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Meet Our Team

Helping our neighbors build a better, healthier and more beautiful world.

Elizabeth

Owner

My dream of owning Himmel’s Landscape and Garden Center started 20 years ago as an employee of Himmel’s. During that time, my gardening and plant knowledge grew along with an interest in sustainable gardening methods. I also discovered a knack for landscape design and soon after leaving Himmel’s as a full-time worker started my own small landscaping business – Sunnyscapes.

As my business grew, my interest in Bay-friendly plants, products and practices grew, and so did a national ‘green’ movement focused on sustainable methods and an environmentally responsible lifestyle. I furthered my practice to include rain, pollinator and other specialty gardens designed with a woman’s touch.

Over the years since I have worked in the corporate non-profit world and in higher education, but my heart was always with the plants, and with Himmel’s.

I love ornamental evergreens and underrated perennials. An exotic evergreen can make an impressive statement in the landscape, and I enjoy incorporating some of the more unusual varieties into my designs. I love the challenge of finding the perfect blend of perennials to add color and texture to difficult areas like deep shade or hot, windy waterfronts. When it comes to working with customers, I love delving in and asking lots of questions to find out specific site needs and stylistic preferences so that together, we can select the best plants for the specific purpose.

A native of Pasadena, Maryland with frequent exposure to the Bay and estuaries, I’m passionate about protecting the precious Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. I view Himmel’s as a platform to serve the greater good by thinking globally and acting locally. Through our Mission and Vision, Himmel’s Landscape and Garden Center will engage in Bay-friendly practices, educate the community about the importance of maintaining the health of the Bay, and engage residents in volunteer activities that will positively impact our neighborhoods and the environment.

Tradition and a sense of community are important to residents of Pasadena and I am honored to have the opportunity to continue a legacy of over 50 years serving the community’s landscape and gardening needs while promoting our mission to help our neighbors build a better, healthier and more beautiful world. I look forward to meeting you!

Elizabeth
Owner

My dream of owning Himmel’s Landscape and Garden Center started 20 years ago as an employee of Himmel’s. During that time, my gardening and plant knowledge grew along with an interest in sustainable gardening methods. I also discovered a knack for landscape design and soon after leaving Himmel’s as a full-time worker started my own small landscaping business – Sunnyscapes.

As my business grew, my interest in Bay-friendly plants, products and practices grew, and so did a national ‘green’ movement focused on sustainable methods and an environmentally responsible lifestyle. I furthered my practice to include rain, pollinator and other specialty gardens designed with a woman’s touch.

Over the years since I have worked in the corporate non-profit world and in higher education, but my heart was always with the plants, and with Himmel’s.

I love ornamental evergreens and underrated perennials. An exotic evergreen can make an impressive statement in the landscape, and I enjoy incorporating some of the more unusual varieties into my designs. I love the challenge of finding the perfect blend of perennials to add color and texture to difficult areas like deep shade or hot, windy waterfronts. When it comes to working with customers, I love delving in and asking lots of questions to find out specific site needs and stylistic preferences so that together, we can select the best plants for the specific purpose.

A native of Pasadena, Maryland with frequent exposure to the Bay and estuaries, I’m passionate about protecting the precious Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. I view Himmel’s as a platform to serve the greater good by thinking globally and acting locally. Through our Mission and Vision, Himmel’s Landscape and Garden Center will engage in Bay-friendly practices, educate the community about the importance of maintaining the health of the Bay, and engage residents in volunteer activities that will positively impact our neighborhoods and the environment.

Tradition and a sense of community are important to residents of Pasadena and I am honored to have the opportunity to continue a legacy of over 50 years serving the community’s landscape and gardening needs while promoting our mission to help our neighbors build a better, healthier and more beautiful world. I look forward to meeting you!

Dotti

General Manager

Dotti has worked at Himmel’s for 28 years, starting as a part-time secretary and working her way up to General Manager. Working for the founder of Himmel’s has been a great experience for Dotti, and the opportunity to help him build the business to what it is today will always be a source of great pride and accomplishment.

Learning about flowers and shrubs is a passion of hers, as every year brings on new and exciting varieties of flowers, fascinating shrubs and ways that are safe to take care of them. Most of all, Dotti loves interacting with people. She finds the opportunity to help folks learn about their gardens and landscape very exciting, and teaching someone how to plan, plant and enjoy the world of Horticulture is very satisfying. She says that showing a young person how to grow vegetables and flowers is incredibly rewarding, especially that moment when their face lights up with wonder and the anticipation of watching the plants grow and produce.

Dotti’s favorite plant is an old-fashioned yellow rosebush because of the cheerful color and rich, spicy-sweet scent.

Having grown up in the Pasadena area, Dotti knows how important it is to keep the rivers, creeks and the Bay clean. Dotti says that “by planting native shrubs and pollinator-friendly plants, we can help keep the bees and butterflies from disappearing. By using environmentally safe products to feed the flowers, shrubs, and trees, we can contribute to the health and cleanliness of the Bay”.

Dotti is proud of her role at Himmel’s in Helping our neighbors build a better, healthier and more beautiful world.

Brenda

Assistant Manager

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Tait

Horticulturist and Sales

So, you want to talk to an expert? Just look for the guy with the straw hat and goatee. Tait is Himmel’s expert horticulturist, with decades of experience in research, growing, composting, vegetable gardening and more, and encyclopedic knowledge of all things botanical. Tait has been a professional horticulturist for 30+ years and has worked on weekends at Himmel’s for 10.

Tait loves plants. He will happily share with you more about a plant than you ever wanted to know - how to grow it, where it comes from, who bred it; once he gets rolling he is hard to stop. His knowledge can be overwhelming, but he means well. He wants you to be successful with your plans and love them as much as he does!

Tait says ‘we have not been the best stewards of the environment around us. One of the best ways to become a better steward is through the simple act of planting a garden. Any garden’. So, come visit Himmel’s on the weekend and talk with Tait about how you can be a steward for the environment!

Salo

Lot Manager

Salo is Himmel’s Lot Manager and has developed his expertise in over 8 years as a Himmel’s employee. Salo maintains a clean, safe and organized lot and is integral to daily operations. Customers frequently compliment Himmel’s on the beauty and quality of our plant material and for that Salo deserves a ton of credit as he painstakingly prunes, fertilizes and waters the plants and organizes the lot no matter how extreme the weather.

Salo loves vegetable plants and enjoys growing a beautiful variety in the employee vegetable garden. In his free time Salo enjoys spending time with friends and family and going to church. El habla Español.

Kathy

Sales Associate

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Luke

Sales Associate/Plant Caretaker

Luke is a sales associate and plant caretaker who has worked at Himmel’s for 3 years. Luke has enjoyed expanding his knowledge of the plant material carried by Himmel’s and sharing that knowledge with customers, many with whom he has developed positive relationships. Luke has a special love for herbs and has cultivated an extensive knowledge of their many uses.

Luke is very conscious of the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and the need to maintain the delicate balance of its health. He is proud to promote the organic products sold at Himmel’s that contribute to a healthier Bay and watershed. Luke also likes to speak to customers about the need for a healthy bee population and the use of pollinator friendly plants for our climate and zone.

In his private time Luke enjoys Marvel movies, gaming and a growing collection of board games.

Rick

Driver

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