Overview

Katsura Landscaping is a landscape services company founded by Scott Haile in 2006. Katsura Landscaping provides high-end softscape design, planting and maintenance for West Vancouver and North Vancouver. All of our workers are insured with WorkSafe BC, and we have general liability insurance. We are a proud member of the B.C. Landscape Nursery Association which sets standards for “best practices” in the industry.

Our aim is to provide professional, courteous, timely service that exceeds your expectations.

Our core values are:

  • Customer service
  • Dependability
  • Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork

The Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)

The Katsura tree is a very distinctive landscape tree known for its delicate leaves and bright autumn colour. In autumn, the heart shaped leaves smell of burnt sugar when crushed, and the tree turns bright yellow, pink, and orange-red.

Our Team

Management Team

Scott Haile
President
Scott, founder and president of Katsura Landscaping, has over 16 years of industry experience. He completed the Capilano University Landscape Horticulture program in 2006, and is a Certified Landscape Professional (CLP), a designation given to landscape managers through the Canada Nursery Landscape Association. He started the company in 2006 after completing the Capilano program. He enjoys snowboarding, playing guitar, and running North Shore trails. He has a wife and young son. He was born and lives in North Vancouver.
Alex Murray
Vice President of Operations
Alex completed the Capilano University Landscape Horticulture program in 2007. Alex has over 16 years of landscaping experience and brings lots of enthusiasm, reliability, and attention to detail. He has great plant identification and knowledge, and combines this with his exceptional turf knowledge. He has been with the company since 2008. Prior to that he had his own landscape maintenance business. He enjoys hiking and sports. He lives in North Vancouver with his wife and son.

Accountant

Karen Grannery

Karen Grannary has been with Katsura Landscaping for over 8 years, an accountant for more than 30 years having studied Business Administration at McGill University and CGA at Ryerson in Toronto. Karen has many years’ experience in the corporate world and enjoys being part of the Katsura team. You can often see Karen paddling on the water with her Dragon Boat Team.


Designer

Vera Bedard

Vera’s expertise is to help you navigate the many options that could be used in your design and determine the style, materials and practical elements that combine to meet your wants and needs. She has been a landscape designer for over 20 years and has an extensive knowledge of plants and a creative eye for planting design layouts.


Staff

Jess Mellen
Crew Leader
Jess is a very experienced gardener. She has completed the UBC Landscape Horticulture Program that is fully integrated with horticultural activities in the UBC Botanical Garden. As part of the program she learnt about principles and techniques of landscape design, garden ecology, plant biology and plant health, the nature and role of soil in natural and constructed landscapes, as well as practical, hands-on landscape and garden management. She enjoys working on the North Shore because of the multitude of beautiful gardens.
Marcelo Marques
Crew Leader
Marcelo has a bachelor's degree in Agronomy from Brazil. As part of this he has studied plant physiology, plant nutrition, soil, and pest and diseases. He loves maintaining landscapes as he enjoys working outside and with nature. His favourite tasks are pruning and planting. He has completed the Landscape Horticulture Diploma program at Burnaby Continuing Education. He loves exploring the mountains and lakes of BC and any outdoor activities, but also likes watching movies.
Maddie Harris
Crew Leader
Maddie has three years of professional gardening experience, and has been a hobby gardener since childhood. She recently completed the horticulture diploma program at Pacific Horticulture College on Vancouver Island, and is in her third year of the Horticulture Apprenticeship program. Her favourite thing about landscaping is getting to make a career out of a hobby. Her best skills are plant ID, pruning, and lawn installations. She likes hockey and hiking in the mountains in her spare time. She grew up on Vancouver Island.
Alexandra Checkland
Crew Leader
Alexandra goes by the name 'Xan' pronounced 'Zan'. She has been doing landscape gardening for over five years. Her best strengths are plant installation and layout, as well as annuals and bulb planting. She loves working outside every day and seeing changes in the garden. In her spare time she does outdoor sports including snowboarding, hiking, canoeing, biking, and camping. She finds living in Vancouver close to the mountains and ocean is the perfect place to enjoy these activities.
Amir Hassanzadeh
Crew Leader
Amir loves doing project work. He has completed the Landscape Horticulture Diploma program at Burnaby Continuing Education. He is proficient in planting and hedging, building small lumber walls, garden bed edging, stairs, flagstone, and pathway installation. He enjoys working with plants and soil and the tranquility it brings. Outside of work, his hobbies are hiking and watching classic movies. He lives in North Vancouver with his wife and young daughter.
Farley Dunsmuir
Crew Leader
Farley has five years experience and has completed level 2 of the Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship program. His favourite task and best skill is lawn mowing and trimming. He enjoys being outside in the fresh air and getting the exercise while working. He is a writer and likes to write movie scripts.
Paula Samuels
Paula has fourteen years landscaping experience. She has completed Level 2 of Environmental Ecosystems Landscaping. Her best skills are pruning, planting, and interacting with customers. She enjoys hiking, mountain biking, horse-riding, and all outdoor activities. Her favorite things about Vancouver are the diversity of the forests, the mountains, the ocean, the local plants and wildlife.
Amilie Devault

Amilie brings many years of experience to her job at Katsura Landscaping. She has a graduate professional Certificate in Greenhouse and Plant Production, and spent ten years in greenhouse management and nursery sales. This has given her great plant identification and horticulture knowledge in perennials, shrubs, evergreens, tropical and annual plants. She is also enrolled in the Landscape Horticulture Diploma program at Burnaby Continuing Education. She loves working with plants and seeing a garden evolve. In her spare time she likes painting and drawing, and enjoying the Vancouver seashore and wilderness.

Jacob Visser
Jacob has three years experience in landscaping. He is a pro at line trimming and cleaning up beds to perfection. He likes tending to plants needs, planting new plants, and soil installations. He is a drummer in his spare time. He loves Vancouver's cultural awareness and the close connection to the outdoors.
Jessica Anderson
Jessica has three years experience in landscape gardening. Her best skills are garden bed work and mowing lawns. She loves seeing the finished product on a landscaping site. Her main hobby is anything to do with horses. She enjoys Vancouver's natural beauty and the multitude of things to do.
Santiago Rueda
Santiago is currently enrolled and close to completing the Horticulture Diploma program at Kwantlen University. His native country is Colombia where he has two years of landscaping experience and two years working in Urban Agriculture. His best skills are his plant ID and landscape design. He loves working outdoors and enjoys the colours, texture, smell and sounds of nature. His hobbies include bike riding, playing the drums, and practicing self defense. He loves Vancouver's open spaces, the Seawall, and the weather, with his favorite season being Spring.
Jean Moundalek
Jean has seven years experience with a family run plant production business in Lebanon. He has a Bachelor's degree in business management and is currently enrolled in the Landscape Horticulture program at Kwantlen University. He enjoys working with clients to improve their green spaces. His favourite tasks are pruning and planting. He is an advanced rock climber, trekker, and slack-liner. He enjoys Vancouver's easy access to outdoor sports.