OUR EXPERTS

Know our experienced team, Customer satisfaction is their goal.

Here at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses we pride ourselves on our superior customer service and knowledgeable staff. We have been providing expert advice to our customers since 1930. Most of our staff is degreed in horticulture and are also Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professionals. Throughout the year our staff attends many industry conferences, trade shows, and open houses to ensure the most current and accurate information is passed onto you. If you have any questions please feel free to call us or stop by and we will be happy to answer it for you.

Sam Bridge III
Owner/General Manager
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: Lots
Education & Industry Experience: B.S. in Landscape and Nursery Management from Colorado State University 1976. Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional 1980. Past President of Westchester Fairfield Horticulture  Society. Past President of Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association. Past President of Connecticut Nurseryman’s Foundation.Current Member of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy Advisory Board.
Awards: CNLA (Connecticut Nursery and landscape Association) Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Association 2001: Sam Bridge III for Service on the Board of Directors 1995-2001 and as President 1999-2000 and for His Service to the state’s nursery and landscape Industry
Hobbies: Sam is an avid skier and boater
Favorite Plants:  Mandevilla, Dogwoods, Nyssa, Pansies.
Mary Jo Bridge Palmer
Owner/Retail Manager
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: Many
Education and Industry Experience: Connecticut Nursery Accredited Professional Floriculture certificate from the Ratcliff Hicks School of Agriculture at the University of Connecticut Besides previously teaching for Greenwich Continuing Education, garden clubs, and the New York Botanical Garden, she offers free classes throughout the year at the nursery. Has served as president of the Westchester & Fairfield Horticultural Society and remains on the board Perennial Plant Association 2004 NYC Site Committee Greenwich Architectural Review Board
Awards: The Garden Club of America Acknowledges the Significant Contribution to Horticulture 1995: Mary Jo Bridge Palmer “in recognition of the knowledge and love of horticulture she shares most generously with all.”
Hobbies: Gardening of course, her home in Vermont, Harley Davidson’s and Travel
Favorite Plants: Annuals-Angelonia, Bacopa, Dragon Wing Begonias, Fuchsia Gartenmeister, Dahlias and anything that will make a colorful patio pot plant. Perennials include Nepeta, Salvia ‘May Night,’ Daylily ‘Happy Returns,’ all Sedums, Anything that’s deer resistant, Peonies, daffodils and more. In shrubs she likes Spirea ‘Gold Mound,’ Viburnum ‘Summer Snowflake,’ Cornus ‘Ivory Halo,’ Hydrangea ‘Quick Fire,’ and Knockout Roses and for trees Japanese Maples and all the dogwoods. Too many to list!
Ron Bridge
Owner/Nursery Manager
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: All of Them
Education & Industry Experience:1979 graduate of Radcliff Hicks School of Agriculture in Nursery anagement. CT Accredited Nursery Professional. Certified Supervisory Pesticide Applicator
Other Activities: Advisor for the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience And Technology Center at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury CT. Life member of the Woodbury FFA Alumni Assoc. Ron has been instrumental in fundraising for agriculture scholarships at the Agriscience center in Woodbury, CT
Hobbies: Ron likes antique trucks, things with wheels, water skiing, alpine skiing and working on his personal farm in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
Favorite Plants: Dwarf Conifers, Conifers, Plants that can grow without competition.

 

Maggie Bridge
Manager of Sales and Marketing
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: Since Birth
Education & Industry Experience: B.S. of Business Administration with a dual emphasis in Marketing and Human Resource Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007 Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional in 2009
Hobbies: During the winter, Maggie coaches alpine ski racing to U14 Athletes at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, VT. She also loves fashion, shopping, getting together with friends and live music.
Favorite Plants: Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’, Heliotrope, Hydrangea ‘Teller’s Blue’, Blue Spruce ‘Fat Albert’, Angelonia, Cercis Canadensis (Redbud), Euphorbia ‘Kalipso’, Ranunculus & any type of Peony.
Nick Bridge
Equipment Manager
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 06′ to Present
Education & Industry Experience: Graduate of the Ellis-Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Center Connecticut/National FFA Nursery and Landscape CDE Finalist Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional in 2009
Hobbies: The outdoors, snowmobiling, and rebuilding antique autos/farm equip.
Favorite Plants: Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple)
Bill Palmer
Premier Garden Care Manager
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: Since March 2009
Education & Industry Experience: B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus on Natural Resources from Johnson State College Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional in 2009
Hobbies: Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Mountain Biking, Dirt Biking.
Favorite Plants: Schefflera, Weeping Willow, Dawn Redwood

 

Rich Palmer
Assistant Production Manager
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 3 years
Education & Industry Experience: Associates Degree in Horticulture from the Ratcliff Hicks School of Agriculture at the University of Connecticut in 2003. Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional in 2005. Over 10 years of experience working at an industry wholesale firm including overseeing the installation of green roofs on several commercial properties.
Hobbies: Snowboarding, the outdoors, golf and photography.
Favorite Plants: Dahlias, lilies, hydrangea, lupine, iris and lilacs.
Sam (Sammy) Bridge IV
Inventory, IT and Sales
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: Since the 5th grade
Education and Industry Experience: Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional in 2014 Top sales person within respective regions for two multi-billion dollar publicly traded companies prior to coming on full time for the family business. Has held positions within retail, production, landscape and administrative at SBNG.
Hobbies: Boating, fishing, skiing, softball and a big New York sports fan.
Favorite Plants: Croton, snake plant, orchids, hydrangeas and succulents.

