About Us & What We Do

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JONNY THOMAS

Favorite Flower:

Snapdragons

Favorite Edible:

Winter Squash

Favorite Native:

Rattlesnake Master

Jonny Thomas here - owner of REGENERATE Garden Company, based in southwest Ohio, USA.

 

I come from a long history of farmers and ornamental gardeners hailing from California and the Midwest. My first job was working alongside my mother at a garden nursery and assisting her with various gardening jobs. We even built a heated greenhouse in our backyard so we could have a green sanctuary during the bitter Minnesota winters. I went on to study visual art and work in media production, but plants have been a part of my life all along. In 2013, I headed for the hills of central Costa Rica to learn organic farming and permaculture (producing food ethically, sustainably and in alignment with natural systems).

 

My next stop was New Orleans, Louisiana, where I became immersed in the urban farming scene. This time was vital in shaping my idea of how food-production can be highly localized and specialized to fit the needs of a community or an individual family. Eventually, it was time to return to my home-state of California, where I worked on a number of growing operations, including the CCOF certified Wild Blue Farm in Tomales, set amongst the dairy farms and beautiful rolling hills of West Marin county.  

In 2015, I began working as lead edible gardener at the Oakland, CA based Pine House Edible Gardens - led by author and revered designer, Leslie C. Bennet. Here I had the opportunity to exercise my food production skills within a high-end, ornamental framework. During my time at Pine House, one garden I managed was featured in Sunset Magazine and another in Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

In 2018, I moved to Southwest Ohio with my family. Based in the burgeoning Dayton area (and servicing all of SW Ohio), I'm focused on continuing my passion of creating beautiful, regenerative green-spaces.

Our areas of focus

  • native plants & pollinator gardens
  • permaculture design
  • low-maintenance landscapes
  • invasive species removal
  • cut flower gardens
  • container & raised bed gardening
  • organic land care
  • water features

Our Philosophy

We grow food using regenerative methods, emphasize natural systems, and make ecologically-sound gardening decisions – but we're also here to dazzle. Our goal is to make collaborative, inviting spaces that integrate beautifully into your urban or suburban space –  versatile, high impact gardens that delight the senses and serve purpose. 

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