Making Yards

Beautiful

Since 1932

Biographies

Meet the professionals at Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape.

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Joe Meulemans

Joe Meulemans (Senior Landscape Designer)

Joe, along with his wife, Sandy, have lived in the Fox Valley their entire lives, with the exception of college.

Having always enjoyed being outdoors, Joe began working for Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape as a seasonal employee.  Upon graduating college, his employment at Van Zeeland Nursery and Landscape continued, but in a permanent position as a Landscape Designer.

Some things that Joe enjoys about being a Landscape Designer and a long-term employee of Van Zeeland’s include:

  1. the friendships that have developed and the relationships that have been built with both clients and co-workers;
  2. guiding clients, both new and existing, to solutions for their landscape problems, and ways to enhance their homes/property;
  3. working with clients as their families and lifestyles change, requiring them to either change their existing landscape, or to change their home;
  4. working with successive generations within the same family; and
  5. creating beautifully unique landscapes that bring enjoyment and fulfillment of the wants and needs of clients.
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Steve Van Ryzin

Steve Van Ryzin (SENIOR LANDSCAPE DESIGNER)

Steve is a lifelong resident of the Fox Valley.  His landscaping career path began at the age of 15 when his freshman “career survey” pointed him towards ‘Landscape Architect.’  That ultimately led him to pursue the B.S. in Horticulture that he received from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

He has been with Van Zeeland Nursery since March of 1988.  He began as Installation Crew Foreman which prepared him well for his subsequent transition into Landscape Design.  He has a passion for the unique and unusual conifers that we offer and loves to introduce them to his customers while creating their personalized Landscape Design. 

He enjoys being a part of Van Zeeland’s growth and also loves to pass on his passion for plants and design to the “next generation” while we continue to provide the beauty that great landscaping can bring.

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Jared Schroeder

Jared Schroeder (LANDSCAPE DESIGNER)

Jared is a landscape Designer and ISA Certified Arborist here at Van Zeeland Nursery.  He graduated with a degree in Landscape Design and later received his certification in Arboriculture, Urban Forestry, and Landscape Maintenance.  He’s had the pleasure of working at the nursery and on landscape installation crews since 2015.  He moved into the Landscape Designer position in 2017 and looks forward to meeting and working with you to beautify your yard!

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Robin Van Valin

Robin Van Valin (Nursery Manager)

Robin is originally from Vancouver, B.C. Canada.  She pursued her dream of becoming a Ballerina and performed for ten years in Canada and United States, before becoming a teacher for The Milwaukee Ballet School.  Her love of gardening and plants guided her transition to a new career path.  Robin started working at the nursery in 2008 and has become a familiar and welcoming face to the customers.  In 2020, she took on a new role as Nursery Manager.  She looks forward to providing our customers with excellent customer service, a great nursery staff, and exceptional quality nursery stock. 

Nursery and Landscape Crew

In the Nursery, our team is responsible for the maintenance and care (including watering, insect and disease control, and pruning) of all plants in the Nursery; upkeep of plant displays; maintenance of the Nursery yard and facilities; as well as providing design, plant and installation expertise to all of our valued customers that shop at the Nursery. If this staff does not know the answers, or does not have the time to assist a customer, they will find a Landscape Designer or Management individual that may know the answer or have the time to help.

As for the Landscape Crew, our team will be split into several smaller, more efficient teams and work on removal and/or installation projects that are coordinated by a Landscape Designer. By assigning a specific crew to a Designer for most of the year, we are able to ensure that this Team understands the wants and needs of those customers who have entrusted us to perform work in their yards. In addition to performing all of the required landscaping tasks at the highest level of craftsmanship, these individuals will always do their best to minimize impact on a customer’s previously finished landscape. The landscaping foreman will also review all plant care and maintenance with a customer prior to leaving, as well as answer any other questions that a customer may have.

In addition to all of the above responsibilities, the Nursery and Landscape Crews will also perform all mulch, soil, sand and plant deliveries that have been scheduled at the Nursery.

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