Todd was born in Sioux Falls and raised in Aberdeen S.D. What started off as riding his bicycle to Lakeland Nurseries as a high school summer job quickly became a full-time career.
The part-time job on a landscape crew continued all while attending Northern State College. At 19 years old, he began to design landscapes and explore the creative side of landscaping. In the late 70’s Todd married and transferred to Sioux Falls, where he then became a full-time landscape designer. Always excited to explore new landscaping trends, Todd has been an innovative leader in new landscape ideas, winning dozens of SDNLA Landscaping Awards. As Lakeland Nurseries changed its name to Landscape Garden Centers in the 80’s, a modern era of landscaping unfolded. Many more landscaping options became available for his clients including: water features, outdoor kitchens, ever-evolving hardscape products, and new plant hybrids.
Todd is always looking for a new design challenge. His passion is listening to his clients’ needs and fulfilling their dreams. Designing a landscape project and personally being involved with a design from start to finish is his greatest satisfaction, along with the pleasure his clients receive from their completed projects and friendships that linger for many years.
Todd is married to Brenda and has one daughter, Brandi. His off-work interests include gardening, hunting, skiing, and traveling with friends to enjoy good food and music concerts.
Taylor joined the LGC team as a Greenhouse Associate in May 2013 after earning her Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Environmental Science from South Dakota State University. In July of 2015, she took over the position of Greenhouse Team Leader and Head Grower where her responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations in the greenhouse and growing annuals and perennials throughout the season.
During the warmer months, she enjoys spending time outdoors; camping, hiking, and gardening, as well as enjoying nightlife in downtown Sioux Falls, socializing with friends and attending shows. Other pastimes include sewing, crocheting, and tending to her extensive houseplant collection.
Susan joined Landscape Garden Centers in February 2015. She’s responsible for all landscape services billing.
Susan grew up in Munich, Germany and completed her education within the German school system. She attended a technical school and received a certificate in retail. In her free time she enjoys watching old movies and reading novels.
Paul began his career in the horticulture industry in 1984 as a nursery staff employee at Lakeland Nursery. Eventually, Paul’s role in the company evolved into co-ownership of this local business that’s now recognized as Landscape Garden Centers, the premier lawn and garden center in South Dakota.
Upon a visit to Landscape Garden Centers, it’s extremely likely one will find Paul casually conversing with other employees and customers about the industry he has ardently invested himself in. His excitement toward horticulture is infectious and it’s not uncommon for local enthusiasts to seek out his guidance regarding their own projects in the field. In addition to his work, Paul is passionate about his faith and family, which includes his wife Lisa and their three children Tyler, Alex and Maddie.
Other notable accomplishments achieved by Paul Dejong include the numerous charities he has generously contributed to over the years. Paul has demonstrated a true sense of philanthropic responsibility toward his community through organizations such as; Sioux Falls Christian Schools, The Boys and Girls Club, Sanford Cure Kids Cancer and Sioux Falls Humane Society. In addition to monetary giving he also serves as an active board member for the following charitable organizations- Teddy Bear Den, Groundworks Midwest and the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum.
Patti has been with LGC since 2012 and brings 24 years of accounting and human resource experience from the construction, transportation, public accounting, banking and law industries. Her experience includes providing cost accounting for underground utilities construction, excavation and state highways. Additionally, Patti has experience in fund management, production reports, payment applications, benefits administration, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, preparation of financial statements and budgets.
Patti is a member of the South Dakota CPA Society and The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business. As Financial Controller of Landscape Garden Centers, Patti provides leadership and insight related to the company’s accounting, payroll, benefits administration, financial reporting, and administrative functions.
Enthusiastic and a true team player, Kristin brings positive energy to all aspects of her job. As a Landscape Planner, she prepares estimates and bids for commercial landscape projects, and manages project development. However, always willing to help out where needed, she can be found performing a variety of tasks from creating Christmas arrangements to winterizing irrigation systems.
She earned her Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture (cum laude) from South Dakota State University. Prior to working at Landscape Garden Centers, Kristin lived in Austin, Texas where she adopted her beloved, goofy dog, Ziggy.
