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Who We Are

Forever Green Who We Are Mike Hershberger

Mike Hershberger

Owner and Founding Partner
mikeh@forevergreengrows.com

Year started with Forever Green: 1982

Education, licensing, certification, and specialties: I am a Master Conservationist

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and kayaking, anything to get outdoors, especially if I can take my grandkids along.

Fun Fact: I can’t resist a restoration project. Lucy and I have restored four properties, including adding a pond and 10 acres of prairie to a neglected farmstead. Our current project is restoring two acres of woods overgrown with invasives.

Forever Green Who We Are Lucy Hershberger

Lucy Hershberger

Owner and Founding Partner
lucyh@forevergreengrows.com

Year started with Forever Green: 1982

Education, licensing, certification, and specialties: Associates degree in Horticulture from Kirkwood Community College. I am a Master Conservationist, have certifications in native plantings, rain gardens, and stormwater harvesting.

Hobbies and Interests: I love spending time with my family, especially our three grandchildren. I enjoy outdoor activities such as boating, biking, hiking, camping, anything I can do outdoors.

Fun Fact: I started my gardening career at a young age pulling weeds for my mom and 25 cents for a bucketful

Forever Green Who We Are Colin Waddick

Colin Waddick

Landscape Designer (Hardscape Specialist)
colinw@forevergreengrows.com

Year started with Forever Green: March 2012

Education, licensing, certification, and specialties: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University 2008. ICPI – Interlocking Concrete Paver Installer Certification. Specialties in paver patios, retaining walls, fire pits/fireplaces, outdoor living spaces, and pergolas and outdoor kitchens.

Hobbies and Interests: Sports: Ice hockey, baseball, football. Design and construction in general. I like putting ideas on paper and seeing them become a reality. Spending time with my family.

Fun Fact: I’ve probably had more surgeries in 10 years than most people have in a lifetime.

Forever Green Who We Are Aaron Roberson

Aaron Roberson

Landscape Designer and Estimator
aaronr@forevergreengrows.com

Year started with Forever Green: 2016

Education, licensing, certification and specialties: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University, 1999.

Hobbies and Interests: Bicycling, fishing, and being outdoors.

Fun Fact: Have bowled two 300 games and a 297 in my life.

Forever Green Who We Are Cassy Darling

Cassy Darling

Landscape Coordinator
cassyd@forevergreengrows.com

Education, licensing, certification and specialties: I started at Forever Green on landscape crew installing patios and ponds. I then moved into the Garden Center to work more directly with customers, plants, and greenhouses for multiples years, enjoying all the Garden Center has to offer. After joining the landscape office team as the landscape coordinator, I wanted to work more directly with the landscape portion while using my customer service skills.

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy being outdoors, playing and watching sports, and spending time with my family.

Fun Fact: I was working at Forever Green as a child and spent many summers watering plants and playing around the store.

Forever Green Who We Are Bill Hershberger

Bill Hershberger

Irrigation and Maintenance Specialist
billh@forevergreengrows.com

Year started with Forever Green: 2005

Education, licensing, certification and specialties: Degree in Landscape Construction and Design, backflow certified, licensed applicator, and Iowa Professional Lawn Care Association (IPLACA) Southeast Iowa Director

Hobbies and Interests: Fishing, Hunting (avid sportsman), and spending time with my family

Fun Fact: Before switching to horticulture, I majored in art.

Forever Green Who We Are Julie Hoben

Julie Hoben

Office Manager / Bookkeeper
julieh@forevergreengrows.com

Year started with Forever Green: Fall 2003

Education, licensing, certification and specialties: I have worked in various office positions with a bookkeeping emphasis most of my working career.

Hobbies and Interests: I moved here from northwest Iowa and started working for Forever Green shortly after moving to the area so my husband and I could enjoy Hawkeye sporting events.

Fun Fact: I enjoy working in my garden so working here has helped me learn more about plants and landscaping. When I need a break from doing paperwork, I can walk through the nursery or greenhouses and smell the flowers.

Forever Green Who We Are Rachel Moody

Rachel Moody

Greenhouse Manager
rachelm@forevergreengrows.com

Year started with Forever Green: 2016

Education, licensing, certification and specialties: Studied Greenhouse and Nursery Management at Kirkwood. Licensed pesticide applicator for Greenhouse, Ornamentals, and Turf Pest Control

Hobbies and Interests: Vegetable gardening, riding my bicycle, cooking, birdwatching, being outdoors, and hanging out with my dog.

Fun Fact: Grew up on a farm and started gardening at a young age with my mom and grandma. I just love being outside! I may be new to Forever Green, but I have worked in the “green industry” for over 15 years.

Forever Green Coralville Iowa Who We Are Naomi Pinckney

Naomi Pinckney

Garden Center Assistant Manager
naomip@forevergreengrows.com

Year started with Forever Green: 2013

Education, licensing, certification and specialties: BS in Design from MWSU. AAS in Landscape Design and Garden Center Management from Kirkwood CC. Began career in Landscape Design and Garden Center Management in 2010.

Hobbies and Interests: Painting, drawing, and reading.

Fun Fact: I have put my painting talents to use creating murals for people in North Liberty and Iowa City.