Lars C. Mayer, owner
Lars' paternal great-great- grandfather, Meinrad Sattler, in ca. 1925, who was married to a French and worked
the gardens of the Castle of Versailles.
Aunt Maria, sometime in the 1950s.
Lars Mayer, after a working as a youth counselor in Berlin, Germany, throughout
the 1990s, came to the United States in 2000. He worked
as an arts administrator and was involved in local culture, recording music and staging
evenings of musical infotainment about the cultural idiosyncrasies of Staten Island.
In 2004 Lars transformed the backyard of a rental in Tompkinsville and has since heeded his families' call of going green full time.
In the 1970s Lars' father was a scientist at the Department of Forestry at the
University of Göttingen, Germany, then became head of faculty at the
Institute for Landscape Ecology at the University of Kassel.
Lars' grandfather was a gardener for the city of Stuttgart and his great-great- grandfather worked the gardens of the Castle of Versailles in France (below left).
Lars mother's family owned large plant nurseries in Potsdam in the early 1900s, later in the south and west of Berlin, in Lichtendrade and Spandau.
His mother became a master florist. His great- great- grandfather
was specialized in the cultivation of cyclames. See below:
"Cyclamen" from the books series: The Practice of Gardening by my maternal great-great- grandfather Fritz Schneider. Berlin, 1937
"The Vocational School of Gardening"