What We Do

Who We Are

landscaping in southern ontario

Passionate & Knowledgeable

Landscaping and being outside isn't simply our job—it's our true passion. Our team includes experienced horticulturalists and talented designers who love to bring their enthusiasm for the great outdoors to every project we touch.

Environmentally Aware

Delivering beautiful landscaping in Southern Ontario isn't our sole priority at Quiet Nature. We also strive to keep the focus on sustainability, with innovative alternatives to traditional landscape methods.

Experienced Industry Leaders

Since our inception in 1999, we've worked diligently to build a reputation as one of Waterloo Region and the surrounding area's top landscaping groups. Hundreds of clients and countless awards later, we're proud of the success our team has cultivated.

Meet the Team

Looking to start a new project landscaping in Southern Ontario? These are the smiling faces you'll be working with.


Derek J. Lippert

 With an Ecosystem Management Technologist diploma from the Sir Sanford Fleming School of Natural Resources, Derek founded Quiet Nature in 1999 to harness his passion for the great outdoors. His deep love of the natural world manifests itself through his many hobbies, including fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, and tending to his small farm in Ayr. At the helm of Quiet Nature, Derek works to manage large scale ecological restoration projects and design practical outdoor living spaces. His dedication to sustainable landscape design, couple with his desire to protect the environment through innovative design alternatives, makes him a powerful leader for the Quiet Nature team.

JP Bartle

Landscape Designer/Construction Division Manager
 JP possesses an extensive background in landscape design and development, with a co-op diploma from Fanshawe College and numerous certifications. Originally hailing from Brantford, JP has been fortunate to spend extended periods of time abroad, with stints in Italy and Argentina. He strives to bring his unique perspective to every project we undertake. JP is also a lover of the fine arts, and greatly appreciates the opportunity to express his artistic talent through landscape design. When not working hard for Quiet Nature, JP can be found snapping photos with his camera and paddling the local waterways.

Shannon Dorman

Office/Marketing Manager
 Even though Shannon spends a portion of her time indoors, sorting out the important administrative tasks for the company, she doesn’t let that hold her back from getting to do the thing she loves. “I enjoy  creating beautiful and practical outdoor living spaces for clients and gardening is my passion.” As with all of the staff at Quiet Nature, Shannon has a profound love for working outdoors. Her hobbies include hiking, canoeing, traveling, and photography, and she is a graduate of Brock University, where she double-majored in Psychology and Sociology.

Rachel Voros

Naturalization Division Manager
 A wilderness explorer from a young age, Rachel caught the outdoors bug early on. In addition to being a key member in several naturalist groups in high school, she graduated from University of Guelph with a diploma in Environmental Management and earned a post-graduate certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. She joined the team in 2011, and tends to restoration projects and the native plant nursery. Her focus at Quiet Nature is on environmental conservation, restoration, and naturalization, or as she puts it, “where wild things are invited to be wild, and are appreciated for the services they provide."

Rob Jacob

Operations Manager
Rob Jacob has been working in the Landscape Industry for over a decade. Guided by his passion for the outdoors and skilled trades, Rob earned the Horticulture Technician diploma at Fanshawe College, followed by a Diploma from the renowned Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture. In his spare time, you might find him exploring Ontario's back-country with a paddle in hand, or reading up on how to build or repair just about anything.‎


Jeff Elmquist

Landscape Construction Foreman
 A graduate of University of Guelph Turf Program  and more than 18 years of landscaping experience, Jeff is a natural fit for our landscape construction team. He enjoys creating new entertaining spaces for clients, and has a strong project management background.  In his spare time Jeff enjoys the outdoors (both an avid hunter and fisherman), building/tinkering in his garage and is a big Habs fan.  

