Our staff

"I highly recommend Plant Decor. Everyone is capable, dependable, knowledgeable - and quite often absolutely wonderful!"

Christine Schmidt, Head of Exterior Division. Christine has 40 years of experience in all aspects of landscape care and irrigation. She holds an AA in Ornamental Horticulture from Diablo Valley College. Before founding Plant Decor in 1981, Christine spent six years working in a retail nursery and nine years in plant pathology, specializing in the identification & diagnosis of plant diseases and insect infestation in the urban and suburban landscape. She is a Certified Bay Friendly Landscape Professional.

Valerie Schmidt, General Manager & Head of Interior Division. Valerie has 31 years of experience in interior landscape design and maintenance. Little is more important to Val than keeping her clients happy! An interior tropical plant specialist, Val has nurtured long relationships with the growers who supply Plant Decor's interior plants. She has extensive experience in working with interior designers to create looks that clients love. She is a beekeeper and organic gardener.

Exterior crew

Gabriel Alvarez, Certified Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper. On staff since 2006.

Jorge Barajas, Crew Foreman. Certified by the Diablo Firesafe Council for Hazardous Vegetation Management. On staff since 2000.

Javier Bautista, Landscape Maintenance Technician. On staff since 2008.

Teobaldo Bautista, Fence and Retaining Wall Specialist. On staff since 2000.

Carlos Leon, Crew Foreman. Certified Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper; certified by Diablo Firesafe Council for Hazardous Vegetation Management. On staff since 2004.

Interior crew

Malaika Hoffman is an interior plant technician and Plant Decor's annual color technician. On staff since 2002.


Mike Blume, Equipment Manager

Jessika Hoffman, Office Manager & Bookkeeper