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Staff Portrait

Our highly qualified staff is here to help you!

Many of our staff have been working in the landscaping and horticulture business for years, and can answer just about any question that you may have about plants, designs, patios, pruning, and more. 

Owner David Fernandez Among Plants in our Garden Center

Meet the Team


  • David Fernandez:; President and Company Owner, 50+ years experience; Cornell degree in Landscape Architecture

  • Chris Gruber:; Landscape Designer/Senior Estimator; Cornell University, Masters of Landscape Architecture; CNLP; 16 years experience; handles our most difficult hardscape projects and full landscape planting design

  • James Pagano:; Landscape Designer/Estimator; SUNY ESF, Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture; CNLP

  • Jared Cohn:; Landscape Designer/Estimator; Cornell University, Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture

Garden Center/Nursery:


  • Doug Bennett:; Assistant General Manager/Senior Project Manager; CNLP; ICPN graduate; 25+ years experience

  • Jerry Chiszar: 30 years planting and other landscape experience; licensed NYS Pesticide Applicator

  • Brett VanDeMark: Nursery Foreman; Equipment Operator


Business Office:

McKissick Farms

Our work wouldn't be possible without a team of highly dedicated seasonal employees. Interested in joining out team? Click here for employment opportunities.

Our entire staff attends weekly educational sessions conducted by David and staff volunteers that cover safety, horticulture topics, and environmental stewardship. Everyone is able to identify plants, suggest practical ways to minimize deer damage, and alert homeowners if they find diseased or invasive plants. Crew members attend training every spring sponsored by the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association and can recognize infestations of the Emerald Ash Borer, the Asian Longhorn Beetle, and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid.

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