I'm Lynsey Dobbie, owner and operator of Growing in the Garden.
I have been working in the horticulture industry for nine years. During that time, I have worked for several high-end garden installation and maintenance companies, building broad experience in all aspects of gardening.
I took the experience gained in those companies to my role as Head Gardener for The Land Conservancy of British Columbia (TLC), a non-profit conservation organisation. During my time at TLC, I managed the maintenance and restoration of four heritage gardens in and around Vancouver. This included the ongoing restoration of a 0.8 acre organic garden. I also enjoyed running public gardening workshops and giving tours to gardening clubs from across B.C.
Since 2010, I have worked part-time as a Garden Educator at City Farmer, a non-profit demonstration garden in Kitsilano, Vancouver. At City Farmer, we are dedicated to teaching people how to compost, grow food, and garden in city gardens. In addition to maintaining our 0.3 acre garden, we regularly run composting workshops and host tours on all organic gardening topics for a wide range of audiences from kindergarten classes, horticulture students and foreign visitors.
I have completed Certificates in Design and Installation, and Practical Horticulture with The Royal Horticultural Society in the UK. Since moving to Canada in 2006, I have completed a Diploma in Landscape Design and Installation at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
I bring all this experience, knowledge and passion to Growing in the Garden. I chose this name for my company as I believe that spending time outdoors in nature can help us grow, in many ways.