As the Garden Director, Marianne oversees community outreach, volunteers, school field trips, adult and family programming, as well as garden design and plant maintenance. Marianne promotes environmental stewardship by sharing the many unique features of the garden with visitors. She specializes in water wise and drought tolerant plants and can often be found teaching Garden visitors about them. In addition, Marianne is also a UC California certified Master Gardener.
Marianne is a fifth generation native Californian and enjoys spending time in her own SmartScape Yard, which includes a butterfly garden and raised vegetable bed. Marianne received her B.A. from the University of San Diego and her M.L.I.S from the University of Hawaii.