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Jim MacKenzie, President

Jim MacKenzieJim has a BS in Landscape Architecture from Penn State University. He worked in the field and related professions in Philadelphia and Warren, Pennsylvania and Driggs, Idaho. In 1994 he became co-owner of Octoraro Native Plant Nursery and manages the day-to-day operations.

He is active in the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA), serving on the PLNA Board of Directors for 13 years until 2013, and continues on the Government Relations Committee. In 2003, then Governor Rendell appointed him to the Statewide Water Resources Committee where he served as Vice-Chair until 2008.

Jim lives with his wife Kathleen in Oxford, PA and together they enjoy family, friends, food and a variety of outdoor activities including skiing, kayaking and hiking.

Diane (Di) Boyd, Office and Financial Manager

Diane BoydDi has an extensive work history in finance and human resources. She has anchored the Octoraro management team since 1998. She’s frequently the friendly voice on the phone when customers call.

Her passion is her family. Di lives with her husband Chuck in Quarryville, PA and they have a married son Brandon and daughter-in-law Abby.

Di is also a Certified EMT with an Associate Degree in Medical sciences (phlebotomy). She is dedicated to serving others on annual mission trips to Central America to set up medical clinics. She also works with homeless shelters in Lancaster County.

Alex Maugeri, Nursery Manager

Alex HennighAlex is a mid-westerner, growing up in Windsor, Illinois. She received a BS in Plant and Soil science from Southern Illinois University. After college, she completed a year-long Nursery Internship at Longwood Gardens. She became Nursery Manager of Octoraro in 2012.

“My passion is and has always been playing in the dirt and playing around with my dogs. I manage the nursery and our production team. I also maintain our plants and help to ensure we deliver the highest quality plants.”

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