Our Team

Meet Our Team

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Andrew Blanchford

President

Andy grew up in southeast Pennsylvania.  He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Pennsylvania State University in Landscape Contracting.  He is a Certified Plant Professional and is the only Certified Landscape Industry Manager in Montana. When not at work he has fun with his family. He also enjoys travel, trail running, skiing, and the great Montana outdoors.

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Abby Dobson

General Manager

Abby grew up in Nome, AK. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins where she received her BA in Communication Studies. Abby began her career in administration and accounting in Denver before moving to Bozeman in early 2016.  She enjoys cooking, gardening, and getting out in the great Montana outdoors with her husband and their two dogs.

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Kat Donley

Office Manager

Originally from Wisconsin, Kat moved to Bozeman in 2012 to experience life in the mountains.  Since then, she has been a ski instructor, camp counselor, trail guide, and landscaper.  In 2019, Kat joined the Blanchford team as a Crew Member and left as a Garden Manager in 2022.  She couldn't stay away and so she returned in 2023 as our Office Manager.  If you have any questions about almost anything, from field work and contracts, to payroll and benefits, she's your gal!
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Åsa Pape

Garden Services Operations Manager

Åsa is a native of Sweden and the Operations Manager for our Garden Services team. She has a B.S. in Education from Uppsala University and taught in the public schools in Sweden. She also guided outdoor adventures for many years before moving to Bozeman in 2007. Here she found a passion for gardening and a great workplace at Blanchford Landscape Group in 2016. The mix of your gardens and our people is what she loves the most. When not at work, Åsa enjoys the great outdoors and time in the pottery studio.

Kyle Melehes

Build Operations Manager

Meet Kyle Melehes, an outdoor enthusiast and avid reader who grew up in the beautiful Teton mountain range near Jackson, WY. After spending 12 years in Big Sky, MT, Kyle recently moved to the Bozeman area. With a love for motorcycles and a passion for exploring the great outdoors, Kyle is always up for an adventure. You can find him reading a good book or binge-watching Top Gear when he's not hitting the open road on his motorcycle. Kyle's adventurous spirit and love for nature make him a perfect fit for our team at Blanchford Landscape Group. Get to know Kyle and see why he's a valuable asset to our company. 
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Carrie Rule

Garden Services & Holiday Decor Sales & Account Manager

Carrie realized shortly after receiving a BA in Speech Communication from Montana State University that the confines of an office job were too restricting. After four years in the corporate world,  she returned to her Montana roots to pursue her passion for working outdoors where she landed employment with the USFS collecting plant data and fighting forest fires. Her love of plants and digging in the dirt ultimately led her to Blanchford Landscape in 2017. Her diverse experience includes native plant ID and mapping, floral design, interior plantscaping, garden center management, garden maintenance, and project management. She is an avid gardener and her flower garden was a featured property on the Bozeman Emerson Garden Tour.  In the off-season, she can be found seeking out powder stashes at Bridger Bowl and beyond and mountain biking in the desert Southwest.
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Chelsea Ley

Garden Services & Holiday Decor Sales & Account Manager

 Born and raised on a vegetable farm in New Jersey, Chelsea grew up loving the outdoors and being in touch with nature. She then moved to Charlottesville Virginia where she attended college at the University of Virginia and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. This is where she developed her connection with the mountains (or hills). In 2020 Chelsea decided to move out West to really dive into the outdoors and play in the big mountains, while also creating  a life with her partner and three pups. Working with people and the outdoors has always been a perfect combination for Chelsea. Being able to create the perfect outdoor space for clients to enjoy is what keeps Chelsea coming back for more.

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Monty Tipps

Garden Services & Holiday Decor Sales & Account Manager

Growing up in small town Montana helped develop Monty’s love for the outdoors. After graduating from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing, Monty knew he wanted a job that involved working with amazing people in the wonderful landscapes that Montana offers. When not at work, Monty enjoys riding his dirt bike, finding new places on foot, and hanging with friends. If he is not out enjoying one of these activities, you can find him with his Corgi, Mac!
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Peyton Guenther

Fleet & Facilities Manager

Raised in Bozeman, Peyton enjoys spending time fishing and hiking in the Rockies. He graduated with a Heavy Duty Diesel Technician degree from University Montana of Helena in 2021 and started his career working with local dump trucks and equipment. After hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in the new year of 2024, Peyton found the new challenges he was looking for working with the Blanchford equipment and team members. 
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Ross Downer

Crew Leader - Build

Ross graduated from Old Dominion University in 2007 and immediately headed West. He then headed North, then West again, and after a few more stops finally arrived in Southwest Montana in 2012. Five years after "just a winter" of skiing, he found Blanchford Landscape Group. As someone who believes in the physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, Ross was a natural fit as a Crew Leader, creating outdoor living spaces with BLG where he is able to use his passion to create while enjoying the beauty, weather and scenery that Montana has to offer.

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John Plamann

Crew Leader - Build

John was born and raised in Minnesota, where his love for the outdoors blossomed. Growing up, he eagerly lent a hand to others, whether it was remodeling floors, revamping bathrooms, or transforming backyard spaces into havens with ponds, playgrounds or patios. John's true passion lies in creating outdoor sanctuaries and enhancing living spaces for people to relish the outdoors, bringing him immense joy. When he's not working, you'll find John cherishing moments with his wife and daughters. He also loves enjoying coffee, exploring hiking trails with his family, or casting lines while fishing on the lakes and rivers. He's thrilled to be a part of the Blanchford Landscape team and looks forward to helping bring beauty and joy into your outdoor spaces!

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Blake Beazer

Assistant Crew Leader - Build

Born and raised in the Canadian Rockies right by Waterton lakes national park and Glacier national park. Blake has a passion for being outdoors and observing nature. Growing up on a farm, Blake also got to enjoy operating heavy equipment and working with animals. Pursuing a career in construction and heavy equipment operations, Blake has grown to appreciate architecture and landscaping. In 2019 After Blake got his Real Real estate license, he began to enjoy working with people and finding families their forever homes. Real Estate h
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Meg Gordon

Garden Manager

Meg is originally from Weare, NH and moved to Bozeman in 2022. She has a degree in Environmental Planning and a certification in Permaculture from Plymouth State University. After looking for a change in career and with a love of gardening, Meg found Blanchford! She enjoys creating beautiful outdoor spaces and a career that keeps her active and in tune with nature. When not working, Meg can be found doing yoga, tending to her veggie garden, snowboarding and skiing.
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Katie Horn

Garden Manager

Katie is from Naperville, IL and moved to Bozeman in 2021. After graduating from Illinois State University with a degree in Horticulture and Landscape Management, she joined the Montana Conservation Corps in Bozeman. Katie finds joy in working outside in the dirt and gardening, which led her to Blanchford! She has a passion for dendrology and preserving the natural landscape. Outside of work you can find her rollerblading, swimming laps, mushroom hunting, fishing or watching the WNBA. 

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Garden Manager

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Daria Savchenko

Crew Leader - Garden Services

Daria grew up in Hawaii and Oregon, and has always had a passion for the natural world around her. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation Management in 2022. Here at Blanchford Landscape Group, she enjoys creating beautiful landscapes for both people and the ecosystem to enjoy.
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Nicki Halverson

Crew Leader - Garden Services

Nicki was born in Minnesota but has lived in Bozeman since 1998. She loves spending time with her daughter and their cat and dog. Nicki loves live music, traveling all over and adventuring around Montana and neighboring states as much as possible. You can find her on the water in the summer months or at a local hot springs. Nicki's background is in social work and food retail but after a season of landscaping she found her passion. 

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