People  |  August 29th, 2017

Guy Behind the Garden: Jake Costello

Jake Costello, Head Gardener

Joined the Team: March 2016


Day-to-day activities:

My day is spent caring for gardens including but not limited to pruning, cut backs, planting, weeding, and watering. I also complete property walks where I inspect the garden and correct any areas that may need enhancements.

Where are you from? 

Omaha, Nebraska!

Garden Guru from: 

Metropolitan Community College studying Horticulture & Land Systems Management

Favorite plant: 

Autumn Moon Japanese Maple, because it’s unique and showcases my favorite colors throughout the seasons.

Where did you get your green thumb? 

Both of my grandmas

What does the Purple Polo mean to you? 

Professional, doing things the right way the first time and attention to detail that matches the customer’s vision and style.

At home garden: 

I have watermelon, pink champagne currant, banana peppers, basil, orange mint, cherry tomatoes, marigolds, rosemary, and cucumbers just to name a few.

Favorite food: 



Camping, the zoo with the kids, and fishing

Favorite Outdoor Activity: 

Mountain Biking

Favorite part of a garden: 

Edible landscaping

At work warm and fuzzies: 

I enjoy seeing the massive transformation after a big cleanup of a neglected garden.

One thing you can’t live without: 

Being outdoors

Least favorite garden critter: 

Anything that makes you jump when you’re not expecting it but it’s usually hilarious to whoever you’re working with.

Gotta-have-it-garden tool: 

Serrated soil knife

If you were a tree what tree would you be? 

Weeping Peach Tree for its unique vivid flowers, and you get peaches!

Fictional Garden you’d like to visit:

Willy Wonka Land of Candy!

Ideal way to spend a weekend? 

Camping on the river, or in the mountains with the kids, and family and friends

Favorite book? 

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

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