BOTANICA GARDENS is easily one of the most uniques stores in Little Rock. It truly is a very mulit-faceted business – as we have many unique items and products inside and around the actual location – and are capable of many other installation and beautification techniques at your home or business.

The store, located at 1601 Rebsamen Park Road in Little Rock is constantly changing. We are always fully decorated for the changes of the seasons and the holidays. From that little special nic-nac to top off a corner table – to that perfect gift for that certain someone – Botanica has it all.

Walking into our store evokes a feeling of being in California. We attend the latest markets and bring to the Little Rock area those cutting edge items that may be commonplace elsewhere – but completely unique to our area.

We can give your home that unique flair you are looking for. From decorative items to big flowing fountains in your yard!

The other part of BOTANICA GARDENS is the nursury. Beautiful flowers, plants, tropicals galore can be found in and around our store. We also specialize in Orchids and have a room dedicated to them. Nothing perks up a room like a fresh orchid.

Come down and see us. We can impress you and help you put that finishing touch on your home or garden.

Meet the Staff

Chris H. Olsen

Chris H. Olsen – Owner/Master Designer

Landscape Designer Chris H. Olsen attended Oxford University in England, studying landscape architecture, landscape principals, and philosophy and also graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in business. Chris has over 25 years of landscape architecture and interior design experience. In partnership with his father, Chris obtained a landscape maintenance company called Doramus and established the Horticare Landscape Company. After only ten years, the company grew into five divisions: chemical, maintenance, landscape, nursery, and irrigation. In 2003, Chris opened his second home and garden store called Botanica Gardens on Rebsamen Park Road. In September of 2005, Chris chose to pursue other endeavors in his life and sold Horticare.

Chris is now working solely at Botanica and Plantopia and working as the master designer. Chris has been active in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation—designing and installing the landscape for the “Build for a Cure” Projects in Little Rock and the first “Build for a Cure” house in the United States. In addition, he is active in the Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Heart Association, Wildwood of Performing Arts, the Hope Foundation, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, and the Arkansas Lung Association – just to name a few. Chris’ design works have been featured in several of the Symphony Design Houses, At Home in Arkansas, The Arkansas Times, AY Magazine, Health and Living, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Real Living Magazine, Soirée, Inviting Arkansas, the Abode Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, and several times in Better Homes and Gardens. Chris is a regular contributing writer for the Arkansas Gardener Magazine and At Home Arkansas. He writes with flair, wit and a bit of humor. He has also written for the Fine Gardening Magazine. Chris was also featured in Arkansas Business 40 fewer than 40, representing businesspeople that are on the move in their respective fields.

Chris’s exceptional designs were the recipient of the People’s Choice Award and numerous other honors at the Arkansas Garden Show for over 10 years running. Outstanding use of color is a trademark of Chris’ talents. Chris dares to be different with his unique designs. He has been associated with KTHV Channel 11, where he is featured on the morning, noon, and evening home and garden segments in the Weather Garden. He has been a part of this team for over 12 years. Chris has his own weekly segments called “Today’s Home” with Chris H. Olsen. Never sitting still, Chris also appears in “Arkansas Living: Holiday Style with Chris H. Olsen”. Prior to his work at Channel 11, Chris was featured on Arkansas View on KKYK WB22. Besides just TV, Chris has years experience on radio as well.

You can keep up with Chris on his website, chrisholsen.com, his monthly blog in At Home Magazine as well as his weekly appearances on the THV-11 Morning Show, just recently named #1 every Wednesday morning. Chris currently speaks nationally – and his segments called “Today’s Home with Chris H Olsen” are featured on THV-11 every Friday and Saturday and in over 158 nationally syndicated markets. His book called “Five Seasons with Chris H Olsen” was released in December of 2011. You can order the book today!

Linda Sue

Linda Sue Sanders – CMO

Phone: 501.920.9999
Email: lindasueplantopia@yahoo.com

Linda Sue Sanders, a native Arkansan, has made a career out of helping to turn visions and dreams into realities. With over 30 years of experience in the non-profit, corporate, government and healthcare sectors, her skills in marketing, communications and development have led to many success stories. She holds an MBA in Management and BFA in Acting Performance that make doing business fun! She is a nationally certified Volunteer Manager and has served on numerous non-profit Boards and committees. She loves finding solutions by thinking outside the box and is extremely detailed oriented.

