What We Do
Who We Are
Passionate & Knowledgeable
Living the outdoor lifestyle isn’t simply our job—it’s our true passion. Our team includes experienced horticulturalists, craftsmen, and talented landscape designers who love to bring their enthusiasm for the great outdoors to every project we touch.
Delivering beautiful landscaping to our southern Ontario home isn’t our sole priority at Quiet Nature. We also strive to keep the focus on sustainability, with innovative landscape alternatives, methods, and materials.
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 companies. Hundreds of clients and numerous 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.
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.
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 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.
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!).
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)
Garden Maintenance Specialist
Kim Lippert is our garden maintenance specialist at Quiet Nature Ltd. Kim has significant experience in small-scale garden/landscape design and was instrumental in originally establishing our Garden Maintenance Division back in 2010.
For three years, Kim successfully grew and managed the Division until the end of the 2013 season, when she moved to England to be with her partner and pursue other passions. Upon graduating in 2003 from Concordia University with a degree in Fine Arts, Kim spent some time travelling throughout Europe as part of the Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF) program and a volunteer artist for an international Buddhist organization.
For the past 13 years, Kim has studied horticulture and landscape design at Humber and Conestoga Colleges and has held various landscape gardening positions with the City of Toronto and other GTA landscaping firms in addition to her time at Quiet Nature Ltd.
Despite having officially joined Quiet Nature in 2018, Meghan has been a part of the Quiet Nature team for over a decade as Derek’s wife and partner.
Prior to joining Quiet Nature, Meghan was an urban planner working in both the public and private sectors and holds a Master of Applied Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo and Bachelor of Arts (Geography) from the University of Guelph and still enjoys following local planning and development matters.
As Office Administrator, Meghan keeps our team on track and the bills paid while implementing a number of systems to streamline the background workings of Quiet Nature.
Meghan loves spending time with Derek and their two boys, working outside on the farm, and renovating the old stone farmhouse with Derek and her father, Don.
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
A quick note about how we do things.
In an effort to keep our overhead to a minimum (and therefore our pricing competitive) we do not provide free estimates.
We do have a pricing page here on our website, and would love to talk with you about your property and discuss ways in which we may be able to help you out.
However there is a consultation fee if you would like to have one of our designers or horticulturalists meet you on your property to start generating ideas and pricing. Thanks.
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
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.
Ready to Take Action?
Book your consultation today and let us make your landscape vision a reality.