is to provide quality above and beyond the industry standards, and he believes that getting a job done right is the highest priority. Pablo has been working in the landscape industry for many years, and is constantly expanding his knowledge through ICPI, CLT, and other landscape certification courses. He is bi-lingual and hails from El Salvador. In his free time, he enjoys spending quality time with his tight knit family and friends.

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Jaime Romo Rayas

Jamie has been working for Sunrise Landscape and Design since June of 2016. Originally from Aguascalientes Mexico, he has worked in the landscaping industry since 2007. Jaime has a strong work ethic and strives to always ensure quality work. As a crew leader, Jamie was always looking for ways to improve his knowledge of landscaping and ways to make his crew run more efficiently. In September of 2021, Jaime was promoted to Maintenance Production Manager. He is now responsible for all of the maintenance crews and ensuring they do quality work to keep our clients happy.  In his free time, he likes to explore new places and spend time with his friends.

Allison Markell Marketing Sunrise Landscape and Design

Allison Markell

Allison is a native of Northern Virginia. Allison grew up in Reston and attended Virginia Tech University where she received her BS in Early Childhood Education. After teaching for 8 years, Allison entered the business world and worked for a “start up” online marketing company. After taking a few years off to manage her growing family, Allison joined Joe at Sunrise managing their advertising. Allison is now in charge of marketing at Sunrise, tracking advertising, social media, and website management.

Leon Lowe Mechanic and Shop Supervisor Sunrise Landscape and Design Northern Virginia

Leon Lowe

Leon has always enjoyed working on vehicles, ever since he graduated from Herndon High School. Graduation from the Virginia Machinist Apprenticeship Council, and ten years working as a machinist in the aircraft industry also gave him an appreciation for precision in workmanship. Now, as one of our mechanics at Sunrise, Leon keeps our equipment running safely and properly, which allows our crews to work more efficiently. Leon enjoys the outdoors, with hunting and fishing at Lake Anna as his favorite pastime.

Community Outreach

Sunrise is a quality driven company that puts value, trust and family first. We participate in many charity events throughout the year, setting aside time to help enhance our local schools, churches, and neighbors in growing their lives and landscapes.

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2019

Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery

Sunrise gives back by volunteering with hundreds of other landscape professionals at Renewal and Remembrance, an annual day of service, at Arlington National Cemetery. The event put on by the Landscape Association NALP, gathers volunteers to mulch, lime, plant and enhance the grounds throughout the cemetery. Proud to be a part of this great event!

This year Sunrise planted and installed stepping stones.

Thanks to all who donated time and materials especially, Walnut Springs Nursery, Oregon Battery Operated Products, Sislers Stone, Alliance Cleaners and Sealers and Techo Bloc

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2018

Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery

SUNRISE LANDSCAPE AND DESIGN, a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals, participated in Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, July 16, 2018.  This marks the 22nd year that industry professionals have worked to help care for this national burial ground that serves as the final resting spot for more than 400,000 military service men and women and their spouses.  For more information, read the full article.

2017

Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery

SUNRISE LANDSCAPE AND DESIGN, a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals, participated in Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, July 17, 2017.  This marks the 21st year that industry professionals have worked to help care for this national burial ground that serves as the final resting spot for more than 400,000 military service men and women and their spouses.  For more information, read the full Press Release.

2015

Spring Planting at Sycolin Elementary School

Now in their fifth year, the dedicated team at Sunrise Landscape + Design just completed their annual Arbor Day plantings at Sycolin Creek Elementary. With an idea and a desire to give back to their community, in 2009 Sunrise Landscape + Design started donating trees and shrubs to Sycolin Creek Elementary School to teach their students about proper planting, pruning and the benefits of planting trees for their school.

Over the past five years, Sunrise has donated two Saucer Magnolia’s, three Kwansan Cherry and Willow Oak Trees, three Zelkova’s, a Maple Tree and a new bench for the front of the school.

Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery

Sunrise Landscape and Design is proud to be a part of Renewal & Remembrance, the largest landscape industry day of service in the country. Along with hundreds of other members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals we honor our veterans by providing landscaping services to Arlington National Cemetery. We spend the day mulching, pruning, planting installing lighting and irrigation to keep Arlington National Cemetery looking beautiful.

2014

Spring Planting at Sycolin Elementary School

For the past 6 years Sunrise has donated and planted various trees around Sycolin Creek Elementary School in Leesburg.  Sunrise has planted Cherry trees in the front, built a stone bench as well as planted shade trees around the multi use playground in the back of the school.  Joe Markell, the owner and CEO of Sunrise also spends time with the kids talking to them about the importance of planting trees especially around buildings, how to plant them properly, how to properly mulch the trees, and how to make sure you pick the correct tree for where you are planting.

Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery

Renewal & Remembrance is the largest single day of service for the nation’s lawn and landscape industry. Each summer, hundreds of PLANET (Professional Landscape Network) members volunteer their time, materials, and services to help maintain and beautify the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.  Sunrise has been a proud participant in this important event for the last several years, this year we helped plant lime, solved a drainage issue and watered plants!

2013

Town of Leesburg Halloween Parade

The Town of Leesburg holds an annual Halloween parade. The Sunrise team joined in the fun with a parade of trucks, trailers and machines for a big show!

Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery

Every year, PLANET (Professional Landscape Network) organizes the Renewal and Remembrance event. Sunrise joined in a day of service to clean up and maintain the cemetery with other landscape companies.

Sycolin Creek Elementary Tree Planting

Sunrise remembers Arbor Day by planting a tree (or two) at Sycolin Creek Elementary in Leesburg. The kids join in the planting and learn from Sunrise why planting trees is important.

2012

Sycolin Creek Elementary Tree Planting

Sunrise remembers Arbor Day by planting a tree (or two) at Sycolin Creek Elementary in Leesburg. The kids join in the planting and learn from Sunrise why planting trees is important.

Renewal and Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery

Every year, PLANET organizes the Renewal and Remembrance event. Sunrise joined in a day of service to clean up and maintain the cemetery with other landscape companies.

2011

Sycolin Creek Elementary Tree Planting

Sunrise remembers Arbor Day by planting a tree (or two) at Sycolin Creek Elementary in Leesburg. The kids join in the planting and learn from Sunrise why planting trees is important.

An Outdoor Classroom for Tuscarora HS

“A group of Tuscarora parent volunteers, teachers, students and landscapers from the Hardscapes Committee of the Northern Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association came together to create the 200-square-foot outdoor classroom on the south end of the school property. The team arrived at 8 a.m. Friday, July 29 and wrapped up the project by 4 p.m. that same day.”-Leesburg Today

Sunrise Philosophy

Sunrise Landscape + Design is committed to providing the best personal landscape experience to residential and commercial clients throughout Northern Virginia by using innovative designs, sustainable practices, experienced employees, and ethical business standards resulting in the realization of the client’s landscape vision.

To fulfill our mission we will strive to:

  • Meet & exceed our client’s expectations.
  • Learn the latest industry techniques and products.
  • Provide a full range of cost effective services.
  • Make each client’s landscape experience a thing of enjoyment not aggravation.
  • Make a positive long lasting impression that will give the customer the understanding that they can’t get what we provide anywhere else.
  • Keep our customers for life.

Contact Sunrise today for all your Landscape Design and Landscape Management needs!

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