Our Team of Experts
Chris Koppel – Sales ManagerContact Me
A city kid with a farmer's soul, Chris brings a modern mind to our classic nursery. With many years of nursery experience, he is loving plants (especially Japanese woodland plants) more than ever. He's one of the voices behind our social meida, keeping everyone up-to-date on what's featured at the nursery.
Mark Marenholz – Field Production ManagerContact Me
Mark graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2002 with a BS in horticulture. His passion for plants has grown over the two decades that he has worked for Broken Arrow. Mark performs many tasks at the nursery from overseeing field production and helping with nursery sales. Mark loves the outdoors and wildlife and has contributed greatly to the nursery.
Linda Jaynes - Webmaster & Sales Associate
When Linda is not busy updating the website, she loves helping customers in the sales yard. She is a CNLA Accredited Nursery Professional, CT Master Gardener and volunteers at a community soup kitchen garden in her spare time. She's been involved with her family's nursery since she was old enough to tie bundles of Christmas greens.
Abe Bobman – Field Production Assistant
Deep interests in agriculture and native ecology have led Abe to work on a variety of small, independent farms in the region. His sights are now set on learning even more about growing ornamental plants and specifically those with edible and medicinal uses. A Wesleyan University graduate with a major in sociology, but more importantly, a certificate in Environmental Studies.
Charles Stern – Horticulturist Assistant
Charles loves working with the large diversity of plants in our collection. A CNLA Accredited Nursery Professional with prior experience in the nursery, landscape, organic farming, and public garden spheres, he can often be found potting, watering, and pruning young plants in the production houses. Outside of work, he enjoys exploring our northeastern woodlands and the streams and fields on the farm where he lives, as well as cooking, climbing, and crafting.
Andrew Brand – Nursery Manager
Andy has been involved with growing plants since childhood. He received his BS and MS from the University of Connecticut in Horticulture and Plant Tissue Culture.
Andy has been an employee of Broken Arrow Nursery for over two decades and now manages the nursery. He was the past president of the American Rhododendron Society, past president of the Connecticut Butterfly Association, past President of Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association (CNLA), and received the Young Nursery Professional Award from the New England Nursery Association. He is an amateur naturalist with a strong interest in native plants and attracting wildlife to yards.
Michael Calhoun – Woody Products Lead Horticulturist
Around the nursery, Michael takes on every task with a ready smile and skillful hands. "Working at Broken Arrow is one those great jobs where the duties match what I enjoy doing best and the team that I work with is of such high caliber. You just can't beat it!" Michael lives in the neighboring town of Bethany with his wife, Mary, where, not surprisingly, he is an avid gardener. Here at the nursery, he digs, divides, sticks, steps-up, prunes and ships and has taken a lead role in our Pest Management program.
Jude Hsiang - Sales Associate
Growing up in Maine, Jude enjoyed hikes through the tree farm her forester father maintained on their property.
A fern collector aunt and parasitologist uncle share responsibility for her love of the woods. She is a UConn Certified Horticultural Professional and a CNLA Accredited Nursery Professional, with special interests in environmental education and Integrated Pest Management.
Liba Judd – Nursery Sales Associate
Liba loves being outside, with unique plants from different parts of the world, and contributing to eclectic landscapes in this area. Biking, gardening and plant tattoos are the name of her game! She is a big supporter of local business and is always working to make the world a better and healthier place to live through her community and environmental activism.
Adam Wheeler – Propagation & Plant Development Manager
Adam started work at Broken Arrow in 2004 after completing his BS degree in Urban Forestry and Landscape Horticulture at the University of Vermont. Adam manages plant propagation, container production, mail order and the acquisition and development of new plants. He is a recent recipient of the Young Nursery Professional Award from the New England Nursery Association. He loves to share his passion for plants through photography and educational outreach. As a result, he lectures widely on a variety of subjects and is also an adjunct lecturer at Naugatuck Valley Community College and the Berkshire Botantical Garden. With his spare time he enjoys cultivating his eclectic collection of rare and unusual plants, rock climbing and competitive giant pumpkin growing.
Louise Harter – Mail Order Shipping Coordinator & Horticulturist
2017 marks Louise's 9th season at Broken Arrow Nursery. She assists with all facets of woody production and is a big part of the behind-the-scenes efforts to tend your plants from their infancy as cuttings, new grafts, and seeds. She leads the mail order shipping department. Interests include: making maple syrup, edible landscaping, foraging, and humanure composting.
Angel Hernandez - Field Production Assistant
In 2004 we were blessed with the addition of Angel to our team, and we will never be the same. The only things that outweigh his immense physical strength are his quick-witted sense of humor and tree knowledge. If we ever need a big tree planted, transplanted, pruned, loaded, or unloaded; he is our guy. If we ever need a good laugh on a cold, wet, windy day; he is our guy.
Carl Galanter – Perennial ManagerContact Me
Carl started as an intern at Broken Arrow while completing his degree program in "Horticulture and Landscaping" at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Carl oversees the propagation and purchasing of perennials; the more unusual, the better, particularly selections of Arisaema, Disporum, Helleborus, and Polygonatum.
Burton Jaynes – Business ManagerContact Me
After 19 years working as a Ph.D. chemist and senior director at Pfizer, Inc., Burton is working with Sally as business manager and with Dick overseeing Christmas tree operations, as well as helping out wherever needed around the nursery. He's been with the nursery since 2007 and is a CNLA Accredited Nursery Professional.
Sally Jaynes - Owner
Sally's been managing the office since 1984, doing everything from paying bills to baking chocolate chip cookies for birthdays.
Richard Jaynes - Owner
Dick has always enjoyed growing plants. Our acres of Christmas tree fields trace back to a couple hundred spruce seedlings planted by Dick as part of a 4-H project in 1947. A graduate from Wesleyan University (BA) and Yale (Ph.D.), he worked at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for 25 years as a plant breeder and horticulturist with specialties in chestnut and mountain laurel. He has received numerous awards for his research and edited the reference book Nut Tree Culture in North America and authored Kalmia: Mountain Laurel and Related Species. He retired from the Experiment Station in 1984 to start Broken Arrow Nursery.