Tracy and her team of experienced gardeners have been providing high quality garden maintenance and design services to Portland metro residents and businesses since 2005.

Tracy Osborn

Tracy Osborn

Designer & Horticulturist

Tracy Osborn is a garden designer & horticulturist, and the owner of Smiling GardensShe enjoys plants, people, and working outdoors in the landscape.

After growing up in Indiana and earning her BA from DePauw University in Greencastle, Tracy moved to the Pacific Northwest. Drawn here by its abundant natural beauty and by the horticultural opportunities, the Pacific Northwest has been her home for 23 years. Tracy gained her expertise as a horticulturist over years working at botanical gardens, including The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (Federal Way, Washington) where she worked for eleven years. She also worked at The Oregon Garden (Silverton, Oregon) managing staff, volunteers, and plants.

Tracy has been designing gardens for over eight years. Her vast knowledge of plants and years of experience in the field lend special insight to the creation of gardens that thrive in our climate.

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The Team


Dana Waelde

Garden Maintenance Supervisor
Dana has years of experience gardening and working w/ plants in many different capacities. She gained ornamental gardening experience as an intern @ the Phipps Conservatory in Pennsylvania. She has worked on an organic farm and is experienced in the practice of sustainable agriculture. An herb enthusiast, Dana has received certification in Herbalism from the School of Traditional Western Herbalism in Portland, OR. She is also interested in Permaculture and is working toward a Permaculture Design Certification at the Planet Repair Institute here in Portland, OR.

Rodger Dell

Rodger has a BS Degree in Organic & Sustainable Horticulture from Michigan State University. He relocated to Oregon from Michigan in 2018, and this is his second season working for Smiling Gardens. Rodger has years of experience working w/ plants in both gardens and nurseries. He especially enjoys working with and learning native plants. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking and camping.