Charlie Dobbin is an internationally known horticulturist and landscape designer with professional gardening experience that has taken her around the world, from the Yukon to Botswana. She is a Master Gardener with a BSc in Environmental Horticulture from Guelph University, and a Landscape Design Diploma from Ryerson University. During 18 years at garden retailer White Rose, Charlie worked as a Store Manager, Planning Department Manager, and Horticultural Supervisor, eventually becoming the Manager of Special Projects and Horticultural Spokesperson for the company. While at White Rose, she wrote for and edited the widely circulated Yard & Garden Guide, conducted educational seminars and demonstrations for the public, wrote a number of articles for a variety of newspapers and magazines, and made guest appearances on over a hundred television programs. In 2002, Charlie left White Rose to start her own landscape design and horticultural consulting company, Garden Solutions by Charlie Dobbin, and to co-host the TV series "One Garden, Two Looks" (2002-2007) on HGTV. Charlie was also a Judge for Communities in Bloom Ontario (2004-2012), while spending more than a decade as Horticultural Director of Canada Blooms, Canada's largest flower and garden show. Charlie was also the Garden Director for the 2015 Luminato Festival in David Pecaut Square in Toronto, Canada, and a college professor at Durham College in the Horticulture diploma program from 2015 to 2021.
Currently, Charlie is host of "The Garden Show with Charlie Dobbin", which airs every Saturday morning at 9am ET on Zoomer Radio (am740/96.7fm), and is available to listen on the Zoomer website or as a podcast through iTunes. Charlie continues to operate her consulting and design business, and appears as a guest speaker at horticultural societies and flower and garden festivals across North America. Charlie is also host of the documentary series "Healing Gardens", which airs every Monday at 9pm ET/6pm PT on VisionTV.
Charlie's designs are focused on biodiversity and sustainable gardening practices.
Charlie is passionate about pollinators and doing her part to incorporate habitats and food sources for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds into her landscape designs. She is also focused on monarch butterfly conservation and promoting food sources for honeybees.
This is a great video that was sent to Charlie featuring the sound of millions of monarchs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7SSt0hqu6Y
Here are some helpful links to help support monarch butterflies: https://www.zoomerradio.ca/blogs/station-blog/charlie-dobbins-helpful-links-to-support-monarch-butterflies/
In everything she does, Charlie aims to educate and spread awareness. Whether she is teaching a college course, answering gardening questions live on her radio show, providing a seminar or workshop, or developing a garden design, Charlie is always ready to share her wealth of knowledge. As a garden coach, Charlie gets into the garden with you to teach proper pruning techniques, seasonal maintenance, growing edibles, and more.