About Mother Earth Gardens & Design Inc.
My name is Marian Volkman and I am the owner of Mother Earth Gardens & Design Inc. We are a small business and work primarily in the Tri-city, Maple Ridge and Langley area with my office located in Port Coquitlam. I started this business 12 years ago, after the company I worked for was restructured and relocated to another province. At that time, I decided to use the opportunity to follow my passion for landscape and design. I am known as the “garden lady” in my circle of friends and I find gardening therapeutic and satisfying. I am a Master Gardener who holds a diploma in landscape design through Anna Gresham’s Design school and I have also acquired a diploma for Residential Landscape Technician. Additionally, I have certifications for Organic Master Gardener, ISA Arborist, Growing Food in the City, and Fruit tree care.
A big part of the way I handle my business is due to my strong belief in working with nature in a chemical and pesticide free landscape. I grew up on a farm in Ontario where at that time it was common place to use chemicals to enhance plant growth, suppress weeds and control pests. I believe this had a huge impact on family health as cancer has affected my family greatly. I believe that the chemicals used and the effect on the environment that we lived in daily contributed largely to this.
I use integrated pest management which utilizes common sense practices, with a scientific based approach to managing insects, disease, weeds and other pests of landscapes. It is a decision-making process that begins with prevention by monitoring for issues found in the landscape. With accurate diagnosis of the plant pest or plant problem I then determine the actual or potential economic and or aesthetic damage. If control is needed, I select strategies that are economically feasible, sustainably acceptable, effective, and time them properly to suppress the damage. My services also include general maintenance of landscapes including pruning, weeding, planting, fall and spring cleanup, mowing lawns and monthly maintenance. I provide consultation services including design suggestions for your landscape, identifying plants or maintenance questions regarding your landscape.
My other passion is designing landscapes, containers and theme gardens; for example, scented, rose, colour, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, yet the themes are limitless. Using the principles of design I create innovative designs using the customer’s vision for functional and ascetically appealing landscapes. I create your paradise whether it is in your landscape, your apartment balcony or as a beautiful group planting in designer pots. Every garden site is different and every idea of paradise is unique. Regardless of the vision there is always a special plan for you.
I hired this company because I wanted a small team to help me with my garden, both planning and maintenance. Marian and her son came today for their first working visit to my garden and I couldn’t be more pleased. She has given me wonderful suggestions and advice and she and her son worked hard today. I highly recommend her.
From Chafer Beetle destroyed lawn to landscaped front garden
I contacted Marian at Mother Earth gardens after my front lawn was ravaged by chafer beetle , crows and raccoons. Marian designed a lovely bee friendly , flower garden with a winding flagstone path to replace the front lawn. Inspite of several weather related setbacks Marian , her husband Lance and son Ryan worked diligently to get the garden in place. Marian was always available to consult with and amenable to making any changes I decided on. I was always advised of when the work would take place and if any change in plan was anticipated. Not only have I had compliments on the garden , but also compliments on what a nice family I had doing the work. I have always believed in supporting local small business and this is one I certainly recommend.
This team did a great job in helping to rebuild a large residential overgrown landscape. We divided the work into mini projects, some that we will do as owners and some we will bring Marion and her team to do. This gives us time to think and rethink what we will do where. On the first step weed removal, they cut out overgrown weeds, lay down cardboard and mulched. We will begin rebuilding landscapes and walkways next year after the battle of the weeds are over. In the mean time it is much easier to imagine and contemplate what could be with a clear view of space. Thanks to Marion and her team for a great beginning and we look forward to continued work on the project.
High Quality Work Design
We recently had Mother Earth Gardens & Design fix up our front garden situated beside our front door. I wanted something simple, clean looking, and more importantly it had to be low maintenance but at the same time add some curb appeal to the house. We consulted on ideas, materials and plants and Marian made sure everything I asked for was incorporated in her designs. They certainly delivered and we are very pleased with the end result! They were very professional and completed the job in a timely manner as well as ensured all the surroundings where cleaned up after all the work is done. We would certainly hire her again for any future gardening projects.
I found this company to be amazing. They did a fantastic job of my garden in a very timely manner. Their knowledge is first class and Marion gave me some very useful tips not to mention good advice.
She's the best!
I have had Marion doing my gardening for several years and she is definitely the best. From designing to pruning and general clean up I am totally satisfied with everything she does.
Excellent Job and on Budget
We have a small self managed industrial strata complex and was looking for easy care landscaping, but also colourful and appealing all year round. Mother Earth was able to provide us with some great ideas at a very reasonable cost. We are extremely happy with the outcome. So much so, we thought we were just needed the service one time, but instead contracted them to be our landscape maintenance contractor throughout the year!
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- Organic Master Gardener
- ISA Certified Arborist
- Residential Landscape Technician
- Landscape Designer