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Kerns Nursery - About us & our staff 2009

In 1981 Kerns Landscapes came into existence in Jewett, NY.  With the need to have shrubs, trees, perennials and annuals more accessible on the mountain top to meet our customer's needs we began by keeping nursery stock at our home to use on our contracted jobs.  Pat, after working at two local nurseries, had a love of plants and gardening and in 1987 we thought that starting our own nursery would be a good way to expand the business.  There really was never a plan to grow as big as we've become.  It just happened and now we produce over 500 perennial plants and over 500 varieties of bedding and specialty annuals, herbs and vegetables.

Welcome to Kerns Nurssery.  This year, we are growing again! We look forward to seeing you in person at Jewett this season.

As we begin our 2009 season here at Kerns Nursery we would like to let our customers know that we try our best to bring to our sales tables the most current and viable plants offered by the industry today.  We think that our list of specialty annual and bedding plants this has more interesting and beautiful cultivars than ever before.  Of course our perennial numbers also exceed over 500 varieties as well.  It takes a great deal of work to label so many plants, but we hope to give you as much information as possible.  We do our best to offer as much choice of great material as almost any nursery anywhere, even though we are small in size.  Our shrubs and trees are always hand selected by Bob and we are proud of the stock we carry.
 
We have expanded our exterior furniture selections to include a new line of cedar furniture that is a little lighter and can travel better in your vehicles.  We also have a great deal of beautiful pottery in stock; terra cotta, imported glazed, and the top of the line Campana cast stone planters, birdbaths and fountains.   Here at our nursery we try to keep the setting peaceful and relaxing so your shopping experience is a joy and not a burden. 
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We have been very fortunate in receiving much work from many home owners in the area.  We appreciate all the confidence that you have in our ability to put together a
landscape solution for your individual needs. 
 
Lastly I would like to mention that we are distributors for the Mica Lamp Company.  We have many of their exterior lighting fixtures on site for you to view.  We think that the quality of these fixtures is top notch and we hope that you will too.  The new "Storybook"  and "Iron" lighting seems very appropriate for our area and their interior Mica lamps, chandeliers and sconces have always been amazing. You can order through us at anytime.  Check out the Mica Lamp Company web site if you like.
 
Thank you, our customers, for the support over the last 28 years!!!!!      Pat and Bob Kerns
 
Hi, I am Bob Kerns.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks. Bob Kerns

Landscape Designer & Contractor. 

For over 20 years Bob has been installing residential and business
landscapes on the Catskills Mountain Top. 

Bob makes all the decisions on our stock of trees and shrubs that are sold at the nursery.

Pat Kerns

Pat runs the nursery and makes all the decisions on plant production and nursery setup. She does most of the planted arrangements and fresh floral designs for special occasions. 

Pat's line of
original jewelry is for sale at the nursery shop.  Pat also helps Bob, on occasion,
with specialty garden plantings on certain landscape jobs.

Hi, I am Pat Kerns.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.

OUR EMPLOYEES
Since our business is centered around our home and because we both have strong work ethics we are very careful on whom we hire.  We expect our employees to be reliable and honest and to work consistently and conscientiously.  Everyone at Kerns Landscapes and Nursery works hard and our landscape crew puts in very long hours.  We also have quite a few part time and short term employees.  Many have been with us quite a long time. 

We are very proud of all our employees.  Here they are from long term to new. You can click on any small photo on this page to go a page, with larger photos.  Our "retired" employees' photos are at the bottom of the page, with our very best wishes for their new jobs and plans.

Hi, I am Bruce Nichols.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks. Bruce Nichols

Weekend Sales.  Bruce is an accomplished gardener and copper artist. 

See Bruce's original Wind Vanes at our nursery shop this year. 

10 years+, so long we don't remember.
Lester Chase

Landscape Foreman and machine operator, 10 years.
Hi, I am Lester Chase.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.

Hi, I am Mary Van Valkenburgh.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.

Mary Van Valkenburgh

Nursery Manager, Production Manager, Sales Manager, in charge of annuals.

After 9 years at Kerns Nursery, Mary will be leaving us this year and moving.  We will miss her greatly and wish her the best.
Kayla Van Valkenburgh

Annual and perennial care, 6 years with Kerns Nursery
Hi, I am Kayla Van Valkeburgh.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.
Hi, I am Cherice Bunce.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.

 

Cherice Bunce

Sales ... summer months, 5 years

Abel Gonzales

Landscaping crew foreman. 5 years

Hola, I am Abel Gonzales.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.
Hi I am Claire Balairgeon.   For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Muchas gracias.

Claire Balairgeon

All aspects of plant & garden care, 4 years with Kerns Nursery.
 

