The Ceres Difference

Founded in 1981, Ceres Landcare has evolved to become the preeminent name in residential and commercial landscaping throughout the Colorado high country. Originally born of the vision of brothers Glen and Rich Ellison as Land Designs by Ellison, they championed a new way to design and live in outdoor landscapes in the high country, and instilled a culture of quality and craftsmanship to everyone they brought on board. Their legacy lives on through our team of passionate outdoor devotees, all of whom were drawn to Ceres to build on the Ellison’s strong foundation of innovative design and attention to detail. From design and construction to maintenance and plant care, Ceres’ vast industry knowledge delivers invaluable expertise for any landscaping endeavor.

As a Weston Company, our core values are woven into our relationship with our sister company Weston Landscapes. Together, we are the largest family-owned landscape company in Colorado.

Our success is owed to our people in the field getting the work done, and our devoted clients, many of whom have been with us for over 20 years


What We Do

We excel at a range of landscaping techniques learned over a lifetime in the industry.

How We Do It

We carefully enhance properties through thoughtful design and technical mastery.

Why We Do It

We believe in improving lives by deepening personal connections with nature.

Our Team

Our people are the reason we’re successful.  Some of the best minds and biggest hearts in the industry have been attracted to working for Ceres, developing a culture of creativity, proactive thinking, and servant leadership.  Ceres has consistently invested in the strength of diverse thinking, bringing capable minds from varied backgrounds together to contribute to our depth of knowledge in our field.


Sean Moody

Plant Geek, Systems Freak

Ceres’ lead horticulturist ensuring all is maintained at the highest quality possible, for our wonderful clientele. General Manager

  • AS, Landscape Design, Northwest Community College
  • BS, Horticulture, Colorado State University
  • MS, Horticulture & Irrigation Management, Colorado State University

23 years with Ceres

My passion is: Perennials.  A properly designed perennial garden can transform an average garden into your own personal botanical garden. 

Kathy Aalto

Environmental Frumpalumpagus

Kathy brings inspired and visionary thinking to our flagship residential and commercial projects balancing creativity and integration with the landscape.  Principle Landscape Architect, Ceres+

  • BLA, Landscape Architecture, Kansas State University

28 years with Ceres

Passion: Hiking in nature and Yukon, my dog

Cait Stone

The Planted Artist

Cait paints with plants, connecting her great love of the diversity in nature with the living expression of garden design.  She helps clients envision what’s possible and loves building environments in which people and nature beautifully coexist. Garden Design & Enhancement Manager 

  • BFA, Fine Arts, University of Colorado
  • Voracious autodidact of the world of plants & design

8 years with Ceres

Passion: Exploring nature on a bicycle, loving the people around me & growing my world

Adam Dudek

Construction Special Ops

Adam manages sales, estimating, procurement, scheduling and field operations for the Construction installation division. Assistant General Manager

  • BS, Engineering: Construction, Project Management & Estimating, Michigan State University

16 years with Ceres

Passion: Family, skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking and camping

Jonas Root

The Plantsman

Jonas coordinates and oversees all aspects of the Planting Department ensuring projects are installed on time, with a high level of detail and quality.  Planting Department Manager

  • BS, Geography, Miami of Ohio University
  • Horticulture education: growing up on a large-scale farm in Ohio that grows grain, vegetables and perennial flowers.

12 years with Ceres

My passion is all parts of nature big and small

Bob Hoover

The Gatekeeper

Construction Project Manager

Bob creates environments what allow staff to be successful while ensuring projects stay on track and on target.  Construction Project Manager

  • BS, Turf Management, Michigan State University 
  • 30 years of experience in golf course construction and maintenance

18 years with Ceres

Passion: Paddle boarding, piano, foster dog parenting, western swing dance

Char Timson

Fluid & Focused

Always cool under pressure, Char brings an even-keeled and ever evolving presence to directing dollars and vechicles within Ceres. Accounts Payable & Fleet Manager

4 ½ years with Ceres

Passion: Family + Friends + Living my best life

Chris Conway

The Cleaner

Chris drives the Zamboni, keeping the ice clean so our team can perform at their peak.  While the team is on the ice, he spends his time building schedules, coordinating operational logistics, and communicating with our fans aka our clients

  • BS Management, BS Finance, George Mason University

5 years with Ceres

Passions: outdoors, plants, animals, mountain biking, snowboarding, ice hockey, stand up paddleboarding, helping people, dirtbikes/motorcycles, motorsports, travel/adventuring, computers/technology, expanding my knowledge, the list goes on!

Nicole Heredia

The Keeper & The Connector

Nicole acts as the primary employee liaison managing all things employment and payroll related.  She is part employee advocate, part administration superpower.  If you have a question, Nicole connects you with the answer.

14 years with Ceres

Passion: My family

Chris Ponder

Imagination & Implementation

Chris occupies a unique role in the company designing beautiful landscapes with Ceres+ and managing construction of projects with Ceres Landcare.  He draws on the expertise of both to provide a unique approach to the design-build process for our clients.

  • Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Professional Landscape Architect (PLA)

3 year with Ceres

Passion:  getting outside and connecting with nature in our beautiful mountains with family and friends and designing landscapes that provide opportunities for connecting with nature in our outdoor living spaces.


Backyard enhancements to Commercial & Estate master planning.


Confidence & capability built from 40 years of high country landscape construction.


Protecting your investment, stewarding your garden into the future.