About Us

We're right here in your community, family owned and operated in Amherst, Massachusetts since 1992.  WHIRLWIND FINE GARDEN DESIGN has been creating beautiful, enduring, low maintenance gardens for appreciative clients for over fifteen years.  Our approach is to put the needs of the customer first, we do this by listening.  WHIRLWIND FINE GARDEN DESIGN uses precision craftsmanship to combine state-of-the-art technology with time-honored techniques to produce beautiful, low-maintenance gardens.

The Owners: Suzanne & Christopher Baxter

As a stay-at-home mother with two young kids, Suzanne handles much of the office work, such as scheduling and ordering of materials.  With an extensive background in customer service, Suzanne is prompt, professional, courteous and pleasant. 

Chris has over twenty five years of experience designing and building landscapes.  He has a BS in Plant Science from UNH and a Master of Landscape Architecture from UMass.  As the owner of a small business, Chris is personally involved in the design and construction of each project.

We attribute our success to two things:  We truly enjoy what we do, and we get a lot of customer referrals.   People that see our work like it, and they call us.  We are proud of all the nice things our clients have said over the years.  Please read a few of their testimonials:

Elaine & Arthur Mange, Homeowners:  "We are delighted with the work you did for us, and thank you for completing the job in a reasonable time.  We deeply appreciate your professionalism, patience and easy-going personality.  We are thrilled with the extensive and varied stonework that your cheerful crew so expertly and painstakingly installed.  It's clear that you take great pride and pleasure in what you do!"

Susan Reed, Landscape Architect: "As a designer of residential landscapes in western Massachusetts, I have worked often, in fact almost exclusively, with Whirlwind when I've needed a reliable, capable and smart contractor to install stonework.  Chris Baxter and his crews are unfailingly cheerful and cooperative. They are careful always to minimize harm. They build my plans as exactly as they're designed, occasionally offering innovative improvements when they see the need. I recommend them highly for all kinds of stonework, especially projects that require the extra experience and artistry not offered by many others."

Amos Warren, Homeowner:  "Thank you so much for the hard, wet, cold but beautiful work you did.  We have a stone treasure here."

Dave & Julie Gross, Homeowners:  "We'd like to thank you both for the fine job you did and also for the professionalism that you brought to the job.  We're both very happy with our new wall, steps, walkway and landscaping."

Cushman Scott Children's Center, Preschool: "In appreciation for the immense talent and many hours spent designing the Cushman Scott Children's Center Play Yard, the time spent digging and hauling and wood chipping, diligently dodging toddlers and the occasional errant parent while wielding a busy Bobcat, we the Directors, Staff and Families of Cushman Scott Children's Center offer our heartfelt thanks."

Anne & Michael Cann, Homeowners:  "Each time we enter our house, we admire the beautiful stone work which you built for us.  As you can tell, we are very pleased with our steps and walls.  We think that you have created a lovely entrance to our home.  By now, the plantings have grown in and look as if they have been there forever."