Meet The Team

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Stuart Shoemaker

Owner/Operator

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

 Head Gardener and

Chief Horticulturist 

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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Kevin McKitrick

Assistant Foreman and Horticultural Technician

Kevin started at Blue Spruce as a Summer intern in 2021 and has since returned after finishing his Bachelors of Horticulture at Colorado State University. Kevin brings to the team a wide array of horticultural knowledge including extensive plant ID and characteristics skills useful in the field. Outside of work Kevin is an avid music critique and is always keeping up to date on geo-politics, he's also known to crack or joke or two while out with the crew, or three, or four. 

Devon Wolfe

Landscape Design Consultant and Assistant Gardener

Devon also started as an intern during the Summer of 2021 and has since returned after completing her degree in Landscape Design at Colorado State. Devon's expertise lies in her ability to imagine and envision the transformation and potential of spaces. Her combined horticultural knowledge and artistic abilities has allowed her to excel as a designer in the field. As a native of Denver, Devon likes to spend time in the mountains which  helps to inspire her love and talent for design. 

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Ryan Weese

Head Foreman and

Project Manager

Ryan brings experience and wisdom to the company as a veteran landscaper of over 20 years. With backgrounds in organic agriculture, commercial landscape installation, and irrigation technology, his varied talents lend vast knowledge and expertise to the Blue Spruce team. Ryan grew up in both Wray and Greeley, Colorado before moving to Fort Collins in the early 2000's. Outside of work Ryan is a fan of bluegrass music, disc golf, hiking, and enjoying some of the local brews. 

Makeeba Helms

Head of Permaculture and Assistant Gardener

Keeba came to Blue Spruce after a long stint in the service industry and a revelation that she wanted to leave a positive impact in the world through the lens of horticulture and plants. Though new to the field, she brings immense excitement, passion, and interest which helps to keep the team and company dynamic. In addition to being on the gardening team Keeba is helping to develop our permaculture  and medicinal landscape divisions. Keeba has two young children whom she hopes to pass along the knowledge that she is gaining while working on the Blue Spruce Horticulture team.

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