Heronswood hires a General Manager

Posted by on March 8, 2013

GWC Nancy Heckler

Heronswood hires a General Manager.

It seems everyday Heronswood is getting closer to its glory-days restoration. Now they are even closer as Heronswood names a General Manager.

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.

Nancy is best known for the design and development of Oyster Point Gardens, in Poulsbo, Washington. Nancy 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.

Nancy 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.

Nancy also knows a thing or two about marketing. From her role as Marketing Director for Starbucks Coffee, along with her 20+ years of freelance marketing consulting, Nancy has had an impressive career. Restoring Heronswood 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. She is a friend of mine, so I can speak about some personal attributes that make her even more uniquely qualified for the job. Nancy is, beyond compare, the most logical, level headed, non-judgmental person I know. She 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. But it’s true. She also has personal and professional references of the likes of Martha Stewart, Founder, Martha Stewart Living/Omnimedia, Dan Hinkley, Co-founder of Heronswood and plantsman extraordinaire, and Howard Schultz, Chairman, Starbucks Coffee Company, amongst others, to back me up.

Soon Heronswood will be shared, photographed, and studied, offering plant sales, workshops, lectures, and other activities yet to be announced.

The garden is scheduled to be open this year on May 18th, July 6th, and September 21st.

Heronswood has a Facebook page. Please like them and share on your page. We, all gardeners and horticulturists, have a chance to help this garden come back.

To learn more about Heronswood or to make a donation, please visit their website at Heronswood.

I hope you will join me in in warmly welcoming Nancy to her new position.


3 Responses to “Heronswood hires a General Manager”

  1. Loree says:

    Congrats to Nancy! As a life time Pacific Northwest resident who never visited Heronswood in it’s heyday I am thrilled to know it’s in such capable hands. I can’t wait for my first visit…maybe this year!

  2. Fran Harned says:

    Looking forward to the open houses.

  3. Deena says:

    Never stopped loving Heronswood and so happy to see the S’Klallam Tribe reviving it with loving care!

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