Our Staff

Our staff members are often requested to speak at group events, such as garden clubs, civic groups, etc. If you would like to request a certain staff member to come speak at your event, visit our Contact Page.

Whitener, Wendell

Owner; President

Employed Since: 1989

Education: Ornamental Horticulture Landscape Design A.S. Degree Chattanooga State

Fun Fact: Wendell enjoys working. 

Whitener, Gina

Owner; Vice President

Employed Since: 1989

Education: Computer Science Engineering B.S. Degree UTC

Fun Fact: Gina enjoys camping and spending time with family.

 

Basham, Greta

Horticulturalist / Retail Assistant Manager

Employed Since: 2006

Education: Agriculture with Emphasis in Horticulture B.S. Degree Tennessee Tech

Fun Fact: Greta enjoys camping with her family, and has a great love for the Great Smoky Mountains.

 

 

Brock, Ralph

Residential Landscape Designer

Employed Since: 2015

Education: UT,  B.S. in Agriculture with major in Ornamental Horticulture/Landscape Design

Fun Fact: Ralph retired from the US Army as a Lieutinant Colonel, and enjoys working on his farm, and baking fresh bread.

 

Davenport, Angela

Sales Associate

Employed Since: 2007

Education: Horticulture Harrison Bay Vocational School

Fun Fact: Angela enjoys snow skiing, reading, writing poems, and drawing.

 

Hager, Jill

Cashier

Employed Since: 2012

Fun Fact: Jill enjoys spending time with her young old son.

 

Lawson, Joe

Delivery Driver

Employed Since: 2009

Education: CDL License

Fun Fact: On the weekends you’ll find Joe behind the drum set playing in his band “Soul Survivor”.

 

McGraw, Kat

Retail General Manager & Horticulturalist

Employed Since: 2009

Education: Ornamental Horticulture Plant Science B.S. Degree UTK  /  Ornamental Horticulture Landscape Design Degree Chattanooga State  /  Business Administration Certificate  /  Member of the Tri-State Rose Society

Fun Fact: Kat enjoys running, gardening, farming, antiques, and cooking.

 

Miller, Angel

Marketing Director / Business Office Manager

Employed Since: 2009

Education: Health & Wellness A.S. Degree C.S.T.C.C.

                    Bible & Theology B.A. Degree Lee University Cum Laude

Fun Fact: Angel and her husband are avid hikers who turned their passion for wild mushroom hunting into a business by starting "2 Angels Mushroom Farm" in 2013; they sell their mushrooms at our weekly Ooltewahs Farmers Market.

 

Miller, Bill

Landscape Irrigation Director

Employed Since: 2003

Education: Business Administration Central Piedmont Community College N.C. 

                   Religion & Theology A.S. Degree Berean University

                   Irrigation Specialist Certification

Fun Fact: When Bill isn’t cruising with his wife & friends on their motorcycles, he is playing with his 10 grandkids!

Nielsen, Pete

Business Developer / Landscape Designer

Employed Since: 2007

Education: Business Administration B.S. Degree Univ. of Maryland  /  Business Administration M.A. Degree Webster Univ.  /  Certified Professional Property Manager  /  Certified Professional Logistician

Fun Fact: Pete is an enthusiastic volunteer for the USO and the TN Baptist Children’s Home, and enjoys hitting the greens for a round of golf. Watch our Events page for "Cooking With Pete", a fun cooking-show style demonstration at our Ooltewah Farmers Market each month.

Petersen, Sheila

Customer Service Specialist

Employed Since: 1999

Education: Business Management & Information Processing - Academy for Business Careers

Fun Fact: In her spare time, Sheila enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, and writing music.  Her painting was noticed by a national manufacting company of iron garden art, and they released an entire line based on her designs in 2013.


Stooksbury, Faith

Insect & Disease Specialist / Farmers Market Manager

Employed Since: 2004

Education: Early Childhood Development A.A. Southwest Texas Junior College

Past President of the Bradley Countly TN Certified Master Gardeners Association  /  Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator License

Fun Fact: Faith enjoys children and coordinates our "Kids In The Garden" children's education program. She also enjoys gardening, crafts, drawing, and spending time with her grandson, Caden.

Wash, Amy

Accounting

Employed Since: 2012              

Previous Employment: 1995-2005

Fun Fact: Amy returned to work part time in our Business Office. Amy is an avid photographer.

 

Williams, Darlene

Horticulturalist / Sales Associate

Employed Since: 2010

Education: Environmental Horticulture A.A.S. Degree Dalton State College

Georgia Certified Master Gardener  /  Master Gardener Teacher 2005-2007

Fun Fact: Darlene has traveled to Great Britan several times to see the English gardens and has a great slide show presention. She enjoys gardening, traveling, photography, nd local thrift shops.

Yates, Jim

Sales Manager

Employed Since: 2004

Navy Sailor 1962-1966 Parachute Rigger

Fun Fact: Jim enjoys gardening and is passionate about growing hostas. He also enjoys spending time with his Westie, Katie.

 

Casey

Guard Cat

Employed Since: 2008

Fun Fact: Casey enjoys taking long catnaps in the showroom.  She sets her own work schedule, but prefers to work third shift. You may have seen her curled up on a cushion fast asleep. She enjoys kitty treats and gentle head scratches.