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!
Kathy credits her grandfather with her passion for gardening. “My grandfather was an avid gardener. When I was a child, I remember going through the Burpee catalog with him to order our own seeds. I couldn’t wait for the seeds to arrive and plant them. It was with deep pleasure that we harvested our vegetables and thoroughly enjoyed eating them.”
Her Grandfather received an award for his victory garden during WW2 and she is so thankful that he instilled a love for gardening in her. In her free time she loves to cook and bake and has been featured in our blogs for her amazing dishes!
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 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.
James is a very hard worker who brings his strength, energy, and knowledge to our team. His favorite plant is the White Clematis and he would love to help you find a place for it in your garden. When not at work, James stays busy outdoors fishing and mountain biking with friends.
Lea brings a positive spirit to our team and is always very encouraging to her peers. If you have any questions about Daylilies or Azaleas, Lea would love to answer them, they’re her favorites!
When not at Himmel’s, Natalie represents the Chesapeake High School Cougars by running cross country and track all year round and spends much of her time in her personal garden at home. Her kindness and passion for gardening is valued by our team.
Her bright personality and passion for customer service exuberates everything we hope to share with our neighbors whenever they come visit us!
Ty helps run our YouTube channel and edits videos of his own in his free time. He is very energetic and is constantly sharing new ideas with our management on ways to better our customer experience. His favorite plant is the Tuscan Flame Nandina, but he is very helpful finding anything you may be looking for!
Brendan’s caring spirit makes our guests feel very welcomed and he makes sure to give every customer his undivided attention. We value Brendan’s helping hands all around the Himmel’s lot. Whether it’s working the tractor in the back or helping our guests up front, he can always to be found with a smile ear to ear.
Madi spent much of her childhood working for her mother’s gardening company and picked up a passion for the outdoors and sustainable growing habits. Madi hopes to bring natural resource preservation and eco-beneficial practices into the hospitability industry. She has already learned so much from the management team on ways to “build a better, healthier, and more beautiful world.”
He is always happy to help our guests or fellow team members. If you have been a Himmel’s customer any time over the past 20+ years, you will recognize Tivo! El Habla Español.
Melvin is a kind person who is always eager to help his teammates. If you are lucky, you may catch a few notes of him singing on the lot! We are proud to have him on our team. El Habla Español.
When not at work, Felipe enjoys time with his family. We are lucky to have Felipe on our team. El Habla Español.
Harold is a respected team member who encouraged his grandson Ty to join the Himmel’s team as well. We love having two generations of this hardworking family employed here at Himmel’s.
When not at Himmel’s, Johnnie enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He always has a kind word of encouragement and his smile lifts the spirits of everyone he encounters. We love having an independent and hardworking gentleman like Johnnie on our team.
His focus on the best quality plant material at the greatest value, along with his industry expertise, ensured Himmel’s success back then and is the foundation for Himmel’s moving forward. Now retired and spending time with his family and hanging out on the beach, Steve is sure to be around from time to time. We sure hope so.