OUR TEAM 2017-04-10T08:05:09+00:00

Molly Pikarsky

You may already know Molly as the retail manager here at Backbone Valley Nursery.  What you may not know is that she is the proud mother of four children who all agree that she is the world’s okayest mom and she has the coffee mug that says so.  She loves her pets and has dogs, a cat and a 55 year old cockatoo named Alex.  She has shown dogs, raised tarantulas, and has a small hobby farm, complete with donkeys and geese.  She loves snow, which is no surprise for this Colorado Native and die-hard Denver Bronco fan. She also loves Jerry Jeff Walker, chips and salsa, and cured meats of all kinds. AND, she is a Texas Master Certified Nursery Professional and has been playing in greenhouses since age 10, when her mother opened a small nursery called The Muddy Thumb, and gave her an apron and a ticket book and had her ringing up customers while standing on a stool so she could reach the register.


Craig Hunter

Craig is one of our managers and he’s the guy who keeps all of the plant material moving and looking great.  He’s a practitioner of yoga and a coffee aficionado. During his time here, he has transformed his own yard into a beautifully landscaped space using some of the plants we would have given up on. Craig has a quick wit and a soft spot for cats, his favorite of which is Teddy.  He is an avid reader and is picky about his movies, due to his high expectation for character development.  He has an uncanny knack for finding sharp corners to bang his head on and has carried the same German made, metal pencil sharpener in his pocket for over a decade. Molly says that she counts on Craig to keep her in line and to keep the positive vibe of the nursery flowing.


Mary Kay Pope

Mary Kay wins the Backbone Valley Nursery award for coolest pet ever.  She and her husband, Bob, have a small farm in Lakeway where she has raised donkeys, mules, all manner of fowl, Zebu cattle, wallabies and LEMURS. Yep. Ringtail Lemurs! She is the quintessential Plant Nerd and is a perennial student.  She is a Texas Master Certified Nursery Professional, a Texas Certified Landscape Professional, and Specialist in Urban Trees and is reviewing for the Certified Arborist Exam. She has a degree in Landscape Horticulture and Greenhouse Management from Ohio State.  Her experience and wisdom are huge assets to Backbone Valley Nursery. Mary Kay has three sons and two grandsons who are hunter gatherers and have surprised her with some very interesting table fare, like mesquite pancakes, squirrel pot pie and duck fajitas. Her organizational skills are legendary around here, and she handles all of our most special projects, like germinating baby trees and helping to take care of Jessica’s orchid collection.