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!
Mark and Brent started HTC after several years of friendship and work collaborating in landscaping and tree care. We both 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 usually both) of us will always be either in your trees or on the ground ensuring the work is completed to our high standards.
Certified Arborist WI 0713A
Mark is a certified Madison arborist with eleven years service in the tree care industry as a lead climber and crew supervisor. He has always had an affinity for trees – from admiring the mature trees in his parents’ backyard to enjoying the shady and leafy streets of Minneapolis and Madison. When not in a tree Mark can be found working in his home garden with his wife, biking around town, on travel adventures near and far, and gazing up at beautiful, mature trees everywhere.
Certified Arborist WI 0805A
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.
Certified Arborist WI-0710A
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.
Madison Arborist Team
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.
My work in trees began in high school where for several years, I worked for a company building outdoor ropes courses for team building and adventure challenges. I departed to pursue a college degree in Geology. After completing my M.S. at the University of Kentucky, I moved to Madison to start work on a Ph.D. at the UW-Madison Dept. of Geosciences. After four years there I decided I was better off working in trees!
My interest in trees began in northern Minnesota while exploring the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters at a young age. After graduating UW Madison, I worked with Heartwood before I began to work in Ecological Restoration in the Driftless Area. I am proud to be in a work environment that puts a strong emphasis on sustainability, safety and an overall love of the natural world. My two favorite native Wisconsin tree species are beech and the Kentucky coffee tree.
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.
Coming from a long lineage of Wisconsin farmers, I learned a love for the land and pride in my hands' work at an early age. Though I was born a flatlander, I’ve always felt the urge to get my feet off the ground. Climbing rock, ice, and now trees, has led me to many places and people that have taught me much. The two - land and people - aren’t all that different: care for them, and they will care for you. Working with Heartwood allows me to care for the things I love with the most precision and competence possible.
While I have always had a love for the outdoors, my strong interest in the field of arboriculture began a year and a half ago when I started working for a small tree service in Shopiere, WI. I believe we should be good stewards of the land provided to us, and the work I do with Heartwood Tree Company is one of the ways I do my part each day. Tree care is in my blood; my great-grandfather was a tree climber in southern Wisconsin during the 50's and 60's. In addition to climbing trees, I also love spending time with my wife and young son.
I grew up in southwest Wisconsin. As a kid, I spent a week each year in Northern Wisconsin or Door County, which sparked a life-long interest in the changing landscapes I saw around the state. After completing military service, I used the GI Bill to earn a Forest Science degree from UW-Madison, but later decided urban forestry or arboriculture would allow me to a more enjoyable hands-on experience with land management. I enjoy the physical and mental challenges each day brings, working with a team to accomplish difficult tasks safely. In my free time I like to spend time with family, friends, and my dog, Inu.