We are very proud of our staff, to help you to get to know us here are some short bios. To find out when a particular specialist will be at the nursery, please call us at 303-939-9403.
originally hails from El Salvador, but has been a mainstay at Harlequin’s for 14 years – propagating, potting up and keeping our plants beautiful. Back in El Salvador he has a coffee farm with cows and other animals. Alfredo grew up on his grandfather’s dairy farm where he began learning to take care of plants and animals, and we feel blessed his skills grace us now.
loves to help Harlequin’s Gardens customers learn about plants right for Colorado. A long-time teacher and advocate for organic gardening methods (she recently earned her Organic Master Gardener certification!), Ann also has interests in regenerative agriculture and gardening to nourish the living soil; tap-dancing; cooking whole grain food.
has had a lifelong love affair with planting/growing gardens, creating beauty, and a passion for helping others do the same. She has worked in the gardening industry professionally for 10 years, along with other creative and outdoor pursuits along the way including playing violin in a professional Symphony and participating in the restaurant business.
may not often be seen at the nursery, but she’s indispensable. A landscape architect with an emphasis in ecological practices and a longtime Harlequin staffer. She works with Eve designing our weekly e-newsletter, maintains our ever-growing customer database, and does many other behind the scenes tasks.
has always had a passion for gardening and for studying, growing, and drawing plants. She has a degree in landscape architecture and over ten years of professional experience in that field. She has delved into roses, fragrant flowers, grasses, clematis, vegetables, and herbs, and is now smitten with natives and rock gardening. Eve, with Mikl, designed the rose garden at the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House. In her “spare” time she is a musician, a fine artist and loves to spend time in nature. Eve is co-owner of Harlequin’s Gardens.
was the head propagator for Country Lane Wholesale Nursery for 20 years. He has a special interest and is very knowledgeable about edible and medicinal native plants. He is the primary propagator at our wholesale growing operation that supplies pesticide-free plants to Harlequin’s, local landscapers, cities, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Butterfly Pavilion.
has multiple degrees relating to horticulture (horticulture production, sustainable agriculture, natural areas management, and a permaculture design certificate). Jared has spent two years working as a foreman and potting lead at a wholesale nursery in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He is involved in the production of plants.
has a degree in biology and spent much of his professional life directing the cleanup of toxic waste sites, like the Rocky Mt. Arsenal. Jeff is an avid gardener and has been growing wine grapes for the past 20 years.
has put energy and passion into the preservation and protection of our precious soils by working in local school gardens, in our Boulder County Open Spaces and in her own home gardens. Jessica is excited to learn and grow her knowledge of Colorado gardening with the fine folks at Harlequin’s.
has a degree in horticulture, arboriculture, and natural areas management. She is excited to help people navigate the plants of Harlequins and find what will best suit their and the plant’s needs. Jillian is fascinated with the native plants of the Rockies and particularly has interests in medicinals, edibles, and wild mushrooms.
has worked at Harlequin’s Gardens for eight years. We’re grateful for all he does behind the scenes keeping everything healthy. He loves to watch plants grow, and has been gardening since he was a teenager back in El Salvador.
is a recent CU graduate with a degree in environmental studies and evolutionary biology. Meghan is passionate about utilizing organic gardening methods to build rich soil and grow beautiful, healthy plants. She’s excited to work with customers to exchange gardening tips and assist in any of their plant needs! She will be our cashier this year.
Mel has always had a great love for the natural world and is very knowledgeable about local, native plants, birds, and insects. She also has formal training in the arts and libraries (where she would often be researching flora and fauna). In her free time, you can find her foraging, doing anything outside and/or creative, and spending time with her perfect cat, Molly. If interested, here’s her art site.
got his initial training along the creeks and woods of eastern Iowa. He studied biology at the University of Iowa, then went to India with the Peace Corps. Back in America, he managed a small organic apple orchard, and operated a tree care business. Studying plants, researching alternatives to pesticides, and developing a xeriscape garden led him from the treetops to a plant nursery. Now the evolving Harlequin’s Gardens is his lifework, helping the gardening community to bring nature into their personal lives and homes using sustainable plants, materials and methods. His current passion is soil health and energy-efficient greenhouses. He was honored with the 2009 PaceSetter Award for the Environment.
has grown vegetables and flowers for the Farmers Market and for a CSA. Her class at Harlequin’s on Veggie gardening is always popular. Talk with Mimi about growing vegetables and cut flowers.
is specializing in our soil products, operating our forklift, dump truck and tractor. He mixes our basic soil mix and has been handy in various construction projects. He has helped design a product ordering system and is educating himself on Harlequin’s Soil Food Café. He loves hiking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, basketball, poetry, singing…the list goes on.
has had Harlequin’s on his list of ‘happy places’ since moving to Boulder in 2005. He’s on a mission to help Colorado gardeners find the right native (or well adapted) plants for their landscape projects. Roger loves how native plants support our native insects, birds and soils, while also making our homes more beautiful. He also enjoys food, cooking, and music.
is a life-long learner and educator by nature and training. She enjoys growing gardeners and nurturing their connection to the diverse life that surrounds us. Stephanie has learned that gardening is full of uncertainty and challenge as well as magic and mystery! Stephanie is often available to help you by phone, email or in person.
is passionate about bridging the gap between our inner health and the health of our beautiful planet. She loves working outside with seeds, plants, soil, and microorganisms, and carries that love and energy with her when helping customers at Harlequin’s, or while getting down and dirty at one of the local farms. She is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition, a Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer, earned a Permaculture Design Certification, and holds a degree in Education. You can find more info on Susan’s nutrition work at www.mbsnutrition.earth.