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 20 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.

NICHOLAS STEINKRAUS

Nicholas recently joined the Abrahamson's team with 7 years of professional experience after moving back to his hometown of Stillwater from the east coast. Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and a Minor in Horticulture from Purdue University. During his time on the east coast, he was very involved in community and culture building and helped implement and manage an employee vegetable garden, chicken coop, pollinator garden, and occupiable roof garden at the firms for which he worked. During his free time, Nicholas enjoys horseback riding, stealing away to his family's cabin in northern Minnesota, and spending time with his nephews and niece.

Pete Widin

Pete grew up in Stillwater and is happy to be creating beautiful landscapes in his hometown. Before starting as a designer with Abrahamson's in 2018, Pete was in both Oregon and Florida designing edible and ecological yards. He has a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment with a strong background in both the design, installation and ecology of successful landscapes. When he's not messing around with plants and design, you'll find him in the music studio or out near the water.

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.

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.