Through effective communication and outrageous customer service, she has never met a stranger. She makes coffee nervous with her energy, has an engaging sense of humor and can twirl fire batons!

Janet Warlick - Staff Photographer

Janet Warlick – Staff Photographer

Janet Warlick is a seasoned commercial photographer who began her career as a photojournalist for the Associated Press. She expanded those skills to include all aspects of photography and especially enjoys shooting lifestyle and editorial assignments. Her work has appeared in national and regional publications and worked with Chris H. Olsen on his first book, Five Seasons.

When Janet is not working with cameras, she enjoys sailing and exploring the outdoors with her dogs, Canon and Nikon, and buddy Joe.

Scott Romine - Videographer and Webmaster

Scott Romine – Videographer and Webmaster

North Little Rock native Scott Romine took over webmaster duties for Botanica Gardens back in 2005. Chris Olsen and Scott Romine created the very first “pilot version” of “Today’s Home” for KTHV – which lead to the weekly Home and Garden segments airing to this day. Chris brings the topics and the on-camera talent – and Scott handles the technical aspects and the editing.

Scott’s background includes Law Enforcement and he is actually an FBI trained Forensic Video Investigator. Apart from “Today’s Home” – Scott has also produced video pilots and segments with Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), John Schneider (Smallville), James Best (Dukes of Hazzard) and Bob Eubanks (NewlyWed Game). He is currently editing behind-the-scenes segments from a movie filmed in Hollywood coming to DVD in 2012.

MEET THE BOTANICA STAFF …

Pat Isbell - Nursery Manager

Pat Isbell – Nursery Manager

What keeps the garden center looking great and running smoothly is Pat. She is the nursery and office manager. Somebody has to keep Chris in line and she does her job well. Pat is very sharp, determined, persistent, and a tough business person. She is also very sweet. Pat obtained a Business Degree from the University of Central Arkansas and retired after 27 years with SBC/Cingular Wireless. Pat assists in running the day to day operations, customer relations and billing, as well as helping with custom pot design. Pat is the momma to our shop mascot Izzy. She says she is retired, but not anymore thanks to Chris…..Botanica would not be the same without our Momma Pat as the staff at Botanica calls her so affectingly.

Angie Sunderman - Sales and Design Associate

Angie Sunderman – Sales and Design Associate

Angie came to us from another local garden center and has really added alot to our store. She has obtained an Art Degree with a Masters in education at UALR. Angie is totally in charge of the indoor section of our great store and is one of our top designers in potted containers and silk arrangements. A personal relationship with art, love of plants, and our customers is what makes Angie crucial to Botanica Gardens.

Ross Pascoe: Nursery Manager

Ross Pascoe: Nursery Manager

Ross has a great love for plants. He is our nursery manager and is in charge of our plant inventory as well as outdoor products. He has over 14 years of nursery and landscape experience and is very much a people person. Ross has full knowledge of landscape installation and plant identification so he makes the ideal expert to go to for plant advice. If you need suggestions to spruce up your landscape then Ross is here for all your landscaping needs. Ross is well educated and has extensive education if horticulture/arborist studies. Come say hi today!!!

Ferdrico Martinez - Irrigation, Landscape and Lighting Expert

Ferdrico Martinez- Irrigation, Landscape and Lighting Expert

Federico is one hard worker. He is an on the job foreman who loves to work along side his landscape crew. He is extremely knowledgeable in irrigation and equally in lighting. Federico runs the crew that does all this and so much more. He also installs most of our hardscapes such as retaining walls, patios, and stone or brick columns and fencing. Extremely conscientious, Federico is a major asset to the Botanica’s landscape team.

Vicki Henderson and Nina Davis- Maintenance Crew Managers

Vicki Henderson and Nina Davis- Maintenance Crew Managers

If you want to keep your landscape looking its best, then you need to hire Botanica Gardens to maintain your investment. Vicki and Nina are masters in making your yard look like a beautiful paradise all year long. With years experience, this crew is the best in Arkansas. Trained by Chris Olsen over the past 18 years, Vicki and Nina are the only maintenance crew that Chris trusts with his own yard. Besides mowing and blowing, this crew specializes in the details. From seasonal color design and installation to trimming your trees and shrubs, and weeding your flowerbeds, these master artists are simply the best.