Our Landscaping Experts

Meet Your Professional Landscape Designers

At Sargent’s, we believe that people make the difference and we have great people. Our team of dedicated experts in our Landscape department are no different. With years of experience, our expert team’s ability to help you is unparalleled.

We are certain you will find our landscape experts to be friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and courteous. Our designers work to understand your personal aesthetic style (formal, informal, naturalistic or native) and incorporate materials that inform that style (boulders, cut stone, brick, flagstone, clipped hedges, ornamental grasses, etc.). They also identify the types of spaces you desire (a secluded and intimate courtyard or a large open space with sweeping views) and the opportunities and challenges your site affords as it relates to drainage, soils, sun and shade, circulation, views, seating areas, and water features.

Our employees have numerous years of experience in the horticultural industry and educational degrees from accredited universities. Many of our staff members are also Minnesota Nursery Landscape Association Certified Professionals. MNLA established this certification program in 1978. Certification is earned by taking an examination and kept current with continuing education annually. It has been an effective tool in the green business for promoting educated staff, commitment to the industry, and a resource to customers for knowledgable information.


Michael Blazing

Landscape Designer

Michael earned two degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies from Iowa State University. From restoring prairies and landscape designs, to gardening and pottery, plants and creativity have been life long interests for Michael. He is passionate about his work and especially enjoys collaborating with clients to create personalized spaces and solutions. Helping clients throughout the entire design-build process is what attracted him to the Sargent’s design team from the garden center operations in 2010.


Kate Tucker

Landscape Designer

Kate received her degree in Landscape Design from Montana State University-Bozeman. After graduating, she traveled to Washington where she assisted with design and installation of creative and distinctive landscapes. Kate joined Sargent’s in 2002 to continue to build her career in the industry. When designing a landscape, she strives to create extraordinarily beautiful and enjoyable outdoor spaces. Kate prides herself on listening to the client’s overall objectives and goals. She enjoys working with clients through the design/build process to make their landscape dreams a reality they will enjoy for years to come.


Brian Newell

Landscape Designer

Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1993. Upon graduation, he became employed with Sargent’s as a landscape foreman, and was quickly promoted to landscape designer where he remained until 2003. In the spring of 2013 Brian rejoined the Sargent’s design team from his prior position as the Madonna Towers’ Grounds Keeper. He enjoys all aspects of landscape design and installation, especially working with the homeowner to realize their design goals.


Nikki Schultz

Landscape Designer

Nikki received her B.S. in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Horticulture from South
Dakota State University. With a family background in home construction; Nikki found herself working various jobs throughout the green industry early on. She quickly realized that Landscape Design was the right career path for her. Creativity and problem solving are two key components that attracted her to the landscape design-build business. Nikki enjoys working with her clients to create a vision. She finds the most gratifying part of her job is being able to manage the project from start to finish, and working as a team with the landscape crews to turn the clients vision into a reality.


Neil Imsdahl

Garden Services & Landscape Management

Neil has always had a passion for landscape and has worked in the industry for over ten years. He has recently returned to his home state of Minnesota after spending a few years in Chicago and Washington DC. With experience in production, retail and landscape design build, Sargent’s was a perfect fit. He has earned degrees in Horticultural Sciences and Landscape Design and Planning from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Working with the talented crew, he strives to design and create a landscape the will perform for years to come. The unique challenges of each project are what he enjoys the most. While not at work he enjoys taking his two border collies to the dog park and exploring many of the new shops and restaurants that the Rochester area has to offer.

Meet Your Professional Installation & Maintenance Team

Sargent’s landscape construction crews are an extremely important part of our landscape team.

A beautiful design must be carried out in a professional manner, with proven building techniques and quality materials, if it is to achieve the intended look and feel desired. We employ experienced foremen who have a wide range of skills in landscape construction and a fleet of modern equipment.

The final step of the landscaping process, after we have created a beautiful outdoor living space for you, begins when our installation crew leaves the site. Regardless of the style or feel your garden was designed to achieve, it will need expert care and nurturing. Our goal is to insure the beauty, enjoyment and value of your landscape appreciates with time. This can only be achieved through proper care of your investment. Our maintenance professionals are there to help.