Jake Monroe -General Manager


Brian Gayheart - Purchaser - Sales

Jake has been part of the Cottage Gardens family for over 15 years.  His passion for nature and business allow him to serve the greater Lansing area with their horticultural needs, while providing each and every customer with a “Tradition of Quality”.  Jake’s favorite part of being with Cottage Gardens is developing long lasting relationships and serving our guests with enthusiasm.  His customer oriented approach and genuine passion for  horticulture, make him a valuable and inspirational asset to our team.

Jake’s Quote:  “We believe in discovering and fulfilling the needs of our guests, while providing a quality and enjoyable experience” 


Chip Frank -

Design - Sales


KJ Oberlin - Sales - Web


Kris Parks

- Sales - Rentals


James Benjamin -

Deliveries - Customer Assistance


Vash Best

- Customer Assistance


Tammi Russell -

Customer Assistance

Chip has extensive experience in the landscape industry. He has worked as a landscape designer for over 28 years since earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture.  Chip has worked as a designer in Maryland, New Jersey, West Virginia and spent the last 21 years here in Michigan.

Chip creates customized, sustainable designs using his knowledge of plant material and landscape construction. Designs are created using a state of the art computer aided design program with 3-D capabilities.

Chip has specialized in the design and construction of retaining walls, patios, water features, landscape lighting and drainage solutions in addition to planting design.


Kris is a nature and plant enthusiast. He grew up camping, hiking, and exploring the outdoors to create his own learning experience. Kris brings to Cottage more than 17 years of experience in customer service.  He strives to make our customers happy by providing the highest level of quality service, based on each specific customer’s needs.  Although he would rather be in the woods somewhere, working with trees and plants comes close enough.