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ICN Pros

The objective of the Illinois Certified Nursery Professional program is to uphold, improve, and promote standards of professionalism and excellence within the industry. By focusing on individuals rather than companies, the program encourages self-improvement among industry professionals. Originally developed as a way to promote our retail and garden center employees' expertise, the certification has been earned by many beyond that segment as a way to demonstrate knowledge and experience that benefits the many different customers we serve. 

Earning the certification allows industry professionals to: 

  • Bring greater value to the nursery and landscape industry profession.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the future of the green industry.
  • Enhance individual employability and opportunities within the industry.

Businesses that employ Illinois Certified Nursery Professionals:

  • Enhance their brand by showing that they invest in their team's personal and professional development.
  • Demonstrates to the marketplace that you hire employees who have demonstrated they are knowledgeable and experienced professionals.
  • Shows that their employees have taken that extra step to set themselves apart as leaders and industry professionals.
  • Can use the status of their certified professionals as a marketing tool to differentiate their brand, offering a different level of guidance and help to customers
  • Can offer the certification program as a tool for employee motivation, evaluation and career advancement 

Who are the Current Illinois Certified Nursery Professionals?

Below is a list of professionals that were awarded an ICN Pro certificate and have maintained the designation annually. They have earned the right to advertise ICN Pro status on social media, email signatures, letterhead, business cards, clothing, etc. Certification is renewed annually.

Steve Bailey
Steve Bailey Consulting
Carbondale, IL
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Joel Barczak
Blumen Gardens
Sycamore, IL
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Kurt Beystehner
Clavey's Nursery
Harvard, IL
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Cindy Bloom
Platt Hill Nursery
Bloomingdale, IL
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Robert Bloom
Platt Hill Nursery
Bloomingdale, IL
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Don Boehm
Boehm's Garden Center
Rushville, IL
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Jennifer Brennan
Chalet
Wilmette, IL
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Patty Brockmeyer
Designer Landscapes
Farmersville, IL
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Karen Campney
Countryside Flower
Shop & Nursery
Crystal Lake, IL
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Kathleen Carr
The Growing Scene
Hampshire, IL
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Cassandra Clark
Kenney, IL

Mitch Cogswell
Nebeshonee Gardens
Bloomington, IL 61704 
Kevin Collins
Chalet
Wilmette, IL
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Bob Craig
Lake Villa, IL


Hugh Davis
Hugh Davis 
Horticultural Associates
Tower Lakes, IL
Chuck Davis
Kankakee Nursery 
Aroma Park, IL

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Dave DeMeester
Dave DeMeester Landscaping 
Freeport, IL
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Kent Douglas
Green View
Springfield, IL
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Ross Edwards
Grieder Landscaping
Bloomington, ILWEBSITE

