Our Landscaping Team
Suzanne Hackett
Operations Manager

Suzanne Hackett has 35 years of experience in the service industries. Her “client-comes-first” attitude and inherent connection to the earth characterize her position as Operations Manager at MDI Grows. Suzanne apprenticed under one of the area’s premier landscape gardeners, and has owned and operated her own small company specializing in garden installation and maintenance.

She spent several years in nursery sales where she assisted landscape designers and landscapers in choosing the appropriate plants for the many different site conditions that Maine’s inland and coastal situations create.

Her impeccable attention to detail, passion for natural landscapes, and her hands-on approach guarantee that the team at MDI Grows achieves its goal of providing you with the landscape you desire.

Bobbie Burdick

Bobbie Burdick, owner of Burdick & Associates Landscape Design and MDI Grows, supports our field team. With degrees in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, a Certificate in Erosion & Sediment Control Practices and training in Horticultural Therapy, she ensures the field work matches and supports your landscape plan, whether that plan is on paper or is firmly rooted in your established grounds.  Bobbie is inspired by the natural world and passionate about fostering deep and meaningful connections to the land, while being dedicated to preserving our native flora.  Bobbie provides additional horticultural expertise while coordinating the ordering of plants and other landscape materials for gardens or the natural Maine shoreline for Burdick & Associates and MDI Grows.

Landscaping Support Team

Tanya Bell

Tanya Bell has 30 years of gardening experience. Her love of shrubs and herbaceous plants is conveyed in the field, as she understands the challenges of maintaining healthy, vibrant landscapes in our region.  From moss to firs and much more, the native plants favored by many of our clients thrive from her hard work, hands-on knowledge, and careful attention.  Her skills extend from shoreline stabilization with native plantings, to beds of naturalized perennial gardens, as well as the shrubs and woodland plants that can easily falter under Maine’s stern climate. For nearly a decade, Tanya has supported MDI Grows with her dedication, knowledge, and professionalism.

Sara Herrick

A Maine native, Sara has always had a ‘wicked’ passion for plants and all things nature.  After studying Elementary Education and Visual Arts at Simmons College in Boston, MA Sara returned to her roots in Maine where she continued her learning and experiences in garden centers and various landscape construction companies.  She honed her horticultural skills while taking part in landscape installations and all aspects of garden maintenance.  Sara is passionate about native plants and stabilizing shorelines, and her practical knowledge and love of people has granted her expert oversight as one of the valued crew leaders at MDI Grows.

Samantha Sury

Learning about and working with plants has always been a major passion for Sam. She completed associates degrees in both Ornamental Horticulture and Floral Design from Kishwaukee College. Sam has respect for both the life cycle of plants in their natural settings, and the aesthetics involved in flower and foliage. In her personal life, Sam enjoys reading, knitting, and hiking. At MDI Grows, attention to detail and the desire to always be learning more about our natural world are the principles that drive her to provide insightful care to all landscaping projects.

Zachary Gilhooley

Zachary Gilhooley knows and appreciates the satisfaction of working with and in nature. His professional background includes outdoor education, youth leadership, and time in the service industry. His extensive experience in estate grounds keeping, caretaking, and landscape maintenance is an asset to any project, and his thoughtful attention to each client’s needs helps ensure success.

Nyamh Wolf

Nyamh Wolf joyfully joined MDI Grows as a landscape laborer. After just a few seasons working in the field, he’s successfully transformed his talents into thoughtfully and capably caring for the natural world. Nyamh’s positive attitude and desire to learn make him a great addition to the maintenance team at MDI Grows.

Graham Good

Graham is a recent graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where he studied the environmental sciences, including forest ecology and climate science. As a Mount Desert Island native who has had several experiences working outdoors he developed an appreciation and love for nature. Graham studied permaculture in Guatemala and fire ants in Louisiana; he is passionate about constantly learning new things about our world. He brings a wealth of experiences along with a hard working attitude to the team at MDI Grows.

Deb Wallace

Deb Wallace has provided bookkeeping and IT services to the Downeast area for more than 25 years. From systems training to accounts management, Deb has supported a variety of area businesses and organizations. She is a former QuickBooks Professional Advisor and holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Maine, Machias.  Deb’s been keeping things ‘green’ at MDI Grows since 2017 handling what grows inside the office weeding through the paperwork so the designers can keep their focus outside on clients’ projects. 

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