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Blue Skies Landscaping is a Program of Walnut Way Conservation Corporation.

We beautify vacant lots, residential, and commercial properties.

We specialize in green infrastructure projects and work to reduce stormwater pollution.

What We Do

Blue Skies Landscaping Program is an operation providing a full range of landscaping services in the Milwaukee area. Blue Skies Landscaping staff install and maintain landscapes, green infrastructure, gardens and fruit trees, maintain the Walnut Way campus, and execute landscaping contracts on all types of properties, including residential, municipal and commercial.

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Blue Skies focuses on our greatest assets – our people. We offer job training in landscape horticulture for staff.  The program provides job training and employment for individuals who have traditionally faced employment barriers and those seeking to build skills in a growing trade area.

The program also provides a sustainable source of earned income for Walnut Way and serves as a powerful vehicle for individual and community transformation. The impact extends beyond traditional job training programs as residents of the community are employed to help renovate once-vacant properties into community assets and serve as mentors to neighborhood youth who witness us working to lift up Lindsay Heights.

Our Services

Referrals – If you do not see the services you need performed on this list, feel free to contact us nonetheless. We likely know someone who does and can provide referrals.

A Look at Our Work

Meet Our Team

Jeremy Davis

Environmental Specialist
BBA, MUP
National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Certified Instructor 
National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) Certified
35-hour Green Infrastructure Training (Water Environment Federation approved) 
Certified Pesticide Applicator, 3.0 Turf & Landscape + 5.0 Aquatic & Mosquito
SAWW (Safety and Woods Worker) Training Level 1 Certified
First Aid CPR AED Certified
I am a grower and lover of the outdoors. I love the challenge of hard work and the uniqueness of each work day. I enjoy watching the development of our team and the transformation of spaces in our neighborhood and all over Milwaukee.
Joined Walnut Way in 2010

Aton Fox

Environmental Stewardship Program Assistant
Certified Public Notary
National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) Certified
35-hour Green Infrastructure Training (Water Environment Federation approved)
Resident Preferred Program (RPP) Certified
I started working with Walnut Way as an intern for the Growing Youth Leadership program. Through the program, I learned and developed the skills I now use as the Environmental Programs Assistant. I hope to see growth in the people and places Walnut Way works with, myself included.
Joined Walnut Way in 2015

Jacob Liptack

Blue Skies Maintenance and Operations Supervisor
Certified Pesticide Applicator, 3.0 Turf & Landscape
Certified Equipment Operator (Mini Excavator, Track Loader)
National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) Certified
35-hour Green Infrastructure Training (Water Environment Federation approved)
SAWW (Safety and Woods Worker) Training Level 1 Certified
I am a Supervisor and Horticulturalist with Blue Skies Landscaping. Born and raised in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, I love to see the beautification that landscaping brings to our community. It’s great working outside and being able to see the work we install blooming.
Joined Walnut Way in 2014

Desmond Parker

Blue Skies Landscaping Technician
Resident Preferred Program (RPP) Certified
Zero turn Commercial Mower Trained
Walnut Way Driver Training (4 hours)
14 foot Trailer Trained
I’m Desmond and I’m from the Lindsay Heights area of Milwaukee. I enjoy being active and physical with a little quick thinking. I am laid back, but I get the job done. I’m 21 years old, a high school graduate and take pride in my work ethic.
Joined Walnut Way in 2019

Hannah Dee

Blue Skies Landscaping Technician
First Aid CPR AED Certified
Certified Pesticide Applicator, 3.0 Turf & Landscape, 3.1 Greenhouse & Nursey
Associate of Landscape Horticulture
I enjoy working for Blue Skies Landscaping because I have the opportunity to maintain green-spaces that can be enjoyed by all. I believe that Milwaukee is headed for a renaissance, and I am fortunate to play a small roll in that. Being able to transform overlooked areas into beautiful and useful places is a blessing. I have the opportunity to improve spaces that are accessible to anyone.
Joined Walnut Way in 2019

