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Jeff Webeler

Owner and President


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And he still believes it’s about way more than offering a plant or product for a price. Jeff will shake people’s hands because he wants to see them again next week, next month and years from now. People like Jeff will listen when you regale them with the tale of your ailing begonias or ravished lawn. He’ll have answers especially for our tri-state soil, suggestions on affordable products that work and just so you know, he’s a genuinely good guy who hails from the area.

He grew up and lives on the West side with his wife Patty and has two sons, Evan and Andrew.

When I’m not helping others with their lawns and gardens I’m:
Probably in mine
On the golf course
Traveling
Snow skiing (love the mountains)
Hiking
Enjoying family

Best piece of garden advice:
Right plant. Right place. Enough said.

Favorite plants:
Japanese Maples (so many cool varieties)
Hostas (easy to grow and love the shade)

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Evan Webeler

CFO


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Yes, he’s an Economics graduate of DePauw, but he’s also a lifelong learner in White Oak Gardens University. His professors? White Oak founders Jeff and Patty Webeler. His passion for being outdoors, creating an outdoor sanctuary and sharing it with others runs strong. So does his love for his family, wife Renee and baby girl, Eleanor.

When I’m not at White Oak, I’m:
Spending time with my family
Playing tennis, basketball & paddle ball
Growing my own veggies (and eating more than my fair share)

Something interesting:
Back in college, he was ranked #3 in the country for DIII tennis.

Best garden advice:
Your plants are what they eat. Make sure you have the right soil conditions and you feed your plants. All the beauty you see above ground is based on how well the roots are doing.

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Ricky Barrier

Nursery Operations Manager


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Because, inevitably, you’re going to run into some challenges and opportunities in your yard and garden, and he can help you through and help your yard and garden thrive. As our Operations Manager, he has his eye on the big picture, but thankfully still has plenty of time to get dirt under his fingernails.

Favorite Plants:
Wildfire Black Gum (spectacular fall color)
Rising Sun Redbud (multiple season interest)                                                                                                                                                                      Little Lime Hydrangea (long lasting summer blooms fading from white to pink in the fall)

When I’m not at White Oak I’m:
Spending time with my family & coaching my daughter’s softball team
Working around the house
Golfing

Best piece of garden advice:
Prune or trim regularly. It’s much easier than you think. One of the most common reasons people become unhappy with their landscape is because it has become overgrown.

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Chris Brown

Greenhouse Manager


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Chris considers herself a flower child, or “old hippie” and loves being challenged and meeting new people. She’s completely devoted to help customers be successful in all of their gardening pursuits.

Favorite plants:
Impatiens; they’re so colorful
Becky Daisies
Epimedium

Favorite time of day:
Morning

Best garden advice:
The best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago, but if you didn’t then, the best time is now.

 

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Susan Estep

Greenhouse Sales


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She’s not under the impression that just because she loves plants and working in her yard and garden that she knows everything there is to know about them. We’re all still learning and growing. So she gets her hands dirty, learns every day and has never met a plant or plant person she’s not fascinated by. We know how lucky we are to have her. People like Susan don’t just grow on trees.

Favorite plant:
Coleus, because they come in so many colors and are generous flowerers.

When I’m not at White Oak, I’m:
With my husband, Steve and daughters, Emily and Kelsey.
Or you can find me in my yard.

Best piece of garden advice:
Enjoy yourself while you’re gardening. Have fun!

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Shannon Gittinger

Lawn and Garden Specialist


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Favorite Plants:

Yellowwood Tree, Coral Bells and Sansevieria, by far the easiest houseplant I own.

Inspiration:

Books (especially Harry Potter), family, friends, and anything outdoors.

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Nikki Martin

Assistant Store Manager


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Looking around and seeing what she’s accomplished in her yard and garden brings her real joy, like her young daughter. She loves Redbud trees, Elephant Ears and her personal favorite for pots? The annual, Evolvulus. She’s used it in her containers for years and it’s always one of the last plants to flower at the end of the summer. Ask her about it.

Most interesting job:
I sold tools in a hardware store. Always interesting to see what the men would say to me as a young female.

People would describe me as:
Outgoing, maybe a bit loud (laugh!)

Best garden advice:
Don’t get upset if you kill a plant, or many plants. We all have. Trial and error is one of the best ways to learn.

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Jeremy Newell

Merchandise Coordinator


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This is the guy you want in charge of making things beautiful. Jeremy brings a little art and poetry to everything he does, which inspires us all. He has an appreciation for the changing seasons and is brimming with positivity and personal favorites. He wants to hear about or help you find yours, too. That’s just another day in the life of Jeremy. 

