Our Mission

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is dedicated to preserving the unique resources and natural environment that have surrounded its tribal members for generations. In keeping with that tradition, the mission of its Heronswood Garden is to restore, maintain and develop this unique horticultural facility as a place for special events, plant sales, educational programs and tours that recognize and are consistent with the heritage of the Garden and of the Tribe.

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has as an important part of its work the restoration and maintenance of Heronswood Garden. In partnership with Heronswood’s management team, the Foundation coordinates fundraising efforts, membership activities and special events that benefit the garden, including the seasonal Plant Sale & Garden Opens and lectures.

Our People

Heronswood Garden

Dan Hinkley, Director
Celia Pedersen, Garden Manager & Head Gardener
Duane West, Senior Gardener
Ralph Purser, Maintenance Lead
Alan Hanson, Maintenance
Bernie Folz, Gardener I
T.J. Wellman, Maintenance Assistant
Debby Purser, Gardener Assistant

Port Gamble S’Klallam Foundation
Joan Garrow, Executive Director
Betty DeCoteau, Chief Financial Officer
Steve Knowlton, Executive Assistant
Elena Von Sternberg, Accountant
Steering Committee

The Heronswood Garden Steering Committee is an volunteer group that includes horticulturalists, curators and managers of botanical gardens and arboreta, experts in tribal governance and culture, and gardening enthusiasts. They work with the Port Gamble S’Klallam Foundation to help shape the restoration, development, and programming goals at Heronswood.

Mary Booth,  Richard Brown, Ron Charles, Talia DeCoteau, John Folz, Thomas Givan, Sue Hanna, Nancy Heckler,
Nick Jewett, Robert Jones, Laurie Mattson, Ciscoe Morris,  Ed Moydell, Lee Neff, Laura Price, Nita-Jo Rountree, Barbara Leigh Smith, Richie Steffen