Our Staff


Connor Shaw

After a lifetime of growing, selling, and speaking out for plants, Connor has retired from day to day operations at the nursery. He is still kicking around the nursery, and if you come for a pickup you may run into him. Connor has a B.S. in forest hydrology and a M.S. in hydrology. During his first 10 years out of graduate school, he wrote environmental reports on zone changes in the Chicago area. Connor has taught numerous classes and seminars on native plants and nursery production, and has written several articles for various publications.

Kelsay Shaw

Our botanist and sales consultant. He has a B.S. in Botany from Eastern Illinois University and has been doing work in the industry for more than 25 years. He has taught classes on native plants, lectured about their uses and environmental impacts, as well as handling a bulk of our consulting on projects large and small for our clients. The photos on this web site are largely of his work. 

Tristan Shaw

Our Nursery Manager and irrigation guru. He has been working at the nursery for the past 25 years managing our staff and inventing new systems to produce our plants. He has also lectured about the nursery industry on many occasions.

Stephanie Connor

Stephanie joined us in 2015 and has taken charge as our Operations Manager and Lead Propagator. She has a B.S. in Horticulture from Oregon State University and refuses to stop learning and teaching about native plants. She has brought a keen eye for improvement in all that we do here.

Meghan Schmidt

Meghan came on board as our new Office Manager in 2021. She has taken over for Terry who retired after 14 years with our company. Meghan is our main point of contact for all customers and is ready to answer any and all questions to fulfill your ordering needs.

Joe Connolly 

Joe is our Field Manager, maintaining our largest offerings of trees and shrubs. He came on board in 2022. Joe is as committed to native plants as he is hardworking having previously managed production at a local winery. He maintains his own native perennial and vegetable gardens at home and is a proverbial cornucopia of plant knowledge. 

Tom Wilhelm

Tom is our Online Sales Manager. 

Oscar Reyes

Oscar is one of the best field hands Possibility Place has had in some time. His eye for picking out quality stock for our clients and handling all manner of load outs has been near wizard levels. We appricate his relentless drive and ready hands to get the hard work here done. 

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