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


Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture


Mark Gawron, Horticulturist - Heartland Harvest Garden


Haley Drake, Gardener- Heartland Harvest Garden



Willie Hofstetter, Senior Island Gardener


Eric Wagner, Gardener - Heartland Harvest Garden


Brant Smith, Gardener - Greenhouse



Hazel and Yubi, Mouse Detail






Stephanie Kemp, Youth Education Coordinator


Caitlin Bailey, Youth Garden Coordinator


Emalie Wance, Office Manager


Connie Harclerode, Volunteer Coordinator


Breanne Wasinger, Marketing and Events Associate


Andrea Mason, Development 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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