We ❤ Trees

We love taking care of your trees. The trees in your yard are just one part of a vast canopy spreading over the city of Madison and surrounding communities. By maintaining your piece of the urban forest, you help create a greener, healthier, and more beautiful place for all of us to live.

We are Madison, WI arborists passionate about coming up with the best solutions and ideas to help you maintain the trees in your landscape. Whether you want to plant a new seedling, train a young flowering crabapple, or a provide support to a hundred-year-old white oak, we can help you determine the best approach for helping your landscape flourish.

We’d love to come out to your house or business to meet with you and talk more about your trees. Please schedule a free consultation.  We strive to be the friendliest and most helpful arborists in Madison, Wisconsin!

 

Heartwood Partners

Mark, Brent and Garrett crossed tree care paths in Madison several times before converging at Heartwood. We love being active contributors to the long-term health and vibrancy of the urban forest. We take pride in doing what is best for the customer and the trees alike. As owners and certified arborists, at least one (but sometimes all three) of us will be either in your trees or on the ground ensuring the work is completed to our high standards. 

Garrett Hughes

Certified Arborist WI-0710A
(608) 335-2275

Garrett is a certified Madison arborist with 13 years of experience within the tree care industry. Born and raised in Madison, he developed his love of the outdoors at a very young age. Whether it is was climbing the old crabapple tree in the backyard, or annual canoe trips to The Boundary Waters, he learned the importance of pursuing deep physical connections to the natural world. The field of arboriculture has allowed him to turn these interests into a career, and he is excited to share his passions and knowledge with customers and coworkers alike. 

Arborist Garrett Hughes

Arborist Garrett Hughes

 

Brent Valentine

Certified Arborist WI 0805A
(608) 520-5985

Brent is a certified Madison arborist with 18 years of experience in the landscaping and tree care industries. Since high school he has pruned everything from small rose bushes to mature oaks. His favorite shrub/small tree is a serviceberry (great berries and fall color) and his favorite tree by far is the American beech. He and his grandfather used to collect and eat beech nuts in-between farm tasks as a child near Green Bay. These strong lifelong connections to the forest continue today in his more urban life, feeding his need to be outside getting dirty.

Brent Valentine, a Madison arborist and co-owner of Heartwood Tree Company.
 

Madison Arborist Team

Francisco Aldana

I grew up in Santiago, Chile, and moved to Madison in 2012. I studied Agricultural Engineering at DuocUC University in Chile, where I also developed passion for the outdoors, especially rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering. Bruce Allison introduced me to arborism, and I have continued learning and enjoying. I started work for Heartwood because of their eco-conscious approach to tree care, trying to meet customer needs while also advocating for trees. Outside work, I spend my time with my wife, Anna, and my dog, exploring new places and learning new languages.

Arborist Aiden Bakken

Arborist Aiden Bakken

Aiden Bakken

Trees have always fascinated me. They give me peace of mind on hot summer days, when their canopies shade, nurture and revitalize me. I find it so excited to climb a tree’s ever-changing structure. Trees give us so many great things. We should care for them as they care for us. 

I decided to focus my passion for trees via a degree in natural resources. In the Forestry program at UWSP, I knew I was in the right field, but I still had not decided on a career path. After a tree climbing course my professor arranged, I was hooked. 

After graduating and working for a few other companies, I finally found Heartwood and knew I had finally found my people. Heartwood cares about trees and will take extensive countermeasures to keep a tree alive and healthy rather than removing it from the landscape. Heartwood is one big family that truly cares (maybe a little too much?) about trees. 

Arborist Jason Bartholomew

Arborist Jason Bartholomew

Certified Arborist MN-4631A

Jason Bartholomew

Jason is a certified arborist with 10 years of tree care industry experience.  He got his start in tree care after the economy fell in 2008 and he needed a new career direction.  As an avid rock climber, Jason was familiar with technical rope rigging and high-angle safety techniques, and quickly found a new avenue for his vertical passions to grow.  His love for tree care has enabled him to be flexible with his family, moving around the country and gaining experience with all types of trees.  From high end homes in Washington, D.C. to preserving Ash trees in Minneapolis, Jason has seen it all.  

