Meet Team Marina

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Who’s Who at MDRGC…

Our team of nursery professionals has been providing quality products and services to the community for over 40 years. We look forward to helping you choose the best quality plants, fountains, containers, and gardening products for your specific needs. 
Thank you for making us your source for quality products and quality service. Marina del Rey Garden Center is a member of Master Nursery Garden Centers; a co-op of the finest independent garden centers in the country. Our sales associates have taken and passed a rigorous exam which deals with a broad range of both green goods and hard good products.

Have a question? Don’t hesitate to ask! All of us at Marina del Rey Garden Center are committed to making your shopping experience a fun and educational one.

Come in today and experience the difference.

General Manager Cathy Hough

Cathy, a California Certified Nursery Professional, has been in the industry since 1980 when she launched her career at the highly regarded Palos Verdes Begonia Farm located in Torrance. After moving her way up at PV Begonia Farm, ultimately becoming a buyer, she joined the prestigious Rogers Gardens in Newport Beach where she was a buyer and manager. In 1993, the Marina del Rey Garden Center welcomed her to their team.

As general manager, Cathy oversees the entire garden center. She manages an operations team as well as a team of Garden Design Experts. She also buys plants, containers, fountains and more for MDRGC.

Cathy is a graduate of Cal Poly State University, Pomona, who loves the outdoors. When she's not at MDRGC, she can be found traveling to growers to select plants firsthand, traveling to trade shows, planting and maintaining her own garden, listening to music, traveling with her dog, and enjoying her family, friends, dog and cat.

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Miguel is passionate about plants and gardening and it shows. As one of our Garden Design Experts, he offers a wealth of knowledge and is happy to answer any questions you have.

Jonathan Keisner - Office Manager

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Jonathan Keisner, our office manager, wears many hats. You will definitely see him out and about assisting customers and staff. A graduate of Arizona State University, he is an avid golfer. 


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Patricia is the woman behind the beautiful and stunning pre-planted container arrangements you find at MDRGC. Her artistic creations use a variety of plants, including succulents. She is also our succulent plant buyer. 


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Barrett is one of our Garden Design Experts and has a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee. He enjoys helping clients create a beautiful landscape.


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Steve is a Certified Master Nursery Professional and has been an integral part of MDRGC since 1984. As one of our Garden Design Experts, his deep knowledge and years of experience  are valuable assets for MDRGC customers.

Victor - Delivery Specialist

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Known for his smile, Victor has been driving for us since 2000. As many a customer will attest to, he knows how to load and unload his delivery truck AND how to navigate homes and gardens that present challenges.

Roxanna - Outdoor Operations Team

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Roxanna is a key member of our Operations Team. One of her special assignments is keeping our fountains looking good as well as cleaning up other parts of the garden center.

Efrain - Outdoor Operations Team   

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Efrain enjoys assisting customers with their needs and questions and can point you in the right direction for answers, products, and plants. He is an integral part of our Operations Team and recently earned the designation of Certified Master Nursery Professional.

Daniel - Outdoor Operations Team

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Daniel adds his talents and skills to our team as an Operations Team member. He, too, has earned the distintion of being a Certified Master Nursery Professional. Ask him for assistance anytime.


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Michael is a Garden Design Expert whose extensive plant knowledge is appreciated by customers. 


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Isabel, who enjoys spending time in the garden and plays piano, also loves animals, biology and the sciences. She is pursuing a major in pre-veterinary medicine.

Jim - Indoor Design Team

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Jim has a winning way with plants and design thanks to his creative eye. He is the lead on many of MDRGC’s indoor displays and an indoor plant expert.

Help Wanted

We’re looking for exceptional team members to join us. Details below.

Assistant Manager
Full-time, including weekends. Excellent salary and benefits.
Must have managerial experience in retail garden center. California Certified Nursery Professional preferred.
Duties include but are not limited to: Establishing sales goals, coaching, product knowledge with sales staff, buying of some plant material, running the general operation of nursery with General Manager.
Must be a people person with excellent communication skills.
Send resume to: [email protected]

Full-Time Sales Team member 
Retail experience a must. Must have a horticultural background. Must love to sell and be a people person.
Excellent salary and benefits with potential for sales bonuses.
Full-time, including weekends.
Send resume to: [email protected]