Marty Bates – Operations Manager
A native of Belmont, MS, Marty was raised on a cattle and cotton farm and considers himself a lifelong gardener. He is an Air Force veteran and holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting having attended Troy State and Anchorage College. While much of his career has been in operations and supply chain logistics for medical devices, he is returning to his roots as Operations Manager at Marcia Weber Gardens to Love.
When not at work, you’ll find Marty spending time with this wife of 23 years, cheering on his favorite football team (Roll Tide), and enjoying his own garden. His favorite plant is cephalotaxus, commonly called plum yew or cowtail pine, a coniferous bush or small tree, originally from Japan.
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.
Marvin ‘Marc’ Creamer III – Field Manager
A native Atlantan, Marc has been in landscaping for over 25 years. He is fond of joking that he prefers plants to people and says being able to work outdoors installing personal environments is what he loves most.
In the mid-nineties, Marc was an integral part of the team that installed the gardens at Arthur Blank’s residence off Tuxedo Drive. He recalled the excitement when these gardens were registered with the Smithsonian for their wide variety of plant life.
Marc’s favorite plant is the okkanum cherry tree which is the first cherry tree to bloom each season, as early as February. When not installing memorable landscapes and private gardens, he enjoys time with his wife of 23 years, and their 12 year old son in Alpharetta. He plays guitar and spends time in his own garden.
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 with friends, you’ll find her working out and pursuing fitness.
Nick Panetta – Landscape Project Manager & Designer
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Nick graduated from the University of Georgia cum laude with Dean’s list honors and a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. With a passion for construction growing up, he has focused his talents on crafting landscapes that are not only personal statements but that are also innovative and sustainable, saving clients time and money.
Nick is an advocate of Urbanism, Bicycle Infrastructure, Green Storm Water Management and is the former Director at Large of Young Professionals in Transportation. He sees landscape architecture as a key channel to both beautifying and protecting the outdoor environment.
When he isn’t working he enjoys time with his wife of 6 years and their son, not yet a year old. He is an avid outdoor biker and lover of motorsports. His favorite tree is a gingkgo biloba, also known as the maidenhair tree, and the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct.