About Us

Dogwood Hills Tree Farm is excited to be northern Indiana’s premiere provider of landscape, specimen-quality trees.


Dogwood Hills Tree Farm was established in the mid 1990s by Todd & Cindy Lederman. After a few years of growth, they began selling trees at local tree auctions, and realized the potential for a retail tree nursery operation serving the local community. In 1998, Todd & Cindy Lederman sold their existing excavation business of 14 years and dedicated more time to the nurture, growth, and community awareness of Dogwood Hills Tree Farm. In April of 2017, a new chapter began as Curtis Bontrager (long-time employee) & his wife Melody, purchased the business! They have carried forth the commitment to quality products & services while also bringing new ideas & energy. It’s a pleasure serving our growing community. Bring a friend and come visit us!

Our Team

Curtis Bontrager


Curtis began working for Dogwood Hills in 2004. He started out pulling weeds and moved up quickly. He was a crew leader for several years, and in 2017 he and his wife purchased the farm from his long time boss and mentors, Todd and Cindy Lederman.

Melody Bontrager

Office Manager & Accountant

Melody started with Dogwood Hills in 2017 when she and her husband (Curtis) purchased the business. She spends most of her time in the office taking care of bookwork and answering phones.

Jordan Haarer

Crew Leader & Office Administrator

Jordan started working for Dogwood Hills in 2016. He has a degree in physics from Goshen College. He mostly operates his own crew and helps out in the office, but he can  be seen working on crews as well.

Grant Frye

Crew Leader

Grant started with Dogwood Hills in 2012. Having grown up in the business, he learned all the trades and has become one of our best tree trimmers. He mostly operates his own crew, but also can be seen working with crews as well.

Tim Seman

Farm Manager & Crew Leader

Tim started working at Dogwood Hills in 2012. He has a degree from Purdue University in Science and Forestry. A lot of his time is spent managing the farm but he can also be seen leading his own crew.

Cris Flores Jr.

Crew Member

Cris has been working for Dogwood Hills since 2017. Cris most frequently can be seen on various crews as he has become one of our most valuable crew members. On occasion, he can be seen running his own crew.

Cris Flores Sr.

Crew Member

Cris began working for Dogwood Hills in 2016. He can be seen working on different crews and is one of our best crew members. In addition to his service to Dogwood Hills, Cris also works for Heartland RV company.

Daniel Bontrager

Crew Member

Daniel has been with Dogwood Hills since 2014. Like Curtis, he started out pulling weeds and has become a very important member of our team. Daniel is a jack of all trades and can mostly be seen on various crews.

Ryan Duckworth

Crew Member

Ryan started working for Dogwood Hills in 2020.  He has a degree in Environmental Science from Grace College and previously worked for the DNR.  Ryan can mostly be seen helping out on various crews.  

Industry Clients

J. A. Wagner Construction ~ DJ Construction ~ Ancon Construction ~ Nipsco ~ American Electric Power ~ Goshen College ~ Grace College

University of Notre Dame ~ City of Goshen ~ City of Elkhart ~ City of Warsaw ~ City of South Bend ~ City of Dowagiac ~ Town of Culver

Town of Middlebury ~ Grand Design RV ~ Keystone RV ~ Jayco ~ Greencroft Retirement Communities ~ Maplecrest Country Club ~ Elcona Country Club


I am very pleased with the work that Jordan and his crew did for us in planting 10 mature arborvitae. The communication, scheduling, staging, and planting went perfectly. They did a great job cleaning up and leaving the yard and planting area looking great! Jordan left us with printed watering instructions so that we know just how much water the trees need to get established. I would definitely contact Dogwood Hills Tree Farm for any future tree planting we might want to do. Many thanks!!

What a wonderful afternoon at Dogwood Hills! We received fabulous service from CJ. He gave us his undivided attention but we felt no pressure. Todd was also very nice and shared great info that helped us make our decision. It was truly a top-notch experience and the grounds are beautiful. Our visit ended with delicious refreshments and they sent some home with us for our kids. Can’t wait to get our new tree!
Dogwood Hills Tree Farm is an absolutely amazing place! I felt more like family than a customer. We had a great time and we were allowed to stay an hour past closing just to be given a tour. I learned so much! We absolutely will go back in the future. Curtis is the man and an absolute tree Guru! We purchased a Weeping Willow and I can’t wait to update yearly pics! Thanks so much for going above and beyond!
We have had Dogwood Hills Tree Farm plant 10 trees for us and they are all gorgeous. They have also been a huge help in removing trees and in moving trees. If you are seeking a knowledgeable and reliable professional with fantastic customer service, look no further!
The large selection of trees are beautiful and the services are phenomenal. Thank you for such great guys that work so hard planting trees for customers. They are awesome and we will be back!
Beautiful trees, but the service is what sets this place apart from all the rest! They took time to explain the whole planting process to our kids and treated us like family – beyond impressed with this family run operation!


53899 County Road 39 Middlebury, IN 46540

Call Us

(574) 825-3363