The foundation of any successful endeavor is based on having excellent people. High Prairie Landscape Group continues to excel because we surround ourselves with people dedicated to our core values.
Do the right thing. ALWAYS.
Over-achieving is a way of life. Why be average when you can be amazing?
People matter. We have a collaborative team-work mentality. We build each other and push each other to reach new limits.
Innovation and Growth: We dedicate ourselves to a life of always learning and growing both personally and professionally.
We serve others first. Our unique culture works because we’re all servants at heart.
Meet The Team
Robyn is a 2009 Graduate of the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture. She grew up in South East Kansas where she graduated from Humboldt High School. She was a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar and President of the Horticulture Club. She married Bret in 2009 and they have four adopted dogs.
Since founding High Prairie Landscape Group in 2010, Robyn and her company have been selected by some of the most luxurious communities in the Mid-West to design, consult, and install landscapes. In 2015, High Prairie Landscape Group was named as Kansas City’s Landscaping Experts by the national magazines of Elle Décor and House Beautiful.
Robyn has been selected as an educator to speak at several trade organizations about increasing the professionalism of the Landscaping Industry. In 2016, Robyn was hired to create a webinar series where she teaches other landscapers how to make Professionalism a Key Performance Metric in their company with her own analysis scoring sheet and 5 Part Process.
Robyn’s career in landscaping began humbly as a landscape crew member while she worked her way through college. As she learned and grew, she worked her way up from crew member, to crew lead, and eventually to designer for that company. Since Robyn has worked on both maintenance and installation crews, she has a clear understanding of what it takes to create top-notch spaces.
Bret is a Graduate of Kansas State University with an accounting degree. Bret is also a legal C.P.A. He grew up in Baileyville, Ks. and has eight older brothers. Prior to completing college, Bret played football at Butler County Community College where they competed for their divisional National Championship. Bret handles all of the accounting for High Prairie Landscape Group and is also a large part of the Landscape Production team. Bret can often be found behind the scenes helping get everyone prepared for the day.
Bret’s landscaping career started while at K-State as he worked to help pay for college. Bret worked on an installation crew at the same company Robyn worked for. Bret’s unique combination of experience between accounting and construction make him a valuable part of the team.
Prior to 2016, Bret worked full-time doing financial analysis and accounting for some of the largest financial portfolios in the city. During that time, Bret spent his evenings doing the all-important accounting tasks for the High Prairie Team. In January of 2016, Bret joined the team full-time and has been a huge asset.
Joe Lyon was born and raised in south central Kansas and gained his passion for the landscape industry through his involvement on the plant identification teams through FFA. He then took it to the next level and graduated from Kansas State University with B.S. in Horticulture with an emphasis on Landscape Design in 2005.
Since then he has spent most of his time as a Landscape Designer building on the foundation from college. He currently lives on the west side of Kansas City with his wife Britni and two energetic boys. Joe loves spending time outside playing with his sons which is why he strives to draw people outside through inviting spaces and outdoor living areas. He would love to give every home a space to be able to go to, relax, and enjoy time outside with family and friends. Even though he loves all kinds types of landscape styles he especially loves creating organic and natural spaces. Joe would love to help you and your family create the landscape that meets your needs and draws you outside by listening first and designing second.
Justin is from Salina, Kansas and a graduate of the Horticulture Program at Kansas State University. Justin has been in the field of landscaping since he was 16 years old. His broad experience in maintenance, landscape construction, and design make him a valuable resource for clients.
When asked why he loves design, Justin says:
“The drive behind my passion for design is to see the transformation at the end of a job and the joy it brings to those who will go home to it every day”.
Justin’s passion for the industry and helping people is unparalleled. Justin first met Robyn Schmitz in 2016. Here’s the story as Justin tells it:
“I first met Robyn Schmitz at the National Association of Landscape Professionals conference in Louisville, Kentucky in 2016. I got to spend an evening getting to know her and a few others from High Prairie Landscape Group. Being from Kansas as well, I was certainly interested in the company. At that time, I was motivated to take my education and field knowledge to LA or NYC. A couple years later, I had a change of heart and reached out to Robyn for a career in Kansas City. “
Robyn said to me, “You drove 14 hours alone to make it to the National Association of Landscape Professionals Conference and slept on a hotel room floor just to be there to further your education and network. Somebody with that passion belongs at High Praire”.
Justin continues: “This was a statement she made during my interview 2 years after meeting her. She remembered me clearly. It was at that moment I knew where my next step in my career would take me. It would be High Prairie Landscape Group.”
Maintenance Division Manager
David is a graduate of the Horticulture program at Iowa State University. David grew up in Lone Jack, Mo. and is an avid sports fan. He keeps the Landscape Maintenance division running smoothly and is exceptionally talented at trouble-shooting any problems that may arise. David’s mechanical acumen, attention to detail, and horticultural education make him another key team member.
