About Gentle Rain

Company Overview

Our Company

Gentle Rain is a full service irrigation and landscape construction firm, serving Hampton Roads since 1966. We are a family owned and operated business that was founded as the first full time irrigation company in Southeastern Virginia. To meet the demands of our clients, we expanded our company to provide a full range of upscale landscape construction services. We proudly offer custom design and installation of hardscapes, water features, landscape lighting and drainage solutions.

Our reputation is built on years of experience, high-quality workmanship, attention to detail, and providing outstanding customer service. We take great pride in knowing that the work we do enhances the lives of our clients.

We proudly serve residential and commercial clients throughout Hampton Roads including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton and Newport News.

Our Philosophy

Gentle Rain is built on loyalty to our clients. Our company has enjoyed constant growth because people see or hear about our work, like it and call us. Nothing sells like word of mouth, and we are very proud of all the nice things our customers have said about us over the years.

Gentle Rain is built on loyalty to and from our employees. We maintain a small "family feel" to our company and have minimal employee turnover. Consequently, we have dedicated employees, some of whom have been with us for over 20 years. All of which allows Gentle Rain to provide unparalleled service to our customers.

Gentle Rain is built on loyalty to and from our equipment suppliers. We have longstanding relationships with our suppliers, and we receive exceptional support from them. This support allows us to install the best products in the industry using the best techniques.

Our Team

Ben Hancock, president of Gentle Rain, joined the company in 1971. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Agronomy, specializing in turfgrass science. Ben's primary focus is serving the needs of our residential irrigation customers. Ben was selected to serve on the Toro Contractor Advisory Board and was chosen as a test contractor for the Toro Company.

Bill French, vice president of Gentle Rain, joined the company in 1982, after graduating from the University of Virginia. Bill's concentration is serving the needs of the commercial irrigation market. Bill is a Certified Irrigation Landscape Auditor (CLIA) and is the current President of the Virginia Irrigation Association, an organization devoted to advancing the intelligent use of water in the irrigation industry. Bill also manages the design and installation of all landscape lighting projects.

Dan Ummels joined Gentle Rain in 2005 to manage our Hardscape Division. Originally from Toronto, Dan brings over 25 years of experience in landscape construction. He has successfully implemented custom patios, walks, driveways, retaining walls, and other outdoor living features. In addition to Dan's vast experience, he also brings a unique creative perspective and a pride of workmanship to each project.

Better Business Bureau Accredited Business
Tidewater Builders Association