Steve, Rhonda & Jake O’Grady – The O’Grady’s founded Creek Side Gardens in late 2006 after purchasing the former Garden Trails property from the McNitt family. In 2012, we were joined by Will Knowles, a veteran in the industry. Will has taken the reigns as our GM and Heads our Growing Operations. Will brings an abundance of knowledge, experience and passion to Creek Side Gardens. In 2015, Will joined us as a partner.
Will Knowles – “Creek Side Gardens is the perfect place to be for a guy who loves growing flowers and sharing that passion with our guests. My first job in high school was at our local greenhouse. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Horticulture. From growing to sales, wholesale to retail, I have had the pleasure of pursuing something I love to do every day. I would love for you to please stop by to introduce yourself and say hello. Then let me and the Green Team know what we can do to help bring color to your life!”
Holly Bullotta – “After 30 years in the garden business and retail industry I realized, I still love it! Sharing my passion with others excites me and always regenerates my enthusiasm. I love perennial gardening most because I love how you can create color for an entire season. As the Retail Manager, I have been entrusted to select the products and gifts we sell here at Creek Side. Pulling it all together through the seasons and watching customer reactions, makes me proud to be here and part of the Green Team.”
Kerry Poppe – joining the green team in 2014 Kerry is well-rooted with the planting needs of Colorado gardening. When I’m not digging around in my own garden. Kerry received her CNGA certification as a nursery professional in 2017. Kerry is our off-site landscape consultant to many of our customers. “Teaching and sharing my love of horticulture and design to people is what satisfies me most.
Selina McKee – originally from Omaha, Nebraska Selina’s love of gardening started with her grandmother, ‘ she introduced me to it and I was hooked!’ Selina moved to Colorado in 2013 where she continued to work in the industry and received her Colorado Certified Nursery Professional (CCNP) certificate. Selina joined Creek Side in 2017 and she is a valuable addition with her customer service, plant knowledge and retail experience.
Lois Reynolds – “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love gardening. Most of that love was passed down from my mother and grandmother. Annuals, perennials and house plants are my favorites, but I would never say no to a plant of any variety. I retired from teaching in Oklahoma and moved to Denver in 2005 to be near my family and trained to become a Jefferson County master gardener. I joined the team at Creek Side in 2007 where I enjoy talking with our Creek Side guests and offering suggestions that will lead to gardening success.”
Carol Salter – “I joined Creek Side Gardens in 2008. I started with a fairly strong knowledge of perennials, which are my favorites. Working here has taught me the joys of annuals as well. Living in the foothills near Conifer has also given me the challenge of ‘testing’ deer and elk resistant plants. I love working with our guests at Creek Side. Stop in and let me help you keep those critters away or suggest plants for all of your needs.”
Patty Gibson – “Ever since I was a very young child and my grandmother first showed me that a snapdragon can talk, I’ve been fascinated with flowers, plants and all things green and growing. Working at Creek Side has allowed me to share my love of the botanical world with our guests on a daily basis. It’s a real joy for me to see a customer find a stunning flower for their yard, just the right vegetable for their garden, or the perfect gift for a friend. I joined the Creek Side team in 2012.
Megan O’Neil – Meg has been with Creek Side Gardens for 3 seasons, starting out as a senior in high school and now a junior at UCD studying architecture. “I love working here because every day I learn something new and there is always something going on-being among live plants makes me happy.” With her winning smile, Meg is a natural at customer service and retail. When Meg is not at school or work, she loves to be outside hiking and creating art.
Hunter Fiori – Every garden center needs high school boys to round out the team. Creek Side is no different and welcomed Hunter for the 2017 season jumping right in to do projects and is an all around ‘great kid’. Hunter just graduated from Columbine High School this year and will attend Metro State College with plans to become a pilot or physics as a career. Until then, Hunter is a true asset and helper here at the garden center. “I love being surrounded by all the color.” In his spare time between work and school, Hunter admits that he is a movie junkie at heart and hanging out.
Reece Huffman – Joining our Creek Side green team for the 2018 season, Reece is a true asset. “I love working here so much, I’m now inspired to make a career in the horticulture industry and build a foundation. When Reece isn’t busy here watering crops and helping customers he loves to hang out with his friends in the city and his hobbies include, sketching, fish tanks and plants.
Rae Richards – Rae started out as a volunteer in 2017 just so she could be around the plants. She turned out to be such a great employee we officially hired her to the green team in 2018. Rae will be graduating from Front Range Christian School in 2019. Rae is a typical teenager, besides working at Creek Side she loves Dungeons and Dragons, hamburgers, art and cheeseburgers.
Tara Molina – Tara is an elementary school teacher whose love for learning new things continues in the field of Horticulture. The beauty of flowers and the friendly customers at Creek Side inspire her to continue to develop her Green Thumb.
Bud our Creek Side Cat – As a stray, Bud wandered in one day in 2010 and decided to stay. Always popular with kids of all ages and adults, he is our resident greeter (when he feels like it). Many times customer will come and say, ‘Where is Bud today?” An excellent mouser and often times chasing butterflies, but mostly doing what cat’s do. Be sure to look for him around the courtyard, you never know where he will pop out.
Creek Side features a team of dedicated, creative and experienced professionals to help you every step of the way through your gardening and decorating process. From selecting the best plant for your garden or deciding which colors go best together, to gift wrapping that perfect gift for that someone special, the Green Team does it all.