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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.

Environmentally Aware

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.

JP Bartle

JP Bartle

Production 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 abroad, with stints in Italy and Argentina. As one of our Production Managers, he strives to bring his unique perspective to every project we undertake, especially enjoying building water features that are tied to patios and seating areas and pulling all elements together.

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.

Mike Silva

Mike Silva

Production Manager

After a career change from the automotive and trade industries, Mike Silva fell in love with the idea of having his own construction/design firm which initiated his passion for the landscape industry. With over 20 years of experience in the field and sitting on different boards for Landscape Ontario, he has enjoyed mentoring and helping others grow within the trade.

Besides the heavy work in the industry, Mike enjoys the idea of creating spaces that bridge the gap between the indoors and vacation homes, where everyday is a day for people to hang out, relax, read a book next to a fire, or enjoy a day at their personal lake retreat.

When he is not busy training our staff to use heavy equipment or helping oversee and install projects with Quiet Nature, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, mountain biking and carpentry.


Kim Lippert

Landscape Designer & Sales

Kim Lippert is our garden maintenance specialist at Quiet Nature Ltd. Kim has significant experience in garden/landscape design and was instrumental in originally establishing our Garden Maintenance Division back in 2010.

Upon graduating in 2003 from Concordia University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, she has since 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.

Derek Lippert

Derek 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, coupled with his desire to protect the environment through innovative design alternatives, makes him a powerful leader for the Quiet Nature team.


Ashley Borden

HRS Coordinator

Prior to working with Quiet Nature as our HRS Coordinator, Ashley has extensive experience in the field ranging from working as a Health and Safety Consultant in the KW area to working with Toyota for 10+ years as a team leader and in the Health & Safety department. Ashley helps keep Quiet Nature’s employees safe and happy, along with making sure our job sites are safe and compliant.

Away from the rigidity of her job, Ashley enjoys curling up with a good book, learning to play her fiddle and staying active by working out. She is a wife and mom to two very energetic boys and loves spending time together as a family: camping, canoeing, and hanging out around the pool. In winter, they enjoy playing pond hockey, tobogganing, and skating.

Meghan Lippert

Meghan Lippert

Office Administrator

Despite having officially joined Quiet Nature in 2018, Meghan has been a part of the Quiet Nature team for over 15 years as Derek’s wife and partner in all things ‘life’.

Prior to joining Quiet Nature, Meghan was an urban planner working in both the public and private sectors, holding degrees from both the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo. As Office Administrator, Meghan handles all financial aspects of the business while keeping our team on track and implementing several systems to streamline the background operations of Quiet Nature.

Meghan enjoys working outside around the farm, ensuring the house is organized, and preparing her two boys for the journey that is life; she also never turns down a good glass of wine with close friends or the opportunity to play card or board games with her sons.  Her newest challenges are to learn how to downhill ski and develop skills related to all things power tools, interior design, and minor home renovations and improvements.

Mariam Houta

Mariam Houta

Currently on Maternity Leave

Designer & Project Administrator Assistant

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Westminster (UK) Mariam has strived to gain experience in sub-sectors of the design industry (interior design, interior finishing and construction, furniture, woodworking, graphics and photography. Her role in Quiet Nature varies from assisting our project admin, creating graphics, occasionally 3D modeling our landscape projects and company photography and videography.

Her time travelling between the UK, Egypt and Canada has exposed her to various cultures, architectural design and building & agricultural techniques, increasing her appreciation for projects that are contextualized to the climate, environment and people using it. In her free time, Mariam enjoys getting immersed in a new home DIY project, making her own live-edge furniture, keeping busy with the bees in her family hives and feeding her houseplant addiction.

David Lara

David Lara

Landscape Designer & Estimator

David has been working in the landscape industry ever since he graduated from a degree in Landscape Design in 2005. His experience ranges from small residential gardens to multi-unit residential complexes and commercial landscapes, both with involvement in the office and out in the field.

His role as a Landscape Designer and Estimator, with Quiet Nature, highlights his passion for assessing a new sight and envisioning all the potential it can reach with design.

With kids around, David finds it hard to find time for hobbies but enjoys spending time with the family, experimenting with his scroll saw and making his own maple syrup in the spring!

Riley Crean

Riley Crean

Landscape Designer & Estimator

Since obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture (University of Guelph), Riley has greatly expanded his knowledge in landscape design, and construction techniques and methodology.

Riley’s love for the natural environment has driven him to become a landscape designer. He has also been fortunate to travel overseas, living in Sweden for 5 months, experiencing different cultures, cities and meeting people that greatly value the natural environment. For him, the ultimate achievement in his role is to be able to create beautiful, unique, and natural landscapes while protecting the environment. He has especially taken an interest in natural water features and bringing them in to drastically change a space.

Outside of work, Riley enjoys playing sports and other games that challenge him in various ways. He also greatly enjoys travelling to new places he has never been to before and finding new spots for adventures with friends and family.

Brent Boyde

Brent Boyde

Yard Coordinator

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 Christmas Parade!).


