Tanya DeMarsh-Dodson’s parents knew Ed Dunn, but she was introduced to the gardens by Doug Bayley in 1993 when the garden was recruiting docents. Tanya has served on two other garden boards: Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline and PowellsWood Garden in Federal Way. Tanya’s formal education is in American and Russian history, with a focus on the Pacific Rimland areas.
Her less formal education has been in horticulture at Edmonds Community College and working in the field of ornamental horticulture. Tanya has worked in retail horticulture for over 20 years and then in public horticulture. Before that she taught at the university level. In retail horticulture she was responsible for the tree, shrub and ground cover selection at two different nurseries in the Seattle area. Additionally she was the person who set the prices on the stock and thus the margins and profits for the department. She also worked to promote the plants carried and educate the gardening public about how our various plant might be used in gardens. Tanya currently is a small business consultant for gardeners.