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.  Maintenance & Irrigation Department Manager, Assistant General Manager

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

21 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

26 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

6 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. Eagle County Construction Manager & Lead Estimator

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

14 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.

10 years with Ceres

My passion is all parts of nature big and small

Matt Tracy

Hustle & Flow

Matt is intensely focused on satisfying our clients through understanding and fulfilling their landscape goals.  Commercial Maintenance & Snow Removal Manager

  • Boulder, Colorado native, attended a local community college in 2005 studying introduction to business. This component has helped me consistently expand my analytical skills, test clients’ statements, understand reading materials, and verbally present ideas and concepts to each client. I am always seeking outside learning from non-traditional structures through contact with people who can function as mentors and role models. 

6 years

Passion: with my wife, developing our family and helping our children fulfill their highest potential.  Skiiing & traveling

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

16 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

2 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

3 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!

Gerald Harper

Master of the Billing Cycle

Gerald is Ceres’ Customer Care specialist, with expertise in negotiation, risk assessment, contract review &systems support. Finance & Technology Manager

  • BS, Auburn University

4.5 years

Passions: People from other countries, travel, history, canoeing, fishing, the outdoors

Amanda Goodwin

Plant Slinger & Eco-Friendly Designer

Amanda’s versatile roles include leading our field crews through start to finish installs and promoting sustainable designs to our clients. She aims to make the Green Industry more…green.  Planting Operations Manager & Sales Rep

5 years  

  • MLA, (Master of Landscape Architecture) Utah State University, 2013
  • MArch, (Master of Architecture) Norwich University, 2003
  • BS, Architecture, (Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies) Norwich University, 2002
  • CICEC certification (Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control)

5 years

Passion: Growing my own vegetables, canoeing with my pup, and painting oils of our sublime, local landscape.

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.

12 years with Ceres

Passion: My family

Kathleen Stephanoff

Flowers on my Mind

Surrounded by gardens since she was a child and inspired by working in some of the country’s masterfully designed gardens, Kathleen brings an inventiveness and appreciation of the natural environment to all her growing endeavors.  

  • BS, Ornamental Horticulture, SUNY Farmingdale

2 years with Ceres

Passion: The good life of Colorado!

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)

1 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.

Matt Devlin

The Garden Aussie

Matt provides support to homeowners while overseeing all maintenance related services in Summit County. Summit County Maintenance Director 

Matt’s fluid agility with systems management comes from years of growing the engaging world of ski school supervision for Vail Resorts.   

1 year with the company 

Matt’s passion is creating and maintaining beautiful outdoor spaces…and golf! 


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.