We Are The Peoples Gardening Collective
We were previously a division of the beloved City People's Garden Store, and with the blessing of the former owners, the employees have organized into The Peoples Gardening Collective. We are continuing the legacy of the last 28 years of sustainable gardening. It’s been no secret that we only use organic products, that we discourage toxic pesticides and herbicides, and that we encourage proper cultural care of your garden through regular maintenance. In addition, we have taken a leap forward in Earth-friendly business practices, specifically, reducing waste by implementing a digital, paperless system.
We are a team of landscape specialists with diverse degrees and educational backgrounds including horticulture, environmental sciences, arboriculture and forestry. This range of talent enables us to unlock the full potential of your exterior environment through careful water and soil management, and plant care grounded in legitimate science. Whether you already love your garden and wish to simply maintain it, or want to make improvements such as adding native plants, edibles or a rain garden, we are excited to help!
In addition to our team we’ve also re-engineered our design-build model by drawing on our local community of talented small business owners, artists, and tradespeople. We can coordinate with our own trusted network of companies in fields such as carpentry, irrigation, electrical and masonry. We can bring the best and brightest Seattle has to offer.
We hope you’ll join us in a holistic approach to beautifying your living space as well as preserving the integrity of our environment, communities and humanity. This is embodied in creating a collective by our employees, for our employees, and preserving the history of City People's which began as a workers cooperative. Our dedicated staff and long-standing history of work in the community coupled with our environmental ethic make us ahead of the curve; come with us.
Bret has been out in the elements with shovel and level since 2005, seeking mathematical solutions to structural and horticultural objectives. He lives to plant, design, build, and make things grow. Being party to others' ideas and fostering their growth gives him even more life. He values achieving these life affirmations within a community of other skilled professionals who share the same passions.
Dan Weber has found himself routinely engaged in horticulture since childhood. From the classroom to the nursery to the field, the soil-plant-human continuum has been the common thread through his work and education. He is excited that PGC’s commitment to its workers and Seattle’s exuberant environment will allow him to develop his skills at a high level.
Jonathan has a passion for all things green and growing, as well as being skilled in building beautiful things in the garden. From the science of soil structure to the relationships of plants and beneficial fungi, Jonathan's boundless curiosity keeps him learning and expanding his skills daily.
Erick feels fortunate to have developed his professional skills in a wide variety of industries. Start up companies and those moving toward mold breaking management styles honed his directive capabilities and fueled his desire to create opportunities that are beneficial for all employees. His perspective on labor standards and blue collar work ethics are firmly rooted in his hometown of Chicago. He is thrilled to be a part of PGC and our commitment to scientific-based methodology and mission of providing greener futures.
Melissa is a passionate arborist and plant nerd. When she's not busy working hard in gardens, she spends her time with the worlds most interesting cat, Princess Pretty Paws. Melissa brings a vast amount of knowledge to PGC with her many years in landscaping as well as her education as an arborist.
Able's life goals include being outside as much as possible, and continuing to learn on a daily basis. An amateur mycologist with a history in restoration work, their outdoor passions include edible landscapes, native plants, and permaculture. They enjoy studying the interconnectedness and interdependence of different life forms, which brings a deep love to gardening, as people are part of nature, not apart from it. Spending time creating and maintaining the gardens that bring joy and peace to others' lives helps realize Able's dream of having their work be "love made visible".
Tamar is our tech-nerd-in-residence. She has been integral in developing the processes to take us mobile and paperless, as well as building our server and network infrastructure, website, and branding. She has spent over a decade managing landscaping companies, working to develop business strategies that incorporate environmental and humanitarian best practices. Her love of plants and technology, cats and people, business and service, make her excited to call PGC home.