About Us

Everything you need to know about our Company

Newell’s Evergreen Nursery has provided premium landscape/irrigation/nursery services to the northern Michigan area since 2001. We have decades of industry experience among the team and pride ourselves on taking on all jobs – nothing is too big or too small. Contact Erin@newellsevergreennursery.net to request information on:

• spray/fertilizer/nutrition program
• irrigation start-up/winterization services
• pest management
• landscape implementation
• irrigation installation/maintenance services.

Contact Nathan@newellsevergreennursery.net to request information on any of the nursery products or services we provide.

Founder/Owner

Nathan Newell

nathan@newellsevergreennursery.net

Nathan is a Lake City native and 1998 Lake City Area Schools graduate who has always had a passion for farming and nature. He obtained a Landscape & Nurseries certificate from Michigan State University via Northwestern Michigan College in 2001 and subsequently founded Newell’s Evergreen Nursery. The nursery division started from humble beginnings, handplanting 30,000 conifer seedlings that provided nursery stock for only one Christmas tree grower to now being a legitimate nursery stock provider to many Christmas tree farmers throughout the Midwest. Currently, the nursery boasts harvesting 250,000+ seedlings of various species all farmed on local soil with the goal of continued growth and crop expansion.

Newell’s Evergreen Nursery – Landscape Division was founded in 2001 out of a client-driven business model. There was a vocal need for landscape management in the greater Lake City area and the Landscape Division was born. The breadth of business has grown from irrigation installations to now including a very successful spray/fertilizer program that provides nutrition and bio-management to achieve optimum turf health, irrigation system maintenance, hardscape design/implementation and insect pest management services.

When Nathan is not working on area lawns, hardscapes or focusing on the needs of the farm, he enjoys hunting and spending time with his wife, two kids and Golden Retriever, Ruby.

Founder/Owner

Nathan Newell

nathan@newellsevergreennursery.net

Nathan is a Lake City native and 1998 Lake City Area Schools graduate who has always had a passion for farming and nature. He obtained a Landscape & Nurseries certificate from Michigan State University via Northwestern Michigan College in 2001 and subsequently founded Newell’s Evergreen Nursery. The nursery division started from humble beginnings, handplanting 30,000 conifer seedlings that provided nursery stock for only one Christmas tree grower to now being a legitimate nursery stock provider to many Christmas tree farmers throughout the Midwest. Currently, the nursery boasts harvesting 250,000+ seedlings of various species all farmed on local soil with the goal of continued growth and crop expansion.

Newell’s Evergreen Nursery – Landscape Division was founded in 2001 out of a client-driven business model. There was a vocal need for landscape management in the greater Lake City area and the Landscape Division was born. The breadth of business has grown from irrigation installations to now including a very successful spray/fertilizer program that provides nutrition and bio-management to achieve optimum turf health, irrigation system maintenance, hardscape design/implementation and insect pest management services.

When Nathan is not working on area lawns, hardscapes or focusing on the needs of the farm, he enjoys hunting and spending time with his wife, two kids and Golden Retriever, Ruby.

Business Manager

Erin LaRose

erin@newellsevergreennursery.net

Erin is a 1995 graduate from Lake City Area Schools and holds a Park, Recreation & Tourism Resources degree from Michigan State University. She has been an event planner for non-profits such as the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy as well as a Forester for Consumers Energy. She started working for her brother in 2018 and has introduced business protocols, field work programming and technological advancements. She has held licensing from the Michigan Department of Agriculture (Category 6) and was an ISA Certified Forester. She is very proud to be involved with the family-run business in her hometown and enjoys providing a customer-focused interface.

Erin now resides in Lowell, MI and does most of her work remotely from home. She is an avid MSU Spartans and Detroit Tigers fan and enjoys playing pickleball. She can be seen around town with her husband, two sons and English Cream Retriever, Pearl, when they are able to spend time at their cottage on Lake Missaukee.

Business Manager

Erin LaRose

erin@newellsevergreennursery.net

Erin is a 1995 graduate from Lake City Area Schools and holds a Park, Recreation & Tourism Resources degree from Michigan State University. She has been an event planner for non-profits such as the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy as well as a Forester for Consumers Energy. She started working for her brother in 2018 and has introduced business protocols, field work programming and technological advancements. She has held licensing from the Michigan Department of Agriculture (Category 6) and was an ISA Certified Forester. She is very proud to be involved with the family-run business in her hometown and enjoys providing a customer-focused interface.

Erin now resides in Lowell, MI and does most of her work remotely from home. She is an avid MSU Spartans and Detroit Tigers fan and enjoys playing pickleball. She can be seen around town with her husband, two sons and English Cream Retriever, Pearl, when they are able to spend time at their cottage on Lake Missaukee.

Spray/Fertilizer Technician

Gene Bongard

“Geno” is a 1982 graduate from Big Rapids High School and has lived in Lake City for 25 years. He taught mathematics at Lake City High School for his entire career and holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics Education from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in Curriculum & Teaching from Michigan State University. He is also a certified applicator by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and boasts the longest Newell’s Evergreen Nursery employee tenure, being employed since 2007.

