40 Under 40, Class of 2016

Cheryl Atwater


Smith Gardens, Inc., Bellingham, Washington

Job Title

Hard Goods Planner/Buyer


  • Responsible for managing all hard goods purchases across four growing facilities and multiple contract growers in three different states that provide product for five major retailers.
  • Helped company to become a three-time recipient of McConkey Co.’s Million Bottle Award and keep 7.7 million plastic water bottles from heading to the landfill.


The Third State: Cheryl has been published in the American Anthropological Association’s Journal of Consciousness. Her paper reflected a comparative study of vampirism as a third state of consciousness, known as the “liminal state,” from both a literary and folkloric perspective.

Fun Facts

On Her Nightstand: “The House of Spirits” by Isabel Allende. “She is a Chilean author who has blended fictional characters with a historical non-fiction timeline that spans four generations in a single family. It is one of the few books that I immediately re-read as soon as I finished!”

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

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