Team

Based in Minneapolis, MN, biota is an award-winning landscape design and build firm that works on residential and commercial projects. Our mission is to create innovative designs that invite interaction and inspire the imagination using the highest-quality plants, materials and construction techniques. We strive to share our knowledge and foster an ongoing stewardship to create lasting enjoyment.

  • Steve Modrow

    Steve oversees design services at biota. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is the past President of the Minnesota chapter. He is also the chair of the Design Network Committee of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. Steve received his master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota after completion of his bachelor’s degree in environmental design.

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  • Jim Saybolt

    Jim oversees biota’s operations. He is a MN Licensed General Contractor, MNLA Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) and an affiliate of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He studied at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, the University of Minnesota and attended Harvard Graduate School of Design for their Career Discovery program in landscape architecture. Jim currently serves on the MNLA networking committee and is a MNLA Foundation Trustee.

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  • Elizabeth Wynne

    Elizabeth is a designer here at biota. She holds an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Landscape Design and Construction. She is a Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) with the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association.

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  • Eric Alward

    Eric is a designer here at biota. He is an Associate of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He completed his bachelor’s degree in fine art and received his master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota.

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  • Kevin Kroen

    Kevin is a landscape architect here at biota. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board (CLARB). He completed his master’s degree in landscape architecture at Kansas State University.

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  • Nick Wagner

    Nick manages our Maintenance and Garden Services. He holds an associate of science degree in environmental landscape management and a bachelor of arts in philosophy. He is a Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) with the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, and achieved a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Permaculture Institute.

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  • Tim Dyer

    Tim has been in the Green Industry for over 25 years. He studied Construction Management and Business Law at the University of Minnesota. Tim has held a variety of positions in the industry in several states, from laborer to Regional Director, giving him a broad knowledge in all aspects of the industry.

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  • Tom Kobayashi

    Tom has been in the landscape industry for over twenty years, bringing his vast knowledge, dedication, and experience to the biota team.

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  • Joe Hafner

    Joe started landscaping during summers when he was home from college. Joe has been in the industry for over ten years.

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