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Pacific Garden Program
209.932.3189
Wendell Phillips Center, Room 99
Dr. Patty A. Gray
Garden Program Director
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
pgray@pacific.edu

Who's in the Garden?

Garden Program Director

Patty Gray Dr. Patty A. Gray joined Pacific as Garden Program Director in July 2016. She came from her previous appointment as a member of the Anthropology Faculty at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. She has deep roots in California's Central Valley, having first moved to Sacramento in 1969. You can learn more about her background at patty-gray.com.

2016-17 Student Garden Coordinators

Cheyanne Harris works in the Robb Garden

Cheyanne Harris

  • Graduation year: 2017
  • Hometown: Sacramento, CA
  • Major: Civil Engineering; Minor: Japanese
  • Why work in the garden? I spent a summer volunteering with an urban farming organization in Oakland and discovered how therapeutic gardening is. I figured working in Pacific's garden would be a nice stress reliever.

Shannon Lucas

  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Modesto, CA
  • Major: Speech-Language Pathology
  • Why work in the garden? I love spending time in nature. I also want to learn an abundance of information about organic gardening.

Laura Navarro

  • Graduation Year:
  • Hometown: Castro Valley, CA
  • Major: Environmental Science
  • Why work in the garden?

Sam Salas

  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Pleasant Hill, CA
  • Major: Engineering Physics
  • Why work in the garden? I really wanted to be outside a little more and the garden is a really calming and enjoyable environment that I enjoy working in. 

Valeriy Shipilov works in the Robb Garden

Valeriy Shipilov

  • Graduation year: 2022.
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Major: Pre-Pharmacy (3+3)
  • Why work in the garden? I joined the garden program to learn about gardening and learn how to do so, and to gain work experience as it is my first job. 

Past Research Students (listed in alphabetical order)


Matt Bertken
  • Graduated 2015
  • From San Mateo, California 
  • Major: Environmental Sciences
  • Interest stemmed from mother's garden and fascination with the outdoors. Dr. Brunell's California Flora course sealed the deal to work in the garden.
       


Megan Fong
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Sunnyvale, California 
  • Major: Pre-Dental (3+3)
  • Ate her whole parents' garden when she was a child

Daniel Na

Kevin Ha
  • Graduated 2016
  • From Elk Grove, CA
  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Likes throwing snails outside the garden so they do not eat the crops.

Ariadna Hernandez

Ariadna Hernandez
  • Graduated 2014
  • From Stockton, California
  • Major: Environmental Sciences
  • Has been working in the Robb Garden as a research student since 2012 and was inspired to begin volunteering after taking Dr. Mark Brunell's California Flora course her junior year

 

Crystal Lee
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Diamond Bar, California 
  • Major: Pre-Dental (3+3)
  • Loves sunflowers a lot and wants to eventually learn how to have a whole garden of them

 

Emily Marien
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Pacific Grove, California 
  • Major: Pre-Pharmacy and Biology
  • Loves seeing small seeds grow into something beautiful


Traci Mori

Traci Mori
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Fremont, California 
  • Major: Pre-Pharmacy and Biology
  • Favorite part about gardening is watching the plants grow


Daniel Na
Daniel Na 
  • Graduated 2014
  • From Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Major: Pre-Dentistry
  • Loves learning about the complex planning that goes on behind a garden. For example, you cannot plant tall plants eastward of smaller ones and you never want to plant fancy-looking gourds too close to the fence because people will jump over and steal your precious vegetables.


So Park

So Park
  • Year Graduated 2014
  • From Korea
  • Major: Pre-Dentistry
  • Favorite part about gardening is how she could harvest the fruit they had grown!

Morgan Sato
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Sacramento, California 
  • Major: Pre-Pharmacy (3+3)
  • Gardens with her mom in the backyard to try to work on fear of bugs

Daniel Na

Yunsik Sung
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Korea
  • Major: Pre-Dentistry
  • One of my favorite parts of gardening was getting to taste the harvest :)

Yun-Hsuan Wu
  • Graduated 2015
  • From Modesto, California 
  • Major: Pre-Dental
  • Family has a farm and her mom loves to plant different things

 

Past Student Garden Coordinators

Ethan Castro, Coordinator of Marketing and Business

Ethan Castro
  • Graduates 2017
  • Role: Past Garden Marketing and Business Coordinator
  • From Claremont, California
  • Major: Music Management
  • He has built planter boxes, grown artichokes, and even installed a sprinkler system


Jessica Robertson, Coordinator of Education and Garden Training

Jessica Robertson
  • Graduates 2017
  • Role: Past Garden Training and Education Coordinator
  • From Torrance, California
  • Major: Environmental Studies
  • Volunteered at a marsh preserve with the task of maintaining the grounds and also spends a month every summer as a camp counselor for Pilgrim Pines camp


Nainesh Taylor, Coordinator of Planting and Grounds

Nainesh Tailor
  • Graduated 2015
  • Role: Past Garden Planting and Grounds Coordinator
  • From Orlando, Florida
  • Major: Pre-Dental (2+3)
  • Has gardened with his family all of his life, and has grown chilis and Japanese plums in his yard back home