Zoe Miller

Softscape Production Manager & Nursery Manager

Zoe’s experience in the field ranges from working for a florist in her boutique flower shop, garden center and urban landscaping business to 3 seasons managing John’s Nursery greenhouse and garden center before completing her horticulture apprenticeship program at Fanshawe College.

As a Softscape Production Manager and Nursery Manager at Quiet Nature, Zoe’s passion lies in creating and bolstering habitats: thinning invasives to create space for natives, installing pollinator-friendly lawn alternatives, propagating plants in the nursery, or making “awe” inspiring and impactful results with plants alone!

Outside of Quiet Nature, Zoe is working to become a Master Gardener and completing her Red Seal certification. She is also the owner of Flower Face Florals & Wildcrafts.

Nash Harder

Nash Harder

Crew Lead

A graduate of Fanshawe College with a diploma in horticulture, Nash forms a pivotal part of our construction team. With 10+ years experience in the industry and several years of flagstone/paver installation experience and over recent years, he has really fallen 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, barbecuing for friends and family, playing the drums and cheering on his favorite hockey team (he’s a diehard Flyers fan).


Amanda Goddard

Crew Lead

With over eighteen years experience in the industry, Amanda has completed a Landscape Technician diploma (Niagara College) and a Horticulture Technician Red Seal Apprenticeship (Mohawk College). With a passion for working in habitat restoration and invasive species removal, her favorite moment is seeing people enjoy the space that she helped create, bringing nature to their yards and doing her part to help protect nature.

When she isn’t busy being Quiet Nature’s Garden Maintenance Crew Leader, Amanda sustains her love for nature through gardening, growing vegetables, camping, hiking and exploring the great outdoors!


Oliver Finucane

Crew Lead

Since the age of 16, Oliver has been involved in the landscaping industry, starting his journey in property maintenance and construction. Over years of experience, his involvement in the construction side of the industry became evident, thus beginning a landscape design course at Mohawk College and others at Landscape Ontario, ranging from construction skills and business.

While working as a Crew Lead with Quiet Nature, Oliver remembers his love for the industry with every start to a new season, when the weather gets warm, and he can be outdoors in the sun again! Besides his love for large-scale excavations, grading and retaining, he also holds an appreciation for smaller projects on his home and enjoying the simple pleasures of discovering new hiking trails and travelling to new places.

Carley Prior

Carley Prior

Softscape Lead Hand

As a fourth-year horticultural technician apprentice and licensed exterminator passionate about sustainable solutions, Carley has shifted her focus from working in animal rescue and community veterinary care, at the Toronto Humane Society, to the smaller creatures, the bugs, butterflies, and beneficial bacteria that also need our help.

As a Softscape Crew Lead at Quiet Nature, Carley enjoys creating new spaces that help connect people to the outdoors for generations to come and appreciates the uniqueness and contextuality of our design solutions.

Even away from her role, she maintains her passion through hiking, yoga, permaculture and meeting new people and animals; mostly, just trying to enjoy life one day at a time.

Bob Weber

Bob Weber

Lead Hand

Bob Weber’s green fingers started with his love for home gardening and his involvement in the landscaping industry starting in 1987! Although he has attended many off-season training seminars and practical workshops to expand his knowledge, he prefers to learn through hands-on and self-taught experience, especially with swim ponds and water features.

During his downtime, Bob enjoys woodworking, cabinet making and following all sports, especially the Blue Jay games through the summer.

Brett Tohivsky

Brett Tohivsky

Crew Member

Prior to working at Quiet Nature, Brett had enrolled in school for Ecosystem Management and continued to co-op in South Africa on an Animal Rehab Reserve. Although he has worked at Toyota, manufacturing vehicles, for multiple summers, Brett has an appreciation for working outside in nice weather and with a good crew. As part of Quiet Nature’s Design Build crew, his favorite moments are working with and building our unique swim ponds.

Evidently, Brett is also a lover of nature and wildlife but also balances his time with playing sports, games and the guitar.


Aidan Berge

Crew Member

With a passion for working outside, Aidan has joined Quiet Nature as a Hardscape Crew Member with experience in the field. He has previously worked with other landscape companies, the Town of North Dumfries as a parks laborer and even worked on a farm!

In regard to landscape construction, he is always looking to learn more as he enrolls in a brick and mason program next fall at Conestoga College.

When he has some free time, he enjoys staying active at the gym as well as relaxing by playing video games and getting together with his friends.

Diana Ballarano

Diana Ballarano

Crew Member

As a passionate environmentalist and a lover of plants, Diana Ballarano studies Restoration Ecology at Fleming College and Trent University. Prior to working at Quiet Nature, she has also completed the GROW program with Landscape Ontario and has gained environmental field experience such as mussel relocation projects, plant and fish data collection, invasive control and lots of aquatic planting.

In her time working with Quiet Nature’s softscape crew, her favourite part has become planting and loving the fulfillment that comes from creating a garden and seeing how the plants look and work together, altering spaces with different types of plants and maintenance to create something truly beautiful.

Stunning Landscapes & Satisfied Clients

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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

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
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. 

Ready to Take Action?

Book your consultation today and let us make your landscape vision a reality. 

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