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.
CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS
Our staff includes:
- VNLA Certified Horticulturists
- VSLD Certified Landscape Designers
- Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicators.
We are members of:
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.
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.
Designer and Horticultural Maintenance Supervisor
Penny has a degree in Horticulture from JSRCC. Her responsibilities include garden design and estimating for both the maintenance and installation departments. She is also in charge of annual color design for both commercial and residential properties. Penny is a VNLA Certified Horticulturist, a VSLD Certified Landscape Designer, and a Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicator.
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.
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.