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Tom Bodnar is entering his 6th spring season as the Retail Manager here at White Flower Farm after 15 years of prior experience in the nursery business. Tom takes great pride and excitement in bringing the best in plant quality and variety to our customers. His enthusiasm extends to both the experienced gardener looking for a specific plant and to the new gardener just getting started on a path of gardening wellness, beauty and discovery. Tom enjoys giving talks, leading tours and photographing here at the farm. He finds pleasure in discussing plant combinations, marveling in the beauty of late summer perennials and surveying the expansive world of ornamental trees and shrubs. Tom is the father of three boys and is an adult mentor with the Boy Scouts of America as well as Scholarship Chairman for the CT Nurserymen's Foundation. His passion for plants is only matched by his passion and knowledge of the UCONN Women's Basketball team and don't hold it against him as he roots for the Boston Red Sox and New York Giants.

 


Laurel Benge is starting her second season with us at the Retail Store and customers and staff alike couldn’t be more pleased. Laurel brings a wealth of plant and design skills to her position of Garden Advisor. Her high energy and ever-smiling personality are a natural fit in assisting customers to be successful in their planting endeavors. Laurel spent many years working as both an estate gardener and home gardener. She is wonderful at offering solutions for difficult planting situations as well as creating distinctive plant combinations. Laurel goes the extra mile to be sure all our visitors feel at home here at the farm and helps them to find just the right plant treasures to bring home.

Laurel lives in Litchfield with her husband and three grown children where she enjoys reading and baking. When you stop by the store, be sure to talk to Laurel, not only will you learn about great plants, you might even pick up the recipe for her delicious chocolate cake!

 


We'd like you to meet another of our staff members here at the Retail. Matt Scace is a jack-of-all-trades and thus a valuable member of our team. Matt assists the Store Manager in all aspects of the retail operation from setting up the physical retail store to taking on construction projects and moving thousands of plants a year. He is primarily focused on bringing the best plants to our customers, as he is the head grower for the store. He manages four greenhouses full of perennials and annuals all at different stages of growth and readiness. Matt brings a keen eye and sense of detail to his work of scouting for problems and tweaking plants to look their best before they move down to our sales frames. Matt also loves to meet customers and assist them with solving landscape projects. He has a very fast wit about him that keeps the whole staff laughing. Outside of the office Matt is a keen outdoorsman. He can cook a mean dinner himself but would rather be a taste tester to anyone willing to humor him. The next time you're at the store be sure to search Matt out and share a story or laugh with him. You'll always walk away with a smile.

 


Pam Guay is a 12 year veteran of White Flower Farm, where she keeps the day to day operations of the store running smoothly. She is known to be a customer service guru and she is more likely to put out a fire than see it interfere with personal goal of delivering an exceptional experience to all our visitors. Pam is a cat lover with an affinity to houseplants, unique annual combinations and the latest perennial offerings. Pam isn’t just the rock here at the store; she is the proud mother of four teenage children, thus explaining why nothing fazes her here at the sales office! Please say hello to Pam the next time you visit the store, she is looking forward to delivering on our promise of friendly, timely and knowledgeable service.

 


We'd like to introduce you to Mary Valente, a staff member here at the store for the past 5 seasons. You can't miss Mary upon your arrival at the store; she's the one who wears her enthusiasm and energy on her sleeve. She keeps us on our toes with her creative solutions, infectious attitude and insightful knowledge. Mary is in charge of procuring all the "hardgoods" for the store including; outdoor garden ornaments, tools, gift-ware, seeds, birding products and everything else that isn't growing in a pot! She is also the brains behind the store's merchandising displays. Mary shows our customers how to create a beautiful garden space of their own by displaying our plant offerings in creative and compelling combinations. Her displays never fail to inspire oohs and aahs from both beginner gardeners and seasoned experts. Mary herself gardens with her two children and husband who keep her on the go when she's not here at the store. She originally hails from North Dakota, if you can believe it, and enjoys volunteering, the movies and sports. Be sure to introduce yourself to Mary the next time you're in the store and tell her all about your own garden adventures and successes -- you'll be all the richer for it.

 
 
 
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