Get a Half Hour With an Expert

Planning to use your Shelter in Place time wisely? Thinking about landscaping that back yard? Learning how to garden or how to design a container? Or how not to kill those houseplants? Our expert staff is available for 1:1 consultations via Zoom to share their growhow with you for a nominal fee...


Alex Muehlbauer

Alex Muehlbauer, aka “Houseplant Dude”, is store manager at our Lincoln Square location. Alex joined us from the now defunct A New Leaf where he worked for six years as houseplant expert, terrarium creator, class instructor and in-home houseplant designer and installer. Starting your houseplant journey or riding a bumpy road? Alex can help.

Brekke Bounds

Brekke Bounds is our education and youth projects manager. Aside from having a degree in sustainable agriculture, Brekke also studies herbalism and permaculture. After four years working for Gardeneers teaching children how to grow food in school gardens and being on their auxiliary board, Brekke joined our team to help spread the home grown veggie gospel to children and adults alike. Thinking about installing a kid friendly veggie garden or need some general planning help? Brekke’s your gal.

Bridget Walsh

Bridget Walsh, aka “Our Lady of Landscaping” runs our landscaping division. A landscape designer and artist, Bridget likes to get personal with her designs by hand drawing them whenever possible. An advocate for organic and sustainable landscape practices, Bridget can transform any space into an oasis that is as functional as it is breathtaking.

Rashelle Strate

Rashelle Strate is our Beverly store manager and founder of The Beverly Farmacy. After 16 years of commuting through the South Side to her former job, at the now defunct A New Leaf (where she worked a total of 22 years), Rashelle wanted to help alleviate hunger starting in her own backyard - literally. A chicken lover, veggie gardener and good food crusader, Rashelle is passionate about making food gardening accessible to everyone. And she’s also an expert florist. A lady of many talents...

Rebecca Rico

Rebecca Rico is our veggie plant buyer, runs our United We Blossom job training program and, in all her spare time, is the new executive director for Peterson Garden Project, a nonprofit (and City Grange partner) that teaches people how to grow their own food on otherwise unused urban land. Becky has a passion for making food gardening available to everyone no matter what their experience or income level.

Richard McMurray

Richard McMurray, aka “Plant Daddy” does plant yard merchandising, container design and is our resident butterfly expert. As a florist and decorative plant design expert, Richard’s keen eye and imaginative plant combinations are great for people and pollinators, too.