Melanie first encountered the Dunn Gardens at a lecture on its history and the role of the Olmstead Brothers in its design and evolution. As a landscape architect in the Pacific Northwest, the impact of the Olmsted legacy has always been a major interest of hers. Like everyone else who initially visits the gardens, it was love at first sight, with its stately trees, extensive plant collection and open space. She holds a BA in political science from Vassar College and an MLA from Cornell University.
Melanie has practiced landscape architecture in the PNW and the Seattle area for over 40 years. Her work has focused on public campuses, parks, streetscapes, green infrastructure and affordable housing. She brings a keen interest in creating open spaces that provide accessible and inclusive experiences, and enhance the understanding and appreciation of natural ecosystems.
Originally from Bellevue WA, Connor moved to Seattle after attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, where he studied Economics and Math. Since graduation he’s worked as a Software Engineer at several local tech companies, most recently Redfin.com.
Connor is an avid home gardener who enjoys designing & implementing permaculture systems in his yard in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. He is particularly interested in the challenges and opportunities afforded by our native biome, and how to create robust small-scale ecosystems.
Outside of gardening, Connor is an avid musician and runner. He also coached youth soccer for his childhood club for 6 years.
Connor joined the board in the Summer of 2023. He plans to draw on past experiences in event planning and organizational advisory to help vitalize Dunn Gardens’ event calendar & membership experience.
Gil became acquainted with Ed Dunn from the early 1980s at garden parties hosted by Ed’s childhood friend and First Hill neighbor Webb W. Trimble. Webb and his wife Elizabeth were long time friends of the Joynt family. After the E.B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust was established in 1993 Gil became an early member. The Trust’s mission to protect and interpret the historic Olmsted-designed landscape was a good fit with Gil’s durable support for local heritage organizations such as Historic Seattle and MOHI as well as the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, which he served as board president. Since his retirement after thirty-three years in procurement contracts and audit at The Boeing Company he enjoys travel far and wide, playing tennis and serving as a docent at Dunn Gardens.
2023 Board President, Dunn Garden Docent, member of NHS, NPA and horticultural volunteer at Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden. Master Gardener who can learn from and support the many special efforts of Dunn Gardens.
B.S. Psych, Univ. of WA; M.A. Psych, Humboldt (CA); M.P.A. Univ. of WA. Long career in civil and women’s rights, school administration, grant writing, and middle school teacher.
As an enthusiastic hiker raised in the Pacific Northwest, Brian has always had a healthful appreciation for plants, a love of nature and the desire to enrich his understanding of all. In 2016, Brian returned to school to study horticulture at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, graduating in 2018 with an AAS in Environmental Horticulture. After graduation, Brian was accepted into an internship program at the Elizabeth Carey-Miller Botanical Garden where he spent the next two years expanding his knowledge of known plants and landscape practices. Since completing the internship, Brian has spent the last year and half self-employed, performing garden maintenance to various clients. In 2021, Brian joined Dunn Gardens’ team and is dedicated to keeping the gardens beautiful.
Trust Administrator and Event Coordinator
Sara is a PNW native with a love and passion for the outdoors which lead to her decisions to become a steward of the land to protect and conserve natural habitats for many generations to come. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2019 with a BS in environmental science with a specialty in environmental horticulture and restoration ecology. In her free time she likes to get outside for an adventure or curl up on the couch with her cat and read a good book.
Director of Horticulture
From the Midwest to the East Coast, Hong Kong to D.C., Carol has always enjoyed growing plants and being outdoors. In 2007 she decided to make it official by returning to school to study Horticulture and joining the Master Gardener Program. She was delighted to find people that were actually excited talk plants! Carol had great fun at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale VA working as an intern in their Native Plants gardens and then as an Assistant Gardener helping with propagation, the Glasshouse and the outdoor gardens. In 2013 she joined Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA as the Atrium Horticulturist creating beautiful gardens indoors and out for the many weddings and special events. After moving to the stunning pacific northwest in 2021 to be closer to family Carol found her way to the lovely Dunn Gardens. Carol holds a BA in English and MS in Computer Science as well as AAS degrees in Horticulture Technology and Landscaping.
Katherine grew up in Seattle, WA in the Dunn Gardens playing on the Great Lawn. She went to Wheaton College in Massachusetts and graduated with a major in Economics and minor in Hispanic Studies. After graduation, Kat moved back to Seattle and began working for Nordstrom. She currently works for the Nordstrom Rack Merchandising Group as an Assistant Buyer in Women’s Shoes. Kat says, “In my spare time I enjoy trying new Seattle restaurants as well as old favorites!”
Janet Egger comes to Dunn Gardens after retiring from an extensive career in horticulture. She holds a B.S. in Botany and an M.S. in Horticulture from UC Davis. Her most recent job was as head plant breeder for Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc. in Canby, Oregon from 2000 to 2018. Plants Janet bred for Terra Nova Nurseries include Heuchera, Heucherella, Tiarella, Sedum, Kniphofia, Agastache, Penstemon, Phygelius among others. She wrote and managed their plant patents and plant data base as well. Her email address includes the word orchid, a reflection of her long standing interest in plants. Dunn Gardens is delighted to have such an accomplished horticulturalist join our board.