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!”
Brain Schans – “I left the corporate world and found my passion growing beautiful flowers for Creek Side Gardens, joining the team in 2006. Nothing makes me more happy than to see the smile on the face of a Creek Side guest as they find the perfect flower pot or hanging basket to decorate their home. A couple of years ago, I earned my Greenhouse Grower Certification from the Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association.”
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.
Holly Bullota – “After almost 30 years in the garden business 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. Additionally, I am a certified floral designer— the experience transfers over to gardening and creating special patio pot designs. Merchandising and marketing round out my abilities. I love being a part of the Green Team here at Creek Side.”
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.
Margie Frey – Gardening started for me when I was old enough to crawl in the dirt and play with worms. My passion for gardening grew with me and I became a Master Gardener in 1989 allowing me to get my foot in the door to professional horticulture. I have been lucky to garden in all climates from Hawaii to Colorado. Most gardeners are creative by nature so I also paint and photography. Flowers and gardens are my favorite subject!
Amy Young – joined our green team in 2016. ” I like working here because I get to be outside and everyone is so nice.” Amy attends Columbine High School and will graduate in 2017. When Amy started she did not know very much about plants and retail, but she has tons of energy and a willingness to learn. Amy has proven to be a positive addition, she says her favorite color is green and likes that we call ourselves the ‘green team.’
Megan O’Neil – Meg has been with Creek Side Gardens for 3 seasons, starting out as a senior in high school and now a sophomore 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.
Nat Greeley – One day Nat woke up and said, ‘I’m moving to Colorado.’ Newly transplanted from Baltimore, Nat signed on at CSG in February 2017. An experienced grower and working with plants on a farm makes him a natural a perfect fit. “It has been challenging getting used to Colorado climates and soils but I really like it.” Nat loves the outdoors and loves the mountains when he is not working. Playing his guitar is one of his other passions.
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 will be a senior at Columbine High School this year and 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.
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.