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 has an appreciation of historical buildings and antiques which he has incorporated on the property and in the garden center.
Melissa is a 1998 graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Landscape Horticulture and Crop Science. Early in her career, she worked for an organic garden center in Austin, Tx, a perennials grower in Seattle, WA and with a tropical nursery in Fort Myers, FL. Coming back to Ohio in 2005, she has worked for arboretums, landscapers and garden centers to help round out her areas of plant knowledge. Melissa is a lover of all things green but has a special appreciation for vegetable gardens and the joy you feel growing your own food as well as anything in the garden that benefits birds, butterflies and bees! Outside of work, she enjoys kayaking, camping, birding and hanging out with her three rambunctious dogs!
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 enjoys being outdoors, boating with family and friends, antiquing, and patio gardening and finds inspiration by being surrounded by beautiful plants.
Nora attended the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP Program and lived out west for several years. Never one to shy away from hard work, Nora is always ready to roll up her sleeves and help with any task needing done. She also puts her skills as a freelance artist to good use anytime we need an artistic touch. Always up for a challenge and learning new things, Nora enjoys working with plants and is also involved in helping a local realtor prepare homes that will be going on the market. Nora’s most important role is as a mother of 2 boys and caretaker of her elderly parents.
Deborah is a real asset to our team. As a young girl she learned the meaning of hard work while helping out on her grandparents farm which also gave her a real appreciation of vegetable gardening and plants that add beauty to the landscape. Although retired from her career, Deborah has brought her work ethic to our garden center. You can find Deborah watering and caring for our plants or anywhere else a helpful hand is needed. On her days off she enjoys spending time with her two grandsons.
Jamie’s knowledge of the ‘green” industry is a tremendous asset to our company. 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.
Danielle’s 20+ years experience working at greenhouses and as a landscaper is invaluable. Her creative and artistic approach to gardening is a perfect fit for our garden center. When asked what her favorite part of the “green” industry” is, her response was “I love it all”! Danielle, like the rest of Casey’s team, has a love of the outdoors. She loves to garden, ride horses, hike and spend time with her daughter & boyfriend. They live on a small farm where they grow vegetable gardens and raise goats and chickens.
Having worked in the “green” industry and volunteering at the Children’s Garden at The Bronx Botanical Garden while living in New York, Mona’s knowledge and passion for plants and nature has been extremely useful at Casey’s. Her love of gardening started when she attended the Waldorf School in Denmark where she studied organic gardening. Mona’s young daughter shares her passion for the outdoors and travel. They enjoy gardening, kayaking, hiking, and educational homeschool activities.
Kelly is vital for 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 billing for services and employee payroll, Kelly assists with planning and organizing various activities and events. Kelly also updates and maintains office policies as necessary and her eagerness to pitch in whenever and wherever is needed is greatly appreciated.
Deb puts her marketing skills and creativity to good use by taking care of our social media, print ads 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 has an outlet for that in our gift shop. She is the buyer for all of the unique items, including gifts for that someone special or yourself.
Deb loves the outdoors and is a plant enthusiast. She would rather plant a tree, shrub or flower than do just about anything else.