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GardenTalk by Walter Andersen Nursery

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About Ken Andersen

A third generation nurseryman Ken grew up in the family business following in the footsteps of his father Walter Andersen Jr and Grandfather Walter Andersen Sr. Ken has over 40 years of experience in the gardening and landscaping business.  In addition to being CEO of Walter Andersen Nursery he has also served the industry by serving terms on the board of directors of Master Nursery and Garden Centers. 

Active in the community Ken has also served a chairman of the Better Business Bureau, The Executives Association, and The Maritime Museum of San Diego. He is a California Certified Nursery Professional and has a bachelor’s degree in business from National University. He lives in Scripps Ranch and has his office in the Poway store.

About David Ross

David Ross has been with Walter Andersen Nursery since coming over from Nurseryland in 1989 as a customer service representative. Working at the Point Loma store opened up a whole new world to David with its wide variety of plants not found at other nurseries around town. It was this variety that got him interested in the Platycerium or Staghorn family of plants, ferns, begonias, gardenias and especially new varieties of fruit trees. Raised in East County on the shoulders of Mt Helix, David developed a passion for growing fruit trees from his father who planted dozens on the property along with the existing Avocado trees.

When he bought his own house further out in east county, he planted more than 100 fruit trees giving him fresh fruit all year long. David was also the KNSD Gardener during the weekend news offering plant tips and advice for more than 10 years beginning in 1994 and part of the Garden Talk radio team for many years as well. After more than 31 years with Walter Andersen Nursery, David has figured out how to keep almost every plant alive, except for those he forgets to water!

About Mark Mahady

Mark Mahady, a classmate of Ken Andersen and fellow alumni of University of San Diego High School. Mark is the Store Manager of the San Diego store. He has been with the company for twenty-five years. He has been a San Diego store manager for the last fifteen years. Mark holds infinite plant knowledge and dry goods expertise. He is a master plant locator and a whiz at finding just what you need.

Mark has excellent interpersonal skills and is determined to make every visit to our store a great one. Mark is a sports enthusiast and can talk basketball, football, horseracing, and most any sport with the best of them, you can thank him for the TV in our store during football season! Mark coaches kids sports teams and enjoys working in his vast yard and garden.

About George Allmon

George came to the nursery after a 38-year career in the Navy.   He grew up on Long Island and spent considerable time on his best friend's apple orchard where he developed a love for fruit trees. His father was an avid vegetable gardener who would eke out a significant harvest in a small garden using succession planting over the course of an entire season.

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