laura_biggsLaura Biggs / College Director and Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
B.Sc. in Biology & Chemistry, University of British Columbia Okanagan, 2006
M.Sc. in Biology, University of British Columbia Okanagan, 2009
BC Provincial Instructor Diploma, Vancouver Community College, 2012
Certificate in Online Instruction, Vancouver Community College, 2013
M.Ed. in Post-Secondary Curriculum & Instruction, Simon Fraser University, 2017

Field of expertise and experience:
Several years experience in laboratory research, field studies, post-secondary science instruction, and education administration.  Sessional teaching experience includes courses at UBC Okanagan, University of Victoria, Vancouver Community College, and Camosun College.  Areas of interest include plant biology, pest biology, and adult education.

At PHC: teaches Level 1 & 2 Botany, Level 1 & 2 Soils, Level 1,2,3 & 4 Plant Health, Levels 3 & 4 Soils and Pesticide Applicator’s License.

Jessica Jang / College Administrator

Academic Qualifications:
B.A. in Intercultural Studies, Prairie College, 2009
Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program, Pacific Horticulture College, 2014
Herbal Apprenticeship Program, Fireweed Farm and School, 2015

Field of expertise and experience:
Background in education administration and international work. Owner-Operator of Jessica Jang Landscaping. Areas of interest include organic vegetable production, herbalism and cut flowers.

Ismail Abdullahi / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
B.Sc. in Agriculture, Usman Danfodio University, Nigeria
M.Sc. in Plant Virology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Ph.D. in Plant Virology, university of Ibadan, Nigeria

Field of expertise and experience:
Development of suitable diagnostic techniques as the first line of action in management of viral and viroid diseases of economic importance. Development and implementation of preventative measures aimed at restricting the spread of pests and diseases in agriculture crops.

At PHC: teaches Level 1 & 2 Plant Health – Diseases; Level 3 Plant Health. 

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Patty Brown / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program, Pacific Horticulture College, 2000

Field of expertise and experience:
Vice-President of Backwoods Contracting Ltd.; silviculture specialists in reforestation; Owner/Operator of Brilliant Blooms Floral and Gardens Design. Community Education at HCP in design, pruning, floral design and general gardening.

At PHC: teaches Level 1 & 2 Landscape Design, Level 1 & 2 Pruning, Level 3 Softscape, Level 3 Organizes Work, and Level 3 & 4 Plant Identification and Culture.

Julia Ford / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
B.A. International Development Studies and Environment, McGill University, 2005
Permaculture Design Course, Bullocks Homestead and Nursery, 2012

Field of expertise and experience:
Currently the Nursery Manager at Mason St. City Farm in downtown Victoria, with 9 years experience in permaculture systems, small scale agriculture, community orchard coordination and homesteading. Sits on the Victoria Urban Food Table. 

At PHC: teaches Level 1 & 2 Sustainable Food Production. 

Solara Goldwynn / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
B.A. Environmental Studies & Anthropology Double Major, University of Victoria, 2012
Living Mandala’s Aloha Aina Holistic PDC, 2008
Seven Ravens Permaculture Design Certificate, 2012

Field of expertise and experience:
Solara Goldwynn is deeply committed to nurturing resilient ecosystems. Since 2013 she has worked alongside her husband in their business Hatchet & Seed (www.hatchetnseed.ca), an edible landscaping and regenerative design company based in Victoria BC. Growing edible gardens, propagating perennial food crops, and educating clients and students on the infinite benefits of aligning with nature are her specialties.

At PHC: teaches Level 1 & 2 Introduction to Permaculture

Heidi Hitchcock / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program, Pacific Horticulture College, 2008

Field of expertise and experience:
Owner/operator of Horticultura Garden Coaching and Design (www.horticultura.ca), Landscape maintenance, design, consulting/coaching, installation, and teaching special interest workshops.

At PHC: teaches Level 1 & 2 Practical Skills, Level 1 & 2 Communications Supervision and Level 1 & 2 Business Practices, Level 3 Preconstruction Activities

Jackie Hiebert / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program, Pacific Horticulture College, 2007
B.A. English Literature, University of Victoria

Field of expertise and experience:
Jimmy Thistle Britches Gardening and Design, Victoria BC.

