George Patterson founded Tofino Botanical Gardens in 1997. He has guided the Gardens through a vivid thirty years of enjoyment from visitors. George lives on site with his wife, Josie Osborne, the Mayor of Tofino.
In 1991 George Patterson was a co-founder in of the Clayoquot Biosphere Project and has been involved in efforts to encourage research and educational activities in the area for close to thirty years. He served as a director of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust for the first five years of the CBT’s existence.
“Gardens, at their best, are a place where people collaborate with Nature.” – George Patterson
Head Horticulturalist Bailey Wilson attended the prestigious Niagara Parks School of Horticulture where she first began working with the world-renowned Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Bailey has been working in the Horticultural industry for 14 years and she has been working at Tofino Botanical Gardens since 2017. Look for Bailey on her daily round through the garden beds, in the greenhouse, or ask staff for her whereabouts if you have specific botany questions during your visit!
“The garden changes from morning to night and every day offers something different. No matter how fast or slow you walk, you find something to make you stop and think. Curiosity lives here and it feeds the playfulness of those who let it in. I am lucky enough to breathe it every day.” – Bailey Wilson
Kelby has been the Ecolodge Manager since 2015. Originally from South Africa, she comes from a background in Fashion and Textiles. After a few years in the industry, she had a career shift into accommodations management working at The Mantis and Moon Backpackers, and began developing her skills in the hotel industry. Kelby has lead several successful initiatives to further increase the sustainability of the Ecolodge. Kelby is also Vice Chair of the Pacific Rim Surfrider Chapter, and coordinates and supports several programs through Surfrider including Stitch n’ Beach, beach cleanups, and other events.
Operations Manager John ensures smooth daily operation and maintenance. John holds a Degree from the Okanagan School of Business, majoring in Marketing, and worked in Visitor Experience with Parks Canada for 3 years before joining the team in 2018. John is an avid birdwatcher who enjoys outdoor pursuits and is also the primary caretaker of our goats, ducks, and chickens!
Gilbert is our cheeky Toggenburg goat and Daisy a charming Angora goat. They have been living at the Gardens since 2014. Both the goats are very gentle and love meeting children and families. They love to eat anything green, long beach walks with staff, and head scratches.
This family rarely stays still and helps manage the slug population in the gardens. Colonel Orson and his family love the pond and marching around the property. They are hilarious to watch, and a big staff favourite. In late May 2019 the trio produced several fuzzy little ducklings.
Gomez is our resident bantam rooster. Although he is the smallest rooster on the property, he is the loudest. Gomez proudly leads a band of petite bantam hens. We love our cute little bantam chickens who enjoy their free range lifestyle here at the Gardens.
Approximately 20 Red Jungle Fowl chickens reside free range at the Gardens. These chickens help manage the pest population on our plants so that we do not need to use any pesticides. Naturally, they also help fertilize the Gardens. Our gang of Jungle Fowl are showstopping, colourful and their antics deserve a full afternoon of chicken watching – sightings guaranteed!