MEET OUR TEAM

Peter Passiglia
President / Principal – Nursery Department

Pete is the president of Passiglia’s Nursery as well as the principal leader of the nursery department. His hands-on approach and careful inspection of our plants insures the best quality and selections our customers expect. Pete’s hard work and dedication is evident in the support and leadership he imparts to his staff. With over three decades of experience he has seen trends in horticulture come and go. Pete knows what it takes to build a great business, making Passiglia’s the premier nursery in St. Louis.

Chris Passiglia
Co-Owner / Landscape Director / Landscape Designer

Chris, Vice President of Passiglia’s Nursery and a seasoned landscape professional has over 27 years of design and installation experience.  Chris gained insight from his father on the importance of bringing quality product to market and earning the respect of his clients.  His creativity and forward thinking approach will bring your landscape project to the next level.  Chris works closely with his design and landscape team ensuring every aspect of the installation fulfills his meticulous quality standards. The dedication and long hours Chris gives each project creates a beautiful paradise that compares to no other.

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Christine Knoernschild

Christine Knoernschild

Senior Designer / Design Sales Manager

Christine has over 13 years of Landscape Design experience and an Associate’s degree in Landscape Horticulture. As the Design Sales manager Christine helps foster a creative and learning environment for her team.
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As a designer her passion for customer focused relationships and creative, artistic design are true assets to any project. Whether it is an outdoor living space or a front landscape, Christine has the knowledge and professionalism to help you through every step.

Julie Evans Straatmann

Julie Evans Straatmann

Manager / Buyer

Julie has been a horticulturalist in Missouri for more than 30 years.  She started in the industry with two retail locations growing much of her inventory.  To spend more time with family, she accepted a retail management position which developed into landscape design and consulting. this is filler a long filler.

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Julie is highly respected for her vast knowledge by colleagues and clients alike. Her enthusiastic passion for plants is clearly visible in her work. Julie is driven to impart people with knowledge, training and confidence to succeed in their own gardens.

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis

Production Manager

Mike’s 35 years’ experience in the horticulture industry includes landscape and irrigation design as well as turf and ornamental pest management.this is filler a long filler

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 His straight-forward coordination between designers and landscape crews keeps projects running smoothly With a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant and Soil Science from SIU-Carbondale, Mike recognizes and corrects any problem that may develop in the landscape. Mike’s skills and experience over the years as crew leader and project manager make him a valuable asset to Passiglia’s Nursery.

Anita Stewart

Anita Stewart

Landscape Designer

Anita has more than six years’ experience as a landscape designer, though her appreciation for plants began while working nine years on a produce farm in Milwaukee.this is filler

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She moved to St. Louis to pursue a career in Graphic Design, where she realized her true passion to design creative landscapes. Obtaining her Associates Degree in Landscape Design at St. Louis Community College, Anita continues to devote her life to living and designing a greener environment. Her excitement and creative view of the landscape makes her an important member of the team.

Elizabeth Wernert

Elizabeth Wernert

Landscape Designer

Elizabeth takes pride in creating beautiful designs that will stand the test of time. Interpreting the client’s vision and applying it to paper is a challenge that Elizabeth does not back away from.

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She uses conventional 2D Design and state-of- the-art 3D programs to efficiently render plans. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Forestry with a Minor in Plant Science at Mizzou. Elizabeth brings a responsibility for nature to our team.

Bob Shayne

Bob Shayne

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His experience includes landscape installation, crew leader, nursery stock maintenance and receiving. Bob’s easy manner and patience makes him a natural to run the day to day operations on the nursery lot.

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