Our History

Owner Rain Miljan moved to Missouri from Estonia in 1993 to attend University of Missouri as a student in business. After graduating in Spring of 1996 and landing his first job as assistant manager for a regional Garden Center, he was hooked to the Green Industry. After a brief return to Europe to pursue various business interests, Rain spent the next few years working in the nursery industry managing Independent Garden Centers in Missouri and Minnesota. Ultimately he founded Hillside Gardens & Landscaping in 2002 in Neosho, Missouri and has been serving the Four States region since. Rain currently serves as the President and Horticultural Manager of the company.

Thomas Gilmore joined Hillside Gardens as its first full-time employee in 2004 after 4 years previous experience in the landscape industry. 14 years later Thomas serves as the Operations Manager for the Landscape Construction Department as well as lead Landscape Designer.

Using the experience from those garden-center roots, Hillside Gardens was focused on offering the best in knowledge-based residential landscape design. As the need arose for specialists in the relatively new hardscape industry Hillside Gardens stepped up to become the region's premiere choice in residential Outdoor Living.

Rain and Thomas have designed and installed over $25 million in residential landscaping in the Four States

Creating People Spaces...Naturally!

At Hillside Gardens & Landscaping our mission is to create beautiful, functional landscapes centered around people. We love plants, pavers and stone and we're very good at putting these things together but we know that great landscapes are great people spaces. With that in mind we specialize in designing, building and maintaining outdoor living spaces that look great and function well for the families we serve.

Located centrally in Neosho, Missouri - Hillside Gardens is able to serve much of the Four States including the Joplin-Springfield-Branson Metro, Southeast Kansas, Grand Lake, Northwest Arkansas Metro and Table Rock Lake. We have completed design and consulting projects in the greater Midwest. 

Our Vision

After 15 years in business we have learned a thing or two about landscaping. With the combined knowledge of our staff - its over 100 years! - we strive every day to improve our efficiency and ability to serve our clients. We serve residential clients with passion and imagination. Dedicated to using the latest in technology and techniques we continue to innovate and excel. In the last year we have developed a new website, implemented a state-of-the-art software system, purchased additional vehicles and equipment and have conducted hundreds of hours of training. We will continue to implement the best systems and practices we can to ensure our people are the best trained and highest paid landscapers and our clients are the best served...period!

Our People

Design and Sales

Thomas Gilmore - Designer

Brandon Jessip - Designer

Rain Miljan - Horticulture Manager

Hardscape Team

John Graham - Construction Manager

Patrick Billings - Softscape Technician

Amparo Hernandez - Hardscape Specialist

David Jones - Softscape Specialist

Jose Zavala - Hardscape Specialist

Horticulture Team

Thomas Autry - Horticulture Technician

Dustin Dillon - Softscape Technician

Jose Garza - Horticulture Technician

Simison Johnny - Horticulture Technician

Kris Miljan - Horticulture Specialist

Edson Pastor - Horticulture Specialist

Irrigation Specialist

Mike Jones - Irrigation Manager

Support Team

Jacob Rowden - Shop Loader


Eduardo Pupo 


Cindy Rogers 


Keri Benjamin