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, 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 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.
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.
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 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.