Meet Our Professional Staff
Scroll down to meet Delaney's thirteen permanent and a few of our numerous seasonal employees that are excited to be working with the plants. Their passion and fun personalities make Delaney's a fun place to work and to shop! Talk to one of our knowledgeable staff: we have five employees with degrees in horticulture, four Montana/Idaho Certified Plant Professionals, several Master Gardeners, and others with impressive scientific backgrounds. We all love what we do and would be happy to help you with your landscaping problems or questions.
Twila was born near the center of the state in Moccasin, Montana. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, with an emphasis in Textile Merchandizing, from the University of Montana. She went on to teach high school in Arlee and work as a fire spotter for the Forest Service, before deciding to return to school with her husband, Wes, for horticulture. The two moved to California, where each earned degrees from Yuba College in horticulture, and Twila an additional degree in landscape design. They returned to the Mission Valley to start Delaney's Landscape Service in 1980.
As the business has grown, Twila has developed a unique talent to design stunning flowering baskets and planters. Her experience in textiles, her education in landscape, and her qualification as a Montana Certified Plant Professional has helped train her artistic eye to find the perfect combination of plants, and her degree in horticulture allows her to grow strong and healthy plants. You can often find Twila back shaping a basket, performing tests to ensure plants have the proper nutrients, mixing up the in-house developed fertilizer, or departing her wealth of knowledge on customers.
Wes was born and raised on a farm in the Mission Valley. After graduating from Polson High School, he attended the University of Montana and earned a degree in Business Marketing. For several years he traveled throughout the state working in the logging industry, until he and his wife, Twila, decided to return to school. At Yuba College in California, he obtained a degree in horticulture and landscape construction. They moved back to Polson with their new baby, Jason, to start up Delaney's Landscape Service in 1980. For over 30 years, the business has grown from landscape to a full service garden center, greenhouse, nursery, and landscape center. For all but the last few years, Wes ran the landscape division. In 2013, Wes handed his duties off to Jason and took a more active part in the greenhouse operations. As one of the Montana Certified Plant Professionals at Delaney's, he specializes in pest and weed control, and has years of experience caring for his own orchard. He also is the man to find with irrigation and lawn care questions.
Landscape Project Manager
Before he was even in high school, Jason has been working for the family business and on the landscape crew. In high school, he was a valued foreman for Wes. After high school, Jason moved to Laramie and ran competitively for the University of Wyoming. He obtained a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from UW and a Masters of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of California San Diego. He chose to work in his field for seven years, earning the professional engineer certification. In 2013 he decided to move his family back to Polson to take over the landscape division of the family business. He now works as the project manager for all the Delaney's landscaping projects and oversees the landscape operations. His years of experience have given him expertise in construction and irrigation. He is very talented in turning an idea or drawing into reality for a landscape.
Cheryl grew up on a nursery in Hickory, NC and went on to get a bachelor's degree in landscape design from North Carolina State University. She spent two years as a landscape designer in North Carolina before moving to Polson, MT in 2008 to join Delaney's Landscape Center. As the landscape designer for Delaney's, she has spent the past years navigating the horticultural challenges unique to this area with help from the rest of the experienced staff, and earned her certification as a Montana Certified Plant Professional. She designs everything from small shrub beds to full residential landscapes, and is also an invaluable resource for plant identification and trouble shooting. She is looking forward to many more rewarding years here.
Senior Landscape Foreman
Mitch is the head landscape crew manager with over 30 years of experience in landscape and building construction.
Senior Irrigation Foreman
David was born in Sheridan, Wyoming. He has a bachelor’s in history along with a master’s degree in education. David also has a Social Studies Teaching Certification and a Drivers Education Certification. David has taught at various levels in several places for about sixteen years. He joined Delaney’s in May 2018 when he was looking for a new challenge. He appreciates the challenges of irrigation systems and has enjoyed learning more about them. In his free time, David loves spending time with his wife and four children. When not working, you can find him building electronics with his boys, enjoying a tea party with his daughters, or gardening with his wife.
IT Manager & Irrigation Technicion
Forrest is Delaney's IT manager, irrigation technician assistant, and design assistant. He has AS degree in computers and forestry.
