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 Emeritus
Ross Bayton, Director
Duane West, Senior Gardener
Matt Jevnikar, Horticulturist
Berni Folz, Gardener I
Debby Purser, Volunteer Coordinator
Ralph Purser, Maintenance Lead
Alan Hanson, Maintenance Tech
Olivia Bidtah, Maintenance Assistant
Ryoko Mosley, Guest Relations Coordinator

Port Gamble S’Klallam Foundation

Andrea Dolan-Potter, Executive Director
Greg Trueb, Chief Financial Officer
Pamela Olson, Accountant

Steering Committee

The Heronswood Garden Steering Committee is a 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.

Nic’cola Armstrong
Mary Booth
Ron Charles
Talia DeCoteau
John Folz
Kathy Fries
Thomas Givan
Sue Hanna
Nancy Heckler
Nick Jewett
Robert Jones
Nancy Kartes
Ciscoe Morris
Ed Moydell
Lee Neff
Sue Nevler
Laura Price
Nita-Jo Rountree
Barbara Leigh Smith
Richie Steffen
John van den Meerendonk



The Heronswood Garden Horticultural Internships provide candidates the opportunity to expand their horticultural and plant identification knowledge, improve their gardening skills and use of horticultural tools and equipment, and develop their professional network. Interns work under the direction of Heronswood director Patrick McMillan, director emeritus Dan Hinkley and alongside highly experienced professional gardeners in a working botanical garden.

The Heronswood Internship Program originally began in 1993. Heronswood Garden Interns have gone on to hold positions of prominence across the United States.

Interested applicants should be enrolled in a horticultural degree program at an accredited institution and should submit an application, Internship App2021, along with a brief cover letter and resume to or mail to the address given in the application form.