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ICN Pro

The objective of the program is to uphold, improve, and promote standards of professionalism and excellence within the industry. By focusing on individuals rather than companies, the program encourages self-improvement among industry professionals. Originally developed as a way to promote our retail and garden center employees' expertise, the certification has been earned by many beyond that segment as a way to demonstrate knowledge and experience that benefits the many different customers we serve. 

Earning the certification allows industry professionals to: 

  • Bring greater value to the nursery and landscape industry profession.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the future of the green industry.
  • Enhance individual employability and opportunities within the industry.

Businesses that employ Illinois Certified Nursery Professionals:

  • Enhance their brand by showing they invest in their team's personal and professional development.
  • Demonstrate to the marketplace that you hire employees that are knowledgeable and experienced professionals
  • Show that their employees have taken that extra steps to set themselves apart as leaders and industry professionals
  • Can use the status of their certified professionals as a marketing tool to differentiate their brand, offering a different level of guidance to customers
  • Can offer the certification program as a tool for employee motivation, evaluation and career advancement 

Who are the Current Illinois Certified Nursery Professionals?

Below is a list of professionals that were awarded an ICN Pro certificate and have maintained the designation annually. They have earned the right to advertise ICN Pro status on social media, email signatures, letterhead, business cards, clothing, etc. Certification is renewed annually.

Steve Bailey
Steve Bailey Consulting
Carbondale, IL
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Joel Barczak

Blumen Gardens
Sycamore, IL
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Kurt Behstehner
Clavey's Nursery
Harvard, IL
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Don Boehm
Boehm's Garden Center
Rushville, IL
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Carl Bork
Bork Nurseries
Onarga, IL
Jennifer Brennan
Chalet
Wilmette, IL
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Patty Brockmeyer
Designer Landscapes
Farmersville, IL
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Karen Campney
Countryside Flower
Shop & Nursery
Crystal Lake, IL
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Karen Carlson Ruckle
Hoerr Nursery
Peoria, IL
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Kathleen Carr
The Growing Scene
Hampshire, IL
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Cassandra Clark
Kenney, IL
Kevin Collins
Chalet
Wilmette, IL
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Robert Craig
Lake Villa, IL

Hugh Davis
Hugh Davis
Horticultural Associates
Tower Lakes, IL

Dave DeMeester
Dave DeMeester Landscaping
Freeport, IL
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Kent Douglas
Green View
Springfield, IL
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Ross Edwards
Westminster Village
Bloomington, IL
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Henry Eilers
Litchfield, IL
Marcia Erickson
Erickson Gardens
Evanston, IL
Tom Fister
Kankakee Nursery
Aroma Park, IL
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Matthew Fredrickson
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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David Frost
Gerardi Landscaping
Services LLC
O'Fallon, IL
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Tony Fulmer
Chalet
Wilmette, IL
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Crystal Gebke
Home Nursery
Albers, IL
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Kim Goodwin
Cedar Path Nurseries
Lockport, IL
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Eric Gundersen
The Growing Place
Naperville, IL
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Christopher Hackett
GRO Horticultural Enterprises
Union, IL
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Danielle Hall
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Kim Hartmann

Countryside Flower
Shop & Nursery
Crystal Lake, IL
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John Heaton

Barrington, IL

Laura Hempel
Platt Hill Nursery
Bloomingdale, IL
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Barbara Herbert

Sebert Landscape
Bartlett, IL
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Michelle Herman
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Platt Hill
Platt Hill Nursery
Bloomingdale, IL
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Elizabeth Hoffman
West End Florist
Evanston, IL
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Liz Holmberg

Lizzie's Garden
Yorkville, IL
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Diane Hucek

The Fields on Caton Farm
Crest Hill, IL
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Katie Ippsensen
Frese Ornamental Nursery
Quincy, IL
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Julie Janoski

The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, IL
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Kelsi Jarosz

