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, 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 and is always thinking of new and innovative ideas to connect with our customers.
Elke is a non-stop ‘life learner’ who recently added the title of ‘Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach’ to her many skills. A foodie, beekeeper, kayaker, DIY guru, avid reader and drummer, Elke is a true force of nature!
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.
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!
Pam’s love of learning never ends. She graduated in 2020 with honours from UFV having received a graduate certificate in Mindfulness Teaching & Learning. She’s now started her own mindfulness-based coaching business at www.yourmindandyou.com where she offers a variety of mindfulness courses and workshops. If you’re interested in learning more about mindfulness and how you can create a calmer, healthier, more creative life Pam would love to welcome you into one of her courses.
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.
Wendy was born at the airforce base in Summerside PEI but has spent most of her life in British Columbia, gardening and raising her two sons.
This past year has been one of great change. She traded in her exhuberant front yard garden ofr a funky little condo with a large balcony. She has transplanted her mindset from garden beds to containers!
Wendy earned the ‘Distinguished Toastmaster’ designation several years ago and continues to find great joy in mentoring and coaching her fellow club members and TEDx speakers. Toastmasters continues to help her grow as a speaker and a leader and has opened many doors along the way.
When she is not attending Zoom meetings and in person for the various club and coaching activities she is involved with, she can be found walking the paths and trails around her new neighbourhood. Knitting, baking, reading and enjoying her new space are also some of her favourite things to do.