Alan recently earned the Distinguished Nursery Professional of the Year Award from the Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association! Congratulation, Alan!
Alan Weiss has been the owner of Papio Valley Nursery since it’s inception in 1999. His humble beginnings in horticulture started with vegetable gardening with his grandfather, Vernon Grimm. Alan attended the University of Nebraska and graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, Horticulture in 1995.
Alan worked at Mulhall’s Nursery and Trees, Shrubs and More Nursery after graduation from 1995 through 1997. Alan accepted a sales position with Sherman Nursery in Charles City, Iowa in the spring of 1997 and he thus began his career in wholesale nursery supply industry. In 1999, Alan founded Papio Valley Nursery in Papillion, Nebraska and has been supplying garden centers and landscapers with plant material to this day. Papio Valley Nursery is a wholesale nursery specializing in container grown perennials, grasses, shrubs and roses. Papio Valley also offers a full line of B & B trees and specialty evergreens. Alan’s wife, Rita joined the Papio Valley team in 2000 and has been very involved with the family business ever since.
Alan and Rita have four children, Lillian, Elijah Ryan, and Josie. When Alan isn’t working or attending his children’s sporting events, he enjoys fishing and going to Nebraska football games with his wife. Alan’s parents, Kathy and Ron Weiss are also very involved with the nursery.
Rita Weiss is in charge of accounting at Papio Valley Nursery. She has been involved with the nursery since its beginning, but began working for the nursery exclusively in 2004. Before that, Rita spent several years working for Omaha Public Schools as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in International Business, and then went on to receive her teaching certificate in Japanese language. Rita is originally from the Ewing/Clearwater, NE area and graduated from Pope John Central Catholic in Elgin,NE. Her hobbies include going to sporting events and supporting the Nebraska Cornhusker football program as well as attending country western concerts with Alan. Rita is an active mother of 4!
During the busy season, Rita’s hours are 8:00-4:00 Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Damon has been with Papio Valley since March 2018; he is originally from Washington and moved to Omaha in November 2010. He owned and operated a landscape company on Fox Island, WA for five years and before that worked at a retail nursery in Gig Harbor, WA. Damon's love of plants, trees, and all rocky things began at an early age hiking and camping in the forests & mountains. Places he loves to get back to in his free time. He is otherwise at the gym or home keeping up on all things geeky and logged into Steam. You can reach Damon by email or at 402-510-3754.
Paula has been with PVN for three years; she is originally from Missouri and moved to the Omaha area 10 years ago. She has an associate’s degree in horticulture and landscape design. Her 35 years experience includes the position of Staff Horticulturalist for a 36-hold private country club, and Manager of Horticulture Operations for an historical winery and vineyard in Missouri. In her time off, Paula enjoys gardening, hiking, and traveling. You can reach Paula with your sales needs by email or at 402-332-6138.