Zannah - Garden Center Manager Zannah has been working in the field of horticulture for over 30 years. She holds a degree in Landscape Architecture and, before joining our Monches Farm staff in 1996, managed a specialty perennial nursery in Connecticut and acted as Executive Director of a local community gardening program. Although she loves all plants she has a special interest in Daylilies and is a hobbyist hybridizer. She is an enthusiastic amateur photographer and is the eye-behind-the-lens for all of the Farm's photography. Zannah also has a fondness for companion birds which has gained her the moniker "The Bird Lady".
Nancy - Outdoor Sales Nancy is the backbone of our outdoor staff. She has been with the Farm for over 25 years and has been instrumental in the growth of the nursery side of the business. Nancy is a tireless worker and a wealth of plant knowledge. Her special interest and expertise is with native prairie plants and Hosta. Nancy has strong opinions about plants and doesn't hesitate to voice them. This candor has gained her a loyal following of customers who won't take a plant home without Nancy's "OK"! A retired English Professor and dedicated docent at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Nancy has a busy life with many interests outside the Farm so joins our staff on weekends only.
Bette - Outdoor Sales Bette is back with us again after retiring (for a second time) from a career in banking. She is an enthusiastic gardener whose special interest is annuals. Bette thoroughly researches the new annual introductions each year and is a wealth of knowledge. Her love of flora is contagious and her creativity with plant combinations is noteworthy.
Melissa - Outdoor Sales With 20 years of experience in the Green Industry, Melissa is a fantastic new addition to our sales staff in 2014. She has extensive experience in creating seasonal color containers and is a whiz with annual combinations. She is also a lifelong gardener and is an enthusiastic student of horticulture who is always eager to learn and to then share her knowledge with others.
Annie - Outdoor Sales Annie, a long time customer at the Farm, inquired about the possibility of work right at a time when we were in need of extra help. Serendipity! She is an artist with a strong background in visual aesthetics. She is passionate about the plants that she knows and loves and is excited about learning so many more now that she will be a part of our outdoor staff.
Alison - Outdoor Sales
Pinch us...how can we be so fortunate as to have this talented, energetic, knowledgeable, personable and beautiful woman walk into our lives right when we most needed her? Alison stuck up a conversation with Noah (a former well loved employee), and their plant talk led them to Monches Farm.
Alison joined our team in 2016 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge & experience. She has worked in greenhouse production and plant sales as well as estate gardening both in the United States and overseas. As a matter of fact, she was personal gardener to an internationally renowned author while living in the United Kingdom (sorry....can't name names!).
Sue - Floral Designer
Sue has been creating custom dried and everlasting floral designs for as long as she can remember! She was a customer at the Farm before she joined our team in 2003. Sue has an eye for color, texture & form that results in breathtaking floral creations. Her work has been featured in several publications and routinely appears on the cover of Wisconsin Country Life magazine. She works closely with clients to custom design pieces that are reflective of their personal style.
Mary - Gift Shop Sales Mary is a retired educator who joined our staff in 2016. Her intelligence, strong work ethic and pleasant demeanor make her a valued new member of our Gift Shop team.
Annie -Gift Shop Sales Annie is wearing two hats now! In 2016 she moved her skills indoors to our Gift Shop. We are putting her many years of experience as a display designer for a major high end retailer to use in creating a new look for our shop. She is always willing to assist in the Garden Center when we need an extra hand, too.
Rachel - Gift Shop Sales Rachel also joined our team in 2016. She holds a degree in architecture as well a certificate in Herbal Studies. She is a talented artist with a strong interest in both wild and garden plants. Her youthful presence in the shop is a welcome change for all of us ol' folks. :)
Nursery Production Staff Our production staff are our behind-the-scenes workers. Although visitors might catch a glimpse of them weeding the gardens, re-stocking plants in the sales yard or lining perennials out in the growing fields, for the most part they are not seen. The work they do, however, is the basis of our entire nursery operation. These are the folks who sow the seeds, take the vegetative cuttings, tend the "baby" plants, divide & pot field stock and generally manage the entire production of our plants. They are a hard working group of individuals!
Linda - Nursery Production Linda is an amazing asset to the Farm! She possesses an unequaled work ethic as well as a multitude of skills. Her constant good humor and cheerful outlook make her a pleasure to work with in any venue. Linda is an enthusiastic outdoors person who enjoys kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and horseback riding. She and Chris are also avid bird watchers who frequently go on birding adventures together.
Chris - Nursery Production
Chris has been a much valued member of our staff since 2002. She and Linda are an indispensable team who carry out tasks such as plant propagation, transplanting, digging and dividing field stock, weeding, watering, fertilizing, potting, and garden maintenance. Chris has the unique ability to carry out all of these back breaking tasks with the elegance and grace of a ballet dancer!
She is also informal guardian to our poultry flock and on many nights makes a sunset trip over to the Farm to close the poultry barn door for the night safety of our chickens. Chris is a nature and wild bird lover who spends much of her free time canoeing, hiking and bird watching.
Salisbury Hill Garden Design
Salisbury Hill is a small Garden Design Company that offers design, installation and maintenance of true gardens. Matt and his crew use Monches Farm grown plants to create magic. Every garden space we do is different and depends on the character of the property and it’s owners. But all gardens we create have one thing in common; they reflect the harmony of nature. In addition to gardens Salisbury Hill does container plantings, seasonal decoration and creates fresh holiday wreaths, garlands and arrangements. Matt also offers personal consultations for people that need a jump start in to gardening on their own property or just need some ideas what to do with their landscape.
Matt Kastell can be reached at 262 224 3787.
Brenda - Salisbury Hill
Brenda is the head gardener at Salisbury Hill, she has worked with Matt since 1997 at Monches Farm and continued to practice her garden design skills at Salisbury Hill.
Brenda has a degree in Horticulture and developed a special love for naturalistic gardens and container gardens. For the Christmas season Brenda continues to show her talents at Monches Farm making her incredible wreaths from unusual fresh greens.
Dona - Salisbury Hill Dona knows the meaning of a hard-day-of-work-on-the-farm from a lifetime of running her family's dairy farm. Recently "retired", she joins us in 2014 as a member of our production & maintenance staff and turned her talents to Salisbury Hill in 2015. Dona's willingness to take on arduous tasks with a smile and pitch in wherever and whenever needed make her a much valued team member.
Mary Beth - Salisbury Hill Mary Beth joined Salisbury Hill in 2015 and has been a great asset. She has many years of experience in the Green Industry and is a strong, able worker who also brings a great deal of knowledge to the position. She, Brenda & Dona are a hard working, talented crew of ladies!