John grew up in the family greenhouse business. From the age of 10 he has worked and played in the greenhouse- something that continues today. John attended Ricks College in the Nursery Management department and was one of the first in the state to earn his Certified Nurseryman certification by the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association. He also earned his Master Gardener certification through the University of Idaho Extension program. But most of all John just likes to play in the dirt and spend time with his family, including five children and nine grandchildren. In his off time he enjoys camping, hiking, gardening, and traveling. He also co-hosts a weekly call-in radio show with Rex Andersen on Saturday mornings on KID from mid March through the end of September.
Rex was born and raised in the Sugar City area and has worked most of his adult life in the nursery business. He managed garden centers in the Teton Valley and Rexburg before joining our team at Town & Country Gardens in 2006. Rex also served as president of the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association in 2006. Rex is a self-proclaimed lawn nut and has a deserved reputation for the greenest lawn in town. His wit and wisdom are on full display each Saturday morning on KID radio where he has hosted a call-in garden talk show with John Crook since 2006. As John has begun to spend less time at the nursery the last couple of years, Rex has capably stepped in to be COO as well as CFO. Rex loves hockey, music concerts, dancing, and most of all his wife and three children, who he adores.
Drew was raised in Blackfoot, Idaho and from an early age has been involved in several aspects of Agriculture, from moving pipe, to rodeo and eventually to owning his own farm and running a cow/calf operation in Sterling, Idaho. Drew started gardening at a young age with his family and continues to garden when time permits. He attended ISU for 3 years but didn’t finish due to joining the Marine Corps. Drew furthered his education through the American Nursery & Landscape Association by completion of the two year Garden Center University curriculum. He has used his education as the Manager of Town & Country Gardens since 2008. Most of all Drew loves the mountains where he lives in Howe, Idaho. Drew loves to hunt, camp, rides horses and four wheelers. He cherishes time spent with his two daughters and family and friends.
Head Gardening Consultant
James is originally from north Florida but moved to Idaho in 2001. He has been with Town and Country since 2010 but has been working in the nursery industry since 1989. He completed the Horticulture program at the University of Florida through CFCC in 1998. James has always loved plants and credits his grandmother for getting him interested when he was very young. She gardened for 70 yrs and was a great inspiration to him. Our customers love James for his incredible knowledge and friendly, helpful manner. James loves being a dad to his 3 sons, Ian, Mason and Bowen and being married to the love of his life Amanda. Outside of work he is an avid Star Wars fan, self proclaimed comic geek, and really enjoys coin collecting.
Asst. Hardgoods Supervisor
Brittany was born in Idaho Falls and raised in the Rexburg area.
She graduated from Madison High School in 2010, attended 2 years of college, and continues to further her education. Brittany has worked at several nurseries since the age of 16, and has worked at Town and Country Gardens since March of 2015. She loves learning new things and says she has really learned a lot under the tutelage of James and Drew since coming to work at Town & Country. In her off time Brittany enjoys camping, hiking, snowmobiling, taking walks with her dog, making crafts, and hanging out with her family.
Cory was born and raised in Idaho Falls. She graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 2013. That same year she started working as a cashier at Town & Country Gardens, where she has worked ever since. Cory is now our Head Cashier and also one of our buyers. She is a very important part of our management team. Cory is interested in furthering her education in floral design and business management. She is a very bubbly person. It is hard to catch her without a smile on her face. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and the outdoors, especially camping, fishing and taking her dogs out for walks.
Colleen was born and raised in southeast Idaho. She says, “We always had a large vegetable garden when I was growing up and for the almost 40 years I’ve been married I have always had lots of large flower beds and a large vegetable garden. In recent years my vegetable garden has shrunk and my flower gardens have grown much more diverse.” 2017 is her 12th season working at Town & Country Gardens- for the last several years as Greenhouse supervisor where she oversees the annual and perennial flowers and vegetable plants. Colleen enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, watching TV, and most of all spending time with her 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Asst. Greenhouse Supervisor
Emily was born in Buckeye Arizona but raised in northern Idaho. She grew up on a family farm raising and selling beef, pigs and everything in between. And her family always had a large garden, berry patch, and fruit trees. She moved to Idaho Falls in 1988 and continues to garden today. She says “gardening is just part of who I am.” Emily completed an associate degree in business and has worked for several businesses in Idaho Falls, but says, “My most favorite job is doing what I love, getting my hands dirty here at Town and Country Gardens.” Emily came to Town & Country in 2014 and is now the Assistant Supervisor in the greenhouse.” In her off time Emily and her husband play bluegrass music, go camping, four wheeling and ride their Harley. She says, “Life is meant to have fun!”
Alex was born and raised in southeast Idaho. He attended Eastern Idaho Technical College where he received his Advanced Automotive Certificate. Alex served in the U.S. Army from 2002 to 2008. We thank him for his service to our country. In 2009 Alex began working at Town & Country Gardens as an Operations Technician. He is now our Operations Supervisor and an integral part of our management team. Alex supervises the receiving of plant material and product, the ordering and loading of bulk material, and the maintenance and operation of all facilities, equipment and vehicles. He enjoys watching boxing, soccer, and baseball, and loves spending time with his wife and two daughters, taking trips, hiking, camping, and watching movies.
Asst. Nursery Operations Supervisor,
Landscape Designer, Gardening Consultant
Angela hails from Westminster, Colorado, but transplanted to east Idaho in 1999. She started working on the grounds crew at BYU-Idaho in 2000 and decided from that point on she wanted to work outdoors with plants the rest of her life. She received her bachelors degree in Horticulture with an emphasis in Design/Build and Maintenance from BYU-I. Angela is also a graduate of the University of Idaho Extension Master Gardener program. Angela joined the Town & Country team in 2006, specializing in outdoor woody plants and landscape design. She loves designing landscapes for customers and is a big fan of dwarf evergreens and miniature gardens. In her free time she loves being outside, including sports, camping, fishing, looking at and photographing plants, and collecting rocks “when my husband drags me along”. Angela is also an avid fan of Legos.
Ellen spent her early childhood in Japan and remembers the cherry blossoms, going to Mt. Fuji, and many of the festivals in Japan. She then moved to Sunset, Utah where she spent her years growing up. Ellen moved to Idaho in 2007. She obtained her associates degree in office administration and came to work for Town & Country in February of 2016. Ellen is the person behind the scenes who customers may not see but may hear as she is often the first contact on the phone. She is incredibly organized and is invaluable at keeping everything running smoothly inside the company. Ellen enjoys gardening in pots as she has limited space. She loves to try new things. Some of her favorite leisure activities are hiking, reading, sleeping, and being outdoors.