Our team serves Greater Victoria, Saanich Peninsula and Southern Gulf Islands. Remote design consulting using screen-share software is also possible for the right project.
This service is for the home gardener who needs some experienced, outside eyes to take their garden to the next level. Our process involves a short online survey, a site visit, follow up recommendations & resources to get you pointed in the right direction.
For a full landscape renovation, a design plan can save time and money over the course of the project. We leverage our experience and training in ecological and edible landscape design to create a beautiful, cohesive and inter-connected space. We start with a detailed goals survey & a site assessment.
Time to transform! We integrate natural stone, ponds, ferro-cement planters, micro-patios, trellises, arbors, fruit trees, berry bushes, vegetables, herbs, water collection, and even chickens into beautiful, productive landscapes that nourish the belly and soul.
Our professionally trained landscape horticulturalists specialize in maintaining edible gardens & landscapes. While we typically only maintain landscapes we've installed, we will take on new maintenance clients whose vision and goals align with ours.
Slow, spread, sink & store water! With the exception of around building foundations, we aim to get rainfall into ground where it belongs. Our whole systems approach balances the needs for both drainage and water retention to create beautiful seasonal creeks, ephemeral ponds and rain gardens.
Our professionally trained horticulturalists can prune, train and rejuvenate your trees with summer & winter pruning. We also include organic probiotic sprays and yearly pest/disease management. We don't do 'one-offs' however, as multiple years of summer & winter pruning are needed for long-term tree health.
This service is for farmers and broad-acre land managers who want take a step back from day-to-day operations and take the 100m aerial view of their landscapes. We complete a detailed site assessment, identify risks & opportunities and create a bubble diagram that mitigates and leverages them.
We design & build integrated water management systems that utilize all the tools in the toolbox - drains, swales, ponds & retention structures, terraces, tree belts and most importantly, biologically active soil. We've worked with some of the region's finest earth-movers and can ensure your project is a success.
Need to de-compact your soils and open it up for better water infiltration and root penetration? We can 'keyline rip' your fields, prepare the ground and get your orchard, shelter-belts or wind-rows planted, mulched and irrigated.
We currently teach several courses in the Capital Region at various Colleges and take on other speaking engagements when possible. Topics include:
Permaculture Design, Backyard Gardening, Edible Landscaping, Soil Food Web for Gardeners, Farm Water Management & Keyline Design, Future Proofing Your Landscape.
A permablitz is a work party hosted to install a permaculture-inspired edible landscape. The host is in charge of finding (and feeding) volunteers (friends & family) who would like to learn hands-on garden establishment and we - the designers - produce a design-plan, a materials list and facilitate the day to ensure success.
With extensive training in soil ecology, including Elaine Ingham's Soil Food Web Training, we now offer microscope testing for quantitative soil food web analysis. Do you have the right soil biology to unlock nutrients in your soil? Do you need organic inputs? We can help boost your soil fertility.
To get started, all projects start with an email and/or a phone call. We offer free phone consultation to talk about your project and see if we are a good fit.
Our process always starts with a clear understanding of your context and goals. There is no limit to what can be done on the landscape, but your context will set some crucial design parameters for us to work within.
It is a good idea to consider your project goals and budget early on. Ask yourself,"what needs to be improved as a result of this project?" and
"how much am I willing to invest over the next year to meet my goals?"
Few people like discussing money, but let's do it.
Project estimates and billing work on an 'hourly-rate' + materials basis. That can vary between $55- $140 / hr depending on the service-type being delivered (ranging from landscape horticulture to design planning to contract machine operation).
Each project is unique. If we are a good fit, we will propose a way forward based on your context & budget.
By hiring our business, you are investing in the success of your project, a healthier ecosystem, a vibrant food-shed and a regenerative local economy.
We are fully licensed and insured, including $2M liability insurance and good standing with WorkSafeBC.