Although his primary job over the past few years has been to apply fertilizer and herbicide to lawns, Geno has obtained a wide skillset range during his 15+ years landscape/irrigation experience and will also assist in irrigation start-ups, winterizations and service work. He takes his job very seriously, builds rapport with all customers and is extremely passionate about lawns and conscientious about his role in making them look impeccable.

When Geno is not applying product to lawns, he enjoys full-time retirement, golfing with his friends and spending time with his wife.

Spray/Fertilizer Technician

Gene Bongard

“Geno” is a 1982 graduate from Big Rapids High School and has lived in Lake City for 25 years. He taught mathematics at Lake City High School for his entire career and holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics Education from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in Curriculum & Teaching from Michigan State University. He is also a certified applicator by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and boasts the longest Newell’s Evergreen Nursery employee tenure, being employed since 2007.

Although his primary job over the past few years has been to apply fertilizer and herbicide to lawns, Geno has obtained a wide skillset range during his 15+ years landscape/irrigation experience and will also assist in irrigation start-ups, winterizations and service work. He takes his job very seriously, builds rapport with all customers and is extremely passionate about lawns and conscientious about his role in making them look impeccable.

When Geno is not applying product to lawns, he enjoys full-time retirement, golfing with his friends and spending time with his wife.

Irrigation Service Technician

Liz Veddler

Liz is a 2006 graduate from Lake City Area Schools and obtained an associate degree from Ferris State University and a subsequent Applied Science degree from Baker College. She is the second most senior member of the NEN team and has been employed since 2007. Liz has a myriad of on-the-job experience and is a very thorough technician because of it. She has evolved into an accomplished trouble-shooter and is able to service a wide range of irrigation systems in a very cost-effective manner. Customers can be confident that she will be able to service their system, no matter what their concern. And because Liz is so versatile, she also assists with irrigation start-ups, winterizations and irrigation installation jobs. Liz enjoys the hands-on nature of her work and thrives being outside.

When not at work, Liz enjoys participating in archery, camping, attending concerts and spending time with her three children.

Irrigation Service Technician

Liz Veddler

Liz is a 2006 graduate from Lake City Area Schools and obtained an associate degree from Ferris State University and a subsequent Applied Science degree from Baker College. She is the second most senior member of the NEN team and has been employed since 2007. Liz has a myriad of on-the-job experience and is a very thorough technician because of it. She has evolved into an accomplished trouble-shooter and is able to service a wide range of irrigation systems in a very cost-effective manner. Customers can be confident that she will be able to service their system, no matter what their concern. And because Liz is so versatile, she also assists with irrigation start-ups, winterizations and irrigation installation jobs. Liz enjoys the hands-on nature of her work and thrives being outside.

When not at work, Liz enjoys participating in archery, camping, attending concerts and spending time with her three children.

Pest Technician/Irrigation Specialist

Doug Langworthy

“Neighbor Doug” as he is aptly known is a northern Michigan native and has always lived in the area. He is a 2000 graduate from Cadillac High School and has worked in the water industry and building trades his entire career. Doug was welcomed to NEN in 2022 and brings 16-years of municipal water management and mitigation experience. He holds numerous state licenses and certificates including Waste Water Management (class C and D), Impoundment License, Plain Clarification, Industrial Storm Water Operator and Michigan Department of Agriculture (Core, 3a and 7a.) Doug also boasts a 12-year career as an accomplished builder and was the founder of a custom shipping crate company prior to making the shift to the irrigation industry.

Doug heads the pest management program and is responsible for the growing athletic field management program offered to area schools to achieve optimize turf health. He also is one of the main service technicians and is considered a pump specialist.

Doug is an outdoorsman at heart and greatly enjoys living in rural northern Michigan and hunting in his free time. His pride and joy is supporting a hobby farm that includes chickens and goats with his wife, Jana, and dog, Emma.

Pest Technician/Irrigation Specialist

Doug Langworthy

“Neighbor Doug” as he is aptly known is a northern Michigan native and has always lived in the area. He is a 2000 graduate from Cadillac High School and has worked in the water industry and building trades his entire career. Doug was welcomed to NEN in 2022 and brings 16-years of municipal water management and mitigation experience. He holds numerous state licenses and certificates including Waste Water Management (class C and D), Impoundment License, Plain Clarification, Industrial Storm Water Operator and Michigan Department of Agriculture (Core, 3a and 7a.) Doug also boasts a 12-year career as an accomplished builder and was the founder of a custom shipping crate company prior to making the shift to the irrigation industry.

Doug heads the pest management program and is responsible for the growing athletic field management program offered to area schools to achieve optimize turf health. He also is one of the main service technicians and is considered a pump specialist.

Doug is an outdoorsman at heart and greatly enjoys living in rural northern Michigan and hunting in his free time. His pride and joy is supporting a hobby farm that includes chickens and goats with his wife, Jana, and dog, Emma.