Keith comes from a long background of gardeners, with a humble beginning working in his mother’s florist shop in Richmond Virginia. At an early age he showed signs of being an entrepreneur by selling “sharp pencils” and dividing the family’s Liriope up to repot and sell from the trunk of his mom’s car. As a teenager, Keith worked in a small, family owned garden center. From there he entered college to pursue a landscape design degree while operating a small landscape design business, which he co-owned. After college Keith worked for a full-service interior and exterior installation firm for seven years, opening a branch office in Virginia Beach in 1989 and in Raleigh in 1991. He moved to Cary that year.
Kitty Mazza, General Manager
In February of 2002 I answered a small ad in the Cary News “looking for a few avid gardeners”. Over the years I have learned so much more about plants, the industry and gardening here in NC. In 2009 I took the job of GM and love the people I work for and with, the look and feel of our store and the wonderful customers who are supportive and loyal to this family owned business.
Bob has always been in the landscape business. He owned his own landscape company and worked in the nursery business for the last 20 years. He recently moved to North Carolina from Connecticut to be closer to family. Bob's family includes his wife, two children and two dogs named Jackson and Sugar. Bob loves plants and loves helping folks pick out the right plant for the right spot.
Kathy Burns has been with GSCO, off and on, at least 15 years. She began in the garden and has helped out with staffing, training, houseplants and is currently working on coordinating the GSCO workshops and classes and writing the monthly newsletters.
Kathy's love for gardening began working in the yard with her grandmother. She still has a pass-along plant almost 70 years old from her grandmother. "I am a gardener's gardener. I am not happy unless my hands are in the dirt or I am watering something," she says.
Kathy received her undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio and her Master's degree in Public Administration from Indiana University.
When not at work, she is active in a number of non-profit organizations and her passion is helping cancer patients going through chemotherapy.
Chip Ford – Certified Plant Professional & Centers Operations Manager
Degrees from NCSU include Ornamentals and Landscape Technology as well as Turf and Grass Management and Business Administration degree from Wake Tech.
Chip has over 30 years knowledge of plants and installations. As Operations Manager, Chip schedules your landscape jobs, tree installations, and deliveries. Behind the scenes Chip is growing and purchasing quality perennials, waterplants, trees, and shrubs to fill the garden center.
Eric Schmalz, Landscape Designer
Eric grew up in Alpharetta, GA and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. He has over 18 years of landscape design experience and he is a NC licensed landscape contractor. Away from work, he loves spending time with his two daughters fishing, playing sports, watching movies and cooking meals together.
N.C. Licensed Landscape Contractor #2771
Katherine has spent her whole life as a gardener. She says it is in her genes. Her love for the outdoors and gardening came from her dad and she remembers how she loved to work in the yard as a little kid. Over the years, Katherine has continued to learn as she moved from Michigan to Connecticut to Arizona to North Carolina. Each state had it's own unique challenges to gardening, but she loves gardening in North Carolina the best.
Kay Taul has been with GSCO for over eight years, after retiring from working in the Healthcare industry. She is truly a "jack-of-all-trades", whether it is helping you outside in the spring and summer with plants, or helping you decorate your home. Kay also helps with all of the displays and decorations at Christmas, making the greenhouse a "winter wonderland."
The one thing Kay loves about working at Garden Supply Company are the beautiful plants, as she loves to garden. She is also proud of the customer service that is offered at GSCO and likes working somewhere where helping customers is one of the most important things valued.
Leigh has been with GSCO since March of 2015. She is the buyer for all of our annuals and greenhouse plants. Leigh comes to her love of plants naturally. As a little girl, she was the one who cared for her family's indoor plants. She never considered doing anything else in her life, other than working with plants. Leigh received her Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Clemson.
Leigh has spent the last 20 years owning her own Interior Landscaping business in Morehead City.
She loves working at GSCO because of the incredible people: those I work with and our customers. Leigh also LOVES the wide variety and quality of our plant material and accessories. We are happy to have her a part of the GSCO team.
Julie grew up playing in the woods of Pennsylvania and loves the outdoors. She attended Clemson University and earned a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. She has been at Garden Supply for five years and has enjoyed working in many areas from houseplants to landscape design. She currently helps to oversee the perennial department and is especially enjoying learning more about native plants and how to best help our environment in our own backyard.
Fresh flowers and vegetables have always been on my table. As a small child, my parents taught me the love of gardening and the gratification of eating and preserving freshly picked vegetables and fruits. I like to grow plants that are unique and help me to be creative in design whether it be in arrangements, containers or fairy gardens. I contribute my success to my husband and two daughters who believe and support me in everything I do. Bring me your containers and ideas and together we will create a work of art.
Jay Stolz, Gardener, Florist, Container Designer
After 30 years of owning a full service florist, in northern New Jersey, my wifeElin and I relocated to Raleigh area for a slower life style and Carolina Blue Sky. Still having the passion to create andlove for flowers and plants, I found Garden Supply was a wonderful place to express myself. I am starting my 4th spring season and time fly’s by when your having fun. With my customer service experience, I assist our customers with plant selection, garden design, and overall plant health concerns. I especially enjoy designing containers. So if you have a desire to fill your containers or choose one from our newest selection, stop in and we can have fun selecting the right plants and colors . I really enjoy meeting all our customers and share in the excitement of flowers and plants. I’m a very fortunate person to have the opportunity to continue my passion of flowers and plants. Gardening keeps me grounded.
Zenda has worked in plant and gift sales at Garden Supply for 8 years. She loves to help customers select their annuals and assist them in the design and creation of containers. During the holiday season she enjoys decorating GSCO's Christmas trees. When not at work Zenda lives in New Hill where she spends her time outdoors playing in the dirt with her flowers and bird watching with her labs.
Dacay Erik, Annuals Department
Emily Moran has been with GSCO for a little over a year. Originally from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Emily moved to the Cary/Apex area in the spring of 2016 and started working at GSCO soon after. Her role at GSCO began as an assistant social media manager and evolved into the role of a gardener as well.
Emily’s love for the outdoors and gardening stemmed from her father, a naturalist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and a childhood spent learning and playing in nature.
Emily received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Kent State University in Ohio.
When Emily is not working she can be found hiking, running, kayaking or exploring with her trusty Siberian Husky, Roxanne.