Who We Are
Pat is Southwood’s Retail Manager, and has been with the company for over 25 years. He started out as a landscape foreman, and was promoted to Assistant Retail Manager in 2000. Eleven years later he was promoted to Retail Manager. Pat was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and worked for Yorman Nursery for three years before moving to Tulsa in 1986. He attended Tulsa Community College, where he took a variety of horticulture and design classes. Pat is married with five children and enjoys golfing, fishing, and exploring Oklahoma with his wife.
Paul James, aka The Gardener Guy, joined Southwood in the summer of 2013 as marketing manager. Paul is perhaps best known for his HGTV program, “Gardening by the Yard,” much of which was shot at his home in Tulsa. Several episodes were also taped here at Southwood. Paul was first bitten by the gardening bug as a child while spending summers on his grandparents’ farm in Arkansas, and he’s been a gardening fanatic ever since. In college, while pursuing his B.S. in chemistry, Paul studied botany, plant physiology, and plant pathology “for the fun of it.” He also earned his Master Gardener certification in 1983, the first year the program was offered in Tulsa. But Paul’s the first to admit that most of what he knows about gardening comes from over 40 years of digging in the dirt, and making more than a few mistakes along the way. Paul and his wife, Carrie, have been married since 1979. They have three children.
Emmie has been with Southwood since 2006, and is Southwood’s in-house herb and veggie expert. Emmie has been gardening for nearly 20 years, growing numerous varieties of annuals and perennials, but her true passion is for home-grown vegetables and herbs. She also loves preserving her harvest to enjoy all year round. Having grown up in rural Sapulpa on 40 acres with a few farm animals and a large garden, Emmie learned about raising vegetables at a young age. She has three children and lives in rural Sapulpa with her family, four ducks, and over 40 chickens. Emmie anxiously awaits each spring and continues to meet every growing season with optimism!
Terri is the section leader of bedding plants and has been with Southwood since 2003. Originally from Broken Arrow, Terri spent 12 years at the Paperwork Company and then enjoyed 13 years as a stay-at-home mom. It was during her years at home that her passion for gardening began. Each year she looks forward to finding and introducing new varieties of annuals to Southwood’s customers, and seeing their familiar faces each spring!
Chase started with Southwood in 2006 as a crew leader in the Landscape Design department and in 2010 became a section leader in Trees and Shrubs. He graduated from Broken Arrow High School in 1992, then attended NSU in Tahlequah, where he studied business management and criminal law. During that time, he also worked in the landscape business installing hardscapes, planting ornamental beds, and felling trees. In 2000, Chase began designing and installing edible growing lots and backyard orchards. He completed the Linnaeus Gardener training program in 2010.
Jennifer’s roots in the world of gardening run deep. Her family owned The Country Store in Tulsa, and Jennifer grew up playing on the property. Later in life, she became assistant manager, a position she held for 15 years. She joined Southwood in 2012, and is currently in Tree and Shrub sales. Jennifer has an Associate’s Degree in Environmental Science, and in her spare time works on her family’s farm and raises two kids. She is currently enrolled in the Master Gardener’s program, and will receive her certification in early 2014.
David has been with Southwood since 2004, following an 11-year career at Binding Stevens in Tulsa. He attended Tulsa Technology Center from 1991 to 1993, where he studied landscape design. As one of our experts in Trees and Shrubs, David has developed a loyal following of customers who value his knowledge of and passion for plants, and appreciate his cheerful attitude.
Alex began his career at Southwood in 2008 as the tree and shrub section leader. He was promoted to Receiving Supervisor in 2012. Born and raised in Tulsa, Alex graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Forestry in 2005. He worked as a division grower/propagation foreman at Greenleaf Nursery from 2006-2008.
Steve has been Southwood’s plant-information and problem-solving guy since 1996. As a key member of the Southwood Solution Center, Steve identifies plants, determines their cultural and maintenance needs, and recommends their best uses in the landscape. He also diagnoses insect and disease problems and recommends proper and timely solutions. Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Steve graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture & Landscape Design in 1970. He then spent two years in the military, and in 1972 entered the garden center and landscaping industry. He was president of the Tulsa Nurseryman’s Association in the early 1980s, then became involved in the Oklahoma State Nurseryman’s Association, serving as president in 1986. Steve appears bi-weekly on KOTV Channel 6 as “The Dirt Dude,” giving timely gardening tips and showcasing many new and different plant varieties for the Tulsa area.
Betty joined Southwood in 2010 as a member of our Solution Center team. She helps customers identify pest and disease problems and suggests the best solutions. Digging in flower beds since she was a child, Betty continued that interest and earned a degree in Horticulture Science. She spent two and a half years in the landscape department at Remington Park Racetrack doing interior maintenance for the tropical plants and growing bedding plant crops. Betty spent most of her career growing bedding plants, mums, perennials and herb crops for wholesale and retail nurseries in OKC and the Tulsa area.
Perennials expert Annette has been with Southwood for seven years. A transplant from New York, she immediately jumped into the Tulsa gardening experience after moving here in 2005. Annette completed the 13-week Linnaeus Garden training-course and regularly volunteers at there. She is a member of the Tulsa Perennial club and was instrumental in the design and installation of the Perennial Garden at the Tulsa Garden Center. Annette studied at the New York Botanical Garden, completing a certificate program, then worked with an English garden designer in New York and Connecticut. She also worked for five years at Shemin Nurseries, a large wholesaler in Connecticut, selling annuals, perennials, and houseplants. In her spare time Annette grows “one of everything” in her own yard.
Steve is the Landscape Design/Sales Manager for Southwood’s Landscape Department, a position he’s held since joining the company in 1983. Like many in the industry, Steve got his start as a kid mowing lawns during the summer. He received his formal training at Oklahoma State University, where he studied landscape architecture. Steve has been active in local and national trade associations and has served on the board of the Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association. An avid gardener who enjoys tending to vegetables and ornamentals, Steve also serves on the board of his homeowner’s association and is active in the beautification of his Tulsa neighborhood.
As Southwood’s Landscape Operations Manager, Glen is responsible for the construction side of all landscape projects, including scheduling, material acquisition, installation, crew management and customer service. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1987 with a B.S. in Horticulture, and got his start at Southwood in 1994 as a crew leader, following a seven-year stint in the San Francisco Bay Area in residential and estate landscape management. He and his wife have one son.
Kyle Dismukes, better known as Farmer Kyle, joined Southwood in 2012 as manager of the Southwood Farm. Born in Tulsa, Kyle graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Forestry. He served for two years as a natural resource volunteer for the Peace Corp in Ecuador before returning to Alabama, where he launched Southern Roots Vegetable Farm in 2000. A certified naturally grown farm, Kyle sold to wholesale customers and direct to consumers.
General Manager since 2006, Joe enjoys overseeing retail, purchasing, and production. Joe received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. After graduation, he spent 25 years in Southern California working with Nurseryland and Armstrong Garden Centers. Joe is active with planning and coordinating events at The Linnaeus Teaching Garden in Woodward Park and is a member of the Garden Center Performance Group. Joe’s an avid gardener constantly searching for new, different, and even rare plants. He is married with two children and loves the challenges Tulsa’s climate has to offer.