James (Hugh) Brownlee – Horticulturalist
A native of Laurens, SC, Hugh received a bachelor’s degree with honors in ornamental horticulture from Clemson University. During high school and college, Hugh worked for Roses Unlimited, a nursery specializing in growing own-root roses and maintaining a collection of rare and historic varieties. After college, he completed a course in floral design from Hixon’s School of Floral Design in Lakewood, OH.
Hugh enjoys returning to South Carolina to visit his parents and to cultivate his garden at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Laurens. He enjoys memberships in several organizations including the Southern Garden History Society, the Georgia Perennial Plant Association, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Sons of the American Revolution. Hugh has a weakness for treasure hunting in second-hand bookshops and a passion for traveling to visit gardens. Gardens have become his recreation, hobby, and career.
Ashley Deka – Administrative Manager
A native of Cleveland, OH, Ashley has a degree in Sports Management with a minor in Business from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. She provides both accounting and administrative support and says what she enjoys the most in her work is the great clients that she speaks with often.
Ashley has a preference for roses and since joining GTL she has been inspired to create her own porch garden. When she isn’t working or spending time family and friends, you’ll find her traveling, working out and pursuing fitness.
Brent Laney – Field Coordinator
Brent, comes to us from Cordele in South Georgia or as Marcia calls it, “The Watermelon Capital of the World”. He graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with an Associate’s Degree in Environmental Horticulture. While at ABAC Brent interned at Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando learning their integrated pest management program. After moving to Atlanta he graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, but his real interest was in the world of horticulture and landscape services.
Brent loves spending time with his family, and travelling to learn about different countries and people. When not caring for your garden Brent is working to transform his garden into a beautiful and tranquil place for his family. Brent enjoys working for Gardens to Love, because we place an emphasis on making landscapes beautiful.