There’s a reason our landscapes stand out. We’ve been making them happen for more than 70 years. Meet the faces behind the beautiful spaces.
BACKGROUND: Jeff has been transforming green spaces since 1975, and brings creativity to everything he does. He has the vision and the experience to achieve stunning results with lasting quality. He is a professional Horticulturist, I.C.P.I. Certified and has experienced all faucets of the nursery and landscape industry both regionally and internationally. Think beautiful, think bigger, think Jeff.
WHEN I'M NOT WORKING, YOU CAN FIND ME: Enjoying sports, eating great food and hanging out with my family and dogs.
GARDENING ADVICE: "Research. Go wild. Think outside the box!”
FAVORITE PLANTS: Dwarf Conifers and Japanese Maples.
BACKGROUND: A native of Chesapeake, Kelyn studied horticulture at Virginia Tech. After graduation, she worked in the horticultural departments at both the Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Zoo. She also spent time gardening on the big island of Hawaii, maintaining organic gardens and identifying tropical plants. Kelyn gets her hands dirty, continues to learn every day and has never met a plant she doesn’t like.
WHEN I'M NOT WORKING, YOU CAN FIND ME: Walking along the bay, kayaking, sailing, camping, spending time with family, cooking plant-based meals, enjoying the local craft breweries and tending to my own garden.
GARDENING ADVICE: "Gardens are always evolving, so don’t be afraid to change things up once in a while or find a different way to highlight the beauty of an old favorite, no matter how big or small."
FAVORITE PLANTS: Echinacea, rudbeckia, Mexican sage, ornamental grasses, saucer magnolias and tulip poplars.
BACKGROUND: A seasoned landscape architect, Kimberly has 24+ years of hardscapes and softscapes design, and is a Certified Landscape Specialist from The George Washington University. She is a Certified Nutrient Planner in both Agriculture and Turf & Landscape and is a LEED accredited professional. Kimberly stays active and current in the gardening community through her numerous professional horticultural affiliations. Her love of learning continues, and she doesn’t mind sharing her hard-earned knowledge with others through teaching. If you can dream it, Kimberly can create it.
WHEN I'M NOT WORKING, YOU CAN FIND ME: Hiking, cooking and reading.
GARDENING ADVICE: "Plant what you love!"
FAVORITE PLANTS: Hydrangeas, beautyberry, eastern red cedar and catmint.
SUSAN MARIE RHODES
BACKGROUND: 25 years of landscape design experience gives Susan an edge when it comes to designing. She’s a Virginia Certified Horticulturist with a degree in botany and takes advantage of her vast experience to create all type of landscapes. From bay-scaping a beach cottage, to a historical renovation, or a simplistic flagstone patio, Susan devotes her personal touch and attention to every phase of your landscape from start to finish.
WHEN I'M NOT WORKING, YOU CAN FIND ME: Horseback riding, playing Polo or sailing on the Elizabeth River and cooking for family and friends.
GARDENING ADVICE: "Many customers only come to the garden center during spring and fall and buy only what's in bloom. Come to the garden center every month throughout the year. A shrub, perennial or tree is always in bloom in this region every month — that way your garden will be filled with seasonal color all year long.”
FAVORITE PLANTS: Any plant or tree that gives life long substance, whether food, beauty or shade.