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Most people know Don Norman as a bird guy, but he actually has a background in botany. Starting in 1994 when Don was hired to do bird surveys at Fort Lewis (now JBLM), he has been associating the birds in plots he surveyed to the plants he measured in those plots. Lots of plots. When Don is not here, he is working in the southeast on coastal restoration projects, this year in Savannah, GA. In the winters he has been volunteering with Ilia State University in the Republic of Georgia on a project studying the interaction of white-winged redstarts and sea-berry (Rhamnoides hippodae).
Don’s re-design of his yard has started, so stop by for the process. he can always be reached at email@example.com page. do business with you.
Don is a board member of the Puget Sound Bird Observatory, a member of the Washington Native Plant Society, Eco Pro certified under the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, and has used permaculture methods to create a productive and wildlife friendly backyard.
Life long lover of nature and caretaker of the wild. Susie has spent several years volunteering at various wildlife rehabilitation centers. She is dedicated to living in harmony and giving back to our earth. She is brought great joy with every plant sold here at Go Natives! knowing that it contributes to the wellbeing of our planet. She is certified in permaculture design and has a huge passion for wild food and plant medicines. Her fiancé owns a local tree service - For the love of trees LLC. Which offers a free native tree planting to each of his clients. She is usually accompanied by her best friend, Gus the dog.Suzie is a part-time helper at the nursery who lives nearby. She volunteers at a local rehab clinic.
Heather jumped into the PNW 8 years ago, immediately falling in love with the lush botanical surroundings in stark contrast to many years living in the Southwest. With a background in wetland ecology and restoration, benthic entomology, and invasive plant species removal, the stretch to native plants wasn’t terribly far. Heather started working at Go Natives! in early 2018, lending a hand here and there and getting a better handle on NW plant knowledge. Today, she takes on many of the day-to-day operations and is usually accompanied by her trusty pup, Leia, who works for ear scratches.
I'm currently a student in the horticulture program at Edmonds CC. I was pretty active in my horticulture program at Nathan Hale High School for 3 out of the 4 years I attended there, and 100% owe my choice in career path to them. My love and interest specifically in native plants blossomed when I lived in Stanwood for a year, where my parents' yard is filled with red huckleberries, thimbleberries, salmonberries, starflowers, and many other native plant species. I noticed that these native plants attracted and sustained a far more diverse population of pollinators and other animals than I had ever seen in my hometown of Seattle. I aim to expand my knowledge at Go Natives! and find my place in this industry.
Alex recently finished his undergrad at UW with a degree in Biology and with a focus on Ornithology and Ecology. His passion for native plants started when my parents let me rip up their big lawn to install a bird-friendly garden. During this time, Alex also found a love for planting design and finding creative ways to cram biodiversity into a garden. At Go Natives, Alex hopes to further expand his knowledge of native plants and to share his enthusiasm for them with others. Alex is also interested in urban ecological design and is hoping to start a Masters in Landscape Architecture at UW soon. Alex wants to make our urban areas more resilient, beautiful, and better at providing for wildlife.
Chelsie Martell s back with us in a new role! She is our new buyer! Chelsie has an AA in Restoration Horticulture and a BAS in Sustainability. Does she look familiar? She worked for Go Natives for many years and has returned with a whole new set of skills. Chelsie moved out to the mountains on a few acres with her partner and two dogs. She is looking forward to developing more native seed propagation and plant grow outs for Go Natives.
Chelsie has been with us since 2014.
Nursery Plant Buyer - Seed Collection and Propagation
Katherine Shyi (also goes by "Kat") has been with Go Natives! for two and a half years now and currently works part time filling in here and there at the nursery.
Her full time job is running her business 'Kat with a K Landscaping' which focuses on rain gardens and cisterns.
When she's not working on cisterns and rain gardens or at Go Natives!, she tends to her container garden, likes to go out dancing, and of course... hanging out with her cat Bandit and Pancakes (not pictured)!
Sandy B Design
Sandy is our inventory guru, having set up and run inventory systems in her retail past. She maintains the Website, Social Media, Inventory System, Online Store and POS, and helps with special projects.
If she’s not around, she is riding her horse!
Inventory Management / Web Design
Owner of Artemis Gardens Landscape Design, Deborah has been in business since 2001. Her areas of expertise include native plant and drought-tolerant garden design, fine pruning, vegetable gardening and long-term, low-maintenance garden strategies. She is a King County Native Plant Steward and Seattle Tree Steward. In both Shoreline and Seattle, she has designed native plantings for public spaces and volunteered on stream restoration projects. She is working with Don to redesign the nursery to show how natives can work in a variety of micro-habitats, while consolidating the sales areas for a more enjoyable visitor experience. When not gardening, she enjoys backpacking and biking.