Fragosa Landscapes is a local family owned business, and we have been proudly serving the island of Martha’s Vineyard since 1975. Fragosa Landscape has over 38 years experience and is licensed and insured.
Your Martha’s Vineyard landscaping dreams are important. Making them come true, even more so. For nearly four decades, we have been working with clients to create one-of-a-kind, dramatic and beautiful landscaping designs that fit every budget and time frame. Our designers listen carefully to your visions and ideas—while providing expert advice and guidance. Our specialty is making the dreams of every day homeowners and business owners come true.
Our goal is to make your vision a reality and do it your way with traditional American craftsmanship – all with the best customer service. Both residential and commercial customers can have a well designed and maintained outdoor living space installed on time and within budget.
We love all that is Martha’s Vineyard and wish to bring that enthusiasm to all of your landscaping projects.
Fragosa Landsapes was etsablished in 1975 by Jon Fragosa
An Island native from a multigenerational island family. Jon’s Grandfather was an island landworks specialist, back when there were no power tools and everything was done by hand. He managed the old Colgate/Ware estates in the West Chop area of Martha’s Vineyard, which for years was an iconic landmark for anyone traveling to the island by ferry as the property stood out so beautifully.
Jon remembers learning how to plant trees & shrubs from his grandfather, dig a hole 4 times bigger than you think ” a 50.00 dollar hole for a 10.00 tree” was an old time motto, to ensure the viability of the plant. Jon’s Grandfather died in 1968, when Jon was 14 years old he went to work for Rodman Backus an aroborist, who also owned and operated a nursrey and green house and was a landscape contractor as well. Jon learned a lot about tree work and trees from Rod, who once told him ” if anyone ever tells you they know everything about this business…they are lying”…Jon never forgot those words.
As he would unload the nursery stock Jon would memorize which plants & trees were which, so he could better identify plants in the field. Upon graduation from Martha’s Vineyard High School, Jon attended the University of Massachuttes Stock Bridge School of Agriculture where he graduated with a degree in Horticulture in 1976……it was while attending school, that the words of Mr Backus rang true….as when asked what he learned while at Stockbridge…Jon’s comment is always…..”I learned just how much I don’t know”, but that is also when Jon opened his own company, with a partner. After a few years it was determinned that the partnership should dissolve and that’s when Fragosa Landscapes became a family business, Jon’s brothers Joe & Fred started working with him, Joe had worked as an aoborist and Fred a machine operator.
Over the years the company has grown into a truly full service company, able to offer total landscape & tree work in every phase, from tree removals, land clearing, to finished landscape plans and installation, irrigation, hardscapes ( stone walls, walkways etc) driveways driveways and machine work, and even ponds & waterfalls. All under one roof. In 1987 Jon Married his lovely wife Louise, who is from…..you guessed it, Martha’s Vineyard. She is an islander from an island family (the Fisher’s of Edgartown), who have had an island presence continuous for well over 300 years, Louise takes care of the book-keeping and Jon’s 2 sons Isaac and Adam also work for the company, making a true island family run business.
Fragosa landscapes also owns and operates Fragosa’s “three Trees Nursery” located on State road in West Tisbury Ma. at Nip & Tuck Farm, owned by Fred Fisher lll, a life long friend of Jon’s, who Jon went to school with right through high school, in fact is was on Nip & Tuck farm where Fred actually taught Jon how to drive a truck at the ripe old age of twelve, as Jon loved to work on that farm with Fred when they were in grade school and fondly remembers that old 52 ford pickup.
It is our Desire to offer the highest quality work at a fair price to all. We stand by our work, and we are a company that believes in integrity, honesty and really…..good old fashion hard work.
In 2012, Fragosa Landscapes partnered with Natural Technologies, to become the islands exclusive “BeeSafe Organic LandCare” dealer/applicator (www.Beesafelawns.com) We are so excited about this new chapter as these are CUTTING EDGE Organic Land Care Products, that allow us to offer landcare products for turf, trees & srubs as well as pastures that remove the hazard of chemical pesticides & the problems synthetic fertilizers pose all at prices that make sense.
All in all we look forward to serving the island for the forseeable future and would welcome a call to offer you a quote on any of the services we offer.