The Holly Days Nursery Staff is full of degreed professionals ready to create your dream landscape. As a family-owned business Holly Days prides itself on providing high-quality landscape supplies, and the best nursery and landscaping services available. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will provide you with the professional advice and treatment you deserve.
Torrey loves planning and installing backyard pool-scapes. Torrey began working at a holly farm in Bucks County as a kid. He trimmed the holly trees and learned a lot about how and what to trim. He turned that opportunity into a business at Christmas time. “Family and friends would ask me to trim their Holly and I would turn around and sell those cutting to florists and garden centers up and down the east coast,” Torrey says. Then came Holly Days, “I started this little garden center and landscape company and my brother John came on, and oh the fun we had! Now we have 7 acres in Horsham Township and 5 acres in Bucks County. We run a full-service landscape design and build company, a retail and wholesale nursery, and garden center.” Torrey is a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturalist (PCH) and maintains his (ICPI) Interlocking Concrete Paving Institute certification as well. He actively maintains membership with (PLNA) Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association and was a member of the board of directors from 2015-2017. He, of course, brings ‘forever’ of work experience to Holly Days Nursery!
John is our go-to project manager for paver patio installations involving the removal of existing hardscape features or blending new construction with old. Drawing on 40 years of building, plumbing, and electrical experience, John oversees the job from mobilization to completion. “I love recreating a backyard into usable and beneficial space,” says John. “I love how happy our clients are when we are finished, and they get to sit out on their new patio with their friends and family.” While John thought he would be a famous race car driver one day, his true calling turned out to be landscape and hardscape installation. “Just another way of working with my hands and getting dirty,” John says with a smile.
Danielle wears many hats at the nursery, but her favorite task is stocking the perennial section. “In the spring it’s creeping phlox & hellebores. In the summer it’s echinacea, nepeta, lavender, and hosta. During the fall it’s sedum, asters and so many others,” Danielle says with a rather crazed look in her eye! “I get to make sure we have tons of ornamental grasses and decide what new perennial introductions to bring into the garden center. Every year this section gets bigger and I get to buy more and more.” Danielle came to Holly Days Nursery fresh out of college. Initially hired to work in the garden center, owners Torrey and John Rose immediately recognized her leadership capabilities and natural business sense. Today, as a nursery manager, Danielle plays a key role in the day-to-day functions of the nursery – purchasing products, IT, advertising / marketing, and employee staffing. She brings 20+ years of experience to the Holly Days Nursery team. “Looking back,” Danielle notes, “Though I haven’t traveled far physically in my career, I have been able to see Holly Days grow from a small wholesale-only garden center to one of the largest retail, wholesale and design/build landscape nurseries in the area. I am proud of knowing I was a big part of that growth.”
Ryan is a part of the design/build division at HDN and is responsible for all aspects of design at HDN. He works directly with other project managers, as well as his own projects to create formal CAD designs and 3D renderings for prospective clients. Ryan excels at technology and works often assisting with graphic design and advertising aspects of the business. Ryan also performs site visits and is part of our estimating department for outdoor living and master planning projects. When the project has been conceptually designed and visualized for the client, Ryan submits and acquires permits and variance applications for our customers, as well as works with other required consultants on a project-specific basis, including architects, engineers, and builders. “I would love to master plan and visual your outdoor project with you from start to completion.” He says. Ryan has worked at HDN 4+ years right out of college and has worked to grow himself as a professional in the field. He is currently working on his license as a PA Registered Landscape Architect and finishing his degree in Real Estate Development. Ryan is a member of the PA Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), as well as a member of (ULI) Urban Land Institute.
Brad is responsible for various project management objectives from crew mobilization in the mornings to project management and estimating during the day. Brad specializes in working with our clients from the pre-design phase to the finished product. He has been in the landscape industry since college and has done everything from digging holes and planting to sales and design. Brad maintains his Commercial Pesticide Applicators License and his Class A CDL License bringing 35 years of landscape design/build industry experience to the Holly Days Nursery team.
Larry is our lead mason here at Holly Days and can be found out on a job site daily. Larry focuses on our masonry projects using natural stone and veneer and specializes in fine craftsmanship for outdoor living space projects completed by Holly Days Nursery. Larry has taken pride in the vast number of masonry projects he has been a part of, reaching from North Jersey to the Jersey Shore and of course locally, including Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. He enjoys seeing the smiles on customer’s faces when their dream project has gone from blueprint to reality. Larry is a graduate of Central Bucks School District and Middle Bucks Technical School. Larry has worked with Holly Days Nursery for over 5 years, bringing 45 years of in the field experience to your custom projects. Larry was also awarded the “Pop-Pop of the Year” award several years in a row!
Mary is responsible for various public outreach efforts and commercial client relations at HDN. She also works as a customer service manager and estimator in our design/build department. Years in the retail side of the business have taught Mary how to guide customers with varying degrees of plant knowledge through the planting and design process. Following years of moving cross-country and weary of desk work, Mary settled in the Delaware Valley to pursue a career in the green industry. While enrolled in the horticulture program at Temple, Ambler, she worked various plant and landscape related jobs, including managing the retail center at Holly Days. With a solid understanding of nursery procedure and public relations under her belt, Mary joined the design-build department at Holly Days bringing 18 years’ experience to the team. Here she handles public relations and customer service, performs site visits and prepares estimates for residential, municipal and commercial projects. Mary applies her knowledge and experience with native plants in stormwater management practices, attends watershed courses to maintain best practices and partners with several shade tree commissions and environmental advisory boards. She maintains her certified Horticulturalist status (PCH) and is a member of tree tenders as well as Women in Horticulture: Delaware Valley.