Jose Zelaya

Blue Skies Landscaping Technician
Resident Preferred Program (RPP) Certified
14 and 20 foot Trailer Trained
Zero turn commercial mower trained
I’m Jose. I am 24 years old. I have one daughter. I enjoy working with my hands and learning new things. I was born and raised in Milwaukee in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood. I was part of the Gardens 2 Market internship at Walnut Way years ago. After years of working in retail/fast food, I decided I needed a change in my career. I didn’t think I would enjoy landscaping as much as I do. What I love most about my job is the team work, the support, the diversity, and the sense of pride when a project is completed. My hobbies are working on cars, listening to music, and writing. One of my goals is to graduate with my Associate’s Degree in Landscape Horticulture Design and if possible continue to a Bachelor’s. I would love to learn as much as possible and become a landscape designer one day.
Joined Walnut Way in 2019

Tyriek Foster

Blue Skies Landscaping Crew Member
Resident Preferred Program (RPP) Certified
Zero-turn Commercial Mower Trained
MREA Solar Training Academy (56 hours)
I’ve stayed on the south side of Milwaukee for half of my life. I enjoy the consistent work and being outdoors, as well as learning all aspects of landscaping such as planting and using landscape tools. I am a hard worker. Whenever I do work, I do it in detail. I enjoy playing and watching basketball. I love food, and I can cook all types of meals.
Joined Walnut Way in 2019

Rene Mejia Townsend

Blue Skies Landscaping Crew Member
Zero-turn Commercial Mower Trained
Walnut Way Drive Training (4 hours)
Resident Preferred Program (RPP) Certified

I first got started with Walnut Way from the Growing Youth Leadership program, which later on led me to work with the Blue Skies team. I’m learning about different types of plants, and how to properly handle special equipment, as well as what it means to take care of gardens/beds efficiently.

I’m an artist attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. I’m a huge nerd when it comes to anime and books like the Hobbit and Harry Potter. I’m also big on animal agriculture and sustainable living and hope to one day have my own home built with animals, and my own personal garden.

Joined Walnut Way in 2020

Laura Pehmoeller

Blue Skies Landscaping Crew Lead
Certified Pesticide Applicator, 3.0 Turf & Landscape
My name is Laura Pehmoeller. I was born and raised in Milwaukee. I have been in the horticultural industry for the last 16 years, mostly landscaping and plant identification. For the last 3 years, I have worked in greenhouse operations. What I love about my job is being outside seeing the landscape grow throughout the season. I chose to come to Walnut Way because I wanted to be a part of the sustainable landscaping in the Lindsey Heights neighborhood and surrounding communities. I take pride in what I do and doing it for a community that appreciates it is so much more satisfying than doing it for a big company. I hope to have a long and fulfilling career with Blue Skies Landscaping.
Joined Walnut Way in 2020

Jevon Prowell

Blue Skies Landscaping Technician
Certified Equipment Operator (Mini Excavator, Track Loader)
35-hour Green Infrastructure Training (Water Environment Federation approved)
Resident Preferred Program (RPP) Certified
SAWW (Safety and Woods Worker) Training Level 1 Certified
First Aid CPR AED Certified
In 2014 I joined the Blue Skies Landscaping team. I love working with my hands and meeting lots of people. As I always say, “We don’t just do landscaping, we do it all!”
Joined Walnut Way in 2014

Henry Hopkins

Blue Skies Construction Crew Lead
MREA Solar Training Academy (56 hours)
Certified Equipment Operator (Mini Excavator)
National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) Certified
35-hour Green Infrastructure Training (Water Environment Federation approved)
Resident Preferred Program (RPP) Certified
I am a hard worker and person who works to the best of his abilities.  I love the outdoors and working with my hands. I enjoy the fact that everyday is a learning experience and I gain more knowledge each day. I am very friendly and easy to get along with. I am a big guy with a big heart.
Joined Walnut Way in 2018

Projects

Current

 

Dineen Park
Frisbee Gold Course and Wetland Installation
 
Commerce Street / Kadish Park
Prairie Invasisves Removal
 
City of Milwaukee
Bioswale Maintenance
 
Sherman Phoenix
Streetscaping Improvements
Upcoming

 

15th & North Avenue City vacant parcel
Streetscaping Installation
 
Victory Over Violence Park
Pathways and Landscape Installations
 
Adams Garden Park
Green Infrastructure Installations
 
Unity Lutheran Church
Site Improvements

Inquiries

The Blue Skies Landscaping schedule is at capacity for the 2021 season. We are unable to book additional projects at this time.

Exceptions will be considered for Lindsay Heights residents (please use the form below to submit your request if you reside in Lindsay Heights).

Thank you for your interest and support! 

Please allow several business days for a reply during our busy season, which runs April – November.

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