Dream Big. Dream Small. We Love Them All.
Designers are the secret behind great landscaping. It’s the years of learning, experience and listening that make the difference between a nice yard and extraordinary landscaping. It doesn’t matter what size the project is, our designers are here to create just what you had in mind. Come meet them.
Jerry Epping, Landscape Designer / Owner
Jerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where he majored in Geography and minored in Urban Area Development. He began his landscaping career thirty years ago installing simple landscape designs. Jerry is now installing state of the art landscape designs for some of the largest construction companies in the country, but he still loves working on residential designs. He works closely with all his clients, discovering their needs and wants and sharing in his professional thoughts and ideas in order to create outstanding landscape designs. It’s what makes Jerry such a sought-after landscape designer.
Mike Schierl, Landscape Designer
As the landscape division manager at Breezy Hill Nursery Mike is a multifaceted designer. His innovative ideas allow him to create outdoor living spaces that are both sensible and breathtaking. Eco-conscious consumers look to Mike for his environmentally friendly design capabilities. Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin Madison and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He has been designing and managing at Breezy Hill Nursery for over eight years. His specialties include, but are not limited to, outdoor kitchens, pergolas, retaining walls, elaborate paver patios, outdoor fireplaces and ponds.
Bradd Epping, Landscape Architect, RLA 647
Bradd has over 10 years of experience with Breezy Hill Nursery. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning with a minor in Ornamental Horticulture from Utah State University and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. With his strong educational and professional knowledge, he is able to work on both residential and commercial projects. Bradd’s passion for landscape architecture allows him to create unique and exceptional designs that are both functional and breathtaking. By working closely with his clients, Bradd is able to provide outstanding service with astonishing results.
Steve Peters, Landscape Designer
Steve began his career in landscaping over thirty-two years ago at Breezy Hill and designs for residential projects with experience and a large satisfied customer database from Illinois to Wisconsin. You may recognize some of Steve’s incredible work in the surrounding areas such as the Prime Outlet Mall in Pleasant Prarie, Indian Trails High School in Kenosha, or the Northlake Police Department. Steve’s specialties are outdoor kitchens, custom lighting, ponds, fountains, paver patios and outdoor fireplaces, and his clever designs and remarkable craftsmanship keep his clients coming back time and again. Steve is exceptional at listening to his clients and interpreting their needs to deliver above their expectations.
Mike Schenning, Landscape Designer
Mike has spent the last fourteen years in the landscaping industry as a production manager for commercial sites in the Chicago area including Millennium Park and the UIC campus downtown. He specializes in outdoor living at its best; gazebos, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, elaborate paver work, retaining walls, ponds, and fountains. Mike’s clients appreciate his youthful energy and creative designs. He takes time to listen and understand their needs, then incorporates them with his own innovative ideas in order to create the beautiful landscapes that he is known for.
Rick Fuller, Landscape Designer
Rick earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where he majored in Forestry and minored in Urban Planning. He also maintains a certificate with the International Society of Arboriculture as a Certified Arborist. Rick began his landscaping career over 25 years ago and has designed and project managed residential and commercial landscapes all over Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. His specialties include plant material selection, perennial gardens, entertainment spaces, and project management. Rick treats every project with high levels of communication, integrity, and attention to detail.
Dan Hitzeman, Landscape Designer
Dan began his landscaping career in college as a summer job in 2005 and discovered the reward of creating spaces for people. He received his Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. His specialties in naturalistic planting & spatial design along with native plantings reveal his love of nature. He appreciates the unique challenges of each site and loves watching the transformation from start to finish. He listens to his customer’s needs and uses his expertise to create enjoyable landscapes.
Drew McLafferty, Landscape Designer
Drew grew up in the Lake Geneva Area and attended Milwaukee Area Technical College for Landscape design and CAD. He has been with Breezy Hill for nine seasons working in almost every division. He knows the business top to bottom. Drew has a gift for knowing what the right plant is in the right place. He’s an expert at grading, drainage, and overall functional design. He enjoys giving his clients a fresh new look and listening to their needs, designing the best use of space for their situation.