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 17 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 17 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 Grannary

Karen Grannary has been with Katsura Landscaping for over 10 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.
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 7 years of landscaping experience. She has completed the Residential Landscape Diploma program at Burnaby Continuing Education, and also has CLT trade certification through the BC Landscape Nursery Association. Her best skills are detailed pruning and hedging. She excels at working with a team to complete each job by making a real visual impact and ensuring the client is happy. She always wants the client to get more enjoyment from their outdoor spaces. Her favorite hobbies include softball, dodgeball, and hiking/camping. She loves living in Vancouver because it’s easy to get outside and enjoy nature, whether it's cycling, beaches, or weekend getaways. #blessed
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.
Sauha Lee
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.
Zlata Houdkova
Zlata has been with Katsura for five years and has proven to be a valued employee and team player. She took one year off to travel worldwide. She has a Masters Degree in Garden Design. Zlata has a wide range of plant knowledge and her favourite tasks are designing perennial beds and planting. She loves working outside. When not at work Zlata enjoys hiking, scuba diving and travelling.
Hannah Philips
Hannah has been a welcome addition to the team. She has a Diploma in Horticulture Technology, Landscape Horticulture Systems and a Bachelor of Horticulture Science in Urban Ecosystems. Hannah has a keen eye for detail which is much appreciated by our clients. She loves landscape planting and design. Hannah loves working outside, seeing how plants grow, what plants work together and creating landscapes that can blend back into our natural ecosystems. Hannah’s favourite hobbies are watching scary movies, reading and exploring botanical gardens.
Marina Sibson
Marina has been with Katsura for 2 seasons. She loves working outside and leaning about plant care. She has taken a leave from University of Victoria where she was studying Environmental studies and Geography. We are happy to have her on our team. Marina is a Level 1 ski instructor and second degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. When not at work she may be in the kitchen baking bread, she also enjoys short road trips with friends.
Katie Nanka
Katie is a welcome addition to Katsura this year. She studied Occupational Health and Safety and studied Marketing Communications at BCIT. Katie has learnt 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 and the vast vegetation.
Nate Landry
Since being with Katsura for less than 1 year Nate has proven to be a hard worker and fast learner. He loves working outside and seeing what a difference the team makes before and after a garden visit. His favourite task is lawncare. Nate’s favourite hobbies include hiking, podcasts and attempting to trade stocks. He enjoys Vancouver for all the activities the city has to offer.
Cam Ross
Cam is in his second season with Katsura, working on a projects crew. He likes working outside and seeing the transformations to people's yards. He enjoys riding his bike around Vancouver and doing photography. He's grateful that there is a lot to do in the city while being close to nature.