Experienced in the trade since 1987, Shayne Newman founded YardScapes in 1990 and holds the title of president. He is originally from Telluride, Colorado, but has lived in New Milford for the past 30+ years. Shayne received a B.S. in Finance from UCONN, is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, holds a Connecticut Supervisory Pesticide License, and is a Certified Landscape Designer.
In 2020, Shayne was elected to serve as President of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) Board of Directors for the 1-year term. Shayne continues to volunteer his time to NALP, as he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the NALP Foundation.
Shayne also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association (CGKA).
Including being a board member of NALP and CGKA, locally, he has served as a board member of: Community Culinary School of Northwest CT, Pratt Nature Center, as well as Village Center for the Arts.
Shayne has always had the best intentions for his company and has fostered an incredible company culture for both staff and clients. The Connecticut affiliate of the American Psychological Association honored Shayne’s team with two of its five Psychologically Healthy Work Place Awards: Employee Growth and Development and Employee Recognition. The company received awards alongside Pratt & Whitney and Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp.
YardScapes is a past recipient of the New Milford Chamber of Commerce Best Business Award.
The Daughter’s of the American Revolution recently recognized Shayne and his team with two Medals of Honor for their contributions to the natural environment and the local community. The State of Connecticut also recognized Shayne and his team for their consistently positive contributions over the years.
Always involved in the community, Shayne created and hosts the annual YardScapes Quad-Am Golf Classic, that has raised over $124,000 for area nonprofits since 2006. Additionally, YardScapes has two annual Days of Service, volunteering time and materials to revitalize civic venues including the Town of New Milford, the Pratt Nature Center, Harrybrooke Park, Sullivan Farm, the Brookfield Public Library, the Children’s Center, the Abbey of Regina Laudis, Sarah Noble Intermediate School, Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy, Nathan Taylor House for the New Milford Trust for Historic Preservation, and Steep Rock Association.