Geoff always had a passion for landscaping, but couldn’t quite fit a whole backyard into his apartment. When he saw a Craigslist ad posted for a volunteer landscaper, he jumped at the chance. “I was offered a large yard to take care of, which was perfect for me to work with,” he said.
At the Evergreen Transition House, Geoff is a landscaping wizard, designing and laying out an incredible garden from what was once an untamed jungle of prickly bushes, tree stumps and garbage. In the backyard, Geoff plants an assortment of flowers, shrubs and trees, and has even created a Zen garden. The result is a beautiful, natural outdoor area for women and children to enjoy.
It’s no surprise that Geoff knows his way around a backyard space: he holds a Bachelors of Science in Horticulture from UBC; spent several years teaching horticulture courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University; and has many years of experience working for landscaping companies and nurseries.
Aside from honing his landscaping skills, one of the most rewarding parts of working at the Transition House is creating a peaceful place for women and children to enjoy, which gives him a sense personal reward. “Volunteering adds value to your day and increases self worth,” he explained. “In my case, it benefits people when I’m not even there.”