Calluna’s Gardens is owned and managed by Heather Jellerson. Heather has been an accidental gardener for 30 years, and a professional one for 14 years now.
Heather’s interest in landscaping grew from an attraction to beautiful spaces, and a life-long concern for the environment. She grew up on 10 acres on Lake Samammish, spending most of her time outside playing (and weeding for her allowance). Her fascination with plants really bloomed when she bought her first house in the Greenlake neighborhood, and had to learn how to garden in the shade. She began her first summer as a landscaper helping out some clients of her soon-to-be husband (see Keith, below), out of the back of her Jetta. And she was hooked! Calluna’s Gardens was born the next year, and has been growing ever since.
Heather has worked for political and environmental non-profit groups, the City of Lynnwood and the State of Washington. She managed operations for one of Seattle’s most popular restaurants and dabbled in environmental consulting before striking out on her own with Calluna’s Gardens. She hopes that by working with the land and plants, and the owners of that land and those plants, she can educate homeowners on how to be better stewards for the environment, while providing them with beautiful, enriching landscapes. One of her current passions is educating families and children about the joys of edible gardening.
As General Manager and Project Manager, I bring almost thirty years of construction experience to Calluna’s Gardens. Before starting my career in landscaping in 1992, I worked as a ship builder, a pre cast concrete forklift operator, a sandblaster, and a bricklayer. I grew up in Maine with a carpenter/teacher for a dad, so I discovered early the joy of working with my hands, and a love of the outdoors.
These varied experiences have given me the skills that quality landscape installation demands. This diversity of experience has led me to unusual projects, like rebuilding structures at Camp Muir on Mount Rainier, at 10,000 feet in elevation. We lived at elevation for weeks at a time, moving materials on ice fields and pouring concrete by helicopter. Of course I had to summit while I was there… I also worked with Cascade Land Conservancy (now ForTerra) on construction of Tukwila’s Duamish Riverbend Park – an unusual site with a rare “rocky bald” and Native American significance. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with Sahale (now Seattle Bridge) on the remote Drift Creek Bridge in central Oregon and other ‘extreme’ bridge projects.
As co-owner of Avalon Northwest Landscape for seventeen years, I worked on projects that ranged from $2K up to $750k. I had a short stint doing presentations for garden clubs and for King County Solid Waste as well as Sage Environmental for their IPM courses on low flow irrigation and garden structures. Short stint because I learned that public speaking is not my favorite thing. Oh well….
My passion is the outdoors. Hiking and travelling around our great state with my wife and daughter is how I spend most of my spare time. The Pacific Northwest is the perfect place for me. Our love of gardens, the climate, and our beautiful surroundings make it easy for me to connect my clients with their personal environment.