Gardens America, Inc. is a 2nd generation company that began importing flowers in 1969. Most of our suppliers are located in South America; most are in Colombia, three are in Ecuador, one is in Peru and two are in the United States. Our main objective is to distribute the very best quality products and provide marketing solutions to the consumer through our wholesale clients.
Gardens America, Inc. consists of a team of passionate professionals whose goals are to assist our clients in being both product and solution providers for all their floral needs. Communication between the Gardens team and their clients is primarily done via the phone and computer. However, it is the personal touch of our dedicated staff which truly sets us apart from the competition.
We have included a list of wholesale distributors of our products under the distributors tab. If you do not see your wholesaler listed, please contact one of our sales associates for further assistance.
Over 98% of the products we represent are FlorVerde and/or Rainforest Alliance compliant.
Our Account Managers
Tina Bertot is our perfectionist. Part of Tina’s charm as an account manager is her attention to detail, her vigilance for her clients and her passion for fairness. Tina holds all farms accountable for any disappointment to any one of her clients and takes full responsibility in righting the wrong. Tina’s clients know that they are her main focus.
Janel Granata has been in the industry for many years in both retail, wholesale and now importing. Janel brings a “tell it like it is” attitude to the company and we love her for it. Janel’s passion is to understand her clients’ needs and to find a way to overcome obstacles in order for them to succeed – using Gardens products.
Lisa Nuske graduated from Lawrence University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music. Fortunately for us she stumbled into the floral industry in 1990 and found her passion. Lisa believes in listening to her clients and learning their needs. Don’t let her soft spoken style mislead you – she is an advocate for her clients and serves them well.
Renee Hesselbach has a lifelong dedication to the floral industry. She utilizes her 39 years of past experience in greenhouse, mass markets, retail, wholesale and now farm level to develop strategies for “growing” your business profits. Renee works enthusiastically with her clients and is dedicated to their creative successes!
Our Office Staff
Colleen Taber is the owner of Gardens America, Inc. Her chief advocacy is educating our wholesalers and their retailers in regards to branding, marketing and the true value of their purchases. Colleen’s passion for Gardens permeates through all the areas that she touches in the company.
Kristin Gilliland is the General Manager. Her job responsibilities are numerous and demand much attention to detail. She is the person who coordinates production information, farm communications, computer system coding, pricing and profitability. She is our numbers person and keeps the staff on track.
Joanne Carrillo wears many hats but her main job is in Accounts Receivable. (If you do not know her that could be a GOOD THING) Joanne is also our office manager, human resources person and safety team manager. However, her real passion is being the Gardens America party coordinator.
Debbie Clemente is our Accounts Payable person. She is the one who makes sure that Gardens America keeps its excellent reputation for on-time payments. She is the one who coordinates all the farm invoices, air way bills, customs entry papers, payroll, and much more.
Lilliam Valdes-Dapena is our Information Technology Manager. She is the one who keeps our entire technical network going. Lyly is one who fixes things that we have broken and does the impossible. She creates programs the day before we think of them and has a myriad of responsibilities too numerous to mention.
Victoria Paredes is our receptionist. She is the one who initially welcomes your call and advises you regarding the availability of your account manager. She can get you copies of invoices, shipping receipts and a whole lot more.
Our Logistics Staff
Scott Gilliland is our Warehouse Manager. He is a former Marine and likes to run the warehouse to perfection. He takes any and all shipping errors personally. Scott feels that shipping errors are unacceptable. His goal is 100% correct delivery 100% of the time.
Michael Rodriquez takes pride in his work and always has a smile on his face. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gun range and training his American bulldog. We look forward to his continued growth with our company.