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About Us

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In 2003, Merle was in between graphic design jobs and went to work for a landscaper who was a friend of ours and it turned out he was a natural. Pulling from his graphic design experience, in addition to his earlier job as a draftsman, his skill and design abilities translated easily to landscape design.

After those three years of mentoring, our friend moved to the Okanagan and recommended that Merle take over the business. With one job lead, our first truck, and the same installation crew, our business began.

It didn’t take long before Katie started to ask questions about the designs Merle was doing and when her questions and ideas became annoying, Merle suggested she come to the client meetings too! Always wanting to know more, Katie then enrolled in Guelph University’s Landscape Design Program and joined the business full time.

Finally in 2013, the Edmonton winters became too much to take and we got tired of the limitations of designing in Zone 3 and packed our bags (and pets and trucks) and came to Vancouver Island, settling in Sidney.

It was only after moving here that we discovered that Katie’s great grandfather Jock Anderson had founded Sidney’s Anderson’s Hardware decades earlier before it became the current Home Hardware. Bringing it full circle, our offices are now a stone’s throw from the store’s original location on the Sidney waterfront.

Our business has grown and expanded since we came to Sidney. We have had clients turn into best friends, we work with builders, developers, architects, biologists, engineers and are always expanding our professional collaborations and networks.

The best part of our job is getting to see how people’s lives change with landscaping. Our clients tell us that they spend more time together as couples, as families and how creating beautiful spaces fill people with happiness.

We are thrilled to have found a home and community in Sidney and can often be found walking our dogs and lingering on patios.

They began and completed the job on time, on budget, and to the highest of standards
— Barrie D.
 
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Client Testimonials

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Pacific Ridge completed a comprehensive landscaping transformation on our home on Shore Acres in Sidney and the results speak for themselves.  From the initial consultation, project planning, and execution, Pacific Ridge intuitively knew what we wanted and were not only able to translate our requirements into a tangible plan, but also execute that plan with an outstanding degree of precision and professionalism.  Throughout the project, Katie and Merle maintained an excellent grasp of requirements including schedule and budget, engaging us on a regular basis to advise of the project progress and to make minor adjustments as required without any surprises.  Their attention to detail was simply outstanding from the careful selection of a variety low maintenance plantings to the thoughtful design and construction of two pergolas, interlocking brick patio, walkways and a natural gas fire pit that complemented our home.  They not only ticked all the boxes to achieve our vision of a relaxed outdoor living space,  but also created an inviting outdoor area that focussed the ocean views that we will enjoy for many years to come.   We would highly endorse Pacific Ridge for any landscape project of varying size and complexity.

Philip and Deborah D


 

Chris and I wanted to let you know that we are beyond thrilled with the backyard transformation here on Shoreacres.   The end result is even better than we had anticipated and we have thoroughly enjoyed the experience from start to finish.  From the initial consultation to the final clean up, we’ve felt like a part of the process and for that we thank you.   Your pride in workmanship and attention to detail is what makes your work exceptional and the reason we will recommend you to our friends and family.   We truly appreciate your patience during our project for the changes along the way (lighting and pergola details specially!) and for including us in the creation of a space that reflects our style.  You translated our ideas into a beautiful backyard oasis that we will enjoy for years to come.  

With thanks,  
Leslie and Chris

 

Merle and Katie are a phenomenal team with innovative and creative ideas. What I value, which is so clearly seen in their portfolio, is there good taste and judgement. I have recommended them to a number of friends and have heard nothing but praise and gratitude. No hesitation in recommending them!

J McNicoll

 


We had our landscaping completed on a newly built home Sept. 2011 by Merle & Katie.  We were extremely happy with the results. They completed all aspects of the job in the time they had quoted us. They were on site every day along with their crew. They gave us personal and professional attention and would highly recommend their services.

H Allan

 

I first noticed Merle & Katie's work through their ads in Avenue Magazine. Each time I saw a picture of a beautifully designed garden, be it minimalist, Japanese, natural, or a water garden etc and all by the same company; that I should be impressed by all their ads gave me the confidence to approach them. It was clear from the first concept meeting that Katherine and Merle had a very good sense of what worked for me and my tastes.

I needed my entire front yard ripped up and replaced with something natural and flowing. The whole process was so easy and a delight. The winter meeting resulted in plans that just seemed so right at the outset. When I was presented with their ideas for revamping my entire front yard, there was next to nothing that I wanted to change. It was clear from the first concept meeting that Katie and Merle had a very good sense of what worked for me and my tastes. We had an agreement to proceed in late June of 2012.

