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meet our team

Staff

horticultural experts

Meet Our Team

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Whether it’s the perfect gift, a rare houseplant, or an entirely new landscape you are seeking, we are here to help! Allow our staff of horticultural experts to guide you towards the right solution, our combined years of experience in the garden industry allow us to make recommendations based on our personal experience.

the primex team in the

Store

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David Green

owner

David “officially” began working in the warehouse at Primex in 1972. In 1977, David moved into the store joining his grandfather, Bill, and father, Gordon. Through lots of hard work, and “a little luck, we have been able to weather the storms and grow the business.” Over time he has overseen the purchase of two adjoining properties and the construction of a second warehouse, two greenhouses, and the barn in the nursery. “We have been fortunate enough to grow with our customer demands for beautiful plants both indoors and outdoors.”

“We are so pleased to see the interest in gardening continue whether it involves vegetable and herbs, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, or indoor plants, such as succulents and cacti for your home. We are so grateful to have the support of generations of customers and we are delighted to welcome ‘first timers’ virtually everyday.”

We pride ourselves with an incredibly knowledgeable, professional staff and an extensive hard goods product selection.

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Danny Ginsberg

owner

Danny started at Primex in 1993 in a seasonal warehouse position and became a full-time employee in 2000. Danny’s responsibilities include sales, buying, computer operations, and replenishing store products. Contractors and landscapers who have questions about product and pricing rely on him, and Danny can also sometimes be seen at the register, where he cheerfully pitches in when the need presents itself.

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Nickie Goldstein

hard goods buyer

Nickie has been in the garden center industry for over 30 years and holds a degree in biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She joined Primex in 2009 and brings her keen eye for insect & disease identification. Bring in a plant sample & Nickie will be happy to identify and recommend treatment. In her current role at Primex, she works buying our wide selection of pottery among other hard good items.

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Tina Sottolano-Cain

visual merchandiser & gift buyer

Tina has been in the garden center industry for over 20 years. With a Bachelors of science in horticulture from Temple University paired with her impeccable style, she is a wealth of knowledge and an expert in plant and pest identification as well as all things design. In her current role at Primex, Tina is the head of visual merchandising and gift buying, working to stay up-to-date on the top trending products for your home and garden.

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the primex team in the

Greenhouse

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Katelyn Ginsberg

owner

A fourth-generation Green family Primex ownership, Katelyn has grown up at Primex. Our greenhouse is a spectacular reflection of our staff’s ability to select, purchase, maintain, and display a vast variety of tropicals, orchids, cactus, tillandsias, and annuals. In her free time, she loves to destress in her basement ceramics studio with her favorite music and throw functional pottery on her wheel. When at work she loves to use her creativity to make mixed containers of annuals, terrariums, and wreaths during the holiday season. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys, and rescue dog. “I love working with my family and sharing my knowledge and passion for plants with others. Primex is and will always be my second home.”

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Janet Haigh

greenhouse manager

Janet joined Primex in 2009 and has been growing with Primex ever since. Janet started out as a Greenhouse Sales/Cashier Associate and has learned plenty on her way up to Manager of the Greenhouse. Janet has an Associates Degree in Science with over fifteen years of experience in an administrative office environment. “Joining Primex in 2009 has been a great experience for me. It’s like being on a roller coaster because every day there is something new to learn and you don’t know what’s coming around the corner.” Janet and her “Greenhouse Crew” are always there to help so if you have any questions or problems, please don’t hesitate to ask. When Janet is not at Primex she’s at home with her family, her two daughters Gabrielle and Anastasia, and ever-faithful friend, Vinny.

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the primex team in the

Nursery

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Marshall Green

owner

Marshall grew up at Primex. He worked here in the nursery throughout high school and for a year thereafter. Marshall then went to culinary school and pursued a career in the restaurant industry where he worked in some of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia over the next 15 years. In the spring of 2014, Marshall rejoined the Primex staff in the nursery and fell right back in step. His passions are deep and varied from talking trees and shrubs to cooking Marshall is more than willing to share his expertise. If you really want to kill some time, find Marshall (usually at the end of a grey hose) and mention that you fish! Whether you have a question about your plant selection, want a small design laid out for your landscape, or are looking for a specific tree or shrub look for Marshall out in our nursery he is happy to help you out!

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Bill Craig

nursery buyer & co-manager

Bill Craig joined the Primex team in 1990. He is our in-house certified ISA arborist and a member of the International Society of Aboriculture. He previously managed a large estate and gardens for 16 years. He has a BS in biology as well as a certificate in landscape design from the Morris Arboretum. His knowledge of insects and diseases in the landscape is extensive. Feel free to bring him samples to be diagnosed. On the rare day that Bill is not at Primex, you can find him walking the Wissahickon trails with his golden retriever Jackson.

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Tom Horn

garden coach

Tom realized his passion for horticulture while working with his father on a golf course at the age of 14. He also realized how much he disliked turf! Tom found his way to Primex in 1996, during his high school years, while studying horticulture at the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology. Since he loved school and plants so much, he decided to continue his studies at Delaware Valley University, where he graduated with a B.S. in horticulture. When he is not working or continuing his studies, you can find Tom at home putzing around in his garden or just relaxing and hanging out with his family. He is literally “down to earth”, considering he is only 5’4”, and has a great sense of humor. Tom really enjoys helping beginners get started in gardening, but also likes to learn a few tricks of the trade from the experts (or so-called “Know-it-alls”). Remember, gardening is supposed to be fun and so are the people that work in this industry.

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Nick

customer sales and service

After working in the IT field programming computers for 14 years, Nick began working as the Office Manager at Meadowbrook Farm from 2000-2002. It was there that he developed a strong interest in horticulture. While reading and doing everything he could to learn about the care and culture of perennials, Nick discovered a hidden passion for Japanese maples and shade perennials. Nick has been with Primex since 2008 and he is our resident expert on Japanese maples, hostas, hardy succulents, and woodland perennials. When Nick isn’t working, he can be found at home with his wife and 2 kids searching for more room for his ridiculously large collection of books and records.

the primex team in the

Warehouse

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Tom Kelly

warehouse manager

Tom started with Primex in 1999 as a part-time warehouse employee and soon became an invaluable full-time staff member. Tom’s responsibilities as a Warehouse Manager include computer operations, ordering products, and keeping the machinery updated. When he’s not in the warehouse, Tom spends every second he can with his daughter, Morgan Elizabeth. Tom also enjoys rooting for the Phillies and the Flyers.

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Carlos

primary driver & warehouse team member

If you’ve ever received a delivery of mulch or topsoil from Primex, chances are good that you’ve already experienced Carlos’ accuracy in dropping your order just where you want it. When he’s not on a delivery, you’ll find him loading your car or behind the counter assisting you with selecting merchandise.

 

Kevin

warehouse team member

Kevin came to us in October of 2007. He loves working outdoors and we love working with Kevin. He works tirelessly without complaint, is humble, easygoing, and cheerful. We are pleased to have him as a vital member of our full-time staff.

the primex team

Support Staff

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Dianne

bookkeeper

Dianne joined the Primex team in 2021 as full-time bookkeeper. She is a fairly recent transplant from the Pacific Northwest and is enjoying learning a new Hardiness Zone! Dianne studied business management at Indiana University South Bend and Portland Community College. She spent the last 9+ years in historic preservation and 25+ years prior to that in the mortgage and real estate industry. Dianne has had a passion for flower and organic vegetable gardening since 2000, starting with her large backyard gardens and more recently with her active involvement in community gardens.  When she’s not planting or weeding she loves hiking, birding, traveling, craft brews, reading and college football.

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