David helped start the maintenance division for High Prairie Landscape Group and has been with a huge part of setting the high standards we hold for landscape maintenance teams. Ironically, David’s path towards landscape maintenance started several years ago when he and Robyn worked together at another company. Robyn and David were working to start a landscape division for that company before the company fell on hard times. David continued growing his maintenance experience at UMKC Grounds Maintenance before joining High Prairie Landscape Group.
David is a certified Lawn and Landscape Chemical Applicator in Kansas and Missouri and a certified Techniseal applicator.
Client Relationship Manager
Bruce is a Wichita, Kansas native and recent graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Horticulture. He was also High Prairie’s first intern two years ago when he was a student. During that time, the High Prairie team was able to see just how spectacular Bruce is and how much potential he has to grow.
Bruce became a landscaper because he grew up in an active family who spent time improving their own landscape and he enjoyed it. Once realized he could get a degree in horticulture, he knew that’s where his career would lead.
He’s inspired by helping people create spaces that people can enjoy for years to come.
When not landscaping, Bruce can be found enjoying the outdoors through hiking, kayaking, and attending various K-State and KC sporting events. Bruce is also an experienced tennis instructor.
Why did Bruce choose High Prairie? Bruce says:
“Choosing High Prairie was an easy decision for me after completing my internship with them. It’s rare to find such a proactive and what’s next company in the green industry like High Prairie. I also enjoyed working in the “family” environment. Everyone is friendly and loves to have fun.”
“My goal in helping clients as the client relationship manager is to make working with the company easy and efficient. Building those client relationships and ensuring their properties are kept to the High Prairie standards will be rewarding for both the client and myself ”, Bruce says.
Seasonal Color Manager/Director of First Impressions
Paula graduated from Kansas State University in 2009 with a Horticulture Degree and grew up in Liberal, Ks. Paula married her high school sweetheart, Dillen in 2009 and they have two dogs in Olathe. Paula and Dillen are active members of their church community and Dillen is a teacher and football coach. Paula divides her time between creating impactful seasonal displays and supporting the HR needs of our growing team. Paula’s meticulous attention to detail and precise nature make her a natural fit in both areas.
Paula dedicates her time to learning and knowing the most innovative seasonal color developments each year and to brining those new cultivars into Kansas City’s landscapes. For high impact, cultivar selection matters and Paula helps make that happen. This dedication has helped High Prairie Landscape Group carve a niche for seasonal color that isn’t the “cookie cutter” offerings of many competitors. We contract grow our seasonal color so that we’re not shopping where everyone else is.
Paula is also the face new staff meet first as she helps Robyn with interviewing, hiring paperwork, tracking attendance, and reporting time off requests. She is often behind the scenes helping other managers during the months her seasonal color divisions isn’t active.
Construction Field Manager
Aaron’s experience with High Prairie Landscape began in 2010 when he spent his summers between college classes helping install landscapes. He’s been with the company since the humble beginnings of an old Jeep and a small trailer. Aaron’s education comes from Cloud County Community College and Kansas State University.
Today, Aaron is helping grow a successful landscape construction division. Aaron’s well-rounded experience makes him incredibly valuable to the team. He’s experienced with large and small equipment operation, landscape installation, and landscape maintenance. Aaron can often be found leading 3-4 talented installation crews. He is a certified ICPI Patio Installer and Certified SRW Retaining Wall Installer.
Aaron is a talented craft cocktail creator and enjoys fishing and watching the Kansas City Royals.
Nathan was born and raised in the Kansas City metro area. As a child of parents who own an art and antique business, he naturally has a passion for fine craftsmanship and creativity. Nathan graduated from Shawnee Mission North high school in 1999, going on to study visual art, Spanish and social sciences.
Nathan started with HPLG in early 2016, entering the field of landscaping with anticipation of applying his appreciation of unique and custom design as well as his gardening skills. He began this career as a crew member and then quickly advanced to the position of foreman where he directed and led his own crew. Because of his attention to detail, his ability to communicate and build relationships with customers, and the fulfillment he receives from installing individualized projects, he was asked to come on as a designer with the company.
Utilizing his background in visual art and experience working in the field, Nathan aims to create installations that are not only specifically designed with each client’s needs and style in mind, but that will also stand up to the elements, season after season. He listens closely to each client so that he can deliver something that suits their vision and makes their yard stand out among the others. He finds great satisfaction in delivering projects and designs that exceed expectations.
Nathan is recently married and a new father to Lucy, who was born in November of 2016. His wife works as a nonprofit executive and they currently live near the downtown area with their two dogs and one cat. He loves Kansas City sports and is a season ticket holder for Sporting KC.