The work was done in a swift and thorough fashion, and all well on time. I got to watch much of it fall into place, and was invited to be part of the process from choosing particular trees to approving of the placement of particular rocks. Their grace and flexibility meant the whole process went smoothly and very much to my liking. In truth, there was so little that I wanted altered that I probably could have left them to it and gone away for two weeks.

I am so satisfied with the result, and for the nature of the collaboration. I wholeheartedly recommend them, and if I were to run a landscaping company I would like to think I would do it exactly the way they run their business. If I was asked for just one disappointment with the process, it would be that I couldn’t quite go round the side of the house and do the back as well! That being said, I have no doubts at all that I will be picking up the phone and invite them back to carry on and finish my entire yard when the timing is right for me.

I Sheldon

 

 

Our experience with Merle & Katie was beyond our expectations. Their design and construction ability was evident in the initial on-site meeting. They listened to our "wants" and "wishes" and knowledgeably recommended and implemented materials into our landscape.

Their professionalism was found throughout their entire team. Even when issues did arise they always offered a number of solutions that they skillfully executed. They completely stand behind their workmanship, as on one occasion, without hesitation, they were back to our property to quickly remedy a slight imperfection caused by another contractor.

Our project was completed as scheduled, much to our surprise considering the amount of work and detail. Their sign still stands in plain view because we continue to receive numerous compliments. We love what they have done with our property and highly recommend this wonderful group of people. 

J & S Simon

 

 

We were looking for a landscaper who could xeriscape our yard without turning it into a lunar landscape. In Pacific Ridge, we found a team of fabulous artistic professionals who turned our lawn-free objective into a work of art that brought admiring neighbours to knock on the door and still stops cars in the street while people gaze.

Beginning with thorough consultation, Pacific Ridge delivered a creative and exquisite plan that met our budgetary and visual needs, then delivered the project on schedule and worry-free. We brought them back to do the back yard this year. The folks at Pacific Ridge care as much as we do about the value, beauty and functionality of our home. They have given us a wonderful landscape to live in and enjoy for years to come.

S Rupnarain

 

 

A year ago we needed the expertise of a landscaping firm and were directed to consider Pacific Ridge.

From our first meeting we were impressed by their professional approach and interest in considering our design requests. They were very open to our preferences and offered us a design that was fresh and contemporary, and, cohesively and elegantly, incorporated many of the cues we'd offered.

We liked that Katie and Merle and their team attack one project at a time, and that they provide both the design expertise and the on site work. We appreciated that the crew arrived when scheduled and worked continuously until the job was complete.

And what a job! We are very happy with the finished project. While truly unique it also melds beautifully with the design of our house so there is a seamless flow from the house into the yard.

Among their various attributes we particularly liked that the crew cleaned up the site every day, were respectful of the neighbours, and paid careful attention to our feedback as the job was ongoing. We are very impressed and extremely grateful for both the wonderful design and the quality workmanship.

T Olekshy and T Theman

 

 

We contracted Merle & Katie to design and develop the yard of our newly built home. They provided design expertise in addition to the actual implementation of the job. Some of the work they did personally (placing blocks, planting, moving dirt, mulch, etc), and other services they arranged, such as concrete work, lighting and irrigation, moving a large spruce with a tree spade. Throughout the process they were very good to work with, flexible with their time. Merle oversees the project personally, is on site throughout, very approachable. We had a lot of input into the project. A lot of opportunity to add on, make changes. Katie even sourced some fabulous house numbers for us. Overall we were very happy, and look forward to enjoying the space.

L Skafar

 
 

Associations

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Awards & Recognition

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2018 Crystal Awards : Business of the Year, Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

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2018 Best of Houzz Service Award

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2017 Best of Houzz Service Award

 

2013  Rookie of the Year,
Edmonton Home + Garden Show
 

2012 Award of Excellence,
Residential Landscape Features, Landscape Alberta


2011 Award of Excellence,
Residential Construction, Landscape Alberta


2011 Award of Excellence,
Landscape Features, Landscape Alberta

2011 Award of Merit,
Residential Construction, Landscape Alberta


2011 Award of Merit,
Residential Construction, Landscape Alberta


2011 Award of Merit,
Landscape Design, Landscape Alberta


2009 Award of Excellence,
Residential Construction, Landscape Alberta

 
Featured in the Oct/Nov 2016 Design issue of Boulevard

Featured in the Oct/Nov 2016 Design issue of Boulevard

Featured in the August 2013 issue of Fine Gardening

Featured in the August 2013 issue of Fine Gardening

Guest writer in the September 2014 issue of Seaside Magazine

Guest writer in the September 2014 issue of Seaside Magazine