Chris Vedrani has been with Planted Earth since the beginning. His dedication to enhancing customer service, improving plant material quality, fostering strong relationships with landscape industry partners, and, most importantly, nurturing exceptional client and staff relationships, is what sets the tone for the company’s values. Chris has been in the landscape industry since 1986. He is a Certified Professional Horticulturist and a Landscape Industry Certified Technician (formerly CLT). He is a former Treasurer/Secretary for the Landscape Contractors Association of MD/DC/VA. His jobs have been recognized by LCA and NALP with Grand, Gold and Silver Awards.
Bert attended West Virginia University’s School of Landscape Architecture and has been in the landscape installation industry for more than 20 years. He started his career with a large firm installing commercial projects, then moved into the residential design/build group serving the Baltimore Metro area. Bert joined the Planted Earth team in the Spring of 2014 as in Installation Supervisor and accepted the position of Maintenance Manager in Fall 2014. In 2022, Bert accepted the position of the Installation Division Manager.
Mike joined Planted Earth in February of 2021 as a Landscape Management Account Manager. Mike came to Planted Earth with over 30 years of experience in high-end residential maintenance. He is a Certified Landscape Technician, a Certified Professional Horticulturist and a MD Certified Pest Control Applicator. In Fall of 2022, Mike accepted the position of Landscape Management Division Manager.
Dave joined Planted Earth in August of 2023 as the Operations Analyst and Training Coordinator. Dave came to Planted Earth with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of landscaping. He graduated college from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Economics and he maintains industry certificates as a Certified Landscape Professional, a Certified Professional Horticulturist, and a Certified Pesticide Applicator. Dave’s goal is to reconnect people with nature and the outdoors as he strongly believes that Nature’s Beauty enriches our lives.
Justin has been in the landscape industry for over 20 yrs, including more than 10 yrs at Planted Earth. He has a BT in Landscape Contracting from SUNY Cobleskill and an MBA in Project Mgmt from Strayer. He served 8 years in the Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer Officer, including a year in Iraq. He is a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) and a Landscape Industry Certified Technician (CLT). He is a former Co-Chair for the CLT Field Test for MD/DC/VA and co-authored the LCA’s Landscape Specification Guidelines 6th Edition. Justin has held landscape positions including Field Supervisor, Project Manager & Estimator and in 2021, Justin accepted an offer to join the Planted Earth sales team.
Jenny started with Planted Earth at the start of 2022 in sales and landscape design. She has been in the landscape industry for over 25 years. She has a BS in Horticulture from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH). Jenny started in the floral industry in high school and worked as a floral designer through college. She transitioned to working in the nursery industry working for a grower in Portland, OR before returning to Baltimore to train as a landscape designer in 2004. Jenny is an avid gardener with extensive plant knowledge and enjoys working with clients to create an outdoor space that is both useful and beautiful.
Jessica started with Planted Earth in 2023. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in Forest Science, Recreation Resource Management and Environmental Studies. She started her career 20 years ago in the field of Environmental Education. When she moved to Maryland 2015, she transitioned to educating customers in the Retail Nursery and Landscape setting. Jessica currently works in the Landscape Management Division in sales and marketing and is excited to continue to work with the clients, helping to keep gardens at their best.
Renee has been employed with Planted Earth since the Spring of 2016. She attended UMBC and graduated with a Biology degree, focusing on Plant Physiology. Renee received her CPH certification in Fall, 2021 and continues her studies in edible landscaping and medicinal herbs. Renee was promoted to Purchasing Manager in Spring of 2020 and continues to strengthen her landscape and native plant knowledge.
Ryan is a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill with a BT in Landscape Contracting and an AAS in Ornamental Horticulture from Vermont Technical College. He joined Planted Earth in the Spring of 2012 as an Installation Supervisor. Many of Ryan’s projects received NALP & LCA awards. Ryan was promoted to Senior Project Manager for the Installation Division and in the spring of 2022, Ryan accepted the position of Facilities and Fleet Manager.
Bredy joined Planted Earth in the spring of 2013 as a crew Supervisor. He has been in the landscape industry for nearly 25 years and is a master of the skill. Bredy especially likes working with big trees, both planting and digging. He appreciates the art of a properly laced root ball. Bredy promoted to the Yard Manager in 2020 and has been instrumental in streamlining the operations process at the shop.
Marcie has been with the Planted Earth family since the start in 2010. As a business major, from the University of Baltimore, Marcie used her Accounting and Business passion to develop the Administrative Division. As the Director of Finance & Human Resources, her goal has always been to provide employees, clients and vendors with great experience.
Alicia has been a part of the Planted Earth family since the beginning. She has mastered every administrative task given to her over the years. Her ability to multi-task and learn all the administrative routines coupled with her people skills made her the perfect candidate the Administrative team. Alicia is fluent in Spanish, enjoys helping others and has a gift for managing installation projects as the lead Administrative member.
Stephanie joined the Planted Earth family in the winter of 2020. She has studied Spanish since 2003 and graduated from Salisbury University in 2013. She enjoys working in the landscape industry and mastered the administrative routines easily making her an asset on the Administrative team. Stephanie is organized and detail oriented and enjoys working with the maintenance team as the lead Administrative member.
Carlos started his career with Planted Earth in the Spring of 2012 as a laborer in the Installation Division. He quickly moved up to a Crew Supervisor and in the Spring of 2021 he was promoted to Project Manager. His hard work and dedication are a few key factors that tie Carlos to the mission of Planted Earth.
Virgil has 19 years of landscaping experience, and he joined Planted Earth in 2018 as an Installation Supervisor. In January, 2022, Virgil began the transition into Project Manager for the Installation Division. His leadership skills, experience and his passion to educate and mentor are among a few reasons Virgil is a rising star at Planted Earth.
Chris joined Planted Earth in December of 2017 as Landscape Management Account Manager. He has been in the Green Industry for nearly 20 years. Chris’s background is in turf, as he has spent his entire professional career working on golf courses. Chris is excited for the opportunity to start looking beyond the turf and into the landscape gardens.
Matt joined Planted Earth in spring of 2022 in turf applications. He has been in the landscape industry for over 25 years. He graduated from the University of MD with a degree in Landscape Management. Matt is upbeat, positive, and an exciting addition to the Planted Earth family. Matt accepted a promotion to Landscape Mgmt Account Manager in the spring of 2023.
Alex chose a career in landscaping because she loves to be outside and working with plants. She received a BFA from Salisbury University, completed the Beginning Farmer Training Program through Future Harvest, worked at a local flower Farm, and interned at Wollam Gardens in Virginia before joining Planted Earth in Spring, 2020. For Alex, the most important part of her job is assuring that the plants are happy and healthy while creating spaces that encourage her clients to spend time outside.
Nick started his landscape career at the young age of 15. His love for the outdoors and hard work prompted him to mow lawns in the neighborhood and led to summer jobs working in nurseries and garden centers. He studied Landscape Management at Montgomery college and came to Planted Earth in the spring of 2022 with over 12 years of field experience. For Nick, he enjoys making connections with his clients about their landscape. His passion at work is to evolve with the landscape, be as efficient as possible and he loves to plant trees.