Our Staff

Directory

Employee bios and contact info can be found in the directory below.

Shari Hewes

Shari Hewes

Shari is the 4th generation of the Holdridge family. She assumed General Manager duties in 1996 and became President and CEO after her father, Bud Holdridge passed in 2002. Shari graduated from Ledyard High in 1978 and went on to graduate from Stone School of Business. She and her husband, Matt, have worked the family business off and on most of their lives. "It is impossible to be all things to all people. I take pride in surrounding myself with the most talented and hardworking staff I can find. Honesty and integrity are the foundation to running a family owned business."

Matt Hewes

Matt Hewes

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Matt has worked every part of the family business from the nursery production at our Farm to being General Manager in the early 90's. Matt graduated from Ledyard High Vo-Ag program and was accepted and graduated from the prestigious Longwood Gardens Intern program in Kennett Square, PA. Matt currently serves on Holdridge's Board of Directors and is involved in every major decision.

Tom Shafer

Tom Shafer

Tom has been with Holdridge's for over 30 years. Upon graduating from Ledyard High Vo-Ag program, he continued training in the nursery field with Connecticut Nursery and Landscape accreditation and is a certified Scott's Lawn Pro. Tom's "people skills" as well as his knowledge in landscaping, nursery stock, fertilizers and nearly every item we sell, make him an invaluable team player. In addition, Tom serves on the Board of Directors for Holdridge's. Tom is also a life member of the Ledyard Fire Company and served as Fire Chief from 1981 through 1991.

Wayne Henson

Wayne Henson

Wayne came to Holdridge's through our acquisition of Brouwer's garden center site in East Lyme in 1980. We were impressed with him and continue to be amazed by his ideas and inspiration. Wayne graduated from Central Connecticut with a BA in Biology. He uses both his biology education and the additional knowledge he gained through the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association where he received his certification. His experience and knowledge with water gardens, greenhouse plants, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, as well as pest controls provide a great service to our customers.

Craig Nelson

Craig Nelson

Craig also graduated from Ledyard High School. He went on to graduate from New England Institute of Technology in house building and furniture construction. Craig has been with Holdridge's for over 20 years. He has attended numerous seminars with True Value in the home improvement industry. Craig is certified in True Value Paint, Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association, Weber Grill Maintenance and Repair, and Lawn Maintenance. With Craig's experience and training, he is able to handle all areas of customer needs. Craig devotes his life to his family and his career.

Rick Souza

Rick Souza

  • Phone: 860-536-1009 (Farm)
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Rick graduated from UCONN Ratcliffe Hick's horticultural program and has been working at our Farm since 1974. Throughout the years, he gained extensive experience and working knowledge of plant care and propagation. Rick now oversees all aspects of our 70 acre growing facility from our quick crops of annuals to over 15,000 mums and numerous varieties of containerized nursery stock - all under irrigation and/or in houses. Rick, also an accredited Connecticut Nurseryman, shares his knowledge and presents hands-on applications for Ledyard High School's Agricultural Science students regularly. Rick also serves on the Company Board of Directors.

Brenda Parham

Brenda Parham

Brenda came to the company in 1992. Brenda's unique floral designs, creative merchandising, and an eye for new trends keep us current in customer desires. Brenda has an intuitive knack for knowing what customers are looking for and where to find it.