Our Staff

A commitment to growth

Our Staff

A Commitment To Growth

Hopkinton Staff

Paul McIlhenny

Director of Operations

Bio coming soon!

Bob Wall

Wholesale Director

Bob joined Weston Nurseries in the summer of 2011 at our new Chelmsford location. A Connecticut native and graduate of Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture at the University of Connecticut, Bob has been in the horticultural industry for 30+ years. His career started with the Huntington Family at Rippe’s Farm in Westport, CT where he later assisted them with their start-up and move to Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon, NH. After college, Bob worked with the H.F. Michell Company as a Horticultural Sales Rep covering eastern Pennsylvania and Connecticut. In 1983 he started a 28-year career at Shemin Nurseries. First located in Atlanta, GA, he later managed several Shemin sites and markets including Boston, Hartford, and New York.

Kara Hagberg

Green Goods Purchasing Manager

What I love about this business is how the entire industry works together as one. The people. There is always someone to turn to with questions or ideas that are willing to listen. The nursery industry is like one big family. Most start out in the industry young, and stay for their entire career. The bonds and friendships you create are priceless. We all grow together.

I started working at Weston when we were a different place. We grew most of our plant material that we sold, and were pioneers in the plant world. Our legacy is something I am most proud of. We grew “rugged plants for the New England landscape”. As the business took a new model to a stop growing, it opened a whole new world to offer plants to consumers that we might not have grown successfully in our fields, but would succeed in landscapes.

What I want to accomplish is to try and bring back some of our nostalgia of shopping for plants at Weston. Some of my most cherished memories include rusty, roofless school buses filled with plants from our fields and rides in golf carts to pick the “perfect plants”. Revisiting sites and recalling the stories of how “I picked that plant for that yard”, and watching it grow into what I had envisioned. I want people to come here for the experience of choosing their plants to spark excitement and creativity again. We live in such a digital world now that we lose out on the personal touch- All plants look the same on paper. Our landscape plans might start looking generic, cookie cutter. My goal is to create a shopping space that makes you think out of the box by inspiring you with a specimen that you forgot about, a tree that is “so perfect” that you just have to find a yard for it, or introduce you to new exciting plants you’ve only seen online or in a magazine.

My hopes of making my mark at Weston is to create as many stories as I can and help others create them. Bring back the personal connections and have you feel as connected to the industry as the industry makes me feel. I want to provide you with the most information possible to allow you to succeed at your jobs and help spark some creativity.

During this time of “social distancing”, I am so grateful to be surrounded by nature. Being outside instills the calm back in this scary, unknown world. I look up at the trees and see them pushing flowers and leaves, and somehow I think they are whispering, “everything is going to be ok, just keep growing”.

Garrett Thomas

Hardscape & Hardgoods Product Manager

Garrett joined Weston Nurseries in 2019. He will oversee all aspects of our wholesale customer service, including inventory management/cycle counts, irrigation, plant care and maintenance, yard layout, merchandising, fleet management and more.

Garrett comes to us from Cook Forest Products in Upton, MA where he was Sales/Yard Manager, where he oversaw customer service and sales, marketing and purchasing. Garrett’s previous work experience includes landscape design , hardscape estimating and sales, nursery stock/green goods sales, plant maintenance and client relations.

Garrett lives in Upton, MA with his wife Carrie and their 4 year old daughter, Hanna. They are expecting their second child in late July. Garrett is a graduate from University of Connecticut w/a bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and an associate of applied science in Ornamental Horticulture and Turfgrass Management.

Don Lemiuex

Outside Sales

Bio coming soon!

Anne Mulvaney

Lead Counter Customer Service

Anne joined Weston Nurseries in 2017. She started in accounting and moved over to wholesale in the fall of 2018. She helps support all the incoming customer service activities that flow through our showroom customer service counter.

Tracy van Schouwen MCH, MCLP

Sales

Tracy has been in the landscape industry for 15+ year. Her experience consists of nursery/garden center, landscape project management, fine gardening and plant health care. 

Jeffrey Mauch

Sales

Jeff is an outdoor enthusiast, born and raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and has Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of New Hampshire. Growing up with a retail nursery as a next door neighbor, he quickly developed a passion for all things green. He has worked with the NH State Department of Forest and Lands, four years as a retail nursery manager, co-owner of a small landscape company and, most recently, an eight year stay as a member of the sales staff at Millican Nurseries, Inc. His hobbies include fishing (fresh water and ice fishing), kayaking, hiking, camping and snowmobiling.

Luis (Leo) Alvarez

Sales

Leo joined Weston Nurseries in 2003 as a loader. He was soon promoted through the ranks as a running man and the supervisor to the call area. In 2008 he joined the Commercial Sales Team, being responsible for walk-in sales. 

Leo was born in Bolivia and he speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese. He has attended Green School and is studying to become a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist.

Middleborough Staff

Mark Taylor

Green Goods Buyer / Sales

Bio coming soon!

Joe Akstin

Sales

Bio coming soon!

John Akstin

Operations

Bio coming soon!

Denise Goldsmith

Office / Admin

Bio coming soon!

Chelmsford Staff

Jim Connolly, MCH, MCLP

Garden Center Manager

Bio coming soon!

Bonnie Woodward

Assistant Store Manager

Bio coming soon!

Catherine Cooper

Greenhouse Sales

Bio coming soon!

Richard Clough

Hardscape & Hardgood Sales

Bio coming soon!

Joseph Desmond

Sales

Bio coming soon!

Hingham Staff

Mark Taylor

Green Goods Buyer

Bio coming soon!

Donna Russo

Assistant Garden Center Manager

Bio coming soon!

By The Yard Staff

Patrick Goudreau

Supervisor Bulk Materials

Patrick began his career at Weston in 2002 as a member of the Facilities Team. Through the years Patrick has also held positions in Shipping and the Wholesale Yard Operation. In 2014 Patrick became the Supervisor of the Bulk Materials Yard and in doing so found his true passion; compost and mulches. Over the last six years Patrick has achieved Organic Status for our Compost and created a recycling model for the bulk yard where everything that is taken in, becomes a product going out. Patrick’s goal is to produce a stable, consistent product, that is beneficial to your plants first and aesthetically pleasing second. Stop by and check out the mulches and compost, Pat will be glad to talk about his products and the process; just don’t ask for his recipes.