Doug Barnes

Lead Landscape Designer,

Doug is from Rocky Mount, NC, now living with his wife and son in Holly Springs, NC.  He graduated from NC State with a degree in landscape architecture and a minor in horticultural science.  Doug began his career at the JC Raulston Arboretum maintaining the gardens. He also spent a few years working for the NC State Parks system as a parks planner.  He joined the FGS team in 2013 managing the garden center and became the in-house landscape designer in 2015.  Doug spends his free time gardening, restoring furniture, playing guitar, surf fishing, and enjoying good food.

Billy Balton

Landscape Designer,

Billy grew up in Philadelphia, PA.  He made his home in Raleigh, NC, after receiving his Master’s in Landscape Architecture at NC State.  Before making the decision to go to grad school, Billy worked as a solar technician in the Triangle.  His easy-going personality took him to live out of the Mystery Machine Van for 10 weeks as he traveled in Australia back in 2017.  If Billy is not at his desk creating beautiful designs, he is froclicking outdoors, especially at the beach or the mountains.  You may also find him in his garden or playing a game of soccer with friends.  

Marsha Pearce

Inside Sales (also VP/Owner)

Marsha grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then Lakeland, Florida.  Marsha began her career in the Purchasing Department at Publix.  She then went into business with Scott and co-owned their lawn and pest management company in Florida.  She spent a few years at home with her three children until five years ago when she began part-time at FGS.  Now, she wears many hats here at FGS, but primarily works with the landscape sales team.  She doesn’t know a stranger and loves trying new things.  She refurbishes old furniture, spends time in the garden and works with wood.  She loves the smell of freshly cut wood and dreams of one day being a carpenter.

Jack Meyers

Landscape Operations Manager,

Jack is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but moved to NC in 2016.  Jack studied Horticultural Science, Turfgrass Science (yes, that’s a thing), Management and Spanish at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  He has worked in the Landscape, Golf Course and Design industry since 2002.  Jack joined our team in 2017.  On the weekends, you will find Jack enjoying a round of golf or disc golf, playing volleyball, relaxing at the beach or lake or just chilling with friends.


 Viridian Sanchez

Landscape Operations Buyer,

Viridian was born in Veracruz, Mexico, but she grew up in Hillsborough, NC.  She lives in Carrboro now with her family.  Viridian has an Associate in Arts and is currently working towards her Spanish Facilitator certification.  Her Spanish-speaking skills come in quite handy for us here at FGS!  She loves superheroes, but can’t choose a favorite. When she has free time, Viridian loves to read, work in her garden or watch movies.


AmberLeigh Blevins

Client Care Lead,

AmberLeigh lived in Raleigh, NC before moving to Cary with her husband and fur babies.  She is a UNCG graduate with a degree in Elementary Education and NonProfit Management.  She decided teaching elementary school was not for her, however, and found her go-getter personality was perfect for working in sales, administration, and as an instructor.  Coming to FGS seemed like a perfect fit for her since she currently owns 50+ houseplants, maintains her own worm compost and has a small outdoor garden.  When she and her husband are enjoying time off, they love to relax, explore the triangle and hang out with loved ones.