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Women in Landscape

Faces of the Industry: June Hawkins

June Hawkins has been in the landscape industry for 37 years, but she majored in interior design in college. She also minored in horticulture and art. Her mother always felt Hawkins’s calling was landscape architecture, and Hawkins ended up working for a landscape architecture firm right out of college for 12 years, where she did […]

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Climbing High: Alisha Amundson’s Experience as an Arborist

If you reach Alisha Amundson’s voicemail, it says she’s either in a tree or assisting another customer. This sums up the majority of this arborist’s day, but she is also a mother and owner of Tree Girl Designs, based in Orlando, Florida. Amundson says getting into arboriculture was fated for her, although she didn’t seek […]

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How I Do It: Being A Woman in A High-Intensity Position

Tara Piergies-Baker has been in the industry since 2004. She was steered towards landscape architecture by her professor Roy DeBoer at Rutgers University thanks to her love of the outdoors and working outside. She took on the role of design/build construction sales manager at Milosi, based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, last August and she says it’s […]

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‘Opportunity of a Lifetime’: One Young Professional’s Journey in the Landscape Industry

Brooke Garcia began her college journey at Kansas State University in the College of Architecture. While inside the studio, she would see other students taking classes outside studying plants. Uninspired by architecture, she knew she wanted a career path that would still allow her to be creative. When she saw landscape design listed as an […]

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Trusting and Empowering Your Team: Season 2, Episode 44 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 44 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus at Include Software, Neal Glatt with GrowTheBench and Macey Robinson with LandCare, talk with Elizabeth Elliott, owner of Himmel’s Landscape and Garden Center. Elliott’s dream of owning Himmel’s Landscape and Garden Center started 20 years ago as an employee. […]

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Faces of the Industry: Jina Rockwell

Jina Rockwell entered the landscape industry by happenstance. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in consumer sciences and earned a marketing MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Before starting her own landscaping company, she had a successful career in purchasing, supply chain, marketing, and business development across multiple industry sectors. Now she is […]

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The Path of Working with Your Spouse: Season 2, Episode 43 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 43 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus III with Include Software, Brett Lemcke, with R.M. Landscape and Luke Melograno, production coordinator at Mariani Landscape talk with Claire and Charlie Goldman, principals of R&R Landscaping. Claire Goldman joined the R&R Landscaping in 2008 after graduating from Auburn […]

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Faces of the Industry: Nina Williams

For Nina Williams, getting into the landscape industry was by chance. Her previous jobs in the medical field required her to travel a lot and work long hours. “I had been working in the medical field for a long time, and I was just wanting a change and so I was out looking for jobs […]

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Level Up: Himmel’s Landscape & Garden Center Is Mission-Focused

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Founded in 1969, Himmel’s Landscape and Garden Center was originally a small produce stand in Pasadena, Maryland. When the Himmels’ daughter Linda married Steve Watkins, he joined the business and started selling annuals and hanging baskets […]

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Member Spotlight: Marisa Gora, Kemora Landscapes

Marisa Gora, owner of Kemora Landscapes, based in Chicago, Illinois, was first introduced to the landscape industry through a summer job in college. She worked for the Wilmette Park District and found she loved the outdoors and the creative aspect of landscape design. She started her business in 2002 as a one-woman landscape design operation. […]

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