Zak Hill

Landscape crew foreman, 3 years
Hi I am Zak Hill.   For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Muchas gracias.
Hi I am Lauren Tompkins.   For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Muchas gracias. Lauren Tompkins

Nursery Manager, in charge of perennials, 3 years
Gisela Gonzales

Greenhouse plant maintenance manager, production, perennial care.
3 years
Hola, I am Gisela Gonzales.   For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Muchas gracias.
Hola, I am Carmelo Gonzales.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks. Carmelo Gonzales

Landscaping crew, 2 years with Kerns Nursery
Francisco (Paco) Gonzales

Landscaping crew, 2 years with Kerns Nursery
Hola, I am Francisco (Paco) Gonzales.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.
Hello, I am Emily Nichols.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks. Emily Nichols

Yes, Bruce's daughter.  General nursery care, sales.
Ashley Dunham

General nursery care, sales.
Hello, I am Ashley Dunham.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.
Hello, I am Chelsea Jaeger.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.  Chelsea Jaeger

General nursery care, sales.
 
Meet the Kerns Nursery landscaping crew,
headed by Bob and Skyler ...

For some examples of our jobs, click here

Hello, we can handle any landscaping project for you.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks. 
Hi from the Nursery crew, Cherice, Lauren & Mary.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.

... and our Nursery crew

For some examples of our Nursery products, visit our Annuals or our Perennials pages, as well as Herbs, Vegetables, Roses, Trees, Baskets and Autumn Bulbs.

Skyler 

Nursery Mascot, Greenhouse Buddy,

Lunch companion (his favorite job) and "fierce" watch dog.  
We did not have a Kerns Nursery shirt that would fit. 
Come and meet Skyler @ Kerns in Jewett.
 
Hi from Skylar, the Kerns Nursery Mascot.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks. 
Hi from Spooky, the chief of several important departments @ Kerns Nursery.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.

Spooky

Spooky has had series of rapid promotions at Kerns Nursery's, starting from the lowly Chief Rodent Controller Executive in 2002 and Chief Catnip Tester in 2003, had another promotion in 2004 to Chief Garden Furniture Tester, His wide range of experience in all key departments of Kerns Nursery led to a new senior appointment in 2007, assuming new overall responsibilities as security executive.

Meet Spooky, our new security executive when you visit us at Jewett.

RETIRED EMPLOYEES ... photos below

Kate Schildhorn

Sales and Plant production.  Kate has an education in horticulture. 

She has worked as head gardener at The Eagle Point Vanderbilt estate and is the original owner of Foxglove Floral (Florist Shop) in Windham, NY..

Hi, I am Kate Schildhorn.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.

Hi, I am Daniel Shildhorn.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.

Daniel Schildhorn

Landscape Crew. 

 

Kitty Kiley

Greenhouse Manager - Production

and maintenance of plants.

Hi, I am Kitty Kiley.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.

Hola, I am Vitaliano Guzman Loyola.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Muchas gracias.

Vitaliano Guzman Loyola

Vitaliano, landscape crew and nursery care - we wish him warmest regards on returning to Mexico and hope his health improves.
 

DeDe Thorp

Sales, production and good friend, who is now lending her skills to the Mt.Top Arboretum

Hi, I am Dede Thorp.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.

 

Hola, I am Odilia Flores.  For larger photos of all of us, click here ... this extra page is for friends who want to see bigger images ... and it will take a minute or two to load!  Thanks.

Odilia Flores

We will miss Odilia and her great sense of humor, her perfect Christmas wreaths and vigilant care of all our nursery plants.

 

We hope you will come to Jewett and meet us and all our staff - we will be delighted to help you with your gardening plans.

          Our Gift and Garden Shop is yet another reason to make a stop at Kerns Nursery.  There are gardening supplies, out door furnishings, quality stone and clay pottery, fountains, bird baths and bird houses, and all types of decorative garden accents.  You will also find very unusual items for home decorating or to give as gifts.  The selection is based primarily toward mountain living and captures a bit of a “woodland theme”.  Rustic baskets, candles, balsam pillows, moose and bears and more.  All items are selected for quality home and garden décor. 

Don’t forget the new line of original beaded jewelry created by Pat that is now available at the shop or through our online site.  Brides can now come for consultations for their wedding flowers as well as the wedding party jewelry, which can be custom made to match any style and colors.  What a great solution for Bridesmaid gifts!

Remember that we are open for the Christmas Season also.  The shop is full of Christmas decorating, collecting and gift items.  We carry Christmas trees and all the wreaths, baskets and arrangements are hand made from local balsam and a mix of other accent greens.

  • Kerns Nursery Gift certificates:  we are happy to accept orders by phone and e-mail.  We will acknowledge your orders will send out Gift Certificates.   Many people on the Catskills Mountaintop have used Kerns Nursery Gift Certificates as perfect gifts for family and friends.  
     

  • Visit the Pat Kerns Jewelry - unique, hand-made, one-of-a-kind jewelry that we sell here at Jewett.
     

  • If you have any questions, please e-mail us at:  Kernsnursery@aol.com
     

  • When we are open, we welcome you to tour our many display gardens from Mother’s Day through the Fall.  Picnicking is allowed.

Last updated 13 June, 2009

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