Arborist Zack Berttagnoli

Arborist Zack Berttagnoli

Zack Berttagnoli

I grew up in the woods and took a few conservation classes in high school, which I really enjoyed. When I started college, studying forestry felt like a natural transition. UW-Stevens Point has great professors who taught skills that made it easy to be ready for a real job once we graduated.


Arborist Matthew Duff

Arborist Matthew Duff

Certified Arborist WI-0777A

Matthew Duffy

I grew up in Madison and from a young age I developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors and the natural world. Camping, hiking and exploring on family road trips in the West inspired me to pursue a career working with nature. I earned a B.S. degree in Forest Ecology and Recreational Resource Management from UW-Madison in 2006, with an eye towards working with the National Parks. I found my true passion during those college years, learning about and working with plants, trees in particular.

For a few years I worked for small Madison tree care operations, becoming a Certified Arborist and doing everything from pruning to plant health care. In 2010, I embarked on a 9-year journey of living and traveling across the country. I've controlled invasive plants in the Great Smoky Mountains, restored short grass prairie for a USFWS refuge near Denver, removed behemoth hazard trees in Sequoia National Park and spent three years in Boston working for Davey Tree as a climber, trainer and safety leader. Wisconsin will always be home and I'm happy to be back and part of the Heartwood team, working with fellow arborists who value the astounding beauty of nature and trees as much I do.

Arborist Tim Kuhn

Arborist Tim Kuhn

Tim Kuhn

My interest in trees started as a boy because I loved climbing. As I grew up and became an outdoor enthusiast, I jumped at the opportunity to work with one of my best friends, arborist Brent Valentine. After two years now at Heartwood, Brent and Mark have taught me the importance and many benefits of proper tree maintenance.  As a part time stay at home dad, Heartwood has given me the opportunity for interesting work while maintaining my family life.

Arborist Joe Marsik

Arborist Joe Marsik

ISA Certified Arborist RM-7352A

Joe Marsik

Joe first learned chainsaw skills while clearing ski runs for expanded terrain at Aspen Highlands Ski Area in the Rockies. He began working for an Aspen tree service soon after, earning his Certified Arborist designation (2009) and doing tree work during summers while completing a geology degree. Joe worked as a geologist across the West for a number of years, doing tree work on the side. A Madison native, he recently returned to his Wisconsin roots to provide high-quality care for Dane county trees.

Arborist Adam Rahim

Arborist Adam Rahim

Adam Rahim

As a native of California, I have always had an attraction to the outdoors. Rock climbing, camping, and sitting around a campfire with friends are just a few of the things that I enjoy. After rock climbing for 10+ years and living in Yosemite National Park for the past two years, I recently transplanted to Madison where I discovered a love for tree care while working for Heartwood Tree Company. The arborist trade is an opportunity to turn my love of climbing into a profession. I hope to learn all there is to know about tree care, arborist work and urban forestry as a member of the Heartwood team. 

Arborist Jarod Richter

Arborist Jarod Richter

Jarod Richter

My passion for the outdoors and trees in particular was cultivated during childhood summers at Red Arrow Camp in northern Wisconsin. My exposure to natural settings was limited growing up in Milwaukee, so RAC was an outlet to explore the beautiful and endless possibilities nature provides. I earned my B.S. Urban Forestry degree at UW-Stevens Point in 2017 and since joining Heartwood I have been able to apply my tree knowledge while gaining practical hands-on skills. Working with Heartwood, I am able to combine my love for the outdoors with science-based tree management. When working, I feel like a family member rather than part of a team; I find this unique in my working experiences and value it tremendously.

Arborist Aaron Suiter

Arborist Aaron Suiter

Certified Arborist WI-1278A

Aaron Suiter

I’ve loved trees since I was a boy, scoping out the best branches to scale in my neighborhood. Climbing those big trees was fun, but the miniature trees on display at the Chicago Botanic Garden fascinated me. At age 12, my mom enrolled me in bonsai classes, where I was conspicuously out of place. From there began my interest in all things horticultural—from rose gardening to vegetable gardening to prairie restoration. After earning a BA in mathematics, I managed my college’s organic farm and then spent a couple years studying pottery In Montana. I’m excited to be part of the Heartwood team, where I’m able to combine my interests in horticulture and design to keep our clients’ trees healthy and beautiful.