Paul is the Vice President of Nursery Operations at HDN and buys and sells products for the retail center as well as the wholesale business. He focuses on team management and manages the day to day operations of the 7-acre nursery and the nursery crews, including bulk loading, tree digging, and maintenance crews. Paul also focuses on customer relations and sales, building relationships with our customers. He began working in the nursery industry at 15 years old and has not left the industry since! He started in greenhouse production after college, moved into garden center management for 15 years, then to wholesale nursery sales for 15 years. Finally, Paul landed with us here at Holly Days Nursery, his “best move ever”, bringing 41 years of experience to the team.
Tammey is responsible for buying Holly Days Nursery fruit tree selection and Small Fruiting Plants and has grown a passion for these plants ever since working in an Orchard. Her first internship in the industry was in commercial landscape maintenance at Environmental Care, Inc (ECI) in San Jose, CA. After graduating and moving back to Pennsylvania, she worked a variety of jobs including in the garden center at Agway and Heyser Landscaping in Norristown as a maintenance/pruning specialist. After moving back to Montgomery County, she began a 13-year long career at Snipes Farm & Nursery in Morrisville, PA where she was an assistant manager of the 7-acre nursery. When they closed, Tammey worked for Horticultural Materials Systems (HMS) in Allentown, PA as a plant locator for landscape architects and designers throughout the northeast. She was thrilled to accept a full-time position with HDN following HMS’s move to Virginia bringing 40 years of experience to the Holly Days team.
Tom is responsible for all accounting aspects of HDN, along with human resources, payroll and insurance responsibilities. Tom has worked in the Garden Center / Landscape industry for over 30 years, 25 of which were at Waterloo Gardens on the mainline as the Director of Information Technology. Tom’s professional affiliations include a public notary, certified food handler and is a lifetime member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Fraternity for 2 years and junior colleges. Tom currently lives in Pottstown, PA with his wife of 25 years, and their daughter, a recent graduate of Lycoming College.
Every few months we will be asking our employees some fun and creative questions. Please stop by monthly to see what our employees are saying.
Non-Green Industry Hobby / Activity
“I enjoy woodworking and playing with tools, learning construction and building techniques, as well as trying new foods and tasting new beers!” – Ryan Harris
“When I am not at work (which isn’t often) you will find me riding my dirt bike! In fact, my computer screen saver is an image of my dream dirt bike. It helps keep me focused.” – Torrey Rose
“I am a proud owner of a new motorhome and I love weekend getaways – packing up the family and exploring new places.” Popular destinations include car shows and racetracks on the east coast, especially anywhere drag racing occurs. John and business partner and brother Torrey Rose, and their father, John Sr. spent many years racing on the drag race circuit. “It’s always a good day when I’ve got engine grease underneath my fingernails,” – John Rose
“I love to read fiction books! I’m usually reading 2 at a time and listening to another.” However, ask Danielle about her favorite activity, and without hesitation she’ll say, “Watching my 14-year-old son play baseball.” – Danielle Goodson
“Coaching High School Football and being around the game.” – Brad Hall
“Grandchildren keep me young at heart and occupy my free time.” – Larry Kimbel
“In winter, I volunteer for Special Olympics Pennsylvania with the Montgomery County Alpine Ski and Snowshoe Team. Once the snow melts, I can be found on the driving range with the special Olympics Golf Team.” – Mary Brock
“Very involved in my church, as well as working on political campaigns.” – Paul Faulkner
“Bird watching and other wildlife viewing.” – Tammey Roberts
“I am an avid home canner and love experimenting with new jam flavors. I also enjoy cooking for crowds and have served on numerous non-profit boards and committees.” – Tom Hartman
Favorite Plant or Plant Family
“I love wave Petunias because of their easy care with no dead heading required and are fast growing.” – Tom Hartman
“Deciduous Shrubs are colorful and change throughout the season, always something new to enjoy.” – Tammey Roberts
“Quercus and Fagus, most regal of all trees.” – Paul Faulkner
“I’m infatuated with Ligularia dentata ‘Othello’, commonly known as Leapord Plant. This plant ‘demands’ your attention in the perennial garden. I like to use it as a backdrop for shorter, delicate leafed perennials. That said, don’t be afraid to plant Othello in a group and use it as a focal point!” – Mary Brock
“Japanese Maple is my choice; it can stand alone, and its beauty does not need to be accessorized.” – Larry Kimbel
“The spruce family of plants is tough, durable and versatile. They play many roles in the landscape from a screen planting to a specimen planting.” – Brad Hall
“Second only to perennials, I have a soft spot for hydrangeas. I love limelight and vanilla strawberry the best. Both grow to be nice and big plants, and produce over-the-top, in-your-face flowers!” – Danielle Goodson
“Hinoki Cypress is my favorite specimen plant. It’s a deep green needled evergreen with a unique branching habit. Given the right location, Hinoki Cypress will provide years of homeowner satisfaction as it naturally keeps its pyramidal shape and requires little maintenance.” – John Rose
“Hollies are my favorite. When I was a kid – I started working on a holly farm, trimming the huge American Holly trees, Ilex Opaca, and I never looked back.” – Torrey Rose
“Cryptomeria is one of my favorite plants and comes in various forms including tree form and a more dwarf shrub form. On the flowering side, Hydrangeas are of course striking!” – Ryan Harris