Mark B. Childs, Owner, 2001-present

Mark is the Managing Partner and owner of Trent Hill Farm & Nursery. Horticulture has long been a passion of his from working in the green industry, and practical experiences with self-taught academics.  Mark attended The George Washington University, and later graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies. Upon graduation, he immersed himself in the construction industry. He performed all phases of work from electrical to carpentry, and eventually landscaping.  The experience of working outside with a desire for improving the environment peaked his interest in horticulture, and became his primary focus. 

In a short period of time, Mark moved into a partnership after subcontracting for a Maryland based landscape company. Later moving on to owning a landscape company, Exterior Image, Inc., Mark purchased a farm in Lothian, MD in 1999. He developed the nursery from the ground up, which is now well known in the industry as Trent Hill Farm & Nursery.


Leigh Klaus, Nursery Manager, 2017-present

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Leigh joined Trent Hill this past fall and brings more than 10 years of experience in the retail Garden Center arena.   During her most recent position she managed both the nursery and perennial departments along with conducting classes and organizing a number of big events throughout the year.   

She has vast knowledge of ornamental horticulture and landscaping. Leigh loves working with our customers and strives to not only meet but exceed all of our customers’ expectations.  

Leigh is a member of the National Horticulture Society and tends to her own Certified Wildlife Habitat, Monarch Waystation and community raingarden.  During her free time, Leigh enjoys spending time with her teenage boys, reading and of course gardening!






 Jaeda Waters, Office Assistant, 2017-Present


Jaeda moved to Maryland in 2016 after living in the British Virgin Islands for nineteen years where she worked as an Executive Assistant for an architectural/landscape design company and as the Director of Development for an international school.  She began working for Exterior Image in September as an administrative assistant and is looking forward to implementing new marketing ideas and future events.

She enjoys learning about the plants growing in the nursery and plants native to this region.  During her free time she enjoys boating with her husband, sewing and gardening.




 Rudy Mata, Field Operations, 2013- Present

 THF team4  Rudy organizes the field and greenhouse day-to-day operations. For the last 5+ years he has assisted the Nursery Manager with planting, pruning, digging, staging and organization of our barns and large equipment. 








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