Instructor Profiles

Heide Hermary (September 30, 1948 – March 18, 2016)


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Master's degree in Sustainable Agriculture
Diploma in Horticulture (Landscape Design, Installation & Maintenance)
Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture
SOUL Certified Organic Land Care Professional
CNLA Certified Horticultural Technician (retired)
ISA Certified Arborist (retired)
IIABC Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (retired)
Landscape Inspection Certificate
Provincial Instructor Diploma with Post-Secondary Endorsement
BC Landscape & Nursery Association Educator of the Year, 2007
Organic Master Gardener
Master Woodland Manager
Naturescape Ambassador
Co-founder and past chair of the Society for Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL)
Author of Working with Nature - Shifting Paradigms (book), The Essence of Organic Gardening - Seeing and Doing Things Differently (book) and What pesticides really do in your garden (DVD)


Heide worked many years in her landscape design and installation practice. She enjoyed creating all these beautiful, thriving gardens - from the tiniest urban backyard to 10 acre rural estates. Two of "her" gardens were even featured on the CBC "Canadian Gardener" television show with David Tarrant (a Canadian gardening celebrity).

As an educator she developed and taught seminars, short courses, and comprehensive professional development programs in all aspects of horticulture. Her audience included landscape professionals and arborists from the private and public sector, horticulture students, master gardeners, high school students, and the general public. Her focus was the continuing curriculum development for Gaia College, but she still taught occasional intensive professional workshops for landscape professionals.

Heide was very grateful to have been blessed with such an interesting professional life. 

Heide stated: "When we choose to dwell in joy and love every day, we lead enchanted lives and are so much more effective."...words to live by!