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 18 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 18 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.
Marcelo Marques
Maintenance Manager
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.

Bookkeeper

Donna Hall
Donna is thoroughly enjoying her bookkeeping position at Katsura after many years in the corporate world. Her love for trees and flowers blossomed in the English countryside where she was born, then blossomed even more while growing up in the South African wilderness. In her spare time, Donna loves writing and is greatly inspired by Vancouver's natural beauty.

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.
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.
Jana Reum
Crew Leader
Jana has 8 years of landscaping experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts in International Development and has completed the Residential Landscape Diploma program through Burnaby Continuing Education. Her best skills are detailed pruning and hedging, and she likes working with clients so that they can get the most enjoyment from their outdoor spaces. Her favorite hobbies include playing sports, hiking, and camping. She loves living in Vancouver because it is so easy to get outside and spend time in nature.
Farley Dunsmuir
Crew Leader
Farley has six years of 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.
Nicholas Demers
Crew Leader
Nicholas has over seven years of horticulture experience. He started out at the UBC Botanical Garden and has done some work in private landscaping and within design/installation. He has completed the UBC Botanical Garden - Foundation Program - Level 1-2 Certified. He loves a challenge, specifically hedging and creating a visual impact with precision and attention to detail. He also enjoys garden design/installation, container gardening and botanical sculpture. Nicholas is an artist. He loves all media but is currently motivated in sculpture and digital photography. A music lover through and through. Born and raised in the GVRD, Nicholas is most at peace when surrounded by mountains, water and the flora of British Columbia.
Santiago Rueda
Crew Leader
After completing his 2-year Horticulture Technician diploma at Kwantlen University, Santiago is enjoying working outdoors in close contact with nature. His best skills are identifying plants, pruning and landscape design. He also enjoys line trimming, mowing and planting. Santiago loves outdoor activities at Vancouver’s beaches and mountains. His favorite hobbies include playing the drums and bike riding.
Sauha Lee
Crew Leader
Sauha has become an integral part of the Katsura Team. She has a Horticulture Technician Certificate from the Horticultural College and a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design from Emily Carr University. She enjoys observing how gardens evolve overtime and examining the design intent of different spaces. When not at work Sauha enjoys art and learning to grow her own vegetables. She loves Vancouver for the ocean and that she can bike anywhere.
Spencer Scott
Spencer has 4 years of landscaping experience and loves working outdoors with plants as he enjoys Vancouver’s landscape and good weather. His best landscaping skill is pruning shrubs and his favourite task is shaping hedges. Spencer is registered to take the Burnaby Residential Landscape diploma program this Fall. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding at the local mountains.
Chase Easun-Gray
Chase is in his third year of landscaping. He completed horticultural courses in Guelph and is registered to take the Burnaby Residential Landscape diploma program this Fall. His strongest skills are shrub shaping, trimming and pruning and his favourite task is tree pruning. He likes caring for gardens and planting. Chase loves being close to nature and living near the mountains in Vancouver as he enjoys camping, hiking and canoeing.
Katie Nanka
Katie came from a background of Occupational Health and Safety and studied Marketing Communications at BCIT. Katie has learned to complete tasks quickly while still doing a good job. She has excellent pruning skills. She is capable of the hard work of soil and mulch installation. Katie loves making a difference and wants to always please the client. When not at work she enjoys cycling, and loves living in Vancouver with the rolling mountains right by the sea. Katie is registered to take the Burnaby Residential Landscape diploma program this Fall.
Ray Laviolette
Ray has 8 years of landscaping experience both here in Vancouver as well as the Comox Valley. With his arborist background, Ray is happiest when pruning a tree or sculpting a hedge to perfection. He loves landscaping as it allows him to stay fit while working outdoors. Ray’s other strengths are line trimming, mowing and garden clean-ups. He loves Vancouver’s lush forests, snow peaked mountains, lakes, and the west coast lifestyle, and can be found hiking in the mountains, swimming in the ocean, sailing and rowing boats whenever he gets the chance.
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.
Faisal Qasem
Faisal joins us having already completed the first year of the BCCE Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship Program. He also has one year of landscaping experience. Faisal's best strengths are planting, pruning, sod installation, and weeding. He takes pride in attention to detail and finds landscaping to be meditative and satisfying. His hobbies are Chess, Basketball (he played professionally) and long walks while listening to educational / inspiring podcasts. The things he likes best about Vancouver are the stunning backdrops and mild winters.
Jill Esseltine
Jill has two seasons of landscaping experience. Her best strengths are pruning, hedging, and mowing and trimming lawns. She like being outdoors even when raining, to move about and breathe fresh air, while learning about plants and identification. Her hobbies include cooking and going on walks in her neighbourhood. She likes being able to walk and bike in Vancouver without needing a car. She also likes the parks and hiking trails.