At PHC: teaches Plant Identification and Culture.

Gordon Mackay / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
Threave Diploma in Horticulture – Threave School of Gardening
National Diploma in Horticulture – Pershore College of Horticulture
ISA Certified Arborist
Bee Master Certification – British Columbia 

Field of expertise and experience:
Involved in horticulture since 1985, following in his father’s footsteps and attending the same college after apprenticing with him. Currently runs own arboriculture practice. Expertise includes hardy nursery stock production, arboriculture, tree bio-mechanics, tree survey and assessment/hazard tree assessment, fruit culture, apiculture. 

At PHC: teaches classes in Level 1 and 2 Special Topics in Horticulture; Level 3 Softscape Maintenance 

Mark MacKenzie-Moore / Instructor

At PHC: teaches Level 1 & 2 Practical Skills, Level 1 & 2 Irrigation and Drainage, Level 3 Irrigation & Drainage, Level 3 Tools & Equipment, and Level 4 Small Engine and Power Tools.

Linda Petite / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
Plant Science Technician program, NSAC Truro, NS

Field of expertise and experience:
Worked in a Garden Center/Landscape company for 25 years in Antigonish, NS before heading west to Victoria; Community Education classes at HCP; plant and garden presentations to local garden clubs and community groups. Areas of interest include growing vegetables, cactus and succulents, propagation, hydrangeas, and wreath making.

At PHC: Head Gardener at HCP

Diane Pierce / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
B.Sc. in Agriculture, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC

Field of expertise and experience:
Fruit and vegetable research with Agriculture Canada, City of Victoria Parks Department gardener, landscape design and garden consultant; past Board Member of the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific and the Victoria Horticultural Society, Community Education instructor at HCP in Plant Identification and Culture and gardening skills.

At PHC: teaches Level 1 & 2 Plant Identification and Culture.

Jane Tice / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
Liberal Arts Degree John Abbott College, Montreal Quebec
Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program, Pacific Horticulture College, 2002

Field of expertise and experience:
Landscaper, independent contractor, retail consultant, community education instructor at HCP.

At PHC: teaches Level 1 & 2 Plant Identification and Culture, Level 1 & 2 Practical Skills, Level 3 & 4 Sales and Marketing, Level 4 Cultural Management of Trees, Level 4 Softscape and Level 4 Organizes Work.

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Manon Tremblay / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
Computer-Assisted Design Technician Diploma, University of Guelph 2012
Environmental Education and Communication Graduate Certificate, Royal Roads University 2009
Landscape Horticulture Technician Certificate, Pacific Horticulture College 2002

 

Field of expertise and experience:
Instructor at HCP (Master Gardener program and community education programs), Compost Education Center, and Gaia College, landscape designer, CAD technician, horticulturist, landscaper, and plant expert. Owner of Manon Tremblay Garden Design (www.manontremblay.org).

At PHC: teaches Level 3 Preconstruction Activities

Kevin Wilson / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
Olds College – School of Horticulture – Landscape Management
Level 2 Certified Segmental Retaining Wall Installer
4 Month direct tutelage under a Scottish Dry Stone Walling Specialist

Field of expertise and experience:
Working in the landscape construction industry has been his sole occupation for the past 16 years. Kevin has been very fortunate to work with highly skilled professionals of all walks of life. Before Rocks and Stones Masonry, he worked for a specialty landscape construction company in Victoria and gained a wealth of experience. Learning from various other professionals he has grown himself and his business into what you see now: www.rocksandstones.ca.

At PHC: teaches Level 3 Hardscaping

Jo Wyld / Instructor

Academic Qualifications:
Red Seal Horticulturist Certification, 2013
Landscape Horticulture Technician Certificate, Pacific Horticulture College, 2005

Field of expertise and experience: Owner/Operator of WY Yards & Gardens for 15 years working on a wide variety of properties and projects around Greater Victoria. Head Gardener of Abkhazi Garden, a public garden in Fairfield, for five years. Interests include plant identification, propagation, ponds. 

At PHC: teaches Level 1 & 2 Turfgrass Management and Level 1 & 2 Practical Skills; Level 4 Turf

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