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Meet Your Team


Gene McAuliffe

Chairman of the Board

Gene is the founder of Tropical Treehouse Corporation, doing business as Cross Creek Nursery. He started the company as Tropical Treehouse over 45 years ago in a small shop in Carytown. With vision and dedication, he has successfully grown our company into five divisions: Landscape Design & Build, Grounds Maintenance, Cross Creek Florist, Interiorscapes and the Garden Center. Gene is involved in the strategic planning of acquisitions, investments and all future growth. 

Mark McAuliffe

President and CEO

Mark started with the company over 32 years ago. He started out as a Landscape Designer, and today he wears many hats including the head of Human Resources, Information Technology, and legal matters as well as risk management. He handles the day to day financial operations of all 5 divisions at Cross Creek Nursery. When he’s not working, Mark enjoys coaching baseball with his 3 boys and cheering on his favorite team, the Virginia Tech Hokies!   

Jason McAuliffe

President of Retail & Growing Operations

Jason joined Cross Creek Nursery in 1998 after college and joined our team as a Landscape Designer. He served as president of the Central Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association and is a board member of the Virginia Flower Growers Association.  Jason also serves on the Chesterfield County School System Horticulture Department Advisory Board. He oversees all retail operations, growing facilities and manages our production facilities in Hanover & Nottoway. Jason loves water sports in the summertime and skiing during the winter. He lives in Moseley with his wife Kelly, sons Luke & Jonathan and his dog Manny.  

Andrew McAuliffe

President of Commercial Services

 Andrew began his career working as a Landscape Foreman and eventually a Grounds Foreman.  After several years of learning the business out in the field, he became Manager of the Grounds Maintenance Department. His superior customer service has coincided with the rapid growth and expansion of the Grounds Department. Andrew now oversees the commercial side of our Landscape Design & Build, Grounds Maintenance and Interiorscape Divisions. He and his wife Erin reside in Midlothian ​with their 3 daughters.  

Meet Your Nursery & Garden Center Staff

Meet Your Landscaping Staff

Meet Your Grounds Management Staff

Meet Your Interiorscape Staff