Meet Some of Our Team

The Garden’s mission is connecting people through plants to improve communities. You’ll notice “people” come first. Each member of the Garden’s team strives to embody core values of Inspiration, Innovation, Integrity, Hospitality and Responsibility. We invite you to meet some of our team through the profiles below.

Tarneshia Evans

Children’s Education Program Director

“It’s fascinating to watch children find joy in wonder, play in leaf piles for the first time and learn how to care for the earth. They trust me because I can relate to them and I’m honest, not afraid to share my vulnerabilities and fears. Kids identify with me because I don’t just talk the talk; I walk the walk.”

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Dean Dietrich

Horticulturist

“People ask me where I get my ideas. I follow designers around the globe and read their books, Instagram and blog posts. Their designs inspire me. Unique plants do, too. We’re furthering our botanical collections here at the Garden. We collect them because they’re interesting [and] saving germplasm can also help save a species.”

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Beth Anne Booth

Guest Engagement Specialist

“We want to provide guests a safe, friendly environment where they experience equity and empathy for all. Nature provides many solutions that we’re seeking. Plants have healing benefits, and our world needs healing. Multiple species coexist in harmony and adapt to changing conditions.”

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Claudine Reyes

Visual Media Specialist

Claudine explains her job is to “help everybody else at the Garden succeed by supporting them through graphics such as posters, signage, images and video.” You can find all of the Garden’s core values in Claudine, but she shines the brightest when it comes to inspiration and innovation.

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Elizabeth Fogel

Senior Horticulturist

As the natural world years for remediation, the Garden demonstrates solutions—for the health of our community and biosphere. Asked why incorporating regenerative landscapes is important to her, Elizabeth gives personal and professional reasons. “Not only is it the right thing to do,” she shares, “it’s insuring the future for our children.”

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