Meet The Team


Stuart Shoemaker


Stuart is Blue Spruce's founder and chief operator. He holds degrees from Colorado State in Cultural Anthropology and Horticulture, as well as a certificate in Landscape Design from Front Range. Stuart has been working professionally in the field for over a decade and is an active member of the Colorado Master Gardeners. When he's not out working in the garden you can find him enjoying delicious craft beverages or making kimchee with his wife Katie who is a fermentation scientist. 

Tessie Walters

 Horticulturist and

 Head of Maintenance 

Tessie has been gardening and landscaping in Colorado for over 15 years. After studying horticulture at Front Range Community College she spent 2 seasons working at Denver Botanic Gardens before moving to Fort Collins. Tessie has taken Native Plant Master classes and is constantly quizzing the rest of the staff on our botanical latin. When she's not working with plants (almost never) she can be found dancing at a show or teaching yoga. 

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2021 summer seasonals


Kevin McKitrick


Devon Wolfe


Raj Rambhajan