Michael Ricketts, Maintenance Manager
Gardens have been Michael’s passion since he was a kid rearranging rocks in the creek to make a better pattern. He learned quickly that he had a knack for horticulture and it’s relating hardscapes. He comes to Gardens to Love with experience in site maintenance, irrigation, outdoor lighting, outdoor kitchens, and living areas. Michael built his own greenhouse to propagate plants and now grows all his plants and vegetables for his family.
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.