Hidden Creek Landscaping Inc. was founded in 1998 by Matt Seiler and Jason Cromley. While taking classes together in Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University, a mutual respect for hard work and creativity was discovered. With a shared vision on how projects should be installed and people should be treated, a business relationship was formed based on solid morals and friendship.

Due to our consistent dedication and innovative ideas in all aspects of landscaping, our company has been able to demonstrate impressive growth while maintaining personal relationships with our business contacts. Our goal is to be recognized amongst our peers and clients as the finest landscape design company in Central Ohio. With our educated staff, devotion to our clients and work, and our continuous growth, we are confident we will achieve our desired success.



Jason Cromley


Since co-founding Hidden Creek Landscaping in 1998, Jason has continually looked to the future with his goal of growing and expanding the business. He believes this comes directly from two critical drivers: the employees and the clients. Jason has been able to apply his positive attitude towards life and use that same mentality in exceeding the expectations of his ever-growing client base. He is more than confident that Hidden Creek Landscaping is on track to fulfill their mission statement of creating a higher quality of life for both our clients and our team.

With his formal education in construction, landscape design, and horticulture, Jason has been able to identify the essential components and the most effective methods required to create new and exciting outdoor enhancements, whether out of necessity or desire.

  • Jason began working in the green industry in 1991
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University
  • Minor in Construction Management
  • One year of study was spent in the design studios of Landscape Architecture
  • President Elect Columbus Landscape Association
  • Board Member Ohio Landscape Association
  • Panel Judge For PLANET awards  program


Matt Seiler


Since co-founding Hidden Creek Landscaping in 1998, Matt has employed the philosophy that while landscaping happens to be our expertise, Client's are our business. With this philosophy, he has been able to create a team environment where we value our employees and clientele alike. By understanding the client's business and listening to their wants and needs, Matt has succeeded in creating individual maintenance programs that continually exceed our client's desires. Matt became a true student of nature and developed his strong work ethic early in life while growing up on a non-traditional farm in rural Ohio. Since then he strives every day to marry the natural and built landscape by implementing his personal and professional experiences along with his formal education.

  • Bachelors Degree in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University
  • Minor in Construction Management
  • A year of his study was spent in the design studios of Landscape Architecture
  • Semester in England designing and installing a sustainable landscape

Key Personnel

Elena Andrews

Residential Sales Design / Build

Elena joined the Hidden Creek design team in the spring of 2015. After a successful 15-year career in the architectural field primarily in Los Angeles, California with a specialty in designing master plans for colleges and universities, Elena decided to change paths and pursue her passion for landscape design. Building upon her Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and her Masters in Architecture from Princeton University, Elena then went on to obtain her associate’s degree in Landscape Design and Management at Columbus State Community College. Her goal is to leverage her architectural experience and ability in order to understand each client’s vision and to create memorable outdoor spaces that seamlessly integrate into the existing environment. As a native to Columbus, Ohio, Elena is happy to be back home where she and her daughter can be closer to family. And see snow.

Ron Malloy

Irrigation Manager

Ron has 16 years’ experience in the green industry, and he has worked on and/or managed jobs from residential, to large scale commercial, and government projects of all natures. For the past nine years, his primary focus has been related to irrigation systems, working directly and indirectly with HCL for several of those. He is extremely professional and detail oriented with all of his project ventures and client relations. Ron thrives on using Water Smart Technology and High Efficiency Irrigation systems to provide the highest quality product to the customer.

  • Two years in Landscaping and Turfgrass Management at Apollo Career Center
  • Columbus State Community College Associates Degree in Landscape Design/Build and completed two years in their Auto Technology program.

Paula Russell

Contract Administrator Design/Build

Paula joined the Hidden Creek administrative staff in June of 2010. After working in various areas of the landscape industry throughout her 21 years of experience, she has put her extensive training and customer service skills to work in the administrative area of the landscaping business. Having started her career as a field employee and working in the various roles throughout the industry, her main focus has been to provide the customer with the best service experience possible. Along with extensive and ongoing training and education, Paula received an Associate’s Degree in Parks and Recreation from Muskingum Area Technical College.

Gail Reinhart

Human Resources - Recruitment

Gail joined the Hidden Creek Team in 2014, bringing with her over 15 years of experience in Horticulture, Sales, Project, and Operations Management, and Employee Development. She has an Associate’s Degree in Landscape and Turfgrass Management from Owens Community College and has spent time working out of state in Michigan and Delaware gaining knowledge of Golf Course and Retail Garden Center operations, and Residential and Commercial Landscape Management. Gail grew up on a 500-acre farm in Northwest Ohio which cultivated her love of the outdoors. Gail is the youngest of 13 children.

