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Passionate & Knowledgeable

Landscaping and nature 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 oudoors to every project we touch.

Environmentally Aware

Delivering beautiful landscapes isn't our sole priority at Quiet Nature. Instead, 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 Southern Ontario's top landscaping groups. Hundreds of clients and countless awards later, we're proud of the success our team has cultivated.

Meet Our Team

Looking to embark on a new landscape project 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

Ecological Restoration Site Supervisor/Nursery Caretaker 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."

Kristen Mabee

Kristen graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management then carried on to complete a post-graduate certificate in Ecosystem Restoration. With a love for plants, ecology and creating wildlife habitat, it is her goal to make a positive environmental change to each site she visits. She believes that the work we accomplish at Quiet Nature is both rewarding and inspiring. In her spare time Kristen enjoys camping, rock climbing, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and hiking in the beautiful outdoors.

Elizabeth Boggs

Gardening Division Manager With over a decade of experience working in the landscaping industry, Elizabeth has always been a fan of spending time outdoors. Elizabeth loves the opportunity to continually learn from her colleagues at Quiet Nature, share her expertise as a Certified Organic Master Gardener, and she greatly enjoys the chance to flex her creativity day in and out.

Jill Byers

Jill holds an honours degree in geography, as well as various certificates from Landscape Ontario, the province's leading horticultural trades association. Her biggest inspiration to work with plants and ecosystems comes from a period of time she spent in the WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) program where she spent five weeks on a 3/4 acre hobby farm. This has inspired her to one day own her own permaculture hobby farm. Perhaps her greatest attribute is her absolute love for the natural world — “I love having an outdoor job, and may never go back indoors!”


Nash Harder

Landscape Construction Crew Member A graduate of Fanshawe College with a diploma in horticulture, Nash Harder forms a pivotal part of our construction team. He enjoys the physical aspect of his work, and says nothing can beat seeing the satisfaction on the face of a happy customer. The various challenges he encounters on the job site help to keep his work interesting, and he loves the sense of accomplishment when a job has been completed successfully. During his down time, Nash likes to play the drums and cheer on his favourite hockey team (he's a diehard Philly fan).

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.

Brent Boyde

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!).


Quiet Nature Ltd. located in Ayr, ON, is a multiple award winning landscape design and construction firm focused on the creation of sustainable landscape solutions, ecological restoration projects, water features, natural swim ponds, natural stonework, and walkways & patios. We are a rapidly growing business looking to add more all-stars to the team. We like to have a good time both in and outside of the job, but also know how to bust our asses when there’s work to be done. We want good people and promise that you won’t be paired up with any slackers!

What kind of person works at Quiet Nature?

An environmentally conscious outdoors enthusiast with a positive, down to earth attitude who is hard working and driven yet has an easy going personality and knows that success is in the details while they adapt on the fly in a creative and professional manner and supports the growth of his/her fellow workers in a trustworthy way. That’s who.

We have no positions available at this time. Stay tuned for opportunities in 2016


Our fundraising project: The Grand River Adventure


For the fourth consecutive year, from April 26th - May 2nd, Derek and JP will be paddling the entire length of the Grand River, from its humble beginnings north of Grand Valley to the waves of Lake Erie at Port Maitland.

By providing a ‘source to mouth’ insight into the river, Derek and JP hope to increase awareness of watershed-wide environmental issues and tourism potential while raising funds for the Grand River Conservation Authority's tree planting and naturalization efforts.

The Grand is the central river of our local watershed, the largest in southern Ontario. Over it's 300 km length the Grand and its tributaries support nearly 1 million people, over 6 650 square kilometers, in 38 different cities, towns and municipalities. Its waters fill our taps and take away our treated sewage, irrigate our crops and nourish our wetlands. With an anticipated 30% growth in population over the next 20 years, the Grand will see more pressure than it's ever known.

"Our goal is to educate the community, raise funds and work to protect and preserve the Grand River Watershed and all of the wildlife it supports." -Derek & JP

Like to join the trip or part of it? Contact us to find out how

And be sure to follow the Adventure on Facebook and donate on our fundraising website

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!"


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

A Trusted Local Partner


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."

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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