April 2021 - 54

5 MINUTES WITH ...
5
MINUTES
-WITH-
SANDI HILLERMANN
McDONALD
By Teresa McPherson
Sandi Hillermann McDonald is owner
of Hillermann Nursery and Florist in
Washington, Missouri.
Could you share a little about your background?
I am a second-generation family owner and the oldest of six
children. My youngest brother Scott and I run the company.
We will celebrate 70 years on April 1 of this year. I have been
with the company 51 years this year.
What do you love about your job?
Everything green and colored! I love the changing of the
seasons and the inspiration we give to many with beautiful
plants. And I love the team we have developed - they
together make my job easier.
What keeps you up at night?
Finding good help has become a great issue for us. Our
business is growing, but it's difficult to find dedicated
employees. And the other thing is how to grow our first quarter
sales during winter - doing 60% of our business in about
12 weeks is a bit daunting.
What advice would you give to someone just
starting out in horticulture?
It takes dedication and heart. Build a brand you are proud
of. Always be honest and compassionate. Building great
relationships with vendors and customers is vital. Be available.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love playing in my own gardens, but I am also a card maker -
I love to play with paper. It's a great activity with the grandkids
as well; I have three beautiful grandkids that I spend as much
time with as possible.
Favorite plant to grow? Why?
This has always been a tough question for me. I can't say
I have one favorite - I love tillandsias, succulents, ferns,
begonias, and the list goes on. Please don't make me choose!
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