Powell Gardens' staff includes a talented crew of people who keep the Gardens looking spectacular and running efficiently! In addition to the horticulturists and gardeners you see in the Gardens and the friendly employees who greet you as you enter, we also have people raising funds, coordinating volunteer schedules, planning classes for kids and adults, selecting items for Perennial Gifts, maintaining the property, crunching numbers, handling human resource issues, fixing computers, coordinating rentals, publicizing the Gardens and much more. It is a small staff—for example, one department of two handles accounting, human resources and information technology. We employ 40 people year-round and nearly 60 during the peak season. Click a photo or name to learn more about each staff member.



Tabitha Schmidt, President and Executive Director

Mark Gawron, Horticulturist - Heartland Harvest Garden

Haley Drake, Gardener- Heartland Harvest Garden

Eric Wagner, Gardener - Heartland Harvest Garden

Brant Smith, Gardener - Greenhouse


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Caitlin Bailey, Youth Garden Coordinator

Emalie Wance, Office Manager

Breanne Wasinger, Special Exhibitions and Interpretation Coordinator


Andrea Mason, Membership and Special Events Coordinator

Sam Haught, Tour and Rental Coordinator


Linda Burton, Registration and Membership Coordinator

Annette Trott, Admissions

Toni Stock, Accounting and HR Assistant

Brent Tucker, Horticulturist - Conservatory and Visitor Education Center










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