About Our Story

Lauren’s Garden Service is dedicated to creating beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. We take the hard work out of gardening by doing it for you!  In fact, the company was created to offer an environmentally friendly option for garden lovers who just didn’t have time to maintain their own gardens.

Lauren’s Garden Service embraces permaculture practices in all aspects of our gardening and landscaping.  These practices include plant selection,  fertilizing and soil enhancement, planting and weeding techniques, and other installation and maintenance practices.

About Our Owner

Lauren Turner, Owner and Operator

With over 20 years of gardening experience, Lauren is the founder and owner of Lauren’s Garden Services. She has the experience to ensure that your project is installed according to specifications.  You can be certain that your project will be completed in a timely manner, and with care and respect for your property.  Lauren has a BS in Horticulture from Pennsylvania State University and an MS in Herbal Medicine from Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts. She has studied landscape architecture, sustainability, native plants, medicinal plants and permaculture practices. She has experience working on high-end landscapes, installing and maintaining beautiful gardens, hardscapes and ponds.


“I love learning about plants…I just feel blessed that I can nurture my love and knowledge of plants everyday in many ways to create peaceful spaces, to attract wildlife and beneficial insects as well as to grow edible plants or plants that can be used for medicinal purposes.” –Lauren

One of the things Lauren loves about her work is the satisfaction of putting hard work into improving someone’s garden.  She has continued her education to ensure that she is knowledgeable and up to date on all aspects of her field.  One of the areas that she is passionate about is environmental sustainability so it’s not only a part of her gardening  practices, it’s a part of her life.

“We grow organic fruits and vegetables, raise organic, free range chickens for eggs and meat, buy locally, compost, recycle, use cloth diapers with our babies, save electricity and water and use them consciously.  We also buy from thrift stores, consignment stores, or Craigslist instead of new.” –Lauren 

About Our Team

Office Team

Our office is comprised of a team of diligent professionals who are passionate about our values and the services we provide.  From initial contact to project follow up, our ladies strive to offer excellent client satisfaction and an experience that stands out from the rest.

Amy Poff Project Manager

Amy Poff, Project Manager

Amy brings an eclectic set of skills and experiences to her work at LGS, along with a deep love of plants and people. She spent over a decade working in cultural history, the arts, and nonprofit organizations, and currently teaches art and design at the college level. In 2017, Amy decided to transition her longtime love of horticulture into a career change. She’s not new to the LGS team though! From 2009-2011, while completing her M.A. from the Smithsonian-Corcoran Decorative Arts and Design History program, Amy worked on our crew. You may have seen her at our plant sales too—she helped coordinate the first one back in 2014 and has remained involved since then. Amy is finishing up her degree in Sustainable Horticulture from CCBC and earned her Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional level one certification in 2018.  She enjoys designing spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and ecologically beneficial, and will happily chat about plants to anyone within earshot.


Jessica Cohan Nursery Manager

Jessica Cohan, Nursery Manager

Jessica’s passion for native plants began in 2016, after attending a garden design workshop led by Blue Water Baltimore. An experienced home gardener and Howard County native, Jessica has degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and previously worked as a teacher and a Registered Nurse.  While taking time away from her career to care for her young daughter, she continued her study of natives and design, using her own property as a canvas for her ideas.   In 2020, she decided to take a chance on making her love of plants a full-time job so she joined Lauren’s Garden Service as the Native Plant Nursery Manager. She is a great resource for our customers and clients who need help selecting plants for their DIY projects, and is also available for consultations and designs.



Chrissie McLaughlin Administrative Assistant

Chrissie McLaughlin, Administrative Assistant

Chrissie has always had a love for nature.  Because of this, in 2017, she decided to pursue that passion by changing careers from early childhood education to horticulture.  She graduated in the top of her class in 2019, earning an Associate in Applied Science in Sustainable Horticulture.  After graduating, she briefly traveled abroad, studying plants and ecological initiatives in Iceland.  She plans to continue her education by obtaining a  Bachelor’s in Horticulture.  Chrissie has three years of experience working in and managing greenhouses, as well as several years of experience in customer service.  She is a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Ladies in the Landscape, and the Maryland Native Plant Society.  Chrissie is the first point of contact for many of our clients, and an integral part of ensuring that their LGS experience runs smoothly.


Install and Maintenance Crew

Our crew approaches each job with dedication, care, and consistency.  We ensure that each crew member is well trained on all the critical aspects of garden and landscape maintenance and installation.  They are hard-working and share the owner’s love of plants and gardening.


Michael Lemmon, Install Crew Lead

Before joining the LGS team in fall of 2019, Michael shared his passion for gardening at the Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, MD, where he maintained the topiary gardens. He also designed and planted the annual gardens and containers. He also worked at the Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Baltimore City.   At LGS, he is passionate and dedicated to making projects come to fruition.  We appreciate his design eye and commitment to client happiness, and we are all in awe of his pruning skills!



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Brandt Dirmeyer, Install Crew Lead

Brandt began his foray into the environmental field back in high school, mining NOAA and NASA data for climate modeling. After graduating from Towson University, he joined the Chesapeake Conservation Corps where he worked for Patapsco Heritage Greenway.  Here, he lead stream clean ups and tree planting events in the aftermath of the 2016 Ellicott City flood. Following his year with the CCC, he worked for Howard County EcoWorks maintaining storm water BMPs. After a year abroad, attaining a Permaculture Design Certification in Jordan and working on farms in New Zealand and Denmark, he returned stateside and began working for LGS in October 2019. He is currently applying to Landscape Architecture grad schools so that he may further his career working for the environment. He is a diligent addition to our team and we appreciate his inquisitive nature and problem-solving skills. 


Alex Wiitala, Maintenance Crew Lead

Alex graduated from CCBC with a Certificate in Sustainable Horticulture through the American Landscape Institute.  She has a level one certification from the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals.  Alex also earned an AA in History from Harford Community College.  She loves being out in nature and it was that love that got her to completely change her career field and go back to school. Her happiness in this decision shows in her work.  She joined our team in spring 2020.  Her dedication to client satisfaction and knowledge of plant care and maintenance make her a great addition to the LGS family.

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George Dissenger, Install Crew

George inherited a love for gardening from his mother.  He assisted her in maintaining her garden that featured over 100 antique rose varieties.  More recently, he developed an interest in trees, topiary, and native plants.  Since joining the LGS team in Spring 2020, George has been able to indulge his love of working outside and enjoys seeing garden projects progress from beginning to end.  We love his calm nature, flexibility, and commitment to providing customers with landscapes they can enjoy for years to come.

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Leah Iannuzzi, Maintenance Crew

Leah previously held a position as an administrative assistant at Howard EcoWorks, which sparked her interest in environmental landscaping.  She attended UMBC for media and communications studies.  Ultimately, she would like to make creative content to spread awareness for the declining health of our environment and inspire people to make changes.   Leah began working at Lauren’s Garden Service in the summer of 2019 as a nursery assistant.  In the spring of 2020, she joined our landscaping crew.  She enjoys being able to work outside and get hands on experience with helping better our local environment.  We enjoy her positive attitude, helpful nature, and desire to expand her knowledge in the field.


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Kevin Casey, Maintenance Crew

Kevin moved to Maryland in 2008 from Portland, Oregon.  He has always enjoyed working outside.  He has been managing his own landscape since he was 12.  Kevin appreciates learning all he can about landscape design and maintenance techniques, and applies that knowledge in his own landscaping endeavors.  He came to us in the spring of 2020 with a plethora of experience from landscaping companies to nurseries.  Kevin’s strong work ethic and quiet, thoughtful approach are assets to the LGS team.