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Meet Leslie Seifert, Cathy Kohler, and Mikelle Lindsey of Petal Pushers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leslie Seifert, Cathy Kohler and Mikelle Lindsey.

The name they cannot claim. Its creation was the brainchild of Natalie Dean, an avid gardener who worked at Descanso Gardens in La Canada for over 20 years. Her daughter Leslie in San Diego, with her passion for all things green, worked helping others to re-create their gardens with the expertise learned from her mother. Leslie’s parents moved down to San Diego that same year and with the combination of Natalie’s plant knowledge and Leslie’s design ideas, together mother and daughter created Petal Pushers.

15 years went by of joyous planting, digging and growing, then sadly Natalie passed away and the heart of Petal Pushers was lost for Leslie. Leslie was still contacted regularly for jobs and soon she decided to restart the business as a legacy to her mother and gardening mentor. She has a BA from UC Santa Barbara and an extensive marketing and business background in retail. Since 1986 she has owned or been part owner in several businesses. She is currently a partner at Weeds clothing store in Solana Beach CA. She has lived in the Poway CA area for over 25 years. Petal Pusher jobs were coming fast and Leslie realized she needed some other teammates to help make this business grow. That’s where Mikelle and Cathy come into the story. Mikelle, Cathy, and Leslie met fortuitously while all working at a retail store. All three came from different but overlapping backgrounds and as Leslie starting describing the needs of Petal Pushers, a great partnership began to form.

Cathy has a BS from UC San Diego and similar to Leslie, Cathy has a great passion for horticulture. She has a master gardener certification from the University of Arizona and was also a docent at Quail Botanical Gardens. She learned to appreciate gardening from her mother as well, and together they had a floral design business. She has worked in many industries and businesses in the last 18 years after returning back to the Del Mar CA area. Mikelle is an artist and designer originally from Leucadia CA. She has a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena CA and an MFA from UMASS Dartmouth in New Bedford MA. She has studied extensively all over the US as well as abroad. Her work has been featured in many states around the country and her design skills are paramount to the success of Petal Pushers.

These three women met and connected with their passion for the outdoors, beautiful design and creative energy. It is the synergy of friendship, skills and the love of gardens that have helped to renew Petal Pushers. They can’t wait to transform San Diego.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting a new business is challenging and rewarding. As a trio we have great balance, support and our personalities are complementary. As a team we are able to take on more projects and a variety of projects. We have great collaboration with our clients the biggest challenge is faith in the project and knowing we will provide a end product that they love.

Please tell us about Petal Pushers.
We are known for our sense of humor:) We specialize in drought tolerant garden landscapes for businesses and residential homes. Are goal is to help convert the landscape in San diego from grass heavy to drought tolerant gardens. We educate our clients on the abundant options of drought tolerant plants – there are more than spiky cactus. We also educate on nurturing and gardening techniques. We have a team of landscape contractors that we collaborate with who help with the labor portion. Our focus is on plants and any design elements. Our motto is No Balls . No Squares.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
We are still trying to figure out how to have are our reality TV show:)


  • 125.00 an hour (some clients use us for design, project management, consulting)

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1 Comment

  1. Connie

    November 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Nice write up girls

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