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Meet Team Marina

“Our team of nursery professionals have been providing quality products and services to the community for over 30 years.” We look forward to helping our customers choose the best quality plants for their specific needs.

Thank you for making us your source for quality products and quality service. Marina del Rey Garden Center is a member of Master Nursery Garden Centers; a co-op of the finest independent garden centers in the country. Our sales associates have taken and passed a rigorous exam which deals with a broad range of both green goods and hard good products.

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to ask! All of us at Marina del Rey Garden Center are committed to making your shopping experience a fun and educational one.


Cathy HoughGeneral Manager

Cathy, a California Certified Nursery Professional, is a graduate of Cal Poly State University, Pomona. She began her career in the industry in 1980 at the Palos Verdes Begonia Farm, moved to Rogers Gardens in Newport Beach and joined MDRGC in 1993. The Marina Garden Center sales staff has more than 135 years of combined experience in the nursery industry. Come in today and experience the difference.


Darlene PickellAssistant Manager

Darlene brings a wealth of horticultural experience to the Marina del Rey Garden Center. Not only has she been in the horticultural industry for more than 30 years, she is also a botanist with credentials that include the Advanced California Certified Nursery Professional designation and an ISA Certified Arborist. She began her career at the Palos Verdes Begonia Farm and later worked at Bob’s Nursery in Manhattan Beach.


Steve is a Certified Master Nursery Professional and has been an integral part of MDRGC since 1984. As one of our Garden Design Experts, he has been helping MDRGC customers have the best gardens around for many years.


CJ, whose special interests include water-wise plants and perennials, brings 30 years of experience as a landscaper at Red Barn in Austin, Texas to the Marina del Rey Garden Center. As one of our Garden Design Experts, you can count on her to help you enjoy a wonderful garden.


Miguel is passionate about plants and gardening and it shows. As one our Garden Design Experts, he offers a wealth of knowledge and is happy to answer any questions you have.

Office Manager


Jonathan Keisner is a graduate of Arizona State University and an avid golfer. He is a “go to” guy on many fronts so you will definitely see him out and about at MDRGC when he’s assisting customers and our Operations Team Members, Indoor staff, and Garden Design Experts.


Patricia is a seasoned member of our team and presently our succulent plant buyer. The beautiful and stunning custom-planted container succulent arrangements you see around MDRGC are hers. She and our team members are also happy to help you create your own custom container arrangement, which we can plant for you if you’d like. Patricia is also a wonderful cook and is our culinary expert when it comes to using herbs. She previously was our Herb and Vegetable Buyer as well as our Bedding Plant Buyer.

Indoor Design Team


Jim has a winning way with plants and design thanks to his creative eye. He is the lead on many of MDRGC’s indoor displays and an indoor plant expert.


Kathleen is a licensed landscape architect who holds a Landscape Architecture Certificate from UCLA. She has also been an instructor in the Landscape Architecture program at UCLA. She is passionate about sustainable design and anything related to our eco-system and environment.

Outdoor Operations Team


John has been in the industry for many years and is particularly interested in California natives. As a member of our Operations Team, you can find him just about anywhere in MDRGC, helping customers.


Roxanna is a key member of our Operations Team. One of her special assignments is keeping our fountains looking good as well as cleaning up other parts of the garden center.


Efrain enjoys assisting customers with their needs and questions and can point you in the right direction for answers, products, and plants. He is an integral part of our Operations Team and recently earned the designation of Certified Master Nursery Professional.


Daniel adds his talents and skills to our team as an Operations Team member. He, too, has earned the distintion of being a Certified Master Nursery Professional. Ask him for assistance anytime.

Delivery Specialist


Known for his smile, Victor has been driving for us since 2000. As many a customer will attest to, he knows how to load and unload his delivery truck AND how to navigate homes and gardens that present challenges.