Sage Garden has over twenty years experience helping individuals and groups find effective, organic solutions for local gardening projects, indoors and out.
We have worked in schools, offices, in the media, in medical settings, in northern communities, in urban community gardens, with newcomers to Canada and of course with thousands of home gardeners.
We are growers, but at our core we are teachers and many of the ways we have worked with people involve outcomes that go beyond simply learning to grow plants.
Suzanne M. Simpson, M. Ed. is a passionate educator who values the educational and restorative potential of the natural environment. Although raised in rural Manitoba, Suzanne and her family now live in Winnipeg. Together they strive to live lightly on the earth and remain connected with nature through gardening and being active in the wild edges of the outdoors. Suzanne has experience teaching classes from Kindergarten to grade eight, and wrote her masters thesis on the topic of elementary school garden use in Manitoba schools. Suzanne is qualified as a LEED Green Associate, Master Composter and Master Gardener in training.
Suzanne is our dedicated classroom educator & school consultant. She also teaches our Junior Botanist program at Sage.
Dave Hanson, M. Ed. is a Winnipeg-based gardening educator, speaker, media contributor and founder/co-manager of Sage Garden Greenhouses. He is well known as a leader in the local gardening community, with a long history of being a go-to resource for cold-climate gardening knowledge.
Whether at the garden centre or in the community, Dave's focus is on helping gardeners succeed with accessible, all-organic approaches and finding joy in the incredible diversity of plants that can thrive in cold climates. Dave holds a master's degree from the University of Manitoba, with a specialization in counselling and positive psychology.
Dave is our program director, public speaker and media contact
Evelyn Yauk, B.A. is the co-manger of Sage Garden Greenhouses and design specialists. Ev is a master problem solver, and she has implemented many innovations at Sage Garden that have helped us achieve significant goals around sustainability, ethical sourcing of goods and success as a year round gardening operation in our chilly climate.
Ev heads up our Garden Nannying team, a personalized service tailored to helping clients with everything from garden maintenance, restoration, design and installation. The Garden Nannies have worked on home gardens, as well as in commercial settings and schools. Ev is well known for going the extra mile for clients, and treating each project as an opportunity for collaborative learning.
Ev is our head designer as well as garden maintenance and installation co-ordinator