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Kevin Anderson-Garrity

Horticulturist job

By Kevin Anderson-Garrity,

Currently, in-between roles looking for exciting opportunities with companies so I can teach, inspire, and grow with you, your clients, & collages.I’m looking to start at the earliest convenience. 

My passion is plants, has been since was seven, though than “brown thumb syndrome” and its effects were my first learning experiences. Of course with an increased understanding of the art and science of horticulture that “brown” thumb turned to a verdant green, the rest is history with what I have accomplished so far. 

As a lifelong learner, I’m always continuing my dedication to personal & professional growth, knowing there is always something more and new to learn in our ever-changing industry. One of my goals in life is to inspire the next generation to get into our amazing industry. 

What good is knowledge if it cannot be shared. I’ve found this to happen in all my positions with other colleagues and clients asking me horticultural related questions even past managers. I’m a great collaborator and listener who is highly motivated and detail oriented with an artistic eye. I take pride that I correct pruning mistakes and other horticultural errors that others with less experience left behind. This gives the opportunity to provide the best management practices solution that pleases people as well as, keeping the plant's vigorous health in mind.

Want to know more, please message, follow me, like my content, and feel free to send a connection request https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-anderson-garrity/. Let's get the conversation growing.


EDUCATION Illinois State University - Normal, IL Bachelor of Science in Agriculture & Agronomy            Dec 2012        

Harper College - Palatine, IL AAS, Plant Science Technology Horticulture Specialization          

Have taken over 20 classes between my local Botanical Garden, trade shows. Have watched over 15 webinars, Continue to earn CEU'S through the organization's belonging to. Beginning proficiency in Spanish.


CERTIFICATES Landscape Design from College of Lake County May 2018

Basic Horticultural Skills, Arboriculture, Turf Grass & Grounds Maintenance, & Athletic Field Maintenance from Harper College

LICENSES IL Pesticide Applicator License General Standards, Ornamentals, & Turf Expires December 2021

Work History

Please see my Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-anderson-garrity/. which is beyond the capacity of this platform to see my portfolio, Skills, Interests, and everything else I have accomplished so far.

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY Highly motivated horticulturist with over 18 years of field experience in horticulture and landscape industries focus on design, plant selection, and best management practices CORE QUALIFICATIONS  10+ years of hands-on experience in proper irrigation, fertility, and care to produce quality results  Expert in plant identification of woody ornamentals, perennials, and annuals Illinois Pesticide Applicators license  Managed planting and bed preparation tasks for a crew of four employees SPECIAL SKILLS  Custom design work for large in-ground plantings utilizing a wide variety of ornamentals Crown lifting, thinning of small trees, detailed hand pruning, renewal & rejuvenation of shrubs Tenacity and adaptability with an artistic eye in plant container selections Experience in quick, professional budget and plant selection decisions

EXPERIENCE Wright Landscaping Inc- Lake Bluff, IL  Landscape Supervisor. Engaged in the maintenance of landscapes for private clients in the upper north shore

April 2019-June 2019

Landarch Systems Inc- Vernon Hills, IL Landscape Supervisor. Supervised 63 regular maintenance residence accounts while assisting crews in meeting deadlines   

June 2018-November 2018

AbbVie Sustainable Landscape Internship- Grayslake, IL Internship In partnership with the College of Lake County      Expanded knowledge of plants to native species, working with contractors to fulfill clients wants                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

August 2017-November 2017

Anderson-Garrity Consultants - Vernon Hills, IL Designer & Horticulturist     Residential landscape design, consultation, and maintenance to serve discerning private clients                                                         

May 2016-present

 Sunset Ridge Country Club - Northfield, IL Horticulturist & Head Club Grounds Keeper      Promoted 3 times from groundskeeper to horticulture expert and designer

September 2012-February 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Reds Garden Center & Fireplace Logs - Northbrook, IL Seasonal Full-Time Worker      Utilized college education to provide horticultural knowledge to customers

 May 2006–August 2011                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


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