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Ryan Stewart

How long have you been at Campbell’s?

I have been at Campbells 17 years.

What is your favorite plant?

My favorite plant is Weeping Norway Spruce- Picea abies pendula- It can create such a focal point in many gardens due to its unique form.  Its dark green foliage creates great contrast with smaller plantings around it. It also serves a great plant to use in a rock garden or water feature due to its weeping/crawling nature.

In your opinion, what makes a design successful?

I think the most important element of a design is unity and flow.  A garden that has elements that tie together and give reason for one another will make that garden feel right.  It is easy to get a garden too “busy” and that makes for a cluttered appearance and which can feel uncomfortable. A good design will have reasons for placement and connection to each other.

What is your background?

I grew up on a farm in Northwest Iowa where we raised row crops and had livestock, so working outside has always been a part of my life and gardening was a staple on the farm. Upon graduating from high school I went to UNL to study Horticulture with a landscape design emphasis.  I worked in the design office as a student and once I graduated I started in the design department and have been here ever since.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my spare time I like to work in my yard, go to my kids events (gymnastics/basketball/softball/football), and I am a diehard fan of the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Royals, which I spend a lot of time watching as well.

What is your favorite landscape you’ve visited?

One of the gardens that I enjoy visiting is at the Chicago Botanical Garden. The garden has many different spaces dedicated to different types of gardens.  Gardens with a high level of formality and refinement to more prairie areas that show a less formal look to more whimsical gardens like the miniature garden that have toy trains running through it. I particularly like the Japanese garden due to the interesting forms involved and the overall calming nature the of the space.

Samantha Johnson

How long have you been at Campbell’s?

I started at Campbell’s in 2010 and have worked seasonally in the greenhouse, as a cashier, and as an intern in the design office before starting as a full-time designer in 2016.

What is your favorite plant?

Any type of Hydrangea!

In your opinion, what makes a design successful?

A successful design combines plant textures, colors, and shapes to create a space that each individual customer can enjoy for years to come and form an atmosphere that fits their lifestyle.

What is your background?

I graduated from Norris High School in Firth, NE where I was involved in FFA. I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Horticulture with an emphasis in Landscape Design.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Watch The Office, read books, hang out with my cat Chowder, volunteer at church activities, go on walks, play on a league kickball team.

What is your favorite landscape you’ve visited?

In 2012 I went to Bridestowe Estates Lavender Farm in Tasmania, Australia while studying abroad.

Wesley Arasmith

How long have you been at Campbell’s?

I have been a landscape designer at Campbell’s since 2017.

What is your favorite plant?

Rose of Sharon, due to its upright form, long-lasting and beautiful blooms.

In your opinion, what makes a design successful?

A successful design uses interesting components, inspiring ideas, and intentional placement to create balanced visuals throughout the landscape.

What is your background?

I graduated in Landscape Design Horticulture from Auburn University, I bring knowledge and styles from the Southeast to Campbell’s design team.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like playing or listening to music and unwinding in nature.

What is your favorite landscape you’ve visited?

During a study abroad opportunity through Auburn University, I visited Chatsworth House in England and it immediately became my favorite landscape due to the endless design styles and plant selections in harmony throughout the 12,000 acres of the main estate.

Brittney Cihal

How long have you been at Campbell’s?
I started working at Campbell’s in January 2017 as a part-time intern and became a full-time designer in May after graduation.
What is your favorite plant?
Hibiscus. Whether they are established in our zone or tropical, the huge, vibrant flowers always catch my eye!
In your opinion, what makes a design successful?
A design is definitely dependent on the client’s needs and is successful when it complements the area with texture, color, and creativity. Texture keeps a design balanced and proportioned while providing uniqueness throughout the area. Color is comfortable. It makes the area feel bright and warm even during the winter time, having green in the landscape is beneficial. Finally, in my opinion, creativity is the main characteristic in a landscape. It’s what makes landscapes differ from one another and keeps the memory of how it looked in your mind, making you really enjoy it and want to go back.
What is your background?
I graduated from a small high school near Raymond, NE in 2011 and continued my education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors Degree in Horticulture with emphasis in Landscape Design option.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy playing volleyball at Spikes Bar and Grill, baking, doing yard work, making floral arrangements for weddings, and playing ball with my dog, Ammo.
What is your favorite landscape you’ve visited?
My favorite landscape I’ve ever visited is Fort Lauderdale, FL. I love tropical plants, the beach and the tropical atmosphere. We took a water taxi along the channel and drove passed so many houses with all different landscapes and many unique plants, it was a lot of fun to see and a great experience!

Andy Campbell

How long have you been at Campbell’s?

I’ve worked for Campbell’s since 1986 when I worked summers in our container production department. I then moved to working as a courtesy in our 84th and Holdrege Garden Center in 1989 for summers and during high school, and then onto our landscape installation crews for summers through college. I graduated in 1996 from Purdue University and then transitioned into being one of our landscape designers spring of 1997.

What is your favorite plant?

Not sure if I have just one but here are a few I enjoy using in my designs. For shrubs I love using Ninebarks, Hydrangeas, and shrubroses. For perennials I love using ornamental grasses and daylily, false sunflower and hardy phlox. For trees I love using Maples. Both the larger shade tree type maples and the beautiful smaller ornamental Japanese Maples.

In your opinion, what makes a design successful?

A successful design is not necessarily one that would win awards if submitted to some contest. A successful design, to me, is one that takes the likes and dislikes of my client and then pulls in additional great plant material choices to create a landscape with color, interest, and manageable maintenance. Each site and each client are different in their needs and wants and so I believe each design needs to be a bit different to match the clients preferences and to solve any site challenges.

What is your background?

I graduated in 1996 from Purdue University with a Horticulture Degree with emphasis in Landscape Design. I transitioned into being one of our landscape designers spring of 1997.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I spend so much time outside with work that during the year I prefer a lot of things that are indoors. I love watching movies from science fiction to a great drama, reading everything from nonfiction to a great spy thriller, and love going out for a fine meal with friends as much as possible. I also am a SCUBA diver since 2000 and try to get away to warmer waters to dive once or twice a year.

What is your favorite landscape you’ve visited?

I’ve seen a number of landscapes through the years but the one that sticks with me from elsewhere in the Midwest was the newly built home of a Fortune 100 CEO who reportedly had a turntable in the garage so he didn’t have to back his car out in the morning. For the landscape, beyond the hundreds of tons of boulders, the huge quantity of trees, shrubs and plants he bought a fruit tree farm 25-30 miles away and had all the trees transplanted to his new multimillion dollar home. Supposedly he wanted to have his own orchard but not have to wait for the trees to grow. It was a fun landscape to see but definitely not what we see for Nebraska landscapes not matter the client and their budget.