Julia Sampson

Garden Center Manager, julia@fgsdurham.com

Julia is from Pembroke, NC, but now lives in Durham, NC.  Her professional background began in agriculture where she focused on the aggregation of local NC food.  She is incredibly passionate about supporting local farms, so she is a perfect fit for sourcing locally grown plants here in NC at our Garden Center.  Julia loves small businesses and is delighted to be able to further her career here at FGS where she can continue to foster her passion for plants.  She loves personal finance and can often be found making monthly budgets.  When she isn’t visiting gardens or other local nurseries in her free time, she is avidly gardening and caring for her cat, Loaf.

Ann Milam

Sales Department Lead, ann@fgsdurham.com

Ann is a native of New York and grew up in New York City.  She left the big city behind 13 years ago and moved down here to NC.  She lives with her husband and dogs in Durham.  Prior to managing our garden center, Ann was a teacher and worked in social services.  However, she has always had a soft spot for gardening and would do gardening jobs on the side.  She is a life-long gardener, and she loves helping people finding the right plant for the right place in their gardens and helping new gardeners overcome their fears.  She spends free time with her dogs, kayaking or tracing her family tree.


Aurora Cloutier

Sales Department Lead, aurora@fgsdurham.com

Aurora grew up in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, just outside of Asheville. Aurora previously worked as a private gardener maintaining residential gardens in the Asheville area before moving to Durham and joining our Garden Center team.  Her creativity has many outlets here at FGS.  You will likely be dazzled by one of her beautiful displays when you visit.  She is always looking to learn more about her specialized areas, which is currently trees and succulents.  Aurora loves her fur family: two horses, a cat, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback.  She also loves herbalism, stone medicine, yoga, photography, gardening (of course!), and creating crystal grids on hiking trails or beaches for others to enjoy.

Judy Rosenberger

Houseplant Buyer, judy@fgsdurham.com

Judy cannot call one particular place “where she grew up” because she lived in multiple coastal cities in the US and Japan.  Judy has placed roots in Cedar Grove, near Hillsborough, NC where she lives with her husband, dogs, cats and Budgie Birds.  Before working in garden centers and becoming our houseplant guru, Judy was a Certified Dental Assistant.  We are so glad she chose plants over teeth.  If you can’t find Judy tending to all the houseplants, she is likely spending time with her grandchildren, fishing in her lake, playing with her animals, or tending to her garden.