Ashley Betteker


Ashley joined the Hidden Creek design team in the fall of 2016. Her interest in landscape design came while studying architecture at Kent State University, where she discovered the integral role landscaping plays within architectural design. Wanting to learn more about the field, she pursued her masters in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University. After graduating, Ashley moved to Chicago to practice on high end residential landscapes in the North Shore of Chicago. There, she focused on formal design that maximized functionality while fitting in with the aesthetic of the area. While Ashley enjoyed practicing in the Chicago area, she is excited to be back with family in Columbus, Ohio.

Ben McKnight

Residential Sales Design/Build

Ben joined the Hidden Creek Team in 2016, bringing with him 20 years of experience in the landscape industry. Ben has a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University. Through his career, Ben has been able to experience all facets of the industry, but his main focus has been in production, operations and sales. Ben enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He especially loves attending sporting events with his wife and two boys, taking camping trips, and enjoying their cabin in Virginia.

Cameron Ely

Residential Sales Design/Build

Cameron came on board with Hidden Creek in the summer of 2016. Originally from Toledo, OH, Cameron moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture. After graduation, he relocated to Athens, OH for an internship with a property management company designing landscapes and developing his graphics skills. Cameron then moved back to Columbus to begin working as a field crew worker for a well-known design/build landscape company to expand his plant and construction knowledge. He was promoted to the foreman position to lead his own crew, then promoted to design/sales, where he managed crews and provided excellent customer service to his clients. Cameron joined Hidden Creek’s Design Build division in the sales role to help deliver exceptional customer service, all while growing an exceptional beard.

Doug Fortkamp

Production Manager

Doug joined the Hidden Creek team in the summer of 2015, capitalizing on 10 plus years of experience in the landscape industry. Doug’s first career was in the restaurant industry, working his way into chef positions, but after 12 years, he decided to change gears and revisit his first career aspiration, which was Landscape Architecture. He attended The Ohio State University, but decided to jump directly into the green industry whole heartedly, taking a position at a local landscape company. Doug has managed a wide variety of projects, from small scale residential mulching to large scale public works. Having an eye for detail and ability to effectively communicate are two of his greatest assets. In his downtime, he enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.

Melody Evans

Contract Administrator Maintenance

Melody joined Hidden Creek Landscaping in the spring of 2016. She brings three years of office administration and financial experience to the company. She grew up in a small town in Northern Ohio, where she helped her family raise horses and steers. After high school, she became an office assistant for Knowlton Machine in Ashland and was quickly promoted to office manager. Upon moving to Columbus, she began working for Huntington National Bank as a teller, but was rapidly promoted to a personal banker, as well as customer advocacy leader. She attended North Central State College and is pursuing her psychology degree through Capella University. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Tim Reeves

Project Manager

Tim joined Hidden Creek in fall of 2016 in the Design Build Division, adding more than 30 years experience to the company. Tim began his career at the age of 15, when he joined a landscape company on a mow crew and was promptly promoted to foreman. In fact, the company had to hire a crew member that could drive until Tim obtained his license. He studied landscape construction at Northeast Career Center in high school and attended Ohio State ATI in Wooster, OH, focusing on landscape and horticulture selected studies. Tim then took his talents to Texas, working on large commercial landscape install projects in multiple states. He decided to return to Ohio, where he continued to develop his skills at local and national landscape and irrigation firms before joining the Hidden Creek team. In his downtime, Tim loves to work in his yard, watch the Buckeyes, and take on carpentry projects.

Larry Reasinger

Commercial Construction Sales

Larry joined Hidden Creek in January of 2017 in the Design Build Division and brings over 30 years’ experience in estimating and project management to the company. Larry studied landscape construction at Northeast Career Center in high school and attended The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, OH majoring in landscape construction. He also worked and studied landscape horticulture in Australia for two years. After returning from overseas he worked for local and national landscape companies before joining the Hidden Creek team. Larry enjoys spending time with his family, watching his son in sports and being involved with his sons’ Boy Scout troop.

Craig Jones

Account Manager

Craig joined Hidden Creek in September of 2017. With over 30 years of experience in the Landscape Profession, Craig brings an enormous amount of knowledge and experience to the Hidden Creek team. A graduate of The Ohio State University with a Horticulture degree, Craig’s goal is to incorporate that wisdom into each of his client’s properties. Exceptional customer service with fact based solutions are his top priorities. Craig is married to his high school sweetheart and has 4 beautiful children. His weekends are spent at Lake Erie where Craig has become a world class walleye fisherman. And that’s no fish story!

