Our Team

We are as passionate about customer service as we are plants!

Pleasant Run Nursery’s organizational structure includes Richard and Carl Hesselein (4th and 5th generation nurserymen), 2 production division managers, 11 production support people, an inventory/shipping coordinator and 3 sales/customer service people in the office. Among the nursery team there are 4 Certified Nursery Landscape Professionals (CNLP).

Richard was named NJNLA Nurseryman of the Year in 2008, and Pleasant Run was awarded 2018 Hall Of Fame Inductee by NJNLA.  In 2022, Carl received Young Professional of the Year by NJNLA and in 2023 Pleasant Run Nursery was awarded Grower of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association. 

Both Sales and Production work together and function as a closely knit team.

Pleasant Run Team:
  • Carl Hesselein-President
  • Richard Hesselein, CNLP-Vice President
  • Susan Schlagel-Operational Accounting Manager/Office Manager
  • Kristin Grover, CNLP-Procurement/Customer Service
  • Lisa Strovinsky, CNLP-Marketing/Website/Logistics/Customer Service
  • Kenny Dilts-Perennial Production
  • Trevor Provost-Production Manager
  • Kate Irvine, CNLP-Inventory & Shipping Coordinator/Creative Director

Our Team
Our Founders- Richard & Heidi Hesselein
Carl Hesselein Carl Hesselein In 2016 I was given an offer to move back to New Jersey to work on the family farm, Pleasant Run Nursery, where I started in ... p. 609.259.8585 x103
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Susan Schlagel Susan Schlagel Favorite Plant:  Anything with multi-season interest. It does not have to be an evergreen to be interesting all year. Th... p. 609.259.8585 x104
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Lisa Strovinsky Lisa Strovinsky I love learning about all the new plants we offer and am especially exciting about growing more native species and cultivars.... p. 609.259.8585 x105
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Kristin Grover Kristin Grover I joined Pleasant Run Nursery in 2018, and here at the farm I handle plant procurement in addition to sales and customer serv... p. 609.259.8585 x106
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Kenny Dilts Kenny Dilts Ultimately, my interest in plants brought me to Delaware Valley University, where I pursued a degree in Ornamental Horticultu... p. 609.259.8585 x108
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Trevor Provost Trevor Provost I live in Crosswicks with my wife and our two daughters. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening and spending time with my girls.... p. 609.259.8585 x109
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Kate Irvine Kate Irvine When I’m not gardening, exploring the woods, or making art, I can typically be found watching terrible reality shows wi... p. 609.259.8585 x102
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