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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.


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
State Fair of Virginia – design and coordinate installation
Symphony Designer House
Maymont Foundation
Tuckahoe Little League - Team Sponsor


Carillon Civic Association various common areas – design, install and maintain
Luck Stone Corporate Headquarters entrance – design and install
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
Porter Properties
Q Barbecue – design and install
Walgreens Pharmacy – design and install
Circuit City Headquarters – design
Busch Entertainment Corp. – design
Subdivision Entrances – various, design and install
and Numerous Private Residences


Our staff includes:

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

We are members of:



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 the Virginia Green Industry Council, 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 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
Landscape Manager and Estimator

Originally from upstate New York, Dave has over 25 years of landscape experience. He is in charge of scheduling the installation work, checking each job-site prior to installation, and supervising the crew leaders during installation. Dave coordinates with the nursery manager and design staff to assure the highest quality plants and materials necessary to get the job done. Dave 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 14 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.

Karen Shipp Kelly
Co-founder and Past President

Karen has lived in Richmond since graduating from UNC Greensboro ( BFA in Painting and Art History.) She co-founded the company in 1983, and currently works part-time on design and problem solving for landscape clients. Karen has served on the Board of Directors of our State and Local Nursery & Landscape Associations, the Virginia Society of Landscape Designers, and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. She is a member of the JSRCC Horticulture Advisory Committee and the Virginia Green Industry Council. Karen is a VNLA Certified Horticulturist and a VSLD Certified Landscape Designer.