Brent Markus – Founder
Brent Markus founded InstantHedge in 2012. Brent’s passion for landscape design and horticulture began when he was a teenager, exploring the Chicago Botanic Garden on weekends and designing his family’s garden with four-season color and unique conifers. Since then, Brent’s landscape designs have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Gardening, and Garden Conservancy Open Days.
Brent studied landscape architecture at Cornell University and received a Master’s degree in Horticulture, also from Cornell. While studying and researching plant hardiness at Cornell, Brent’s passion expanded from landscape design to plant propagation and the nursery industry. Brent opened his first tree nursery, Rare Tree Nursery, in Oregon, where he specializes in growing and distributing unique, ornamental conifers and maples to garden centers and landscapers throughout the United States. A related direct-to-consumer nursery, Conifer Kingdom, was launched in 2012.
Making the Dream a Reality
Brent started InstantHedge to bring the benefits of precision agriculture techniques to the U.S. landscape market. Traditionally, installing a clean looking, square hedge has required years of waiting and work or a tremendous amount of money to purchase mature trees. With InstantHedge, however, the privacy and finished look of a hedge border is achieved in a single day, instead of 4-5 years.
The inspiration for InstantHedge came from a nursery in the Netherlands that Brent visited in 2012. Since then, he patented technologies and planted more than 500,000 trees to create beautiful, lush, pre-formed hedges. InstantHedge is the only nursery in the country to employ this revolutionary concept and proprietary technology. Instead of growing and planting individual shrubs and trees for hedges, InstantHedge creates and sells hedges as a group or unit of four plants held together by having been grown, pruned, and harvested side-by-side as they will be in the final landscape. InstantHedges are shipped in an easy-to-use cardboard frame ready to be planted for instant privacy or aesthetic effect.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Lalo Villarreal – Manager
Lalo brings 25 years of nursery and management experience to InstantHedge. He has managed massive nurseries. His attention to detail and crop maintenance experience keeps the hedges in pristine condition throughout the growing cycle! Lalo enjoys time with his family, visiting his homeland of Mexico, and managing his property.
Esperanza Mora-Ramos – Assistant manager
Esperanza keeps the nursery organized and running. Her attention to detail shines through with plant identification, inventory, and overall operational organization.
Ryan Wruck – Office manager, Customer Services
Ryan keeps our operation running in the office. From payroll to customer service, responding to emails, and marketing. A graduate from Oregon State University, Ryan helps to keep the well-oiled machine of our workforce running smoothly.
Sam Pratt – Customer Services, Sales, Photography
Sam began in the nursery industry at the young age of 18. His plant knowledge is second to few. While he helps with special projects, customer services, and photography, he’s all about the plants and getting them into customers’ hands. Make an appoint to tour the nursery and you’ll likely meet Sam for a friendly and eye-opening experience.
The InstantHedge team – the group that makes all the InstantHedge magic happen!