Henry Eilers
Litchfield, IL
  Tom Fister
Kankakee Nursery
Aroma Park, IL
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Matthew Fredrickson
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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David Frost
Gerardi Landscaping 
Services, LLC
O'Fallon, IL
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Tony Fulmer
Chalet
North Chicago, IL
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Ron Gatewood
Meurer Brothers, Inc
Belleville, IL
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Kim Goodwin
Cedar Path Nurseries
Lockport, IL
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Peter Gordon
Lake Forest Open Lands
Lake Forest, IL
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Eric Gundersen
The Growing Place
Naperville, IL
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Christopher Hackett
GRO Horticultural 
Enterprises
Union, IL
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Danielle Hall
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Kim Hartmann
Countryside Flower 
Shop & Nursery
Crystal Lake, IL
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John Heaton
Barrington, IL
Laura Hempel
Platt Hill Nursery
Bloomingdale, IL
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Barbara Herbert
Sebert Landscape
Bartlett, IL
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Elizabeth Hoffman
West End Florist
Evanston, IL
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Liz Holmberg
Lizzie's Garden
Yorkville, IL
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Diane Hucek
The Fields on 
Caton Farm
Crest Hill, IL
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Katie Ippsensen
Frese Ornamental Nursery
Quincy, IL
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Julie Janoski
The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, IL
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Kelsi Jarosz
Armstrong Garden Centers
Sunland, CA
Alison Johnson
 Knupper's Flower & Garden
Palatine, IL
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Kim Kaczmarek
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Karen Kadolph
Hinsdale Nurseries
Willowbrook, IL
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Thomas Kadolph
Cedar Path Nurseries
Lockport, IL
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Valerie Kehoe
University of Illinois Extension
Blue Island, IL
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Alan Kjeldbjerg
Poul's Landscaping & Nursery
Long Grove, IL
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Dan Kjeldbjerg
Poul's Landscaping & Nursery
Long Grove, IL
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Judy Kloese
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Gary Knosher
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Amy Koos
Edgewood Valley Country Club
LaGrange, IL
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Michael Kwiatek
Fiore Nursery & Landscape
Prairie View, IL
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Mark Levandoski
Wasco Nursery
& Garden Center
St. Charles, IL
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Harry Lewis
State of Illinois
Springfield, IL
Cheryl Linneman
Prairie View Farmers Market
Hampshire, IL
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Danny Livingston
Schwope Brothers 
Tree Farm
Independence, MO
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Richard Massat
The Growing Place
Naperville, IL
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Tj Mattison
Bloomers Landscaping
Highland, IL
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Ella Maxwell
Hoerr Nursery
Peoria, IL
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Shannon McEnerney
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Laurie McWilliams
CopperTree Designs
Springfield, IL
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Mark McWilliams
CopperTree Designs
Springfield, IL
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Nicole Melin
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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James Melka
Melka Landscaping 
& Garden Center
Mokena, IL
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Evan Meyer
Meyer Landscape & Design
Moline, IL
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Kurt Meyer
Meyer Landscape & Design
Moline, IL
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Larry McCormick
McCormick's Nursery
Sterling, IL
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Lois Michel-Perry
McAdam Landscaping
Forest Park, IL
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Robert Milani
Bertog Landscape
Wheeling, IL
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Michael Neumann
Village of Downers Grove
Downers Grove, IL
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Ken Norris
Spring Bluff Nursery
Sugar Grove, IL
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Kelly O'Leary
Countryside Flower Shop, 
Nursery, & Garden Center
Crystal Lake, IL
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Christa Orum-Keller
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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David Pence
Green View
Springfield, IL
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Elaine Peoples
CopperTree Designs
Springfield, IL
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Tina Perkins
Winding Creek Nursery 
& Garden Center
Millbrook, IL
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Jacquelyn Pfaff
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Jack Pizzo
The Pizzo Group
Leland, IL
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Todd Pope
R Period Design
Cortland, IL
Paula Popowski
Hoffie Nursery
Union, IL
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Michael Porter
Studebaker Nurseries
Machesney Park, IL
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Meagan Provencher
Wasco Nursery & 
Garden Center
St. Charles, IL
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Carol Rakers
Creative Garden Services
Quincy, IL
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Cathy Reinhardt
Effingers Garden Center
Belleville, IL
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Bryon Rinkenberger
Hoerr Nursery
Peoria, IL
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Kathleen Rostrom
Chalet
Wilmette, IL
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Karen Ruckle
Hoerr Nursery
Peoria, IL
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 Mary Saba
The Growing Place
Naperville, IL
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 Michael Scheitz
Goodmark Nurseries
Wonder Lake, IL
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Michael Scott
Michael Scott 
& Associates
Urbana, IL

Eleanore Skopek
City of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Timothy Southey
Green View
Springfield, IL
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Carolyn Stahl
Wasco Nursery & 
Garden Center
St. Charles, IL
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Mary Stewart
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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 Adam Sturtewagen
Chalet
Wilmette, IL
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 Penny Tackett
Illinois Brick Company
Schaumburg, IL
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 Al Taylor
Elite Landscaping
Princeton, IL
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Pamela Teepe-Nelson
Countryside Flower 
Shop & Nursery
Crystal Lake, IL
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Laura Thomas-Stachon
Ball Horticultural Company
West Chicago, IL
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Mark Toms
Western DuPage Landscaping
Naperville, IL
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Dale Van Baren
Grant Park Tree Farm
Grant Park, IL
Linda Walker
Linda's Loves
Downer's Grove, IL
Cathy Ward
Illinois Department 
of Agriculture
Springfield, IL
Patricia White Hansen
Patricia White Hansen 
Landscape Design
Naperville, IL

Steve Wolf
 Buckley's Prairie Landscaping
Springfield, IL
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David Wolverton
Rocco Fiore & Sons
Waukegan, IL
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Marsha Zaranti
The Growing Place
Naperville, IL
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Matt Zerby
Wasco Nursery & 
Garden Center
St. Charles, IL
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