MEET THE STAFF
Owner, Operating Director
Ashley is the Owner and Operating Director of Lillian Gardens since its opening in 2016. Under her direction, she has transformed the business and its 1859 antebellum home and gardens into the successful and award-winning venue it is now recognized as. Although being a passionate event coordinator and business owner is a lifelong dream come true, Ashley’s unlikely journey started almost 15 years ago when she took a job as a receptionist to pay her way through college. Over the next 11 years, her tireless drive and work ethic allowed Ashley to rapidly progress through the ranks of a large, publicly-traded company, eventually being promoted to Finance Manager of the North Americas business. When seemingly at the pinnacle of her corporate career, she traded in surety, salary, and the perks that come with that, to own and manage her own business. With that decision, Lillian Gardens was born.
Ashley is now a prominent member of the Newnan community involved with the business district, the Chamber of Commerce and local charities, and yet still finds time to be a doting mother of two and devoted dog owner. In her limited time away from the business she enjoys travel, quality time with family & friends, and searching for her next great business venture, the first being Honey, a bridal boutique. opening September 2019.
Catering Director, Chef
Chef Rose has been an intricate part of the Lillian Gardens team since the grand opening in 2016. Prior to her start at Lillian Gardens, she was the Catering Director and in-house Chef for the special events venue, Something Special. Rose brings to us over 20 years of culinary excellence. Her main priority and focus are ensuring quality food with delicious flavor for all of our guests to enjoy. When she isn’t cooking up a storm in the kitchen, she enjoys antique shopping and restoration and spending time with her loved ones!
Jennifer joined the Lillian Gardens team as a part time wedding coordinator in 2021. At the time, she was a full time high school teacher who loved helping plan events on the side. Now, however, she has come on board full time as the venue coordinator and helps our amazing home and gardens run smoothly behind the scenes. Don’t worry, though, she still jumps in as wedding and event coordinator from time to time! She has extensive experience in the event world and can help pretty much anyone achieve the special event or wedding of their dreams!