Our Team

John Watson, LIC

Common Grounds Landscape Management, Inc.

He is President of Common Grounds Landscape Management, Inc. Before and after graduating from The University of Tennessee in 1981 He was employed by Jim McClain Nursery a full service Garden Center, Landscape Contractor, and Wholesale Nursery in Knoxville. He and his wife Suzanne purchased a division of Jim McClain Nursery in 1989 that became Common Grounds Landscape Management, Inc. He is a Past President of the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association (TNLA). Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association mission statement:

“To serve, lead, and promote the interest of TNLA members by providing opportunities for continuous learning and being the voice of professionalism, integrity, and representation for the green industry.

He is a Landscape Industry Certified Manager (LIC) with the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). He serves on the board of the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association (GKHA) and is a member of the advisory board for the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Knoxville Chapter.

Common Grounds offers complete landscape management with an excellent reputation both in the industry and the community.

We have four grown children. We are active in our church and enjoy our time at our cabin in Big South Fork riding our Rocky Mountain horses.


Will Ritter

Operations Manager/Account Manager


Tyler Baker

Account Manager/Turf Program Manager


Gary Campbell

Account Manager/Estimator