Matthew Hart

Title: Co-ordinator - Horticulture Technician
Phone: 519-452-4430 x5381

Degree: Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph

Specialty: Landscape Construction, Landscape Installation & Hardscapes

Matt is a landscape professional with more than 30 years experience in the industry. He has a wide range of industry knowledge but his passion and expertise have been focused on Design/Build and Landscape Construction pursuits. He has worked/consulted on countless commercial and residential installation projects throughout North America and the Caribbean.

Matt is a proud graduate of the University of Guelph and holds several industry designations including: Certified Landscape Manager (CLM), Certified Landscape Technician (CLT), Certified Paver Installer/Instructor (ICPI).

Since 2011 Matt has had the privilege of sharing his knowledge and experience as a professor in the Landscape Design and Horticulture Technician (Diploma and Apprentice) programs at Fanshawe College. In 2019 Matt was hired as full-time faculty and is the Program Coordinator for Fanshawe’s Horticulture Technician program.


Michael Pascoe

Title: Instructor - Horticulture Technician
Phone: 519-452-4430 x4323

Degree: Michael graduated from the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, the University of Guelph, the University of Sussex and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Michael holds an MSc with distinction in Plant Conservation.

Specialty: Plant Identification

Michael Pascoe has a passion for plants, teaching and travel. Growing up in Cornwall, England he began his gardening career at age 6 with a home built greenhouse. Michael has travelled and worked throughout the world, spending many years in South-East Asia.

He is an award-winning professor, receiving the Fanshawe College Distinguished Teaching Award as a professor and for his teaching team. He was twice awarded the Landscape Ontario Past Presidents Award for his contribution to the horticulture profession. Pascoe was also one of the 100 faculty awarded the prestigious $20,000 Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award from the Province of Ontario for his passion, ingenuity and leadership in teaching.


Michael was the first Canadian to win a Perennial Plant Association (PPA), award for his work on the Cuddy Gardens (now owned by Fanshawe College); he won a second PPA award for his work on the Moore Residence in Thorndale, Ontario. He was also honoured with a London Urban Regional Design Award for his work on the London Life corporate offices.


Professor Pascoe is the Director of the Gardens of Fanshawe College and the A. M. Cuddy Gardens in nearby Strathroy, ON. These gardens contain one of the largest collections of Magnolia species and cultivars in Canada as well as many other rare, endangered and interesting plants.


Mark van der Spank

Mark van der Spank
Title: Instructor - Horticulture Technician
Phone: 519-777-8584

Degree: Fanshawe Horticulture Technician program in 2012.

Specialty: Paving stone installation.

Mark is a full-time technician with the Horticulture Technician diploma and apprenticeship programs. He is the horticulturist at the A.M. (Mac) Cuddy garden in Strathroy, ON and joined the Fanshawe team in May of 2019. Since graduating in 2012, Mark has gone on to work in various aspects of the Horticulture/Construction industries including Leaf Landscape Solutions, Stone In Style Interlock Construction, and Royal Fence. Mark works with horticulture students and summer employees to maintain the grounds, construct new landscape installations, and propagate and produce trees, shrubs, and perennials for retail sales. With the help of students, Mark is continually accessioning and labeling the plant collections of the Gardens of Fanshawe College, along with The A.M. (Mac) Cuddy Gardens, with plans to always grow and further develop the gardens.