Our Staff

A Word About the Staff in General
Karl is proud of his staff. All of them were carefully chosen because they possess certain qualities that Karl finds invaluable to his business: outgoing, friendly, customer-oriented, knowledgeable. It’s important to Karl that all Shady Lane Greenhouses staff help create a family ambiance and a great shopping experience. That said, here’s a bit more about all of them …

GregGreg Olson, Nursery Manager
Affectionately known to Shady Lane customers as “plant man,” Greg Olson started out playing in the mud and climbing trees. He never stopped! “I always knew I wanted to work outdoors,” says Greg. “Even as a kid, I was fascinated by growing plants and trees.” Greg has been a resource for customers for (?) years. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their gardening challenges. “When you come up with the right combination of plants and trees, everything really thrives. People can work less and enjoy their yards more.”

Kathy and Little GuyKathy Schneider, Fundraiser Coordinator
Kathy was a bit reluctant to talk about herself. No problem. We can tell you even better than Kathy can that she’s very important to our operation. Not only does she carefully prepare our invoices and deposits, she serves as our fundraising coordinator. And that is one tough job. The only thing that’s tougher is getting her to pose for a picture.


Karen WendlerKaren Wendler, Horticulturist
“I prefer a little dirt under my nails,” says Karen, our horticulturist. After 20 years, she left the meticulously clean environment of a dental office for the earthy world of gardening. Karen’s first love was trees and she initially wanted to be an arborist. But her interests branched out to include all things green and growing. She graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College with a degree in ornamental horticulture.  She’s a walking ready reference, so feel free to ask her your most difficult gardening questions.

RosaAssistant Grower

Rosa, Karen’s assistant, has been with us for over 10 years. A hard worker with a wonderful personality, she’s a great asset to our team




John 5-13MarioLandscaping Crew
Mario and John are part of our landscaping crew. They can be seen out and about at clients’ homes and businesses all over the Metro Milwaukee area.  They know what it means to put in a long, hard day.



Where would we be without our one-man crew, Jesus? Tackling every project with little or no hesitation, he can be found on the roof, under a bench, behind the wheel or in the greenhouses manifesting Karl’s many requests. Thank you for making things run easier for us, Jesus.


Our Gardeners
The gardening staff at Shady Lane Greenhouses loves to “talk plants” and they’re great at recommending just the right annuals, perennials, shrubs and fruit trees to meet your needs. Our full-time and part-time gardeners also spend time at the front counter where they’re never too busy to answer a question (or at least promise to research a topic). Melody, Kathy B., Marianne, Tom, Debbie, Lori and Lois…thanks so much!



We also appreciate Ken, who helps with various maintenance projects, and our part-time drivers, Bill and Matt.