Green Goods Manager
A Montana native, John was born and raised in Polson. He started working at Delaney's in 2001 and in 2003 he graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelors of Science in horticulture. John uses his expertise to manage the trees, shrubs and perennials in the nursery yard. As a Montana Certified Plant Professional, he is very knowledgeable about plant diseases, identification, and any special requirements plants need to grow in this area. He specializes in organic gardening, with experience growing organic produce on a more commercial scale. He is also an important part of Delaney's landscape maintenance program, and uses his experience to ensure a landscape is performing at its highest potential. John also enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, motorcycles, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Assistant Nursery Manager
Jacob is from Berthoud, Colorado, which is considered the garden spot of Colorado. His interest in plants and the outdoors led him to Loveland Garden Center, where he worked for five years. In that time, he attended Frontrange Community College, earning a degree from Colorado State University in greenhouse management and sciences. As a hiker, runner and outdoorsman, he was very excited to move to the mountains of Montana. He has a strong background in hydroponics, with experience helping the medicinal growers in Colorado. At Delaney's, you will find him working away in the nursery or perennials. He is particularly talented in helping you pick out the perfect shrub or flowering tree for your area.
Colleen was raised in Missoula, the middle of the three children of Richard and Mary Kelley from Hamilton and Florence, Montana, respectively. With both sets of grandparents operating ranches and farms, Colleen learned at a young age both the benefits and the anguishes of plant life. She learned how to care for plants by helping her mother with the houseplants, outdoor plants, and maintaining plants for the Missoula and Polson farmers markets. She graduated from Hellgate High School and obtained a Bachelors of Science from the ITT Technical Institute in Automated Manufacturing Electronic Engineering. After working on the east coast for a time, in 1987 she had the opportunity to purchase property next to her mother and return to Montana. She began working for Delaney's in 1994 and has become a staple to the operation of the nursery. She excels in customer service, and is very enthusiastic to share her wealth of knowledge. She is a huge help with anything tree and shrub related. She loves living in Lake County and is passionate about keeping plants and the world beautiful.
Greenhouse Project Leader
Ashley grew up in Helena and like most native Montanans, has a love for animals. She has an Animal Care Specialist Degree and a small hobby farm here in Polson. After being a stay at home mom and raising four children, Ashley was looking for a new and exciting job. She joined Delaney's in 2016 with the Greenhouse staff. She loves to garden and has been able to apply the same love and care she has for animals to plants. When she is caring for the plants at Delaney's or her animals, she enjoys spending time with her four kids and her husband of twenty years.
Lynn has been a staple in the education of generations of Polson's kids, teaching science in the area for 38 years. She has a bachelors in Field Ecology from CalPoly San Luis Obispo, a teaching certificate from the University of Montana and a Masters in Fish and Wildlife Management. To many of her students, she was known as the Montana Loon Lady in recognition of her efforts in loon protection. She is also an Emergency Medical Technician, so can be seen riding along on the local ambulance service. As part of the Delaney's team since 2015, she is a favorite among our greenhouse customers. She is a great resource when building your wildlife garden or designing a deer resistant area. Look for Lynn in our perennial plant area for some expert advice!
Julie grew up on a farm in Conrad, Montana. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Montana in 1995. Julie and her husband, Mitch, moved back to Mitch’s hometown of Polson with their two kids in 2005. Julie previously worked for Bergh & DeVries, now Gage Accounting, for a number of years as a tax preparer and payroll preparer. She joined Delaney’s in 2015 and is responsible for all of the daily and year-end accounting that keeps Delaney’s up and running.
Lava is Twila & Wes' dog. He is almost always around to welcome you as you walk in the door, tail wagging and expecting a good pet. We invite you into our greenhouses for some plant and pet therapy.
Tracker is Kelsie Delaney's dog. Tracker stops by every once in awhile to greet customers. He loves a good belly rub and loves to lay by the front door to greet every single customer that stops by.
Trigger is a former Delaney dog, having claimed Wes as her human. She was with us until the end of 2018. She was always happy to greet you when you came into Delaney's.