Meet the Team

Matthew Noel- Landscape Designer

Bachelor of Science from NCSU in Landscape Design & Horticulture

Certified Plant Professional & member of NCAN (NC Association of Nurserymen)

Matthew brings his special skills to landscape design, focusing on creating outdoor rooms and spaces that allows one to reconnect with nature. He specializes in combining hardscapes with plants, balancing and complementing one another in a way that becomes first functional, then whimsical and delightful.

Matt- “What I love about working at Garden Supply Co. is that it truly is unique to be able to walk a client through a design in the nursery, showing the plants and giving them a chance to digest and have some visuals as what to expect versus throwing them head-first into a design with 30 different plant names and telling them, “Trust me – you’ll like them.” It takes so much of the pressure off of the client.”




Tracy- Garden Supply CoTracy Whitten- Annual Buyer & Container Designer

Tracy comes to us all the way from Ft. Lauderdale. After cultivating a love of gardening during two and a half decades under the Florida sun, Tracy now embraces the warmth and vibrancy of the four beautiful and unique seasons each year that North Carolina has to offer. Tracy specializes in container garden design and is entering her second year as our annuals buyer. Her goal is to find the top plants for our unique area, and just as is the case with her own garden at home, Tracy brings to Garden Supply Co. the ever-shifting color of the leaves and a love for the visual poetry that is a well-designed container.

Tracy- “It’s not work if it’s your passion, and this is mine- making the world beautiful one container at a time. Stop by, and let’s get some art in your yard.”





Brittany Owens- Merchandise Manager & Buyer     5_8_08 1215

Bachelor of Science from East Carolina University with a double concentration in Apparel Merchandising and Interior Merchandising

Having always loved art and aesthetics, Brittany knew she wanted to spend her days where she could work hands-on with design. She began her career in the colorful world of interiors, merchandising and designing for local furniture boutiques and clientelle in Greenville, NC. Her time managing at a  high-end clothing boutique was where she found her passion lay in styling for fashion shows and especially creating floor sets. After making the move to Raleigh, NC in 2011, she landed the position as Designer at Garden Supply Company.

Brittany- “I love that Garden Supply is the perfect canvas to be creative. There is always a change to make on the floor from painting walls to constructing seasonal displays. It is truly rewarding to see the look on our customers’ faces when they see a new display and get inspired to re-create a look at home. That’s what shopping should be all about, gaining inspiration in the experience.”






ChipChip Ford – Certified Plant Professional & Centers Operations Manager

Degrees from NCSU include Ornamentals and Landscape Technology as well as Turf and Grass Management                                                   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.

Chip – “I choose to work for Garden Supply Company for the unique plants and gift items. It’s also a fun place to work, and the people are like family. Fifteen years with the company has really flown by.”




Jay Stolz-  Gardener, Florist and Container Designer

 Graduate from University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Botany   

Jay- “After 30 years of owning a full service florist, in northern New Jersey, my wife  Elin and I relocated to Raleigh area for a slower life style and Carolina Blue Sky. Still having the passion to create and  love 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.” 





Danielle Danielle McGuinn- Landscape Office Manager, Gardener 

With a keen sense of organization and accuracy, Danielle is at the core of the landscape office.  Her love of gardening brought her to Garden Supply Co where she has been an asset for over five years. Her gardening knowledge, excellent customer service, and bubbly personality make her a pleasure to work with.

 Danielle- “I really enjoy learning about new varieties of plants, getting to know our clients, and  helping them search for the right plants for their garden.”