People  |  May 11th, 2017

Guy Behind the Garden: Chester Goik


Chester Goik, Head Gardener

Joined the Team: September 2015


Day-to-day activities: 

Gardening and more gardening!

Garden guru from: 

I was born in Bay City Michigan, moved to Oregon when I was 21 and now I’m in Omaha.

Favorite plant and why?

Japanese Maple because of the way you can bonsai the tree.

Where did you get your green thumb?

It started with my father and all the people I have met through the years.


winter pruning

What does the Purple Polo mean to you?

Team Work

Most memorable outdoor experience:

Cross Country Skiing in The Sister Mountains.

Favorite food:

Beef Brisket


Sports, coaching sports, and of course gardening!

Favorite TV Show:


Favorite Outdoor Activity:

Feeding my Koi and watching plants grow.

For or against garden gnomes?


Most important part of the garden:

Landscaping at the beginning.

One thing you can’t live without:

Pepsi Max

Least favorite garden critter:

Banana Slugs

Gotta-have-it-garden tool:

Mantis Tiller

Favorite gardening quote:

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” Wallace Stevens

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