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, looking for Black Grouse in the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia, and with a Common Nighthawk chick, captured on the beach in Lafourche Parish 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. Don is planning a major re-design of his yard, so stay tuned for the new design!

Chelsie Martell

Chelsie has graduated and moved to a full time restoration job.  We miss her.

Heather Ferguson

Heather …!!!

Katherine Shyi

Katherine (also goes by Kat) is a graduate ot the Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training (DIRT) Corps Training Program and has had experience with cisterns, rain gardens, and restoration projects. She works part time at Go Natives! Nursery and focuses the rest of her time on her landscaping business “Kat with a K Landscaping” which specializes on rain garden and cistern installations. When she is not working with plants she enjoys hiking, dancing  and being a homebody and hanging out with her cat Bandit.

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. If she’s not around, she is riding her horse!