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

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 30 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 ten 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


Rodger Dell

Garden Maintenance Supervisor
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 third 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.
Becky Borden

Becky Borden

Becky is a born and raised Portlander. Having previously worked as a floral designer, she is creatively inspired by the natural world. She has interned as an Environmental Educator at the Audubon Society of Portland, and volunteered at their Wildlife Care Center where she worked first hand with native wildlife. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of San Francisco, where she gained experience working in urban community gardens. She is interested in native species conservation, organic gardening, permaculture and design.
Mahalah Shafer

Mahalah Shafer

Mahalah has a strong passion for horticulture and approaches her work with deep curiosity and consideration. She worked for a garden center/nursery in California for 2 years where she gained knowledge of various plant species and their needs. She has worked on urban and rural farms and is passionate about regenerative agriculture. Mahalah enjoys traveling, learning about plants and growing food.