Alec Rose, Lead Gardener
Alec has had a budding interest in gardening ever since he planted a white pine sapling from the Bangor Garden Show at the age of seven. His knowledge in horticulture expanded while working at the University of Maine’s Rogers Farm where he spent summers helping to cultivate several experimental fruit and vegetable plots. As a result of his brief stint as an archaeological field technician, Alec honed his considerable skills with a shovel. His hobbies include creating award-winning terrariums and growing flowers from seed. He joined the Pemberton crew in 2014 and is looking forward to his next gardening adventure of digging, planting, and caring for our clients properties.
Zak Ely, Head Gardener
Zak grew up surrounded by nature in the Acadia National Park where he started working in the horticultural field at the age of 19. His first job was a ta garden center in Union Maine where he was trained by a master gardener who taught him the fine are of ornamental pruning and shaping. Zak later increased his skills by working in Japanese style gardens and large formal estates. He later moved to Massachusetts where he joined a highly reputable gardening company where they taught him a new skill set on gardening and plant care. Zak joined Pemberton in 2006 and quickly became a client favorite. His love of gardening and all things living shows in every step he makes in both business and in life. His reputation and work ethic are unparalleled in the industry and is well respected by many of our local clients.
Sarah Fischer, Lead Gardener
Sarah completed her degree in English and Linguistics at the University of Vermont in 2012. Inspired by a family history of gardening and horticultural knowledge, she spent three seasons gardening in the greater Boston area before joining Pemberton Garden Services. Now entering her third season with Pemberton, she maintains clients' gardens with expertise and cares for them as if they were her own. Sarah deeply values cultivating holistic, regenerative relationships within ecosystems and appreciating the vast power and beauty of nature. She seeks to incorporate sustainably mindful practices and design in her approach to visual and functional garden aesthetics.
John Pelrine, Master Gardener ~ Nursery Manager
John planted his first garden in Nova Scotia in 1972 and has been an avid gardener ever since. His first professional gardening experience was as the lead perennials sales manager at the former Lexington Gardens and at the same time was a weekend gardener for WGBH's Victory Garden. John became a full time gardener for the series, then ultimately the shows producer traveling across the country and the world documenting all types of gardens. John has worked for HGTV and Better Homes & Gardens as a design consultant. Now in his "Semi-Retirement" John settled in with Pemberton ten years ago as our garden center lead buyer and lead in-house garden designer. John is very helpful and insightful with our clients and they love him for it. Once you meet him you will appreciate his vast knowledge and creative ideas.
Sophie Bignet, Garden Designer/Field Manager
Originally from Europe. Sophie started her gardening career in 2006 on the Island of Martha's Vineyard. At the time, she was pursuing her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Following this, Sophie began working for a fine gardening company of out Sudbury and then for a company in Lexington before joining us in 2012. Now in her 5th season with PGS, Sophie has proven herself a client favorite by ensuring a high level of professionalism, personalized care and creativity. Having recently completed her Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Boston Architecture College, Today Sophie brings her knowledge, artistic design and expertise to each clients she works with.
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Dylan Martin, Field Manager/Lead Gardener
Dylan gained an interest in horticulture at an early age while exploring the vast eco systems of Madagascar during his time living there as a child. The son of an avid gardener it wasn't long before he got his hands dirty working along side his mother in their Cambridge Garden. While studying at Bard College in New York state he further developed and appreciation for nature and the outdoors. Dylan spent several years working in our garden center learning about annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs before joining our garden services team in 2011. Now in his 7th year as a lead gardener Dylan continues to amaze our clients with his exceptional skills in garden care, pruning, designing and creating gardens.
Max Nottke, Lead Gardener
Max's interest in gardening began when he planted his first tree, a blackjack oak sapling (Quercus marilandica), on his family property in North Carolina at the age of six. Much like Max, blackjacks thrive in poor, rocky, sandy soils where few other woody plants do well. Max grew up in the Boston area before receiving a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont. Following years of horticultural experience surrounded by camellias (Camellia sp.) south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Max joined Pemberton Garden Services in 2015 and was quickly elevated to a lead gardener in 2016 and lead many installation projects and worked for many of our top clients.
Pemberton Garden Services was formed to provide area homeowners with an extremely reliable, professional and creative gardening and landscaping service. Owner Mark Saidnawey, who is also part owner of Pemberton Farms & Garden Center, a family owned business since 1930 along with his team of skilled designers and gardeners are devoted to the art of gardening and have developed their expertise and creativity both at work and at home.
Together the combination of an award winning garden center and garden services allows us a unique opportunity to offer a wide range of services and products otherwise near impossible to find in an urban setting.
We love to work with our clients and make it easy for all to achieve their garden and design needs. Your garden is our garden and we are 100% committed to providing the best service and quality product in the industry. That has been our families promise for nearly 90 years.
Damian Kosmidis, Lead Gardener
Damian was born in Greece and moved to Boston at a young age. He developed his interest in horticulture during summer visits to Greece where he would help out in the family's cherry and apple orchards. Back home in Boston, Damian was given tasks in helping out in the vegetable garden and it was only a matter of time before he took on full responsibility and has since become an experienced grower of various fruits and vegetables. Now in his 5th season as a full time gardener at PGS Damian continues his families tradition of fine, detailed and nurturing garden care. An excellent pruner, designer and is very thorough in everything he does.
Susannah Levy, Lead Gardener
Susannah joined Pemberton Garden Services in 2016 after having worked several years as a landscape gardener for other firms. She first developed a green thumb at an early age by building and planting a raised bed as an elective project in 8th grade. Stemming from that experience she has cultivated
her knowledge and experience by working the following summers with local gardening companies.
Her love with a connection with nature through multiple wilderness treks with the organization Outward Bound has shaped her into the fine person and gardener she is today. Her travels across the world have offered Susannah a broad spectrum of the many garden styles from which she draws inspiration. Now in her third season with us we welcome her continued experiences and skill.
Mark Saidnawey, Owner/General Manager
Mark is the owner of Pemberton Garden Services as well as co-owner of Pemberton Farms. Mark's life long gardening experiences lead him back to his families business 25 years ago when he opened his garden center on Mass Ave. Mark's strong family values, business ethics, attentiveness to clients, and experience with gardening and plants shows in every aspect of his life. Marks gardening work has been featured on PBS's Victory Garden, and for several years now, on CBS Boston TV4 as their gardening expert reporting on the latest topics and trends in gardening. Mark spends time writing for several national horticultural publications as well as his own gardening blog. A life long Belmont native when not working you can usually find Mark tending to his own garden or enjoying time with his wife and two young children.