Inspiration:

My wife Shiloh, daughter Batelise and son Jareth. Drawing, painting, veggie gardening and Harry Potter books.

Favorite time of the day:

Spring? Mid-morning when the lilacs come alive. Summer? Early evening with fireflies. Fall? Cool evening with a fire. Winter? Snowy dawn when you can see your breath. (See what we mean about art and poetry?)   

Favorite plants:  

I love the Witchhazel shrub for its unique blooms and handsome foliage, the Beech tree for its cool branch structure and interesting bark, Coleus (annual) for its painterly foliage color, Sugar Snap Peas because yum, yum, yum and Stevia (herb) for its super sweet leaf.

Best garden advice: 

It will never be finished or perfect. But the journey and experience is its own reward. 

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Mike Riesenberg

Assistant Nursery Operations Manager


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You’ll find him planning and planting his own landscape, but he’s really interested in everyone else’s experiences in the yard and garden. ‘Everyone has a story to tell, even plants,’ and Mike is most interested in native shade trees like sycamores that grow to become large and stately parts of our surroundings for generations to come. Tell him your story.

Favorite part of the day:
Time with my wife and three daughters at the end of the day.

Inspiration:
Do-it-yourself magazines like The Family Handyman. I might even peek at a Better Homes and Gardens.

Best garden advice:
Break a large and overwhelming project into smaller, more manageable projects.

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Eric Tonnis

Plant Installation Specialist


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Favorite Plants:

Endless Summer Hydrangea (Long bloom time with large brilliant flowers), Fothergilla(fantastic fall color), and Redbud Trees (early-blooming native).

When I’m not at White Oak I’m…Spending time outside in the woods or with my dogs.

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Renee Webeler

Greenhouse & Perennial Sales Associate


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Like the hands-on experience she’s had growing and canning her own veggies, keeping the deer away from her husband’s Hostas and growing Lantana, her favorite deer-proof bloom. She’s all about helping green thumbs and newbies create something beautiful then experiencing that moment of accomplishment. The one where you stand back and say ‘Wow, I just did that!’

When I’m not at White Oak I’m:
Running with my dad, working on our wonderful house that sits on five acres or playing with my one-year-old daughter.

Something interesting: 
I was a high jumper for UC and could jump my own height. I’ve also been a personal high jump coach, something I’m very passionate about.   

Best garden advice:
If it looks like something is wrong, watch your watering. Chances are it’s either too wet or too dry. Check new plant tags and/or ask us for guidelines by plant type.

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Andrew Webeler

Landscape Designer / Sales


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His industry experience spans 12 years, 7 of which have been at White Oak Environmentals. He started off watering plants long ago. He graduated with his BA in Landscape Architecture at West Virginia University. Andrew is a west side native, attending grade school at Our Lady of Lourdes & high school at Elder.

Interests:
Downhill skiing in the off-season, working outdoors, hiking, camping, and sports of all sorts.  He was also a state qualifier while swimming for St. Xavier & Elder High School.

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Patty Webeler

Office Manager


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Patty is the friendly voice on the other end of the phone and likely the first face you see in the White Oak Environmentals office. Patty has been a staple at White Oak Gardens since 1988 and just recently moved on to the landscape side of the business. She handles billing and contract management, but her main role is to keep the landscape guys in check!

Favorite plants:
Weeping White Pine

Favorite Gardening Activities:
Deadheading her roses. Container and vegetable gardening. She also enjoys cooking for her family: Jeff, Evan & Andrew.

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Dave Schoch

Foreman / Manager


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He takes great pride in being a problem solver, thriving on the satisfaction of the end result of a job well done. He’s put his time in, working in the industry for 15 years. He’ll work with all parties to make sure the job is done right the first time.

Interests:
Coaching his 12-year-old in baseball and basketball
Spending time outdoors fishing, camping and bird hunting

Favorite Plants:
“Ruby Falls” Redbud

Best Piece of Garden Advice:
Don’t be afraid to trim.

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Bert Schroth

Landscape Manager


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But Bert is also that guy you gravitate to, the one who makes the first meeting all about you, keeps everyone on schedule, and calls you just to see how your new landscape is treating you.

That may be because he’s likely enjoying his with Lisa, his wife of 28 years, sons Tony and Joe. Bert also just recently became a grandfather to his beautiful granddaughter, Brailey.  You might run into Bert at a local golf course too.

Favorite Plants:
Oakleaf Hydrangea (year-round interest and blooms)
Paper Bark Maple (exfoliating bark and fall color)

Best Piece of Garden Advice:
It’s all about the soil prep!