I have earned my M.A. from Simon Fraser University where I conducted research at two local botanical gardens, VanDusen Botanical Garden and UBC Botanical Garden. A significant portion of my research centered environmentalism, focusing on how the staff of these gardens communicated ideas of biodiversity, conservation, education to a diverse group of visitors.
I am affiliated with the Master Gardeners Association of British Columbia and the Native Plant Society of British Columbia. At VanDusen Botanical Gardens, I give an annual gardening talk at VanDusen Seedy Saturday and contribute native plant education at the VanDusen Plant Sale.
I have been involved with 2 farms in Richmond: The Sharing Farm and London Heritage Farm. At the Sharing Farm, I was the Project Manager for the Garden Apprenticeship Program (where I received funding from Vancouver Foundation), grew cutflowers to raise funds for the farm, planted native plants for the bees, developed gardening workshops and assisted with the Garlic Festival. At London Heritage Farm, I served on the Board of Directors, gave plant and gardening advice, and planned and oversaw various events, such as Easter Egg Hunt, and other developments at the farm.
In 2012, I was invited to join Garden City Lands Conservation Society as a director. I enjoyed offering my experience and collaborating with our directors to strengthen the society’s ability to preserve and restore the natural wetland such as the Garden City Lands.
In April 2013, I completed a research contract with the Richmond Food Security Society; I conducted the qualitative for the ‘Richmond Food Land Strategic Plan’, a large project focusing on transforming under-utilized land in Richmond into food-productive sites. In the same spring, I developed ‘Gardening 101’, a series of gardening workshops for a group of Richmond school teachers interested in starting and maintaining their school gardens and utilize the garden in developing their lesson plans.
In summer of 2013, I worked in partnership with Greater Vancouver Family Services and assisted with ‘The Grow Project’ to teach people gardening skills, a partnership which will go on with continued funding. As a freelance consultant and educator, I offer advice on building successful educational gardens and teach a wide range of gardening workshops that meets the needs of a particular community or demographic. I have played an integral role in the development and creation of the Steveston Educational Garden in Steveston, Richmond and have taught a series of gardening/nature-based workshops.
I have been invited to give gardening workshops/talks/interviews at a variety of organizations, which have included the Richmond District Convention, Surrey Nature Centre, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Master Gardener Association of BC, CBC Radio 1, Work Safe BC, and the Native Plant Society of BC.
Currently, I am the Co-President of the Native Plant Society of BC where, along a dynamic team of directors, I encourage people to learn more about native plants and their habitats, share information, and make a commitment to the ethical use of native plants as well as their conservation and stewardship.