Guillaume Duclos started landscaping on 2nd August 1981 in France, and has gone on to landscape at Jardins de Gally (Paris France), Club Mediterranee Resorts (Italy, Sicily, Japan) and Saudi Oger, (Saudi Arabia). Today, he is William Duclos, owner of Versoleil Landscaping in San Felipe Baja California.
William found it was too difficult for Americans to remember Guillaume (French for William), so he decided to use William.
William came to San Felipe nearly a decade ago with the French company Gregori International to construct the 18-hole Las Caras de Mexico Golf Course within the Beach and Golf Resort of La Ventana del Mar.
When asked why he stayed in San Felipe and started Versoleil Landscaping, Williams says “I met my Mexican wife Xochilt here in San Felipe… and I saw a good opportunity to start a landscaping company here, because of all of the new developments.”
Versoleil Landscaping offers everything from landscaping design to green decorations for special events, with experience and solutions for small areas to big developments. They analyze various natural parameters (e.g., wind, water, sun, pH, soil etc.) and match them with the client’s wishes, style and budget. Although parameters and plants change from place to place, the art of landscaping and rules remain the same; composition, association of colors, size, contrast, use of local products (e.g., rocks, gravels, wood, sand, shells etc.) and so on.
“The priority is… saving the water and using irrigation systems…, if you want some plantation in San Felipe” says William, “forget the Rhododendron and the Rose, instead consider Century plants and Euphorbia.”
“My business is to do exactly what we say and exactly what our contract states, including start date, duration of job, budget, guarantee and so on” says William. “We make the difference with of price and quality, imagination and experience, guarantee and maintenance.”
Versoleil Landscaping has between 25 and 35 workers on various jobs and, along with Xochilt and team members Sheri, Martin, William, Guadalupe and maintenance team of 10 men and women gardeners, and landscaping construction team of 12 gardeners.
Soon Versoleil will be expanding to a “one stop shop” for nursery, landscaping office, garden decoration, vegetable and flower shops, and irrigation parts. They’re constructing two new greenhouses to produce more plants. “Anywhere you drive in San Felipe you can see the results of our jobs,” says William. “Our clients know that we are only a phone call away.” Eventually, Versoleil will expand to service areas like Rosarito, Ensenada, San Diego or California with the main office in San Felipe.
William considers the 72 condominiums at Mi Casita in La Ventana del Mar Golf Course (El Dorado Ranch) in San Felipe, and the Djeddah`s Prince Abdallah Palace with 90 workers over 4 months for one green and flower paradise front on the Red Sea, to be his greatest business accomplishments.
As more developments begin and existing developments continue adding landscaping to entice the retired, investor or baby boomer looking for that second dream home in Mexico, Versoleil is ready. “We want people to travel down to San Felipe and fall in love with this town, as we have.”