Meet the Team
Gardening makes our staff happy, which in turn makes our customers happy.
When you stop by The Garden Spot, you'll see a lot of smiling faces ready to help you with whatever you need. If you have a particular plant in mind or a gardening question, our team is there for you.
Paige became the owner of Garden Spot Nursery in January 2020 after working for eight years as a member of nursery staff. She enjoys being outdoors in all seasons, surrounded by plants and gardeners. Paige studied Biology at WWU and loves learning about botany and how plants live and grow within the soil food web. When she isn't at the nursery or in her own garden, Paige enjoys hiking, backpacking, and reading. She has a particular interest in composting and enjoys raising and studying earthworms.
Aaron came on full-time at the Garden spot in spring of 2021. He loves working in the garden with his partner Paige and their two cats Goblin and Tobias and he especially loves conifers and Japanese maples. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, and playing basketball. His favorite plant is the Chief Joseph pine and anything from the Dan Hinkley Collection.
Tiffany grew up in the Bellingham area and is thrilled to be back on the west coast. She loves indoor and outdoor plants and having the opportunity to learn more and she is branching out into the world of hydroponic vegetable gardening and soil sprouts. Tiffany learned how to mountain bike on the east coast and is excited to try out the trails in the area. She is also Paige's mom!
Carol surely is one of our veterans in our gardening staff. She started at Garden Spot in 2006 in sales and has been with us ever since. She knows every square inch of the property and routinely helps customers find what they're looking for or suggests a particular type of plant to meet their needs.
Linda is not new to the plant and nursery industry. She has over 25 years of experience, including wholesale and residential gardening and garden design. She has been with Garden Spot since 2015 and is in a sales position. She believes that the best part of working at Garden Spot is learning from customers and helping them find the perfect plant for their particular situation.
Kim has been with Garden Spot since Spring 1996. She started working at a wholesale greenhouse but has spent the rest of her career in retail at the Garden Spot Nursery. When she was growing up, her family had two large vegetable and berry gardens and a yard full of fruit trees.
Katana started working at the Garden spot in Fall 2020. She is in charge of social media, marketing, coloring sheets, Graphic Design and visual artwork. Studying Industrial Design with a minor in Sustainable Design at Western, she is collaborating with her mother on a thesis surrounding Horticultural Therapy at the University of Washington. You'll see her taking photos, filming a video for our nursery, while also assisting customers in the greenhouse.
Kat started at the Garden Spot in March of 2016 and hasn't stopped collecting houseplants since then. Her favorite part of work is being surrounded by her creative co-workers who all have different areas of knowledge making the garden spot feel like a classroom. When she's not at work, she's in her garden picking dahlias, listening to podcasts and chugging iced coffee.
Christina joined the team in April 2021. She enjoys houseplants and is excited to learn all that the nursery has to offer. Studying Psychology at western, outside of work she likes being with family and friends, the beach, and making jewelry. (no Etsy yet, but soon!) .
Ginger has been at Garden Spot for 12 years. "In all aspects of my life, my parents have been my greatest influence," she says. From toothpicks in the avocado on her windowsill to the family vegetable garden, she loves being one with the earth and watching plants grow with the season. It never grows old for her.
Like many people, Jen found her love for houseplants during the pandemic by wanting to bring life into her space while having something to put her energy into. She is an undergrad psychology student at Western, wanting to specialize in abnormal child psychology. I love the plant community, and getting to meet and chat with plant lovers like herself, or people who are just getting into plants like she was a year ago is her favorite part of her job.
Leslie joined the Garden Spot team Spring 2020. She grew up in California on stone fruit ranch where her passion for agriculture and horticulture began. She is new to the Bellingham area, and has loved all the outdoor activities Bellingham has to offer. Her favorite thing about working at Garden Spot is seeing all the new and interesting plant varieties coming into the nursery every day.
Sonje has lived and worked in Bellingham since 1982. Originally from the Bay Area, she loves gardening and has transformed several landscapes and homes. Married and between families, she has 7 grandkids whom she loves with all her heart. She also enjoys cooking in the Pacific Northwest.
Jacki began gardening with her mom when she was young and has worked with plants ever since. She started at Garden Spot in May of 2016 and loves to nurture perennials. Her favorite plant is Rosemary.
Sage came to the Garden Spot in May of 2020. She has lived in Oregon for the most part since 2012 where she studied agriculture and sustainability at OSU, but moved back to her home state after some time abroad. She loves all plants but especially the ones that make food. Outside of gardening and talking about gardening, she spends her days making art, baking, skating, and building out her van.
Angela joined the Garden Spot Nursery team in the spring of 2018. She enjoys working with customers to help them find the particular plant that they need for their garden. She says that she grew up with more plants than people. She started studying botany and branched out from there. At any given time during the day, she can be found amongst the Japanese maples and shade plants.
Aleli joined the Garden Spot in April of 2021. Her love of gardening sparked when she planted a seed she had found, nurtured it, and discovered it had bloomed into a beautiful iris. Her main interest and love is for herbs and their potential medicinal uses. She is attending WCC to further her study of Natural Sciences. On her time off, she loves running through the PNW trails, experimenting with tinctures and salves, drawing, reading fantasy literature, and enjoys ice skating.
Maddie began working at our nursery in spring of 2021. You can find her exploring our houseplant selection, giving soil recommendations, and making sure every customer is helped with a smile. In her free time she likes to practice her welding skills, and taking care of her plants at home.
Heidi has been working at Garden Spot for many years and is in charge of behind-the-scenes product ordering and restock. She is a valued member of our team and enjoys veggie gardening. With a passion for sci-fi and a great sense of humor, every conversation is one to remember.
Johnny likes being outdoors, and loves that his job is outside. Calling himself "The human forklift", He is usually be helping you out with loading up your car, delivering an order to your door, and making you laugh with his jokes at the nursery. He enjoys helping his mother to take care of her garden. His favorite plants are maples, roses, and his monkey puzzle tree.
Dianna fell in love with the Garden Spot in Spring 2019. She graduated from from the U.B.C. garden design program in 1998 and was the owner of Scotland Yards for 17 years. She also created 'The Firewalk',
a show garden for The Northwest Flower & Garden Show. She has enjoyed this new chapter of her life working in sales and is looking forward to what the future may bring!
Debra has been with Garden Spot since 2002 and the horticulture industry has captured her attention for the last 35 years! Her number 1 job is keeping plants hydrated. She also cashiers, designs, sells plants, creates displays and orders indoor plants. She loves plants, designing with them, and combining her favorites together to create interesting combinations. When not at work, she enjoys family and relaxing.