True to their nature with a reputation for environmental stewardship, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, with a commitment to restore the gardens, has hired Nancy Heckler as General Manager of Heronswood.
is best known for the design and development of Oyster Point Gardens, in Poulsbo, Washington.
created the renowned ornamental and vegetable garden, and renovated the property's structures to a level that quickly became a destination garden and the darling of garden media, even landing Oyster Point on the cover of Martha Stewart Living magazine
and a couple of times on Martha's TV show.
Oyster Point was published in a number of national publications and has been featured in many glossy garden books.
I will be forever grateful to be able to use some of her
photos in my own book, Gardening with Confidence-50 Ways to add style for personal creativity.
was also a docent at Heronswood
for a number of years, and her
love for these gardens is obvious when you speak with her
Once the gardens were purchased by the The Port Gamble S'Klallam tribe in 2012, Nancy
was one of the first volunteers to return.
With the tribe's commitment, along with Dan Hinkley and the volunteer crew, Nancy
will be supported in the common goal of restoring the gardens.
also knows a thing or two about marketing.
role as Marketing Director for Starbucks Coffee
, along with her
20+ years of freelance marketing consulting, Nancy
has had an impressive career.
will not only take someone with a strong business background, but also an experienced gardener with a deep love for plants.
The Port Gamble S'Klallam knew what they are doing.
I also want to add a personal note.
I have the good fortune to know Nancy
is a friend of mine, so I can speak about some personal attributes that make her
even more uniquely qualified for the job.
is, beyond compare, the most logical, level headed, non-judgmental person I know.
has a steely focus to get a job done with the finesse of one of the diplomats I served with when I worked at the Embassy in London.
No doubt, she
will be embarrassed when reading this.
I hope you will join me in in warmly welcoming Nancy
Congrats to Nancy!