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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 the garden center since 1984.


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.


Miguel, our newest Garden Design Expert, brings an unparalleled passion and knowledge for plants and is keen on providing excellent customer service.

Office Manager


Jonathan Keisner is a graduate of Arizona State University and an avid golfer.


Patricia, who loves to cook, is now our succulent plant buyer and creating fabulous custom planted container succulent arrangements.

Indoor Design Team


Jim has a winning way with plants and design, adding his finesse to indoor displays and indoor plants.


Kathleen is the newest member of our Indoor Design Team. She is a licensed landscape architect who holds a Landscape Architecture Certificate from UCLA. She has also been an instructor in the program at UCLA. Kathleen’s passion is sustainable design and anything related to our eco-system and environment.

Outdoor Operations Team


John has been in the industry for several years and is particularly interested in California natives.


Roxanna is part of our Operations Team.

Delivery Specialist


Known for his smile, Victor has been driving for us since 2000.