Dany Fortin and Shane Tillapaugh will explain how crevice-style rock garden landscaping can nurture an assortment of beautiful, challenging plants. They will present a step-by-step procedure for creating this unique scene for your garden, as well as expose some of their favourite plants.
Dany Fortin has worked in the horticulture field for sixteen years doing landscaping, garden maintenance, and tree care. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor.
During a year spent at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, Dany worked on several large projects and was responsible for maintaining the Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle family) and Oleaceae (olive family – including forsythia, osmanthus, syringa) collections. Locally, he helped to create the No. 6 Mine Park in Cumberland and has spent three seasons working on the Filberg Park. Dany is also the creator of the beautiful rock gardens located at the Comox Recreation Centre and Comox Marina.
Dany is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, Royal Horticultural Society, and Alpine Garden Society of England. He is currently working for the Town of Comox in the Parks Department. Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately, Dany has acquired a severe form of Plant Collectors Syndrome (PCS) and for this reason is an avid rock gardener.
Shane Tillapaugh is a gardener and naturalist who loves birds, bees, plants, and trees. He began his career in gardening in 2004 after graduating from the University of Victoria with a degree in biology. Further studies at Gaia College earned him a certificate in Ecological Landscape Design, subsequently followed by earning designation as a Certified Organic Land Care Professional. he is also an ISA Certified Arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor.
Shane’s horticultural experience includes native plant gardens, nature-inspired water features, organic lawn and garden care, and drought-tolerant landscapes. He was fortunate to work on a large green roof project headed by world-renowned landscape architect, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. This project was featured in Sitelines magazine.
Shane also teaches the Soil Science and Plant Health modules of the Horticulture Apprenticeship program at North Island College. He is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, Canadian Urban Forest Network, Society for Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL), American Rhododendron Society, North American Rock Garden Society, and Scottish Rock Garden Club.