Our Staff

Looking for Black Grouse in the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia
Milkweed Seed Search-Eastern Oregon

 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 (now JBLM), he has been associating the birds in plots he surveyed to the plants he measured in those plots. Lots of plots. When Don is not here, he is working in the southeast on coastal restoration projects, this year in Savannah, GA. In the winters he has been volunteering with Ilia State University in the Republic of Georgia on a project studying the interaction of white-winged redstarts and sea-berry (Rhamnoides hippodae).

Don is a board member of the Puget Sound Bird Observatory, a member of the Washington Native Plant Society, Eco Pro certified under the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, and has used permaculture methods to create a productive and wildlife friendly backyard.

Don’s re-design of his yard has started, so stop by for the process. he can always be reached at my Contact US page.

Teaching a Common Nighthawk chick to catch bugs!

 The Team

Deborah Horn
Deborah is the nursery plant buyer and onsite design consultant as of March 2020.  Owner of Artemis Gardens Landscape Design, Deborah has been in business since 2001. Her areas of expertise include native plant and drought-tolerant garden design, fine pruning, vegetable gardening and long-term, low-maintenance garden strategies. She is a King County Native Plant Steward and Seattle Tree Steward. In both Shoreline and Seattle, she has designed native plantings for public spaces and volunteered on stream restoration projects. She is working with Don to redesign the nursery to show how natives can work in a variety of micro-habitats, while consolidating the sales areas for a more enjoyable visitor experience.  When not gardening, she enjoys backpacking and biking.
Heather Ferguson
Heather jumped into the PNW 8 years ago, immediately falling in love with the lush botanical surroundings in stark contrast to many years living in the Southwest. With a background in wetland ecology and restoration, benthic entomology, and invasive plant species removal, the stretch to native plants wasn’t terribly far. Heather started working at Go Natives! in early 2018, lending a hand here and there and getting a better handle on NW plant knowledge. Today, she takes on many of the day-to-day operations and is usually accompanied by her trusty pup, Leia, who works for ear scratches. 
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.
Image by Chelsie
Suzie Fritsch
Suzie is a part-time helper at the nursery who lives nearby.  She volunteers at a local rehab clinic.

Sandy Buckman
Sandy B Design
Sandy is our inventory guru, having set up and run inventory systems in her retail past. She is also the Website and Social Media manager, and helps with special projects.  If she’s not around, she is riding her horse!