20021 St. Croix Trail North
Scandia, MN 55073
2100 Tower Drive
Stillwater, MN 55082
St. Croix Falls
1257 State Road 35
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024
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Meet Our Landscape Design and Install Team

Landscape Designers:

Dan Sandager: 
Dan and Sue Sandager bought the nursery in 1972 while both were in college at the University of Minnesota (U of M), and have worked hard since then to create a thriving business that provides great service and products to the St. Croix Valley and beyond.  Dan graduated from the U of M with a degree in Horticulture in 1974.  These days, he spends the majority of his time designing landscapes.  His extensive experience with plant material and hardscapes allows him to create attractive and practical designs.  Dan has served on the board of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, as well as various Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) committees.  When not at work, Dan enjoys spending time with his grandson, motorcycling, hunting and traveling. He lives in Osceola, WI.

Andy Carlson: 
Andy was hired in 2008 and has done some of everything for us.  With his great knowledge of all things regarding the landscape, he is an excellent asset to both our customers and the rest of our team.  He has a degree from Hennepin Technical College in Landscape Design and has over 15 years of experience creating beautiful spaces.  He lives in Stillwater and enjoys hiking and camping in his free time.

Mitch Johnson: 
Mitch has been designing with Abrahamson Nurseries for over 30 years.  He graduated with a degree in Agricultural Business Administration from the U of M in 1980.  Mitch joined the company in 1982 when Abrahamson’s expanded to include our Stillwater location.  Over the years, Mitch has encountered every possible challenge in the landscape.  With his great problem-solving skills, he works with each homeowner or builder to develop practical and long-term solutions.  In his free time, Mitch looks forward to time with his kids and grandkids or at his cabin in Wisconsin.  Mitch and his wife are long term residents of Stillwater.

Wendy Loomis: 
Wendy joined our team in the spring of 2014, and brings over 25 years of experience and an impressive design portfolio. Wendy has received two MNLA Design Awards and has a vast knowledge of unique hardscape materials which she uses to creatively develop intimate and one-of-a-kind spaces.  Wendy enjoys creating partnerships with her clients to bring their visions to life with originality, professionalism, and most importantly, fun.  Wendy lives and gardens in Hastings with her partner Karen and their big extended family nearby. On those rare days with free time, you might run into her on the hiking and biking trails or having fun with her grandkids.

Christa Pojanowski: 
Christa joined our design team in the spring of 2015.  She graduated from North Dakota State University with degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science.  Christa has an engaging personality and really strives to help each client she meets.  Her combined education and experience give her the ability to create beautiful, functional landscapes.  She is an eager listener and learner, and gains experience on every project she works on.  Christa enjoys spending time outdoors and being with her family.  

Jake Thompson: 
Jake started working on the landscape crews during the summers while he was in college.  He is a graduate from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Landscape Architecture, and has been on staff as a full time landscape designer since then.  Jake’s creativity and passion for great design are what drive him for every project he works on.  Jake loves the outdoors and nature, which often inspire his work.  He knows plant material very well and likes to use plants and hardscapes in unison to create dramatic spaces in the landscape.  Jake goes above and beyond to take care of his customers and his co-workers alike.  He lives in White Bear Lake with his wife and two young sons. In his free time, he loves to camp, hike, and play basketball.

Landscape Installation Team:

Greg Sandager: 
Greg has worked at the nursery his whole life.  He attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.  Greg’s combined experience and education have served him well since taking over as General Manager in 2014.  The most important part of Greg’s job is communicating and coordinating with the Retail division, on the Production side of our business, and working with the Designers and Installation team to get landscape jobs completed for our customers.  He really enjoys installing landscapes, which is where he spends the majority of his time.  Greg has been a certified MNLA Nurseryman since 2006.  He lives in Stillwater with his wife Andrea, son Howie and Pug Olive.  When not working, Greg enjoys snowmobile and motorcycle trips.   

Andy Lewis: 
Andy joined Abrahamson’s in 1993 as a Landscape Foreman, and has been MNLA certified since 2006.  He has worked in every aspect of the nursery.  With his years of experience, he is able to implement each design with great care and efficiency.  Andy manages his crews well and makes sure the work is done correctly.  He is responsible for procuring supplies for the landscape crews and coordinating the landscape jobs.  Andy enjoys cooking, spending time at his cabin in northern Wisconsin and walking his dogs when he’s not at work.  Andy and his wife live in Stillwater.     

Fredy Olmos: 
Fredy joined Abrahamson's in the winter of 2012.  He has over a decade of experience in the landscape and construction industry.  Fredy specializes in hardscapes, such as retaining walls and patios.  He gives exceptional attention to detail which shows in the quality of his work, especially with natural stone.  Fredy and his family live in Inver Grove Heights.

Jake Powell: 
Jake has been with Abrahamson’s since the winter of 2014.  He has worked in the horticulture industry for 20 years, and has been a Landscape Foreman for 15 years.  Jake enjoys the hardscape side of installations, especially natural stone.  Jake lives in New Richmond, WI with his wife and two daughters.  In his free time, Jake enjoys four wheeling, camping and spending time with his family.

Javier Rodriguez: 
Javier has been with Abrahamson's since the spring of 2012.  He has become an integral part of the landscape installation team where he has learned all aspects of landscape construction.  He is also certified by MNDOT to care for our trucks and equipment and spends a large amount of time fixing and maintaining our equipment.  He lives in Shafer with his wife and three children.

Rick Sandager: 
Rick started working at the nursery in 1974 while in junior high.  He graduated from the U of M with a degree in Agriculture Education.  Rick has done everything at the nursery from maintaining equipment, installing landscapes and working in the stores.  He has always been willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.  No one will work harder or more diligently than Rick to take care of the details.  All three of Rick’s sons have worked at the nursery over the years.  When not at work, Rick enjoys hunting in South Dakota, fishing and anything else outdoors.  Rick and his wife live in Scandia.

Gabriel Santiago: 
Gabriel has worked for Abrahamson Nurseries since 2011.   Before coming to Abrahamson's, Gabby worked in the irrigation industry for 11 years.  He works diligently on every job to get the highest quality result possible.  In the winter, Gabby does a great job maintaining equipment and repairing all the tools that are required to get the landscape work done.  He lives in Shafer with his wife and two children.

Landscape Crew: 
Our landscape crew members, led by our foremen on each job, are hard-working, courteous, and efficient.  They have many combined years of experience working on a wide range of projects, including patios, retaining walls, water features, plantings, and much more.  Our team will be there on time, clean up before we leave, and work hard until the project is completed to your satisfaction.

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