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Our Team is Ready to Help You with Everything You Need! 

"Working with Helmi and the other members of our team has truly been an amazing experience. Our customers are terrific, the atmosphere here is so laid back, and we all just have a lot of fun! So glad to a part of Helmi's Gardens."


When you walk into our Garden Nursery, our first priority is to welcome you into our oasis of green, growing plants, gardening decor, vintage items and so much more. We want to make sure that you find what your looking for or just enjoy browsing every nook and cranny of our store.

Our staff is available for whatever you need and will help answer any questions you may have. Visit our Garden Center and meet some of our garden aficionados that make it all happen.

Welcome to Our Staff...
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Jeanne Clark

Store Manager, Product Procurement and Display

I am prairie-raised and inspired by that landscape. As a child I always loved gardening and have vivid memories of gardening with my mother. I began making floral arrangements as a child. But it was a friendship with Helmi that brought me to Helmi’s Gardens.


I have been part of Helmi’s Gardens since its inception and I have had the privilege of managing and displaying/staging the store.  I came to the garden center industry from an artistic standpoint and a belief that we can offer a one-of-a kind shopping experience. I have also enjoyed meeting and serving the best customers in the world who have a love for all things green. I believe that we strive to provide a constantly evolving and inspiring shopping experience. 

During my free time I love spending time at the farm, finding hidden treasures at vintage shops, traveling, and enjoying good food and wine as well as my family.

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Carly Cox

Landscape Designer

Carly graduated from University of Missouri with a degree in Plant Science with an emphasis in Horticulture Science and Design. Carly has worked for her father in the lawn business since she was big enough to wield a weed eater. She really enjoys being outside and taking a part in the complete transformation of outdoor spaces.

She's an integral part of the whole landscape process from consultations, designs, installation, and even mulching and clean-ups. Carly will be on site from start to finish. 


Her special skills include picking up breakfast sandwiches, being Lynx's chair, and blunt force sarcasm. She's proficient in AutoCAD, Sketchup-3D designs, and digging holes faster than Jermyn. 

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Jermyn Porter

Landscape Installation & Lighting

Jermyn graduated from MU with a degree in Fisheries & Wildlife. He started mowing lawns before being able to drive, and worked that into his passion of hardscapes and landscaping.  A while back he was approached about joining the Helmi's Gardens Team to oversee the Landscape division. Recently, he's fallen in love with landscape lighting and how it can give you a completely new landscape at all hours.


Everyday he gets to put his creativity and precision to good use building peoples outdoor dream spaces. He's very picky so he will get the job done right every time, even if that means ripping up the last 200sqft of flagstone just to lay it again! Jermyn's real passion is deer hunting with his son Owen, his #1 fan.

Other Staff

Julie Vaught, Hardgoods Manager

Kevin Begley, Maintenance Manager

Amanda Caldwell, Maintenance Leader

Gabby Borthacyre, Maintenance Leader

Ryan Barnes, Landscape Manager

Hector Figuaro, Landscape Crew

Alex Bergman, Greenhouse Operations Manager

Discover the Secrets of Helmi's Gardens

Call us in Columbia at 573-886-9419 and let us know how we can help you with your gardening, landscaping, container, and maintenance needs! 

Where You Find the Unique & the Unusual!

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