Amanda and Irises

Courses Taught

Ecological Landscape Design, Semesters 1 & 2
Organic Master Gardener

Langara College, Vancouver
Burnaby Community and Continuing Education, Burnaby


Red Seal in Landscape Horticulture, 2012
Organic Certified Land Care Professional, Gaia College 2008
Professional Instructor Diploma, Vancouver Community College, 2006
Florida Certified Horticultural Professional, University of Florida, 1994
Horticulture Professional, University of Guelph, 1990
Horticultural Technician Diploma, St. Clair College 1979


As a self-employed professional horticulturist for over 30 years, there are many aspects in horticulture that I enjoy. One of my most rewarding jobs is educating folk in the grand world of gardening organically. I have always been an advocate for organic horticulture practices as I subscribed to Robert Rodale's Organic Gardening magazine by when I was just a teenager.

As an instructor for Gaia College, as well as other educational institutions, I also teach continuing education workshops, seminars and courses for the novice gardener and the professional. This includes the Residential Landscape Technician Diploma Program in Surrey, via Douglas College and the Burnaby School District. I also teach workshops at Lee Valley Tools and the Vancouver School Board. I have also given numerous workshops for DIGA, the Disabled Independent Gardeners Association.

Being an educator also includes curriculum development, developing PowerPoints and writing many manuals for numerous educational institutions on vegetable gardening, landscape design botany and plant identification, just to name a few.

My business keeps me busy trouble-shooting client’s garden woes as well as designing their gardens. I have lived in many countries and moved my business with me. I initially started my garden consulting company in, of all places, Fort McMurray, Alberta, followed by Surrey, B.C., then I spent 10 years in Florida. Not only did I continue with my consulting company and continued to garden from USDA Zone 0 to 10, (the far north, temperate and tropical climates) I also taught and developed gardening courses.

While in Florida I wrote the weekly garden column in daily newspaper and had featured front page articles in the Lifestyles section. My garden articles and photographs were also published in numerous magazines on regular bases. Due to the need of a good reference book when I was with my clients, I wrote and provided the photographs for my very successful book, Ornamental Tropical Shrubs, published in 2003 by Pineapple Press. As an avid horticultural photographer, my photographs have been displayed at art galleries and sold to numerous publications. I still continue to write, teach, take photos but most importantly, I still love to get my nails dirty in the garden.


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