Armstrong Garden Centers
Sunland, CA

Thomas Kadolph
Cedar Path Nurseries
Lockport, IL
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Abby Kansal
Sugarloaf Landscape Nursery
Edwardsville, IL
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Valerie Kehoe

University of Illinois Extension
Blue Island, IL
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Alan Kjeldbjerg
Poul's Landscaping & Nursery
Long Grove, IL
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Dan Kjeldbjerg
Poul's Landscaping & Nursery
Long Grove, IL
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Judy Kloese

Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Gary Knosher
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Sydney Koonce
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Amy Koos
Edgewood Valley Country Club
LaGrange, IL
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Mike Krueger

Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Thomas Kusmerz
The Barn Nursery
Cary, IL
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Harry Lewis
State of Illinois
Springfield, IL

Cheryl Linneman
Prairie View Farmers Market
Hampshire, IL
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Richard Massat

The Growing Place
Naperville, IL
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Tj Mattison

Bloomers Landscaping
Highland, IL
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Ella Maxwell
Hoerr Nursery
Peoria, IL
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Larry McCormick
McCormick's Nursery
Sterling, IL
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Shannon McEnerney

Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Laurie McWilliams
CopperTree Designs
Springfield, IL
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Mark McWilliams

CopperTree Designs
Springfield, IL
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James Melka

Melka Landscaping 
& Garden Center
Mokena, IL
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Kurt Meyer
Meyer Landscape & Design
Moline, IL
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Lois Michel-Perry

McAdam Landscaping
Forest Park, IL
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Robert Milani

Bertog Landscape
Wheeling, IL
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Carrington Misener
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Carla Montagano-Liburdi
Heartland Green Industries
Homer Glen, IL
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Michael Neumann
Village of Downers Grove
Downers Grove, IL
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Ken Norris
Spring Bluff Nursery
Sugar Grove, IL
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Kelly O'Leary
Countryside Flower 
Shop & Nursery
Crystal Lake, IL
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Peter Orum
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Christa Orum-Keller

Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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David Pence
Green View
Springfield, IL
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Tina Perkins
Winding Creek Nursery 
& Garden Center
Millbrook, IL
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Jacquelyn Pfaff

Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Tyler Perkins
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Jack Pizzo
The Pizzo Group
Leland, IL
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Chris Plane

Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Paula Popowski

Hoffie Nursery
Union, IL
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Michael Porter

Studebaker Nurseries
Machesney Park, IL
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Meagan Provencher

Wasco Nursery & 
Garden Center
St. Charles, IL
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Michael Porter

Studebaker Nurseries
Machesney Park, IL
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Carol Rakers

Creative Garden Services
Quincy, IL
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Michael Scheitz
Cedar Path Nurseries
Lockport, IL
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Michael Scheitz
Cedar Path Nurseries
Lockport, IL
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Eleanore Skopek

City of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Timothy Southey

Green View
Springfield, IL
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Michael Scott
Michael Scott & Associates
Urbana, IL
Carolyn Stahl
Wasco Nursery & 
Garden Center
St. Charles, IL
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Colin Stephens
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Adam Sturtewagen

Chalet
Wilmette, IL
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Penny Tackett

Illinois Brick Company
Schaumburg, IL
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Pamela Teepe-Nelson
Countryside Flower
Shop & Nursery
Crystal Lake, IL
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Laura Thomas-Stachon

Ball Horticultural Company
West Chicago, IL
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Mark Toms

Cornerstone Partners
Horticultural Services Co
Elgin, IL
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Dale Van Baren
Grant Park Tree Farm
Grant Park, IL

Linda Walker

Linda's Loves
Downer's Grove, IL

Cathy Ward

Illinois Department
of Agriculture
Springfield, IL
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Patricia White Hansen
Patricia White Hansen
Landscape Design
Naperville, IL

Steve Wolf

Buckley's Prairie Landscaping
Springfield, IL
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David Wolverton

Rocco Fiore & Sons
Waukegan, IL
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Matt Zerby
Wasco Nursery &
Garden Center
St. Charles, IL
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