Married in 2001, 2 boys, and a chocolate Lab
Past times – following kids activities, time with friends, hunting
Enjoys job because
Jeremy Reiser started with Landscape Garden Centers in 2007, after graduating from South Dakota State University with a BS in Landscape Architecture and a Business minor. He has over 17 years of experience in the landscape industry, with a family background in home construction. Jeremy started out working on a crew as a landscape foreman for six years, which provided vital on-the-job training and knowledge.
He enjoys trying new and unique landscape techniques, and constructing hardscapes is one of his favorite parts of his landscape projects. Jeremy loves working with clients to help them turn their existing outdoor spaces into something they can really enjoy and be proud of. To be able to work with and listen to a client’s needs and wishes and create a vision. But the most gratifying part is being able to manage the project and turn the vision into reality.
Jeremy is a die-hard SDSU athletics fan (GO JACKS!). He has a wife and two children, and on his free-time he enjoys hunting, snow skiing, sports, home projects and spending time with his family.
Check out Jeremy’s finished and upcoming landscape design projects on our Blog and Facebook Pages!
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Design with a minor in Geographic Information Systems from South Dakota State University.
Master’s in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University
Jeremy is married with 3 kids, and lives in a small town near Sioux Falls. Jeremy enjoys building various projects in his garage, waterfowl and archery hunting, traveling and spending time with family.
Why do I like this business?
Creativity and problem solving are two key components, and there is always something new to learn about. I like meeting people and helping them come up with a design that reflects their lifestyle and personality, but also solves any challenges the property might impose. I really enjoy building and conceptualizing these spaces that will continue to grow and change as plant material matures. Landscape design is unique in that, you are essentially visualizing a plan that won’t fully materialize for a few years down the road. It really exercises our creativity and problem-solving skills every day.
Check out Jeremy’s upcoming and finished landscape projects on our Blog and Facebook Pages!
He has three children, two boys and one girl
He graduated from SDSU
He plays golf at any opportunity
He coaches his son’s basketball team and daughter’s soccer team
His favorite color is blue
Ask him a question and you’re bound to get an ear full. Critically acclaimed as ‘The Man That Knows Everything About Nothing”, Derek Farley not only designs, he creates answers. Whether it’s producing art or landscapes; modifying the psyche with dazzling visual results is his specialty. Typically found crunching numbers at his desk and trying to outbid his opponents, our Commercial Designer is a full time go getter. No matter if he’s fishing on a frozen lake or estimating LGC’s next big commercial project, Derek is constantly trying to hook ‘The Big One’. Prior to starting his career at LGC, Derek attended USD and obtained a BFA in Printmaking before making the leap to SDSU where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Landscape Architecture.
Del is our Nursery Manager and gardening knowledge extraordinaire. If you have a question about your plant, yard, or pretty much anything outdoor related, Del can most likely answer it.
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Cassandra is our “air traffic controller” which is an integral part of designer/client communications. She can be seen at the Information Desk in the garden center, and she is very knowledgeable in all areas of our business. If you stop in, be sure to say hi to her!
Carrie is a self professed gamer-nerd, an avid runner and an amateur-blogger on all things geek chic. At Landscape Garden Centers, she is known to ‘wear many hats’, and her ability to multitask a wide range of hobbies is fully reflected in her position as design coordinator. Deign coordinator is a position that is a unique blend of designing, do-it-yourself consulting, field work, and crew management. She earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science from South Dakota State University, in Brookings, SD, magna cum laude in 2014.
Her favorite saying is quoted from the movie Jerry Maguire: “I love the mornings! I clap my hands every morning and say, ‘This is gonna be a great day!’” In her free time, she often goes running and exploring around Sioux Falls, and then blogs about her upcoming races.
Betty wears many hats as the retail store manager/buyer at Landscape Garden Centers. She can be found assisting customers, ordering product for the store, filling containers, decorating Christmas trees, scheduling employees, and watering and caring for plant material, along with many other tasks.
Betty graduated from Southeast Technical Institute in 1986. She started her internship at Landscape Garden Centers in March of 1986 and has been here ever since. During her time at LGC she has worked in many of the different departments and has had a lot of hands on experience. She enjoys the changing of the seasons not only in nature but also at LGC, from Spring to Christmas there is always something new and exciting to share with our customers.
Betty and her husband have one daughter and two sons. They love traveling to see their daughter and watching their boys play basketball and baseball. She also loves to read, put puzzles together, and collects penguins.