Meet Our Team.
When you ask someone for the reasons they choose to shop at Chuck Hafner’s they will likely answer ‘the quality of the product and the knowledgeable staff’.
The Hafner’s have been growing in the CNY area since 1922. It has always been and continues to be a family operation, and the team here at Chuck Hafner’s are an extension of that family and are essential to both our success and your success.
Professionals Make A Difference.
We like to think we have the most skilled and knowledgable staff in Central New York with 2 ISA Certified Arborists and 7 CNLP: Certified Nursery Landscape Professionals on staff who can help you to create your own beautiful outdoor living space. Growing their knowledge is an ongoing process, and the team members take various certifications each year (including the Proven Winners Certification) to make sure they are up to date.
Our staff members are avid gardeners themselves, and that certainly shows with the passion they exhibit when helping you with your gardening needs. We always strive to provide you with the best customer experience and the highest quality product.
The Big Picture.
Greenhouse and Retail Growing Operations
Growing over 200,000 plants a year is a huge undertaking, and this process is overseen by our head grower Mark assisted by his team in both the growing and retail greenhouses. The growing process begins in February each year and once the plants are hand-selected and transferred to the retail greenhouses the live flowers team takes over ensuring the plants you purchase from us leave the store in the best condition possible.
Mark – Department Manager and Head Grower
Mark has been with Chuck Hafner’s for over 35 years. He is responsible for more than 60% of the plants you see in our greenhouses nurturing them from seedling to full-grown plants. He manages our complete growing program making sure we have our signature seasonal plants (hanging baskets, Fall Mums, Geraniums) available when in season.
Chad – Assistant Grower and Buyer
Chad has been a part of the Chuck Hafner team since 1999 and has grown into an important part of our Flower/Produce program. Working side by side with our head grower, Chad helps to oversee our 75,000sq.ft. of growing greenhouses and works hard to ensure the health of our plants. Chad is also our flower and produce buyer. He is responsible for purchasing many of the flowers you see in our retail greenhouses. He has extensive knowledge of annuals and perennial flowers and is always looking for the latest and greatest varieties. Chad is also responsible for buying, and merchandising our farm-fresh produce throughout the season.
Dawn – Assistant Manager and Buyer
Dawn has a Bachelors’s degree in Plant Science from Cornell and is a Certified ISA Arborist & Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional. She is responsible for ensuring the greenhouses are fully stocked, the plants are watered and cared for (ensuring you take home a plant that is at its best), and is happy to answer any questions you may have.
Mike- Greenhouse Assistant
Mike is a member of our growing and retail greenhouse team. He comes to us with his degree in Horticulture from SUNY Cobleskill. He is a passionate grower and spends his free time managing his own farm.
Morgan– Greenhouse Assistant
Morgan is a local visual artist from Liverpool who has an eye for arrangements. She grew up in Liverpool and comes to us with a florist background. You can find her friendly face in any one of our retail greenhouses!
The Nursery Team
With 7.5 acres to look after our Nursery team is a vital part of Chuck Hafner’s, and it is their passion and hard work that helps us to provide the best selection of plants for your landscape.
Marie – Nursery Manager & Head Grower
Marie is a professional horticulturist and has a background in landscape maintenance & design. She also has a BA in Forest Ecology. She has a total of over 35 years of experience working in the green industry as a nursery manager, including six years at Imperial Nurseries and over 20 years at Chuck Hafner’s. She is also the buyer for the nursery traveling across North America, selecting the best quality plants. She is Proven Winners Certified and a CNLP. Marie is also responsible for many of the gardening guides you can find here.
Katie – Nursery Manager
Katie is CNLP and Proven Winners Certified and has been working in the green industry since 2003. She is responsible for nursery sales, merchandising, the organization of the nursery staff along with assisting the landscape contractors to make sure they have the best customer experience possible.
Chris – Assistant Nursery Manager
Chris has been with Chuck Hafner’s for over 5 years and has a degree in Environmental Science from SUNY Brockport.
Kim– Assistant Nursery Manager
Kim is a certified Horticulturist and Graduated from Penn College with an AAS in Landscape & Horticulture Technology. Kim brings over 25 years of nursery and sales experience to our team. She loves working closely with our customers to help them be successful in their own landscapes.
Anthony-Nursery Delivery Manager & Assistant Nursery Grower
Anthony has his degree in Fishery & Aqua Culture from SUNY Cobleskill. He spent 5 years in California as a Utility Forester as well as working for the Department of Fish & Wildlife. After relocating to Syracuse, he worked as a Plant Specialist for Home Depot, managing a ten-store territory. He went on to run a successful Landscaping business for 12 years before joining our team. In addition to managing our delivery operation, Anthony is an integral part of our irrigation program and works closely with our Nursery Head Grower.
Brenda- Nursery Sales
Brenda has been a knowledgeable part of our nursery sales team since 2002. She is an ISA Certified Arborist as well as a New York State Certified Nursery Landscape Professional (CNLP). She is also a Proven Winner certified team member.
Kat- Nursery Sales
Kat is an experienced member of our nursery sales team. She grew up in a greenhouse setting at Brownell Roses in Providence, RI. Her passion for plants goes back to her earliest memories. Kat graduated with a degree in Commercial Arts & Graphic Design and also studied Photography. Her artistic background, combined with 15 years as an accomplished real estate agent, has helped to develop her eye as a talented gardener and landscaper. She is also a driving force behind the merchandising and displays of our Christmas room, and the design and construction of our annual Haunted House!
Lyndsie- Nursery Wholesale & Sales
Lyndsie has been working in our nursery since 2018. She is very passionate about plants and brings landscaping and nursery experience to the table. Her background makes her a valuable resource for our wholesale customers!
In-Store Management Team
From farm-fresh produce (when in season) to local specialty foods, home decor, clothing, disease control, pest control, grass seed, lawn care, gardening tools, birdbaths, and more, our retail space is literally at the center of our store.
Ryan – Operations Manager
Ryan has been a part of the Chuck Hafner team since 1996. With nearly 25 years in the business, Ryan is a driving force behind the seasonal changes you see across the property. He has spent many of those years as the manager of our Hard Goods department and is responsible for researching and buying the latest products for the control of pesky pests, plant foods, the right potting mixes, lawn care and more! With his knowledge across all areas of the business from what product to use for Red lily beetles to how to keep your lawn looking great all year; Ryan will have the answer for you!
Stacey – Home & Garden Décor Department Manager
Stacey joined our team in 2005 and she has a keen eye for the latest trends and is always looking for local products to add to our ever-expanding retail department. Each year with her team she is responsible for the lines that we carry in the store visiting the major vendor shows in the US making sure we have the latest unique items in store.
Tess –Home & Garden Décor Assistant Department Manager
Tess joined Chuck Hafner’s in 2016 and works with Stacey as a merchandiser and buyer attending the vendor shows with her each year.
Stephanie – Front End Manager
Stephanie joined Chuck Hafner’s in 2017 bringing with her over 20 years of retail and customer service experience. She is responsible for the front end of the store and takes pride in ensuring that our customers receive the best possible experience from start to finish.
Pam – Assistant Front End Manager
Pam brings to us 20 years of combined customer service and management experience. She joined Chuck Hafner’s in the Spring of 2017 and is a wonderful addition to our talented team.
Liverpool native who rose to the position of Assistant Front End Manager after just one season on our customer service team!
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