Our Team


Don Norman, Owner

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, he has been connecting the birds in plots he surveyed to the plants he measured in those plots. Lots of plots. If you visit Don’s house in Richmond Beach, where most of the nursery is located, you can see some of what he learned in practice. [Don seen here collecting milkweed in eastern Oregon, with a Common Nighthawk chick, captured on the beach in Lafourche Parish this past summer in Louisiana, while working for the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program]

Don is a board member of the Puget Sound Bird Observatory, a member of the Washington Native Plant Society, and has used permaculture methods to create a productive and wildlife friendly backyard. His yard is a designated Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary as established by the WDFW and the National Wildlife Federation. It was been featured in Audubon Magazine 3/2002 pg.64-Going the Extra Yard (pg.70, see “Wooing the Wildlife”).

Chelsie Martell

Chelsie has received her certificate from the Edmond’s CC Horticulture Program. She continues to be doing the lion’s share of sales and maintenance at the Nursery.  She loves hiking with her dogs (Sadie and Charlie, who are sometimes at the nursery!) and is always ready to help you with questions.

Sandy Buckman

Sandy is the inventory guru, having set up and run inventory systems in her retail past. She is also helping with Word Press and Mail Chimp, and while new to the Northwest, is learning the plants and is has done designs for events.

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Boni Biery

Boni is an old friend of Go Natives! Nursery and will be helping with sales. Boni is active in the City of Shoreline with the Tree Board and the Soak it Up Raingarden Program. Boni and Roseann have planted a new wetland for the City of Shoreline at Hillwood Park and has a raingarden in the front of her house to address flooding issues. Have flooding issues? Get with Boni!

Cari Simson

Cari Simson has been working with Go Natives! Nursery for several years now helping with designing and constructing Rain gardens in Georgetown and South Park. Go Natives! Nursery will be working with Urban Systems Design to help distribute free trees in South Park and Georgetown.

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Kimberly Leeper

Kimberly operates Oasis Edible Landscaping (formerly Mariposa Naturescapes) and is very involved in the Pacific Northwest permaculture movement. She is a great designer and has helped Go Natives! Nursery with many sales and coordinating logistical events.  If you live in West Seattle, she can help you with your yard.


Roseann Barnhill

Roseann has left the nursery as she is busy with her projects outside of Go Natives! Roseann is an amazing landscaper, as well as teacher, assisting Urban Systems Design with the DIRT Corps (The Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Team!) and also operates Aster Rosa Ecology and Design and is a Rainwise contractor for installing raingardens in the city of Seattle.