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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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Don Boehm
Boehm's Garden Center
Rushville, IL
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Carl Bork
Bork Nurseries
Onarga, IL
Patty Brockmeyer
Designer Landscapes
Farmersville, IL
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Karen Campney
Countryside Flower 
Shop & Nursery
Crystal Lake, IL
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Kevin Collins
Chalet
Wilmette, IL
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Robert Craig
Lake Villa, IL
Hugh Davis
Hugh Davis
Horticultural Associates
Tower Lakes, IL

Chuck Davis
Kankakee Nursery
Aroma Park, IL 
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Ross Edwards
Westminster Village
Bloomington, IL
Henry Eilers
Litchfield, IL
Marcia Erickson
Erickson Gardens
Evanston, IL

Tara Fisher
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL 
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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
Kim Goodwin
Cedar Path Nurseries
Lockport, IL
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Eric Gundersen
The Growing Place
Naperville, 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
Platt Hill
Platt Hill Nursery
Bloomingdale, IL
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Elizabeth Hoffman
West End Florist
Evanston, IL
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Julie Janoski
The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, IL
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Kelsi Jarosz
Kingsport, TN
Valerie Kehoe

University of Illinois Extension
Blue Island, IL

Dan Kjeldbjerg
Poul's Landscaping & Nursery
Long Grove, IL
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Gary Knosher
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Mike Krueger
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Cheryl Linneman
Prairie View Farmers Market
Hampshire, IL
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Anthony Marchiori
SiteOne Landscape Supply
Chicago, 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
Shannon McEnerney
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Laurie McWilliams
CopperTree Landscape 
Springfield, IL
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Mark McWilliams
CopperTree Landscape
Springfield, IL
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Nikki Melin
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, IL
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Kurt Meyer
Meyer Landscape & Design
Moline, IL
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Carrington Misener
Midwest Groundcovers
St. Charles, 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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Tina Perkins
Winding Creek Nursery &
Garden Center

Millbrook, 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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Paula Popowski
Hoffie Nursery
Union, IL
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Michael Porter

Kankakee Nursery Co
Aroma Park, IL
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Meagan Provencher

Wasco Nursery & Garden Center
St. Charles, IL
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Carol Rakers
Creative Garden Services
Quincy, IL
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Cathy Reinhardt
Effinger's Garden Center
Belleville, IL
Bryon Rinkenberger
Hoerr Nursery
Peoria, IL
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Michael Scheitz
Cedar Path Nurseries
Lockport, IL
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Michael Scott
Michael Scott & Associates
Urbana, IL
Eleanore Skopek

City of Chicago
Chicago, 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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Penny Tackett

Illinois Brick Company
Schaumburg, IL

Al Taylor
Elite Landscape
Princeton, IL 
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Mark Toms
Beary Landscaping
Lockport, IL
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Dale Van Baren
Grant Park Tree Farm
Grant Park, IL
Linda Walker
Downer's Grove, IL
Cathy Ward

Illinois Department
of Agriculture
Springfield, IL

Patricia White Hansen
Perfectly Natural by Design
Naperville, IL

Steve Wolf
Buckley's Prairie Landscaping
Springfield, IL
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David Wolverton
Rocco Fiore & Sons
Waukegan, IL
Matt Zerby
Wasco Nursery & Garden Center
St. Charles, IL
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