Botanica is small group of people that care about what they do. The team consists of designers, horticulturists and hardscape experts who combine elbow grease, resourcefulness and attention to detail to improve the quality of life for their clients.


Karin Hers-Schaffner

Founder / Creative Director

Karin founded Botanica Design in 1998 after completing her education in horticulture. Her passion for design, strong work ethic and exceptional plant knowledge enables her to create functional modern designs. Botanica is built on reputation as well as Karin’s personal relationships with architects, designers and clients. She was born and raised in Vancouver, and her designs reflect her vast knowledge and years of hands on experience with west coast gardening and landscaping. She has travelled extensively around the world and draws inspiration from the botanical gardens and properties she has visited.


Otto Schaffner

Project Manager / Creative Director

Otto began his working years in horticulture while attending University. Upon completion of school, he left horticulture and spent many years in the corporate world. He and Karin always had the idea that he one day would join Botanica. When that happened, his business acumen was an integral part of growing Botanica into the company it is today. Otto’s extensive knowledge of construction and project management enables him to translate Botanica’s designs into reality. His close working relationships with trades and architects have been fundamental to the success of Botanica. An interest and skill in design, along with knowledge of hardscape construction and materials is integral to achieving his high expectations. His move from the corporate world to Botanica has allowed him to spend more time outside and for Otto that’s a bonus.


Chris Hatty

General Manager

Chris Hatty joined Botanica in 2011 as operations manager. Born in Africa, Chris played a huge role in the landscape design industry in Tanzania and Durban. He maintained the gardens of foreign embassies in Tanzania where he headed his own landscape design and build company. Chris continues his passion for building and design while overseeing a crew of full time staff. He has built relationships with Botanica’s clients and is efficient at time management and logistics. His inherent ability as a leader and communicator has enabled Botanica Design to take on large projects. He is also a certified safari guide for any clients that want to start a private menagerie.


Jacqui Harvey


Jacqui’s love of gardening first started in 1998 while attending a Naturescape meeting where she became fascinated by the concept of rebuilding fragile ecosystems through biodiversity paired with the usage of native plant material. Later she went on to earn a certificate in organic master gardening and a landscape design diploma at KPU. Specializing in west coast garden design, Jacqui has honed her craft designing, installing, and maintaining gardens across the Lower Mainland for over 19 years. As a plant enthusiast, she is passionate about designing curated gardens that reflect the clients needs using the best possible plant for the job. Her hobbies include marveling at how quickly her baby is growing and looking for the next best meal. 


Connor Dumont-Aubrey

Horticulturist / Creative

Born and raised in Port Moody BC, Connor is an avid gardener and plantsman with a passion for design, architecture, and ecology. He is a recipient of the UBC botanical garden HTP highest overall achievement award. Connor’s philosophy is “right plant, right place” with a focus on naturalistic gardening. His landscape interests include coastal gradens, steppe plantings, and meadows. Connor prides himself on being hands on with an ability to design on the fly. His interests include paddle boarding, going to the beach, and traveling the world.


Ryan Callighen

Project Manager

Ryan has a bit of a different background coming from corporate travel but found his passion during the pandemic. He has completed his landscape design certification with distinction and has a focus in ecological design whenever and wherever possible. Now he’s using his project and team management skills alongside his passion for design to help bring our projects to life. Outside of work Ryan likes to spend his time traveling the globe or relaxing with his family and pets.