About Us – Knecht’s Staff


Leif and Deb Knecht

Owners; MNLA-Certified Professionals

We’ve been growing trees since 1988 and haven’t stopped!  A deep interest in all types of plants grew into container production of trees, shrubs and perennials along with the establishment of our retail nursery.  We love meeting people as they come into the nursery and helping them to find just the right plants for their project.   Outside of the business, we enjoy the canoe country in northern Minnesota, the outdoors, our pets and spoiling our seven grandchildren!


Jim Westlund MNLA-CP

General Manager, Partner, Landscape Division Manager

I started working at Knecht’s in February 2005. I’m a graduate of Northfield High School and Dakota County Technical College. I enjoy working with people and being outdoors. I look forward to every job — whether large or small!  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, motorcycling and bicycling.


Heidi Brosseau MNLA-CP

Landscape Designer

I have been a part of the Knecht’s experience since the spring of 2001.  While I have worn many hats, I am currently blessed with the opportunity to share my plant knowledge, creativity, eye for balance, and industry professionalism as Knecht’s Landscape Designer! Many of you got to know me during my years as a dedicated member of the Knecht’s Retail Team, where I would design “on the fly” and help our visitors find the best plant(s) to suit both their site and their needs.  As a designer I continue this mission, and look forward to being a part of the  first step in creating an outdoor experience you can enjoy and be proud of for years to come!


Bernie Emery MNLA-CP

Retail Manager

I started here at Knecht’s in 2012 while on an internship through the horticulture program at DCTC.  I have always had a love for the outdoors and gardening.  My husband and I have a huge vegetable garden and our own greenhouse! I hope to be able to answer any gardening questions you may have and look forward to meeting our customers.


Todd Marnie, Taylor Block, Taylor Rasmussen, Simone  A. Schneegans, Nicole Dahle and Tracy Bahr

Veteran Staff

We are so fortunate to have such dedicated and knowledgeable employees. These great people are the backbone of our staff. They are extremely hardworking and we don’t know what we’d do without them!

Area's largest Garden Center. Home of Peak Performance Trees.

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