Rob de Bree, General Manager
Rob has a Horticultural Engineering Degree (Ingenieur) from S.T.O.A.S, Den Bosch, Holland. He studied horticulture and majored in: nursery stock production, landscape architecture, landscape installation & maintenance.
He brings with him extensive experience in the horticultural industry. Before he became General Manager of Elkhorn Native Plant Nursery, he was for 4.5 years the director of the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation, Inc. located in San Martin, CA. Plant evaluation and drought tolerant plant introduction was the main focus of the foundations work. Prior he worked for 10 years as ornamental researcher at the Research Station for Nursery Stock in Boskoop, Holland. Applied research of ornamental plants and avenue trees was his specialty. Examples of his work include evaluations of the genus Hydrangea, Mahonia, Wisteria, Forsythia and Juniperus. In addition, Rob set up a national trial for the study of new avenues tree-cultivars in urban environments, in collaboration with growers, urban greenery departments and landscapers. Results of his research can be found in reports, trade journals (Dendroflora, De Boomkwekerij, Tuin & Landschap, De Bloemisterij), newsletters (newsletter Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation) and gardening magazines (Groei & Bloei).
Some of his publications can be found at: www.ppo.nl or www.straatbomen.nl.
Randy Morgan, Botanist
Randy is a botanist with over thirty years of field experience in the Monterey and San Francisco Bay areas and a lifelong interest in natural history. He has discovered seventeen new plant species and two new insect species in central California.
Randy has done extensive volunteer conservation work to promote greater public recognition of and protection for endangered local plant communities. These efforts have been instrumental in the establishment of several local parks and reserves. Throughout his career, his primary interest has been in plant systematics, resulting in several long-term independent studies of various California genera including Piperia, Trifolium, Chorizanthe, Eriogonum, Polygonum and Linanthus. In 2001, he was awarded a Fellowship by the California Native Plant Society in recognition of these and other contributions.
Crystal Stromer Digman, Designer
Crystal grew up in a family of gardeners and inherited a love of growing flowers from seed with her Grandmother at a early age.
For the past 30 years she has been designing and overseeing installation of gardens from the SF Bay area to the Monterey Peninsula. Focusing on drought tolerant plants and creating habitat to invite nature into the garden.
Robert Stephens, Owner
Robert has degrees in computer science and psychology from UC Santa Cruz. He has worked in various high tech jobs in the past, but has always been interested in growing plants and natural history.
Besides owning the nursery, he manages a commercial apple orchard, a cow/calf operation and various properties in the west. He has worked hard to restore native plants to many of his properties. He is an avid gardener and has always had a love of nature. He has been past president of the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum and the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 1999. He is past chairman of Audubon California and served in the past as a board member of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He currently serves on the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County as Board Chair and on the Trust for Public Land’s Northern Rockies Advisory Board.