Landscaper from Qualicum Beach to appear on Dragons’ Den

Jen Gibb pitched garden multi-tool to the ‘dragons’

Jen Gibb, a Nanaimo landscaper, pitches her garden multi-tool on Dragons’ Den. Her episode will air on TV on Feb. 7. - Submitted photo

A Nanaimo woman who grew up in Qualicum Beach hopes to impress some ‘dragons’ with her garden multi-tool.

Jen Gibb, a landscaper who owns the business Beyond the Fence, will appear on the CBC TV show Dragons’ Den on Feb.7.

Gibb’s product is the Eazyway garden multi-tool that she invented after she was in a car accident a few years ago.

“My mobility just wasn’t the same,” Gibb said. “When I got back to work I noticed I was always flipping my (garden) tool over instead of bending over… my idea kind of started from there.”

The Eazyway multi-tool has a telescopic aluminum handle with a rubberized grip. What makes this tool different, Gibb said, is it has removable implements at both ends that can be customized to the user’s preference.

Gibb said the tool is easy to store, so works well for urban communities, smaller gardens or for people who are taking public transit or riding their bikes to a community garden.

“Also because of the telescopic handle it helps prevent you to reach or get down on your hands and knees, so it’s adjustable for all different sizes and all different types of jobs,” Gibb said.

She added that if one part of the tool breaks it can be replaced separately without having to purchase a whole new tool.

Gibb said she went through several prototypes, taking them to local businesses for feedback, before landing on one she was happy with.

“My next thing I thought was ‘I’m going to audition for Dragons’ Den,’ so I went over to Vancouver, auditioned, they called me and said ‘you’ve made it to the next round,’” Gibb said.”So I went to Toronto on April 27 (for filming) and then I just found out on Monday that I’ve made it onto the show.”

Gibb couldn’t talk specifics of what the judges thought of her project or what happened during filming.

Just Posted

Last call for the ever-vanishing payphone in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Where many phones once resided, only memories remain

Developers go back to drawing board after high-rise application deferred by Parksville council

IAG Developments has proposed a multi-building development on city’s waterfront

WATCH: Parksville Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first extended steps in nearly three decades

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Parksville man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Nick Major, 21, was a taekwondo instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

Cars keyed on BC Ferries after alarms bother dog on board

Delta police arrested one passenger on suspicion of mischief

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

Rescue required after woman falls trying to climb down from Nanaimo walkway

Husband says his wife fell trying to find a place to urinate

Justin Trudeau’s carbon footprint revealed in ranking of world leaders

Travel company ranks 15 world leaders’ foreign flight CO2 emissions

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Most Read