Nash Harder

Landscape Construction Crew Member - stone specialist
 A graduate of Fanshawe College with a diploma in horticulture, Nash Harder forms a pivotal part of our construction team. He has several years of flagstone/paver installation experience and over recent years has really fell in love and been involved in drystone walling. He enjoys the physical aspect of his work, and says nothing can beat seeing the satisfaction on the face of a happy customer. During his down time, Nash enjoys snowboarding, camping, trailing running, playing hockey, concerts, loves to play the drums and cheer on his favourite hockey team (he's a diehard Flyers fan)

Brent Boyde

Landscape Construction Foreman
An avowed environmentalist, Brent loves the opportunity to work on projects that co-exist peacefully with nature. He spent several years living in Newfoundland, which helped shape this mentality.He particularly enjoys Quiet Nature's commitment to using natural products in our landscape designs. He works diligently to protect the job sites we visit. When Brent isn't working on construction projects for our clients, you can find him enjoying the great outdoors—hiking, and camping are among his favourite pastimes. Brent is also passionate about playing the drums, often with Nash (sometimes as part of the Ayr Christams Parade!).


Dave Turvey CLM

 Garden Maintenance Division Manager

With a background in technology and horticulture, Quiet Nature is where Dave exercises his passion for the great outdoors & client service excellence.  Dave values Quiet Nature's award winning designs, charitable works and their commitment to protect the environment through ecological restorations and sustainable landscapes.  When Dave isn't helping the QN team he can be found volunteering for one of his favourite environmental charities or spending time in Nature hiking trails and paddling the local waterways with his family.

Stunning Landscapes & Satisfied Clients


Giving Back to Mother Nature

"I selected Quiet Nature because I liked the artistic style of their landscapes and the concept of a low maintenance, drought-resistant garden. We've been able to give back to mother nature and have a fabulously beautiful backyard!"

 - Angela
Waterloo, Ontario


The End Result is Beautiful

"We were very pleased with the Butterfly Garden rejuvenation project that Quiet Nature planned and installed for us. The end result is beautiful, within our budget and was created using no power tools."

 - Victoria Lant
Northlake Woods School Council;  Waterloo, Ontario

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Our Project Won Three Awards

"Our project won three Landscape Ontario awards! The craftsmanship and quality of our wonderful outdoor living room is superb. Before the project, we rarely spent time outside and now, it’s our second living room!"

 - Steven & Donna
Conestoga, ON


We're In Love With Our Gardens

"We chose Quiet Nature because we liked that they care about the environmental footprint they leave behind. We, and our customers, are in love with the new gardens and we would gladly recommend Quiet Nature to anyone."

 - Samantha Dion
Cedar House Restaurant; Paris, Ontario

Why Choose Quiet Nature?

We Bring Our Passion to Every Project

Whether you're looking for a home patio redesign, meadowland creation, or a natural swimming pond, we bring our passion for great design and environmentally friendly practices to every project. Let our experienced horticulturists and landscape craftsmen bring your vision to life in an exciting and innovative fashion.

Professional Results without the Pollution

The natural beauty of your landscaping shouldn't infringe on the health of its surroundings. Our zero emission maintenance approach uses "people powered" tools and battery-operated equipment to produce fewer emissions and less noise. We produce professional results and your neighbours will love us!

Experience that Truly Counts

Don't entrust your landscaping project to an amateur, but instead choose to work with award-winning landscape designers. We've had the opportunity to partner with hundreds of local home and business owners to create sensational landscapes that are visually appealing and environmentally sensitive.

View Examples of Our Award-Winning Work


From backyard patios to swimming pools, natural gardens, wildflower meadows and so much more, our commitment to delivering exceptional results makes every project truly special. Our award-winning designs reach far beyond the traditional confines of landscaping, thanks to our  dedication to producing work that doesn't compromise on our ideals. 

We believe the beauty of our natural world should be available to everyone, and our innovative designs highlight the versatility of sustainable landscaping. It's a unique strategy that has successfully contributed to the creation of some of our area's most impressive residential backyards, low maintenance gardens, and stunning water features.

Take a few moments to explore our previous work and get inspired for your next landscape design project. 

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