Working With Us
Providing a positive and enjoyable experience dealing with our company is important to us. Your project is as personal to us as it is to you and our mutual enthusiasm is key to a great outcome. We expect you to contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding any aspect of your landscape project. We endeavour to be available and accountable.
Chaz will personally oversee every step of your landscaping project, from the initial consultation, through the design process, scheduling, ordering materials and, finally, to the actual work on your property. Not all projects or landscaping budgets are huge — we understand that. We also believe that no space is too small to be beautiful. No matter the size or requirements of your project, you can expect the same conscientious, personalized service.
- Start on the day that we tell you (weather permitting)
- Clean up every evening
- Keep you informed of progress
- Have polite, uniformed staff
- Keep to our price
- Customized service for your garden
- Keep track of what your garden needs
- Member of Landscape Ontario
- Your warranty is with us — if there is a problem, we will fix it
- We try to reuse materials existing on-site where possible and practical
- We deal with reputable waste disposal/soil recycling companies
- We recycle all plastic plant pots
- We incorporate low-maintenance and drought-tolerant plantings where possible to reflect the time constraints and sustainability concerns of our clients
- Soil amendment is key to sustainability; we work hard improve your soil.
- Active pollinator support activities
- We carry liability insurance
- We are WSIB compliant
- All employees must attend ongoing safety training
- Employees use Personal Protective Equipment
- Landscape Industry Certified
I certainly began life in the garden, toddling along behind my grandfather whose idea of gardening was way ahead of his time, or perhaps just really really old-fashioned. We composted, and mulched, and watered deeply, and didn’t turn soil unnecessarily, and had a wonderful garden full of flowers and vegetables. I learned the quiet joy of nurturing plants and the beauty of nature. This continued with the huge gardens that my farther planted at each of his homes as he traveled through life, and, finally to my own first home and garden. That all seems many years ago and was a great hobby and interest.
In a detour from gardening and landscaping, I ended up at IBM for 12 years in the research lab writing and testing software. At IBM I was exposed to business processes, and managing schedules and budgets, and learned to dislike the inefficiencies of huge corporations. After raising my children, I looked for a second career that would use my organizational skills, and also get me away from a desk. All my gardening background came back to me and I started studying in earnest to be a really professional landscaper. I studied residential landscape design and horticulture at Humber College. Shortly afterward, Gardens in the City inc. started taking on clients both for new landscape design, and garden maintenance. My enthusiasm for landscaping continues to grow.
Gardens in the City is a proud member of Landscape Ontario. I continue to expand my knowledge of the industry by taking landscape and business courses, volunteering at Canada Blooms and involving myself with other Landscape Ontario efforts. I have recently completed the course work and exams to earn my CLP – Certified Landscape Professional from CNLA (Canadian National Landscape Association).
Having worked in gardening and soft landscaping up in the near north for a few years I am now looking forward to getting my hands into the metro muck. When I’m not reveling amongst the flowers, and nature in general, you will find me at my art table illustrating for children’s picture books, including one of my own. Happy Spring!
As the latest staff-addition to Gardens in The City, I am looking forward to devoting my skills and experience to my new home. While my background is in Urban Ecosystem Management with a diploma from Sir Sanford Fleming College, my passion is in gardening and working with the earth. My background experiences include working in the forests of Madagascar and planting rice in the flooded paddies of Nepal. Locally I have worked for ‘Friends of the Rouge’ in Scarborough and the P.I.N.E. project in High Park. After a long grey winter, springtime brings the promise of personal growth and opportunity which I hope to give back in “spades” to Gardens In The City.
You just have to meet her in person!