 

Bob Lenhard
Production Manager
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: Over 30
Education and Industry Experience: Growing and caring for plants for over 40 years, Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional
Hobbies: Gardening, nature walks with his wife and dogs.
Favorite Plants: There are so many it’s hard to narrow it down. Geraniums, Begonias, Iris, Peonies, Hosta, Dogwoods, Azaleas.

 

Steve Johnson
Landscape Manager
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 22 years
Education & Industry Experience: BS Ornamental Horticulture/Landscape Design from the University of Maryland in 1981, Certified Accredited Nursery Professional 1998, Certified Landscape Technician-Exterior (CLT-E) 2004 34 years + in the Nursery/Landscape industry
Favorite Plants: Hakonechloa,  Oakleaf Hydrangea, Knockout Rose, Flower Carpet Rose, Skimmia, Brilliance Autumn Fern, Clematis paniculata, Ivory Halo Dogwood, Fountain Grass & Boxwood.
Jay Nathans
Landscape Designer
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 6 years
Education & Industry Experience: Dean Jr. College A.S. Environmental Studies 1980 UMASS at Amherst MA. B. S. Environmental Design 1983 (Landscape Architecture) With over 30 years experience within the green industry, Jay has been designing and installing gardens in Connecticut for his entire career.
Awards: Entire garden redesigned and was on garden tour of historical homes in Salem Ma.
Hobbies: NY Giant Fan, reading books, and learning more about plants and horticulture, playing with his two English Bulldogs and visiting Aruba annually.
Favorite Plants: Any Heuchera and many others too many to name.
Matt McMillan
Landscape Designer
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: Two years
Education & Industry Experience: Masters Degree in Landscape Design from Columbia University. BA in Economics, Studio Art from the College of the Holy Cross. Studied Horticulture, Landscape Design and Botanical Drawing at the New York Botanical Garden. Matt left a successful career on Wall Street to focus on his true passion for planting design as an art form. He specializes in Dutch Wave and traditional perennial gardens, formal layouts, and mature tree plantings. He designed his first garden professionally over 20 years ago and has also worked at several prominent landscape firms before coming to Sam Bridge. Follow him on Instagram – @immortal_tardigrade.
Hobbies: Yankees, Rangers and Giants fan. Visiting famous parks, gardens and museums. Painting. Reading. Playing very mediocre golf.
Favorite Plants: All of them (“The right plant for the right location.”)

 

Matthew Fountaine
Landscape Designer
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge:First Season
Education & Industry Experience: Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island. Matt has been designing residential landscapes throughout Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and Connecticut for the past 8 years as well as completing a horticulture internship at Walt Disney World. Matt is looking forward to continuing his landscape designing career at Sam Bridge.
Hobbies: Green Bay Packers, New York Rangers, hiking, playing golf, going to concerts, and traveling.
Favorite Plants: Japanese Maple, Boxwood, Knockout Rose, Serviceberry, Hydrangea ‘Limelight’, Hosta, Russian Sage, and ornamental grasses.
Rosamond McDonnell
Perennials Manager
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 20+
Education & Industry Experience: College and Graduate Degrees (Irrelevant Subjects) Mr. Bridge’s Pop Quizzes Hands On – Mostly With Perennials Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional
Hobbies: Drooling over plant catalogues, reading, crafts
Favorite Plants: Heliopsis ‘Prarie Sunset’, Cercis Canadensis, Echinops, almost anything new, variegated, and or weird.
Roy Subnarian
Production Team Leader and Go-To Guy for ‘Where Is It?’
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 14 years
Education & Industry Experience: Growing and caring for plants starting at the seedling stage and ending with finished product for 14 years.
Hobbies: Cooking and gardening.
Favorite Plants: Geranium, Heliotrope, Verbena and Petunias.

