We threw some challenges your way and you really were able to develop a plan that met all of our needs and all of our wants. Your crew was great. Every day they showed up (with) big smiles on their face. It was having a big joyous group to do quite hard labour – to dig and haul – it was fun to have them in the yard and work with them – it was great!
I’m so enamoured with the philosophy of your company. Everybody that’s worked for you Laureen – and I know that you handpick them so specially – has just done an awesome job. They’re polite, they’re kind, we always have great talks and we have always had this real harmony with the staff. The pleasure was all mine.
I have appreciated the people you employ. They seem to be knowledgable, appropriately compensated, and basically happy.
OUR 2021 ECO-YARDS CREW
Laureen loves plants! Go for a walk with her around a classic Eco-yard to learn about the hardy plants she uses in Calgary.
My lifelong passion is beautifying landscapes in ways that enhance the natural environment. I have been landscaping most of my life, from helping my parent’s landscape yards as a child, in towns across Western Canada, to beautifying landscapes as an adult. Traveling and living in different landscapes around the world and North America has inspired my designs.
I love flowers, especially designing landscapes with hardy, perennial flowers to provide colour and joy all growing season long. I also love delighting my clients with landscape designs that go beyond their desires and bring them more than they imagined. This involves listening, intuition and sharing ideas.
I’ve taken courses, read lots of books and magazines, visited and spoken to gardeners whenever and wherever I can, and experimented with what works and what doesn’t in many different kinds of yards.
I have worked as an international development educator, public involvement consultant, management consultant specializing in creativity, and as a shamanic healer and teacher.
I work with a crew and sub-contractors who love the earth and beauty and pleasing clients too!
Bob is Laureen’s little (inside joke) brother, and brings over 30 years of project management experience to his role as Operations Manager for Eco-Yards. Organizing and planning the work, crews and equipment is his forte. He loves transforming peoples yards and spaces to what our clients and designers have envisioned. Bob brings a passion for the environment and a love of the outdoors from a lifetime of camping and playing in the dirt. Bob is an engineer by training, and also is a big sports fan and loves his Stampeders and Flames.
As a 5th generation Horticulturist, Marian Mulligan has been involved in the Calgary gardening scene for several decades and has grown just about everything for this zone. Over the years she has had the opportunity to participate in some wonderful Horticulture scenarios. Marian created the concept and design for Centennial restoration of the main gate entrance at Calgary Stampede Grounds, was a guest on HGTV’s Bug’s ‘n Blooms, was a member of “Team Mulligan”, a gardening special on CBC radio and much more. Her personal and professional gardens have been featured in magazines and publications. Marian’s environmentalist leanings fit well together with her background in Art and Visual Design and supports her ability to create stunning as well as functional designs. ‘I just can’t stop myself! I just love everything about gardening!’
Lead Hand/ Landscaper
Sergio graduated in 2019 from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science with a concentration in Chemistry. In 2015 he participated in a study abroad exchange program at Macquarie University in Sydney, and backpacked across Australia.
Prior to joining Eco-yards, Sergio has had experience working in biodynamic farming and commercial landscaping construction and maintenance. He is also a backyard cultivator, adventurous camper and playful musician under the alias “SergeYo”.
Eugene has more than eight years of freelance landscaping experience performing various landscaping duties. He was born and raised in Belarus where he gained most of his landscaping experience before moving to Canada. Eugene developed an early appreciation and understanding of the significance of bringing nature closer to humans and living in harmony with nature.
Eugene has always lived near nature and has participated in numerous outdoor activities. He is currently doing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics and Anthropology at the University of Calgary. He is interested in expanding his knowledge about eco-friendly landscaping and creating sustainable gardens and yards. Other interests and hobbies include photography, camping, hiking, river touring and a passion for science.
Our Process is beautiful and sustainable too!
Every morning our crews circle up and set the intention to work harmoniously, lovingly, safely, efficiently, all while creating beauty. And they do! They work with joy and respect for each other and our clients. Our clients often say that, as much as they love what we have done, they love the energy our crews bring to their home just as much.
We work to avoid using techniques that are harmful to the environment. This is what makes us stand out from other landscaping companies in Calgary. Here are some of our techniques:
- When we remove sod we take it for composting.
- Cover-over lawns with newspaper rather than hauling sod to the landfill.
- We usually use shovel, pick axe and wheelbarrow rather than bobcats.
- Minimize driving.
- Use materials that are local and organic.
Check Out Our Projects
Here are a few yards and projects designed and installed by our Eco-yards™ crews.
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