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Visit Barlow’s year-round and experience the best of gardening along the Jersey Shore!

Meet Our Team!

Since 1983, Barlow’s garden center has been serving New Jersey residents and visitors with its garden center, signature container designs, landscaping services, and on-site workshops and classes for children and adults. They are committed to providing customers with the finest quality products and superior customer service from a knowledgeable and well-trained staff. 70% of Barlow’s plants are locally grown right on the farm so you can be assured of their quality. Barlow’s is grateful to have been voted a favorite garden center by their customers. They take this to heart and continually strive to offer friendly, expert service.

Barlow’s in Sea Girt is conveniently accessible from most Jersey Shore points, including Monmouth County and Ocean County towns of Avon, Wall Township, Manasquan, Spring Lake, Brielle, and Point Pleasant New Jersey (NJ).

Meet the Team:

Founders

Leslie and Steve Barlow

Leslie and Steve are founders and owners of Barlow’s since 1983. Steve has an extensive background in the world of flowers and plants, stemming from his early beginnings maintaining grounds in Spring Lake to becoming the head groundskeeper at the Brown estate in Newport, RI.

Both Leslie and Steve have had the unique opportunity to come back to where they grew up to work at and eventually purchase Swain’s farm. Steve brought to Barlow’s the ability to grow exceptionally beautiful plants while Leslie came up with unique ways to market and display the products, as well as create signature designs that have set Barlow’s apart.

Together, Steve and Leslie built their family business up from humble beginnings, while raising four children. They continue to work in the business and are actively involved in charitable functions throughout the community.

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Stephen Barlow

Stephen Barlow is the second generation owner of Barlow’s. He graduated with honors from Michigan State University (he even bleeds green) with a BS in Horticulture and earned his MBA from Monmouth University.

He was named by Greenhouse Grower, as the “One to Watch”, expected to shape the industry for the better over the next 25 years, and was named in the prestigious list of “Top 40 Growers under 40”, published by Greenhouse Product News.

Stephen travels the State inspiring different gardening clubs and interest groups about growing and caring for plants. Stephen donates his personal time to local schools, to raise the awareness in young children, about the importance of gardening, through interactive behind-the-scenes tours, garden talks, and hands on workshops.

Favorite Flower? Stephen’s favorite flower is Primrose because it’s the first sign that spring is coming soon!

Our Experts

Debbie Shinn

CFO
I handle the day-to-day financial tasks of the business. My favorite part about working at Barlow’s is definitely my co-workers. Barlow’s has a diverse and interesting mix of employees. For many this is a second career and it is fascinating to hear about what they did in their former lives, but on the other end we have many young employees who are just discovering what they want to do in the future. I have many favorite flowers but when ranunculus start blooming I know spring is close!

George Burns

Greenhouse Manager
I am the greenhouse manager and buyer for annuals, tropicals, houseplants, edibles, bulbs, and lawn & garden products. I also oversee the general retail operations. As far as my favorite part about Barlow’s, it would have to be working with people who share the same passion I do—educating customers about a variety of plants. I really can’t pick a favorite flower, as I like them all. I really like any plant that makes people happy!

Linda Hochmuth

Retail Manager
I oversee the merchandising, sales and promotions, registers and customer service. My favorite part about working at Barlow’s is being surrounded by beautiful flowers all day! If I had to choose my favorite flower, I would say daffodils, because they are so bold and colorful and give me hope in early spring that warmer weather and more flowers will be coming soon!

Heather Machado

Nursery Perennial Manager
I oversee setup and maintenance of Barlow grown material as well as ordering nursery stock for all 4 seasons. I assist customers with choosing the best plants and proper amendments for their homes! My favorite part about Barlow’s is the staff—we have a great group of hard workers that makes it fun and enjoyable for the customers as well! Echinacea would have to be my favorite flower.  I love all the bright colors they come in and the birds the cones attract throughout the season.

Barb Holly

Design Manager
I oversee the design department, which includes the potting bench, silk and fresh floral arrangements, and the overall layout of the store. My favorite part about working at Barlow’s is the ability to express my creativity freely through various design pieces. I love who I work with, they inspire and push me to do my best work. I am also able to interact with our customers all day, which is a great perk. My favorite flower is definitely a rose. My husband has given me a rose each year we’ve been married, so to me it symbolizes love and commitment!

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