611 E 11th Street Houston, TX 77008

Open Everyday 9 am - 6 pm

Houston’s largest garden center devoted to Texas native plants and organic gardening.

Our People

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you choose the best plants and organic gardening supplies for your Houston landscape needs.  Whether you need organic gardening information or want to know about our job opportunities, just ask our staff.  Here’s a link to Buchanan’s employment page if you’d like to know more.

Donna Buchanan

Donna Buchanan

The Owner & Founder of Buchanan’s, Donna knew in 1986 that there should be an easier way to find Texas native plants and organic gardening supplies in Houston and so created Buchanan’s Native Plants.  Donna is a Texas Master Certified Nursery Professional (TMCNP) with the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association, and currently serves on the Board of Directors.  Catch Donna with her dog, Polly, strolling the nursery in the evenings.  What a cute couple!



Kevin is our General Manager. He comes to us from Iowa. Kevin has worked in our industry for over thirty years and has a true passion for it. Kevin loves the outdoors, golf and anything to do with plants. Kevin has lived in the Cold North most of his life and loves the fact that here in Houston he can be outside all year! He loves to help people with any of their projects and if you get a chance bring in your dog, I’m sure he’ll be waiting to give them a treat!



Zach is the Operations Manager and Sales Area Leader of Plant Care.  He is “in the family” and has worked at the nursery pretty much his whole life.  He studied Art History at the University of Houston and was raised in the Heights.  Some fun facts about Zach?  He owns over 2,000 vinyl records, loves reading comic books and he occasionally brews his own beer!  You wouldn’t know it just by looking at him, now would ya?



This New Jersey born gal is putting her 10+ years of nursery experience to use as our new Sales Area Leader of Perennials, Shrubs, Roses & Trees. In the past, Diane has created a butterfly garden museum exhibit, taught kids gardening classes, created custom container gardens and even started her own catering company. Not only does she know almost everything about perennials and beyond, her husband is the bassist in a punk rock band! Rock n’ roll!



Kathryn is a plant lover by nature and our new Sales Area Leader of our annuals, herbs & veggies department. She has worked with plants in various settings including the FDR National Historic Site and the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Her main area of interest is native and endangered plants… and of course her cat, Chupacabra! From what she tells us, she has put her vast field guide collection to good use; she loves snacking on nature as she strolls through it. Her favorites? Mulberries, wood sorrel, dew berry– oh my!



Bonnie is the leader in the pottery and outdoor living departments and she does a lot of other stuff, too. A versatile member of the staff, she’s an all-around helpful person!  Bonnie is an adventurer.  Ask her for stories while she takes you on a drive in her old Camaro.



Chuck is Bungalow Manager, and he has really brightened up the place– literally! Come visit Chuck’s masterpiece creation of freshly painted walls, organized fixtures and the re-imagined orchid/gift wrap room. With experience at Kohl’s, Dillards, Disney and even Ace Hardware, Chuck brings a new flavor to the Bungalow that you just have to see for yourself! Although this grandad feels more comfortable in California weather (who doesn’t?!), Chuck absolutely loves Mexican food and feels right at home in Houston. He can’t wait to assist you in the Bungalow!



Kamilah is the assistant manager of the Bungalow and is always ready to greet customers with a smile. Kamilah moved to Houston for the sunshine and tacos. In her free time she likes to dance with her three cats.



Heather works behind the scenes as marketing director and office manager. She is also “in the family”.  If you’re lucky, you will find Heather and her sweet baby girl, Ella– the official granddaughter of Buchanan’s — walking around the nursery.  Make sure to stop and say hello to this adorable pair and tickle those tiny baby toes!  Fun fact about Heather; she can hula hoop with three hoops at once!


Francine is a pottery & outdoor living expert. She and Bonnie have created the beautiful displays you see around the nursery. Her background has been in accounting (degree from LSU), restaurant and retail management.  She loves plants and gardening and everything that goes with it.  Francine moves faster than the speed of light– probably because she eats a breakfast fit for Hercules!



You can find Steve in the Plant Care Shed and throughout the garden center.  He knows almost everything about the fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, soils and mulches that are best for your plants. He is a Texas Master Gardener and avid golfer. Do not get between Steve and his tee times!


John G.

John works as a Salesperson in the perennials.  John has a background in soil microbiology.  He has his own company, Urban Worms Organics, where he employs millions of red wigglers and African night crawlers to make worm castings!  He also does garden consultation.  What a helpful guy!



Karyl is a long-time Buchanan’s employee who you’ll see mainly during spring and fall.  She is a very hard worker who helps us out when we need her most.  Ask Karyl about Texas native plants and wildlife gardens– she’s a pro.  Karyl has also been known to bring in tasty homemade treats, sharing her recipes with us.  We’re so lucky to have her!



Larry is a Texas Master Gardener and usually can be found among the herbs & vegetables answering questions and tending the plants. He’s also great with annuals, tropicals, indoor plants and disease identification.  In his spare time, Larry bakes goodies for all of us at Buchanan’s!



