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About Us
Experience, Creativity, and Professionalism

Founded in 1983, we have grown to include 20 nurserymen, landscape specialists, horticulturists, and designers. Continuing education and training keep our full-time, year round employees abreast of the latest industry advances.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Maymont Flower & Garden Show:

  • Best in Show
  • Best Landscape Design
  • Most Creative
  • Best Plant Material
  • Best Use of Plants
  • Landscapers Choice
  • Most Ecologically and Environmentally Focused

Keep Virginia Beautiful Landscape Excellence Award
Parade of Homes Gold Ribbon & Best Curb Appeal
West Avenue Garden Tour – judges
Private residences - many annual Garden Tours
Fan District Association
Lectures in Horticulture and Landscape Design – Garden Clubs and Master Gardeners
Reedy Creek Headquarters, James River Park System – consulting for Wildlife Garden
Maymont Foundation

PROJECTS AND CLIENTS

Carillon Civic Association various common areas – design, install and maintain
Museum District Association pocket gardens and parks – design, install and maintain
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church – design, install and maintain
Tredegar Ironworks Bayscape Garden – design and install
VCU Rice Center gardens – design and install
Virginia Governor’s Mansion shade garden – design and coordinate installation
West Creek Short Pump – entrance and road planting designs
The Hermitage at Cedarfield – design, install and maintain
County of Henrico Parks & Recreation – design and install
Founders Bridge Homeowners Association
Dumont Homes, LLC
McMahon Homes Inc.
Gumenick Properties
Q Barbecue – design and install
Walgreens Pharmacy – design and install
Subdivision Entrances – various, design and install
and Numerous Private Residences

CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS

Our staff includes:

  • VNLA Certified Horticulturists
  • VSLD Certified Landscape Designers
  • Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicators.

We are members of:

 

STAFF

Carey White
President and Horticultural Maintenance Manager

Carey is a Virginia Tech graduate with a B.S. in Integrated Pest Management. He is in charge of all aspects of the Horticultural Maintenance and Lawn Care Departments. Carey serves on the Board of Directors for Richmond Professional Grounds Management Society, and is a Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicator.

Carol N. Pilgrim
Designer and Office Manager

Carol has a B.S. in Biology from the College of William & Mary, and has over 30 years experience in many aspects of the nursery business. Her organizational skills, design experience, and knowledge of insect and disease identification make her a valuable team member. Carol is a VNLA Certified Horticulturist, a VSLD Certified Landscape Designer, and a Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicator.

Dave Proietti
Nursery Operations Manager and Estimator

Originally from upstate New York, Dave has over 30 years of landscape experience. He is in charge of all aspects of the nursery operations and plant acquisition. Dave coordinates with the project manager and design staff to assure the highest quality plant materials available are obtained for each customer. Dave is a Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicator.

Mike Berlin
Installation Project Manager and Estimator

Mike is in charge of scheduling the installation work, checking each job-site prior to installation, and supervising the crew leaders during installation. Mike works with the nursery manager and design staff to coordinate the smooth completion of all installation  jobs. Mike is a Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicator.

Diana Crook
Designer, Sales and Estimating

Diana earned degrees in Business Administration, Horticulture, and Landscape Design from JSRCC and Ferrum College. With over 20 years of award winning design experience in Central Virginia, her responsibilities include commercial and residential design, estimating, and installation supervision. Diana is a VSLD Certified Landscape Designer.

Meg Rymiszewski
Designer, Sales and Estimating

Meg has been designing landscapes for private residences, commercial customers, and state agencies for more than 15 years in the Richmond area. She earned Professional Landscape Designer and Woody Plants Certifications from University of Richmond, and past certifications include Virginia Certified Horticulturist, ICPI Level 1 Certified Installer for hardscapes, and Allan Block Certification for Segmental Retaining Walls. Meg specializes in scale CAD master plans for private residences

Karen Shipp Kelly
Retired Co-founder and Past President

Karen co-founded the company in 1983, and is currently enjoying retirement, finally having time to work and play in her own garden!