Pat's one of the most familiar faces at Southwood, and with good reason: he's 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. A Bartlesville native, Pat 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, The Gardener Guy, joined Southwood in the summer of 2013 as marketing manager. He's perhaps best known for his HGTV program, “Gardening by the Yard,” much of which was shot at his home in Tulsa and 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 earning his B.S. in chemistry, Paul studied botany, plant physiology, and plant pathology “for the fun of it.” He earned his Master Gardener certification in 1983, the first year the program was offered in Tulsa. Paul and his wife, Carrie, have been married since 1979. They have three children and two grandchildren.
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!
Tree and Shrub Sales
Chase (at left) 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.
Vegetable and Herb Sales
Emmie has been with Southwood since 2006, and was growing vegetables and herbs long before that. 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 still 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!
FARMER KYLE DISMUKES
Vegetable and Herbs Sales/Production
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 with both wholesale and retail customers.
Landscape Design/Sales Manager
Steve has held the same position 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.
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 charge of the Solution Center. 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 received her Master Gardener’s certification in 2014.
On board since 2006, Joe oversees retail, purchasing, and production. He received a B.S. 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. He's also an avid gardener. Joe is married with two children and loves the challenges Tulsa’s climate has to offer.
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.
Tree and Shrub Sales
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.
Retail Operations Manager
Joe Vulpone is a fourth-generation landscaper from Westchester County, New York who moved to Tulsa in 2015. He has an associate’s degree in business management and accounting, and in 2016 he completed the Linnaeus Gardener training program to familiarize himself with plants that grow well in Oklahoma. When at home, Joe likes to spend his spare time gardening and recreating his grandmother’s favorite Italian dishes.
Kyle Jenkins discovered his love of plants shortly after being hired as a greenhouse technician at Binding Stevens. He worked his way up the ranks there and was a supervisor at the time of their closing. Kyle joined Southwood in 2012 in the receiving department, and in 2017 was promoted to section leader in perennials. If you were to drive around Kyle’s neighborhood, it wouldn’t take long to determine where he lives: It’s the house where gorgeous flowers are in bloom almost all year long. He and his wife, Robin, have been married since 2000. They have one son, Bradley.
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