 

Carlos Zepeda
Sales Associate/Production
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 13
Education, Industry Experience & Hobbies: Working the land was one of my first childhood activities. I remember planting seeds in the dry soil and after a few days and some rain, they began to germinate. Their first leaves covered the land in green, filling my father’s heart with hope. I also remember how the women in my town used their delicate and decorative touches to fill their homes and gardens with petunias, marigolds, hollyhocks, roses, bougainvilleas, geraniums, dahlias, and laurels. We also grew vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, and wild plants which we used for remedies. These continue to be some of my favorite plants from my childhood. I have been working at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouse for 13 years, where I continue to develop and enjoy cultivating and looking after plants and flowers. At work, I am reminded daily how the forms, colors and fragrances of each flower are unique and a gift from mother nature.

 

Mariah Lynn Byrne
Retail Sales Associate & Scarecrow Boss
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 14 years
Education & Industry Experience: Quinnipiac University Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Teaching. All plant education has come from Sam Bridge. Proven Winners Certified.
Hobbies: Cleaning and Organizing, Boating, Gardening and Scrap Booking
Favorite Plants: Gardenia, Rose of Sharon, Flowering Vinca

 

Laura McPartland
Retail Sales Associate
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 6 years
Education & Industry Experience: Certificate of Horticulture from Naugatuck Valley Community College Certificate in Landscape Design from Naugatuck Valley Community College Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional Hobbies: Reading, fishing and of course gardening
Favorite Plants: Lupine, Lamium, Mandevilla, Crepe Myrtle, Heliotrope and Enkianthus

 

Billy Telesca
Sales Associate
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 5 years
Education & Industry Experience: College and Technical School for Tool & Machine Design. 30 years experience owning my own business in retail sales Nursery & Horticulture courses
Hobbies: Gardening, Golf, Restoration of Classic Cars, Antiquing
Favorite Plants: Dogwoods, Flowering Apple & Cherry Trees, Geraniums and Ornamental Grasses

 

Colleen Giambo
Retail Sales Associate
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 5 years
Education and Industry Experience: Connecticut Master Gardener, Class of 2011
Hobbies: Gardening in my own yard; reading and co-leading a book group; horseback riding

 

Jennifer Henry
Nursery Sales
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 2 Years
Education and Industry Experience: Diploma of Horticulture and Landscape Design, graduated with honors from Algonquin College class of 2001. A wide range of horticultural work experience for 15 years and as a younger person, in my Mom’s big beautiful garden at home.
Hobbies: Any kind of outdoor activity/adventure, I love it all! Travel (especially to see gardens in other lands), reading and music.
Favorite Plants: Conifers of all kinds especially dwarf varieties, weeping types and anything with personality. Japanese maples (‘Red Dragon’ is a favorite), ilex crenata in all its forms, ornamental grasses, hosta, itoh hybrid peonies and peony ‘Jan Van Leeuwen’, viburnums and all trees (cercidiphyllum japonicum pendulum is a big favorite).
Lynn Eriksen
Retail Sales Associate
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 2 year
Education and Industry Experience: 2014 Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional Retired talent agent, experience managing nursery and perennial departments at other firms, perennial grower and interior maintenance of commercial and residential properties.
Hobbies: Gardening, yoga, reading, exploring museums and botanical gardens, travel
Favorite Plants: Hornbeam, Japanese maples, ferns, conifers, grasses and echinacea.

 

Paula Lynn
Retail Sales Associate
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 1 year
Education & Industry Experience: Over 20 years of experience in the green industry
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, singing, traveling, painting and spending time with family and friends.
Favorite Plants: Setcreasea, echiveria, Aeonium, lantana, begonias, grasses, echinacea, asclepias, sango-kaku Japanese maple, lagerstroemia, and double file viburnum.

Shea Bridge
Nick’s sidekick
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: 4 years
Education & Industry Experience: In progress…
Hobbies:  Chasing birds, playing with Tucker, and bothering the production employees
Favorite Plants: Hosta and anything else that tastes good!
Pixie Bridge
Ronny's Shadow, P.R.
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: Just started in July 2012
Education & Industry Experience: In training
Hobbies: Begging, sleeping and tug of war with Shea
Favorite Plants: Ornamental grasses and B&B Deciduous Trees.
Chunk Bridge Monick
Sales and Marketing's Newest Edition
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: Since February, I’m new!
Education & Industry Experience: Still learning the ins and outs of nursery dogging. I’m great at greeting customers!
Hobbies: Swimming at the beach, in the pond, in the brook, in puddles, and in the bath tub, playing in the snow, walks in the woods, jumping in leaves, playing with sticks and cuddling with my family.
Favorite Plants: Forsythia, All kinds of Grasses, Millet

Sadie
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Number of Years at Sam Bridge: Since April
Education & Industry Experience: Still in apprenticeship for ;  watering , testing water fountains , early morning greeter , and chasing varmints .
Hobbies:  Anything to do with water . Chewing sticks . Squeaky toys . Playing with Pixie and Chunk . South Carolina Game Cock fan.
Favorite Plants: Ornamental Grass , Gourds , anything that has just been watered.