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

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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.

Kathleen - Garden Design Expert

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Kathleen has been a licensed Landscape Architect since 2010 and specializes in sustainable landscapes, which she says are perfect for our California climate. She first joined us as a cashier late in 2015 and is now pleased to join us as a Garden Design Expert. She enjoys helping gardeners select waterwise plants and designing gardens, especially combining colors and textures.

Steve - Garden Design Expert

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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.

Miguel - Garden Design Expert

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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.

Darlene - Garden Design Expert

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Darlene has been in the retail nursery business for nearly 35 years and is an Advanced California Certified Professional, a Certified Master Nursery Professional, and an ISA Certified Arborist. She enjoys providing our customers with answers to their many gardening questions. 

Jonathan Keisner - Office Manager

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Our Office Manager Jonathan wears many hats at the garden center and has a love for Southwest-inspired cacti and succulent gardens. He is also a big fan of his Arizona State University sports teams and enjoys playing golf.

Paul - Indoor Design Team

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Paul is our go-to guy for indoor plants and all things MDRGC! As our lead Indoor Design staff member, he knows the ins and outs of who to call for what. He is also knowledgeable about plants, and is in charge of our indoor selection.

Sofia - Indoor Design Team

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Sofia has long enjoyed decorating spaces with house plants and is pleased to be able to share her passion with our customers. She is ready to help you select the indoor plants that will fit your space perfectly.

Mei - Indoor Design Team

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Mei has been with us for quite some time now and we value her expertise and customer service.

Patricia - Plant Buyer, Color Bowl Designer

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

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. And he's literally always smiling.

Pablo - Outdoor Operations Team

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Pablo is a key Operations Team member. He keeps the nursery looking beautiful. He is likely loading plants in your car with care. Please say "Hello".

Fidel - Outdoor Operations Team

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Fidel is a Cal Poly Pomona graduate in Plant Science who loves being outdoors learning about plants and the environment. He aspires to become a teacher one day and plans on furthering his education by going to Grad School. When not working at the garden center, he is either playing or watching all kinds of  sports, including his favorite, soccer.

Jacob - Outdoor Operations Team

Jacob is a valued team member who has been with our team for many months.

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.

Maria - Outdoor Operations Team

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Maria keeps our plants looking good with her daily watering and grounds work. She is a key member of our Operations Team.
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]