This is our Watkins Nurseries team! Below are all of the people who take your orders, process them, tag them, load them, and invoice them… basically our office staff. (Check out the blog under the “News” tab to meet all of the people who dig orders, deliver orders, and install orders.) We are pleased to meet you! If you need to contact any of us, please visit the “Contact” page.
Shannon earned her degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University. She handles everything pertaining to pavers and bulk materials. Shannon enjoys frequenting craft shows and spending time with her mom, brother, and kids.
Chris is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s horticulture program and also maintains the status of ISA Certified Arborist. As our purchaser here at Watkins, Chris always searches for quality plants at the best value and keeps our plant center stocked. He enjoys traveling and outdoor adventures with his wife and two dogs.
Robert ‘Elvis’ Harris
Here at Watkins Elvis is not the King of Rock n’ Roll, but rather the King of the Dock. (He got the nickname from some stylish sideburns he sported in the early 1990s). Elvis has worked at Watkins for over 20 years and describes his official title as “dock foreman and precision loader.” He enjoys peanut butter and strawberry preserve sandwiches.
As a graduate of the Virginia Tech School of Agriculture, Jerry focused his degree on Landscape Design and Ornamental Horticulture. He has been our residential and commercial landscape designer here at Watkins for over 35 years. Running the landscape department with finesse, he has obviously mastered the art of time travel because he, in fact, can be multiple places at once. Jerry is quite the outdoorsman and enjoys fishing and hunting, as well as time spent with his family.
Denise is our in-house accounting associate. She spends her days on F-2 (floor two) handling the financial matters of the company for us (because the rest of us just know the plants). She has been in the industry for over ten years. Denise enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and her two Corgis.
Lacy is our receptionist and accounting assistant. Never without a chipper attitude, she helps customers, invoices orders, and handles the paperwork for the landscape department. Lacy enjoys spending time with her two daughters.
Todd is a graduate of Radford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Small Business Management and graduate of Virginia Tech with an Associate’s degree in Landscape and Turf Management. He has been with Watkins for six years as our sales manager and is the fearless leader of F-1 (floor one) at the office. Todd enjoys all Virginia Tech sports (particularly football), playing coed softball, and spending time with his son, Chase who is probably an even bigger Hokie fan than Todd.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee’s education program, (GO VOLS!) Missy is our one-woman Human Resources department. She has been at Watkins for five years and handles payroll and taxes, insurance information, and all employee benefits. She never forgets anyone’s birthday and is always willing to help! Missy enjoys being active in her church community and spending time with her family.
Steven earned his degree in horticulture from Christopher Newport University. He is our farm/production manager, but most enjoys propagation work on our Powhatan farm. Steven brings his dog (and professed life-partner), Hank with him to work often. They enjoy cuddling, playing fetch, and drinking mimosas by the river.
Wade earned his degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech. The Jack Kerouac of sales, Wade is always On the Road. His sales areas include northern Virginia, south-western Virginia, Maryland, and Richmond. Wade enjoys eating popcorn with his son on Sunday afternoons.
Robert is the fifth-generation owner/president of Watkins Nurseries. Robert earned his degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech after spending his childhood on the farms. After college, he returned to run Watkins Nurseries and over the last ten years he has worked to grow the business to what it is now. Robert enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids (the 6th Generation) and anything else he can do that is not behind a desk.