May We Introduce
Although we may not have had the pleasure of meeting all of you face to face we thought it would be nice if you could see our smiling faces and find out a little more about where we’ve come from and why we love doing what we do!
Born in the heart of the Blackforest in Rheinfelden, Germany, Elke has a Master’s Degree in floral design and owned a very successful flower shop in Munich.
She immigrated to Canada in 1996 and soon thereafter co-founded Botanus.
Elke is very passionate about our business and along with her many hands-on skills and marketing genius, she is responsible for most of our wonderful plant photos. She’s also the brain-child behind our on-line Botanus Garden Club. Not only did she spearhead the idea but she is soley responsible for all of the filming and editing-one more thing multi-talented Elke can do!
In the spring of 2014 Elke took an intensive bee-keeping course and is the proud keeper (along with Pam) of three happy and healthy honeybee colonies.
Elke is a non-stop ‘life learner’ who recently added the title of ‘Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach’ to her many skills. A foodie, kayaker, DIY guru, avid reader and drummer, Elke is a true force of nature!
When we asked Elke how she recycles and reuses things in her garden she replied,
“Plastic, paper, green waste etc. is all separated. I grew up in Europe and recycling has always been a part of my life. I use a composter and collect rainwater as well."
For more of Elke’s gardening insights visit Our Gardens page.
A native Vancouverite, Pam’s love of gardening began as a child when she explored her grandparent’s sunken garden - an inviting European-style landscape they had created around their Vancouver home.
After graduating from UBC with a Fine Arts degree she pursued an active career in theatre, television and film and then returned to her ‘roots’ when she co-founded Botanus. Pam enjoys all her ‘roles’ at Botanus and she also has great fun tending her bees with Elke.
She is currently enrolled in the first ever Canadian Graduate Studies course in Mindfulness Teaching & Learning at the University of the Fraser Valley and will be graduating this summer.
Pam’s flair for the artistic can be seen in all that she does - from creating our catalogues and email newsletters to appearing as a gardening expert on television and radio. She also LOVES being part of the Botanus Garden Club where she gets to have her ‘theatrical’ kick.
Her debut novel, Flour Garden, is a fun-filled adventure that will especially delight gardeners. Click here to see how you can dig into a copy of your own. Flour Garden fans will be happy to hear that a sequel is in the works!
We asked Pam what her favourite colour throughout her garden is she replied
“Green! I’m known in my circle of family and friends as the ‘green lady’ not only because I love to wear the colour green but I adore it in the garden. There are so many different shades of green to choose from and they all give me a sense of peace and tranquility.”
Want to find out more about Pam & her garden? Visit Our Gardens page.
Wendy is our Customer Happiness Manager. Many of our customers have become her gardening friends and Wendy loves helping them be successful in their gardening endeavors.
Her front yard garden is more exuberant than ever. Weeding, planting and watering are not chores but welcome times that she uses to work off energy, reflect on the memories the garden has provided her and her family for over 31 years, and to be one with nature. Everything is better in the garden.
Wendy is an avid Toastmaster and this year she is finishing her year as Division G Director. She's looking forward to the challenge and the opportunities for growth. The past 10 years being a Toastmaster has given her the ability and confidence to speak to garden clubs and be in front of the camera for the Botanus Garden Club.
When she's not volunteering as a mentor or speech coach she can be found baking, knitting or reading in her cozy little home. Just like her garden she is always growing!
We asked Wendy how many hours a week she spends in her garden she said,
"Depending on the season it can be as little as half an hour or it can be from sunrise to after sunset. That’s when I’ve been dragged in by family members worried they might never see me again!
If you’d like to read more of Wendy’s insights into the world of gardening visit Our Gardens page.