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Meet Our Staff

Jesse Brough

Over 25 years ago, Jesse Brough started Blessing Landscapes by traveling around his neighborhood with his bicycle and home-made trailer working on neighbors’ yards. After graduating college, it was very clear that landscaping was his future. After seven years working landscape maintenance, his foundation for design and construction matured. Jesse was a construction foreman for several years. Today he devotes his time to sales and design along with managing the business.  His passion is very simple: to use his creativity and many years of diverse experience in the landscape industry to help people improve their yards.

Jesse is married and has four children. When he is not catching up with his teenage daughters or spending quality time with his younger boys, he enjoys spending time with his wife, surfing, and most of all – drawing nearer to God.

Gabino Mateo Pablo

Gabino is the American Dream come alive. Thirteen years ago, he relocated to the United States from Guatemala. Shortly thereafter, he began working in the landscape industry. After several years working all aspects of landscape maintenance and construction, he progressed to becoming a foreman then a production manager. His kindness, thoroughness and professionalism is appreciated by clients and employees alike.

In his time off, Gabino enjoys the outdoors with his family and is an avid Trail Blazers and Timbers fan.

Ilene Starr

Ilene is a landscape designer and licensed landscape contractor. She has been in the Landscape Industry for over 20 years and has a passion for transforming outdoor environments for her clients and witnessing their joy as a new landscape unfolds. Her love and respect for nature and its gifts inspires her as she creates designs unique to each site and client.

In her spare time, Ilene enjoys figure skating, classic rock and roll, writing and taking her trusty hound, Blossum, to all the wonderful dog parks and hiking trails throughout Oregon and Washington. Ilene is also an assemblage artist, collecting all kinds of found objects on job sites and in her travels to be incorporated into her art.

Phyllis Brough

Phyllis Brough has worked with Blessing Landscapes since 2008. She has played many rolls in the company from office manager to scheduling manager and is currently a sales assistant.

In her time off, she cares for her father and loves spending time with her many grandchildren, and she is very proud of her son Jesse Brough’s success.

Rebecca Smith

Gardening is Rebecca Smith’s passion and creating a garden where before there was only a neglected patch of lawn or weeds is a thrilling adventure to her.

Even as a young girl she found gardens fascinating. Often, she would appreciate the sound of the wind blowing through the trees or watching a spider building its web. The garden it seemed, was always teaming with life and in a constant state of change. It wasn’t long before her parents gave her a set of pruners and had her tidying up the yard. She loved how empowering it was to be able to direct a plant’s growth, to nurture something that was struggling and the opportunity to plant something new and watch it mature.

It wasn’t always about gardens, though. Admittedly, she had a rather eclectic work history which included everything from designing couture bridal gowns, motorcycle and furniture sales, residential electrical meter installation to an 8-year stint as a Civil Affairs Specialist with the Army Reserves. While there have been enjoyable aspects to each of these experiences, none of them completely fulfilled her love of helping people, design and the outdoors. But, at the landscape design, construction and management program at Portland Community College she found her true calling.

Working at Blessing Landscapes has been a perfect fit. She has the honor of helping create beautiful, functional spaces that reflect the needs and desires of their clients while also respecting the genius loci or “spirit of a place”. In this, she also has the opportunity to go all over the Portland metro area exploring some wonderful neighborhoods while meeting people who also have an appreciation for gardens and the outdoors.


Roger Anderson

After years spent working as a web developer, Roger made a complete career change to landscape design. Soon after starting the 2-year program at Portland Community College, he discovered this new direction was a perfect match for his past skills and new ambition. He loves using CAD for drafting and finding the best plant for a specific situation. He is eager to keep learning and creating designs that will enrich people’s lives.

At home, Roger is busy creating rain gardens, experimenting with new plants, and applying various permaculture techniques to his landscape. His other interests range from hiking, wine making, listening to obscure ‘80s music, and fostering kittens with his wife, Jen.