Melissa Kaltenecker


Melissa joined Hidden Creek in 2017, bringing with her over 7 years of accounting experience. Her exposure to and passion for accounting began at a young age, while spending time visiting her grandparents in Columbus and “working” for her grandfather at his small accounting firm. She has spent most of her career in the Real Estate Industry and was excited to focus in on the curb appeal provided by well-designed and beautifully maintained landscaping. When not in the office, Melissa enjoys browsing real estate and getting creative in the kitchen and with projects around the house, from home decorating to crocheting to various arts and crafts. She likes to be imaginative, but never with accounting.

Ryan Hyslop

Irrigation Service

Ryan joined the Hidden Creek team in October of 2018 after moving to Ohio from Arizona bringing 10 years of turf and irrigation experience with him. He has a certificate in Golf Course Management from The Ohio State University. After starting out in golf, Ryan moved into sports fields and landed a job with the Chicago Cubs where he spent the last seven years of his career. Working in Major League Baseball groomed Ryan into being a very detail-oriented person who is focused on providing the highest quality work, taking on new challenges and pushing his skill set to new levels. Ryan also loves being outdoors, baseball, spending time with his wife and son and of course The Ohio State University!

Cheyenne Hardy

Project Manager

Cheyenne joined Hidden Creek in April of 2019 for the Design Build Division bringing 7 years of large scale Commercial and Industrial construction knowledge and 8 years of high-end residential construction knowledge. Cheyenne started her construction career at 10 years old working for her Uncle, who built and remodeled multi-million-dollar custom homes. Her passion and drive for the construction industry led her into commercial and industrial sector as a project manager and working on over $400 million dollars in successful projects. In Cheyenne’s spare time she enjoys playing with her dog, coaching sports, bow hunting, and fishing.

Kathie Rath

Account Manager

Kathie came on board Hidden Creek in March of 2019. Kathie’s love for gardening began at an early age growing up in Kansas City, MO she inherited her mom’s passion for growing unique varieties of plants. She moved to Columbus in 1993 and worked as a teacher’s aide, and then as a Youth Minister while raising her three children, spending her free time working in her gardens. Once her kids were grown, it was time to pursue her own dreams by starting work at a local nursery and then continuing her learning at Columbus State in their Landscape Management and Design program. Kathie now brings her experience and passion to the Hidden Creek family. When she is not tinkering in her yard or spoiling her grandkids, she and her husband enjoy hiking, camping, and music.

Kylie Pennell

Business Development

Kylie joined Hidden Creek in April of 2019, adding her talent and experience in Sales and Account Management, Marketing, and Creativity to the Hidden Creek team. With her bubbly sense of humor and outgoing personality, each day, Kylie’s goal is to continue to attract new clients, offer innovative problem-solving solutions, and deliver exceptional, consultative customer service.

Kylie grew up in Ohio and graduated from Ohio University in Athens. Kylie’s biggest passions outside of work are Modern Art, Interior Design, and Travel. When she’s not spending time with her clients, working on a personal design project, or traveling, you’ll find Kylie with her husband, Adam, and her pup, Harlow. In the summer, Kylie and her family love to spend time golfing and playing tennis at the club, and catching some rays at the pool.

Matt Reppert

Account Manager

Matt joined the Hidden Creek team in the Spring of 2019 bringing over 20 years’ experience in landscape sales, estimating and production. His career began on a golf course which led him to The Ohio State University to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Turfgrass Management. Matt believes going above and beyond to build a personal bond with clients is the key to successful long-lasting relationships. Matt has a wonderful wife and his pride and joy are his two boys. Matt’s favorite pastime in life is to coach his son’s football teams, cheer them on in their soccer matches, and root for Ohio State and Cleveland in sports.

Laney Brown

Office Administrator

Laney joined the Hidden Creek team the spring of 2019 bringing customer service and management experience. Laney’s background started in the restaurant industry working as a catering manager and focusing on building relationships with her clients and delivering exceptional service. She attended the University of Phoenix studying business management to build on her career. In her spare time Laney enjoys spending time with her family and her 3 dogs.

Garrett Brinkman


Garrett joined the Hidden Creek team in the summer of 2018 as a design intern before coming on full-time in 2019 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. Garrett grew up in rural Northwest Ohio and spent most of his time outside, either exploring or playing sports which began to grow his love of the outdoors. His first job focused around his interest in landscape, working as a grounds crew member at a golf course and then maintaining his high school campus. Garrett brings his energy into the office every day with the desire to fuse built, man-made elements with the natural and sustainable systems of the world.