Hello and welcome to Fresh Ideas for Gardens!

My name is Dorothy and I am the owner of Fresh Ideas for Gardens, a company that offers the very best in personal service to create or refresh your garden space. From large corporate spaces or strata gardens to small patios or terraces; from answering your garden questions to planning out every detail of your dream garden, I am full of enthusiasm and beautiful but practical solutions for your garden

I am extremely flexible in my approach to working with clients and offer you the chance to relax and enjoy the experience of sampling some of my Fresh Ideas for your garden

About Me

"My passion is gardening; my knowledge is plants; my life experience is working with people!"

Having spent many successful years in the corporate world I am privileged to now use my artistic eye and organizational talents in a very different direction. Looking for a creative outlet to relieve the stress of business life I discovered a passion for plants that I nurtured through my years of volunteer work at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. With natural curiosity and a lifelong love of learning I continually add to my gardening education, some brief highlights are below

  • Certificate in Garden Design from University of British Columbia, 2009
  • Master Gardeners Association of BC Basic Training completed, 2012
  • Member of Master Gardeners Education Committee 2013 - Present
  • Member of Van Dusen Botanical Gardens Volunteer Guides (Sunday Guide) 2004 - Present

Everyone deserves a garden, whether as simple as your own perfect planter of herbs and flowers, or as complex as a formal estate garden. Let me help you discover how delightful; how healthful; how calming and nurturing a green space can be.

Choosing the right design bones for your garden with the appropriate plants for your conditions will create a space uniquely yours, a special retreat!