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 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 and playing with his granddaughter

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, especially her granddaughter.


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.



Davenport, Angela

Sales Associate

Employed Since: 2007

Education: Horticulture Harrison Bay Vocational School

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


Fairbanks, Jill

Cashier Manger

Employed Since: 2012

Fun Fact: Jill enjoys spending time with her family in Pigeon Forge.



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 / Farmers Market Director

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, and she own a fig farm.

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 manufacturing company of iron garden art, and they released an entire line based on her designs in 2013.

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 slideshow presentation. She enjoys gardening, traveling, photography, and 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.