Casey, a 2001 graduate of East Central High School, graduated from Cincinnati State with a degree in Turfgrass Management and Landscape Horticulture. He began his own landscaping business in 2002 and after years of hard work and determination, opened Casey’s Outdoor Solutions in 2006. Casey’s has since gone through many changes and is now one of the area’s largest and most unique garden centers and gift shops in the area. Always a visionary, Casey is an expert at landscape design and enjoys incorporating hardscapes into his projects when possible resulting in unique and beautiful landscaping. Casey has an appreciation of historical buildings and antiques which he has incorporated on the property and in the garden center. Casey has a strong sense of family and community and is actively involved in several organizations. During the rare occasions that he has free time, Casey enjoys spending that time with family and friends at the Knigga family farm in Ohio County, IN. Casey is also the owner of Casey’s Storage Solutions in Harrison, OH.
As garden center manager, Connie’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture and extensive experience in the green industry is invaluable to our customers. She is always eager to provide useful information when it comes to assisting with plant selection and at home care so our customers can acheive success with their gardening projects. Connie specializes in annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, herbs, houseplants and tropicals and also enjoys teaching many of our workshops. Connie beams with pride when talking about her 3 children and enjoys working in her own gardens and creating new plant beds.
Kelly is vital to our day-to-day operations. Her role as Office Manager utilizes her multi-faceted expertise and organizational skills to make it possible for other employees to function effectively and efficiently. In addition to updating and maintaining company policies, billing for services, employee payroll, and scheduling projects, Kelly assists with planning and organizing various activities and events. Her eagerness to pitch in whenever and wherever is needed is greatly appreciated by the entire staff. Kelly has a love for all living things with fur and goes out of her way to help them. When she isn’t working, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.
Deb puts her marketing skills and creativity to good use by taking care of our website, social media, print ads, photography and all other facets of marketing in order to help bring awareness to our company and the services that we offer. Deb also has a passion for home decorating and gardening and has an outlet for that in our garden center. She is the buyer for all of the beautiful items that you see in our gift shop and the garden decor. The real fun begins when she creates the displays. Deb loves the outdoors and enjoys planting anything that will produce blooms. Her objective is to plant trees, shrubs & flowers that will attract pollinators. She loves kayaking and trail riding with her husband and is a little obsessed with her 2 canine furbabies, Lacey & Bijou.
With over 35 years helping brides create their dream weddings with beautiful bouquets and centerpieces, it comes as no surprise that Bonnie’s floral designing skills are second to none. Her ability to take a bride’s vision and bring it to life have resulted in countless, memorable weddings through the years. Bonnie feels truly blessed to share her floral designing talent and helping brides no matter what their budget is. When she isn’t behind the floral counter designing breathtakingly gorgeous flowers, Bonnie enjoys decorating her home and spending time with her husband, son, dog and cats.
Karen brings her sunny disposition and high energy level to work every day. She is often the first friendly face to greet you when you enter our garden center. She enjoys assisting customers with their purchases at the register and lending a helping hand or two whenever and wherever needed. Karen is our resident songbird and knows at least one line to every song that comes on the radio. Her positive attitude and work ethic are infectious to those around her. Karen enjoys being outdoors, boating with family and friends, antiquing, and patio gardening and finds inspiration by being surrounded by beautiful plants.
Jamie’s knowledge of the ‘green” industry is a tremendous asset to our company. She is responsible for searching high and low for the best possible annuals and perennials available. In 1999 she started working for a large, family-owned and operated greenhouse where she would meet and marry her future husband. Jamie would play a key role in the family’s business for over 20 years, until the retirement of her father-in-law. During these years, she worked closely with the growers, gaining valuable knowledge in annuals, perennials, vegetables, and seasonal flowers. Jamie is happily married and a mother of 2. Her hobbies include planting low-maintenance gardens and container gardening. She enjoys being outdoors with her family, visiting zoos and camping.
Matt’s enthusiasm for meeting new people gives him the opportunity to share is passion for gardening. Matt loves to dive into science and nature so working with plants is a perfect fit. He has an appreciation of all plants but shrubs and perennials are at the top of his list. You will often see Matt assisting customers, caring for the plants or in one of our dump trucks making a delivery. His 10+ years in the green industry is a real asset when it comes to helping with plant and hardscape selections. Music, drawing and cooking are just a few of Matt’s passions and he enjoys spending time with his family which includes his wife and 4 beautiful children.
Samantha is our horticulturalist in training. A 2017 East Central graduate, she is currently attending Purdue University and will graduate in 2021 with a degree in Horticulture: Landscape Contracting and Management. Having worked for an area grower, Samantha is able to apply her knowledge of the green industry helping with the care of our plants. She is always eager to help with whatever is needed from watering to assisting customers. Samantha loves learning about plants and is excited to build on her plant knowledge. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, camping and hiking.
When Chris isn’t transporting students of the Sunman Dearborn School Corporation, he is often the one making mulch and gravel deliveries. Chris is a retired carpenter and owns a martial arts studio where he is also an instructor. Chris, a Vietnam Veteran, trained pilots when he was in active duty and every opportunity he gets, rides with the Patriot Guard on his Yamaha V Star. Chris is married with 4 adult children and enjoys fishing and rebuilding old motorcycles in his spare time. Thank you for your service Chris.