You can find this Kentucky gal in the Annuals, Herbs & Vegetables.  Emily studied Political Science at the University of Kentucky and she used to sell real estate in Chicago, Nashville and Atlanta.  What a traveler!  Luckily for us, her and her husband have settled in Houston for the time being with their two bull mastiffs, Boulder and Maggie.   Emily’s worst nightmare?  Setting foot in a Hobby Lobby!


You can find Sheryl in the greenhouse and is responsible for all the beautiful tropical plants!  Sheryl has been gardening all of her life– before coming to Buchanan’s she worked for nursery and landscaping businesses.  Sheryl is sweeter than honey and will always go the extra mile to lend a helping hand.  She loves her children, her grandbabies and wearin’ those western style boots!



Salvador has been with Buchanan’s since 1989– longer than anyone else!  He is our maintenance and plant care guy, truck unloader, and the all-important Supervisor of Watering.  This family man has a beautiful wife and five even more beautiful daughters.  Salvador may be a hard worker, but he always has jokes and pranks when you are least expecting them!


You can find Jennifer under the tent, always eager to help, and to strike up a conversation!  She is studying to be an herbalist, and is building an herbal studio to sell holistic products– with the help of her carpenter/electrician boyfriend of course!  Ask Jennifer about medicinal herbs and remedies, she knows it all. Jennifer also loves smelling and sharing fresh cut roses from her garden and messing around with her kitty cat, Simba!


Cesar is a Salesperson in the annuals, fruits, veggies and all over the garden center.  He is TNLA certified and definitely a crowd favorite– customers love him!  He enjoys landscaping in his spare time.  Look for Cesar at future Bonsai workshops where he will be working his magic on tiny trees.



Ivan helps as groundskeeper; he helps you load your car, maintains the nursery and waters plants.  He has lived in the Heights for 35 years, and has watched it grow and bloom.  He also loves fishing and watching sports with Steve.



You can find Carolyn in the Annuals, Herbs and Veggies helping customers learn more about organic gardening.  She has lots experience with native plants of Texas from working with the Texas Research and Technology Foundation on their 1,000 acre conservation!  With them she helped plan and install infrastructure to save native plants.  She also worked with the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) and at an organic farm in Bastrop growing peppers and tomatoes.  Ask her to identify your plants– she knows it all!  In her free time, Carolyn enjoys a refreshing swim.



You can find this native Texan working behind the scenes in the cottage. Her two cats, Savannah and Tyler (named after Texas cities of course!) can vouch for her love of reading mystery novels about daring detectives… and watching reality television! Although she is still learning about the world of plants, this organized gal does have three houseplants to brag about… her corn plant, shefflera and peace lily!  Go Carla!



Lisa is our book-keeper extraordinaire! Although she spends most of her time in the cottage crunching numbers, you can catch Lisa taking a stroll around the nursery from time to time, always stopping to smell the flowers! Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Lisa insists it’s completely nuts to be an old lady in L.A. (her words not mine), so now she’s with us in Texas. Her dog and three cats (Damian, Endora, Priscilla and Digit) can tell you how much this animal loving punk rock-n-roll organized over-the-top free-spirit woman is always playing guitar, drums, bass and piano! She is part of more than one band, here and in Austin, TX… and guess who kept the books while on tour!



Cynthia is our new cashier in the Bungalow and is also a new recent published author! In her spare time she likes to cook and invent new recipes. Don’t forget to ask her about her travels to Greece, Cyprus & Singapore. She’s been everywhere!!

Jennifer Lopez


Jennifer is a new Texan and a new cashier! She comes to us from California with a passion to think creatively. In her spare time she likes to paint, making custom artwork on surfboards, skateboards and even guitars. Come say hi to her under the tent!



Erica comes to us from Virgina with a wealth of knowledge of plants! You can find her in our perennial section helping customers. She loves gardening and loves being outside and knows everything from how to grow orchids to hydroponics.



You can find Allegra under the tent helping customers. She loves peanut butter and sewing, but doesn’t mix the two together. She is currently training to be a massage therapist.



This New Jersey gal has just moved here with her husband Frank, their son Frankie and their dog Diesel. She loves baking, gardening and taking motorcycle trips with her husband Frank. Come visit her under the tent and let her tell you about the 1652 mile drive from New Jersey to Texas!



You can find this piano playing high school-er under the tent helping customers check out. She loves to study (who knew high school students liked that!), reading and playing PC games. Come by and say hi to Michelle!



Originally from New York City, August loves eating frozen grapes and helping customers under the cashier tent! Come welcome August the Buchanan’s family!



This California gal is here for the summer and she is a certified arborist! Ask her anything about trees! She has two cats and a dog who love laying on her any moment she gets. She likes cutting a rug on the dance floor, drawing botanical illustrations and swimming.



You can find Kasey under the tent helping customers check out or you might find her riding her long board to work. This native Houstonian loves snacking on fresh fruit, hanging out at music festivals, and painting and drawing.



This high school athlete is a big Astro’s fan. You can find him most days helping customers check out under the tent and carrying out their purchases to their car. In his free time he loves spending time with his friends and family. Come say hello to Advento!