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Take Root Gardens

Kensington-Cedar Cottage

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Take Root Gardens

Kensington-Cedar Cottage


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1 October 2019

Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Matt was great to work with on our garden refresh project. He was well priced, professional and reliable. Always turned up when he said he would. The week of the project his crew was very professional and tidy. I would hire him again in a minute. More...


Susan Malkin

31 August 2019

The Take Root Landscaping team of Matt and Ty recently completed an extensive front yard reconfiguration of our home in Burnaby. We wished to remove all grass and create a lower maintenance space with several elements that were important to us such as a sitting area with privacy.
From the initial consultation to the design, then installation, Take Root provided very professional service. They listened, explained and drew up detailed plans that included the proposed plantings with ideas for materials that incorporated different textures. We were very confident that our vision was understood and impressed with the design rendering.
Once the work began, our job was a priority with Matt, Ty and Will on site over a two week period. We were excited to watch the progress, but thrilled with the creative, dramatic change to our front yard. It exceeded our expectations.
Take Root provided superior service, on budget, and we highly recommend the team as a professional planner and installer of major landscape projects.


Ryan Galovich

28 August 2019

Collaborated on fabricating a water feature with Matt and Take Root Gardens. Professional and experienced as it relates to landscape design. RyanMgrCommodores Boats


Winnie Yip

30 June 2019

Matt, Ty and Will have been amazing to work with! We had a backyard that basically had grass, weeds, two concrete paths and two sump pits. It felt small and simply dysfunctional. We had a vision for a Japanese inspired garden with a deck and vegetable planters and couldn't imagine how everything could fit together. On our first meeting with Matt, he listened to our hopes and helped us imagine the space. Immediately we felt that he was very knowledgeable and were very comfortable to go ahead with design. The design also worked out very well, it was very detailed, gave us sample materials to choose from and most importantly reasonable time to think through. We were most impressed that they did all the installs themselves, didn't subcontract, was super tidy (the backyard was clean every evening when we came back, it was amazing), and kept in close communication with us. During install, they double checked drainage and concluded that there was a drainage problem with our yard which would affect the longevity of plants originally chosen, but they were quick to discuss options with us and the result ended up (we think) simply amazing. All in all, they took all our ideas, showed us how it can become a reality, gave us guidance, helped us implement our vision, and did all that on time and on budget. Now there's no more concrete paths, the hideous sump pits are hidden under the deck with removable openings for those rare times of access, veggie gardens are going great, and a low maintenance Japanese inspired garden with a custom bamboo water feature. We are spending every day out there all thanks to Take Root Gardens' great work. They were great to work with and we would definitely hire them again even if we were to go back in time. Thanks Matt, Ty and Will!PS. If you are considering, we suggest a consultation early before spring. They do get booked up quickly! More...



23 May 2019

Matt and Ty did a great job on upgrading my backyard from design concept to installation. They worked within my budget and took time to really understand the look that I was going for. Both are absolute professionals: friendly, knowledgeable, prompt response time, good attention to details and very organized. They are passionate about what they do and take pride in their work and it definitely shows.

The work was finished on time, on budget and exactly as I had envisioned. So much so that all my surrounding neightbours came to me to tell me how good of a job they did and how amazing the garden now looks. I would highly recommend them!


Nola Tonkin

6 December 2018

In the final stages of construction of a small house in our Vancouver backyard, feeling exhausted and drained, we hired Take Root Gardens to execute and install the landscaping. They took what was a construction site, and in an amazingly short period of time, turned it into a lovely functional space that has me longing for spring. Some of the best parts of working with Take Root, beyond what is their obvious expertise and exacting standards for themselves, was the collegiality of working with them. When they spotted something that they thought might cause a problem, they called us in right away and pointed it out. We would discuss, they'd offer various solutions, we'd choose our preferred solution, and on they'd go to accomplish it. At any time that there were additions we were requesting (e.g. one space had to be changed due to the gas and wiring services running underneath - a fence couldn't be installed there) they found creative ways around it that turned out even better, and if there were any extra costs they'd quickly give us a verbal approximation, and follow up with a written quote to sign off on.
All this was done while it may be raining, or cold and sunny, but they turned up every day to get the job done quickly, and had the most amazing good humour while doing it, regardless of the weather.
In short, the job they did is beautiful. Working with them was a dream. I cannot recommend them any more highly. Matt, Ty, Will, thank you! Job incredibly well done. We look forward to spring when the final planting can be completed and we can see how truly beautiful you've made our yard.


Liana Evans

30 November 2018

I honestly can't recommend the Take Root Gardens team highly enough. It is such a refreshing change to work with contractors who take pride in their work, are totally trustworthy and have the integrity to stand by their work. Take Root worked with us to come up with an excellent layout design for our back yard including planting plans so we can enjoy time out there as a family. They also did an excellent job implementing the design which included extensive hardscaping, addressing drainage issues, and raised bed planter boxes. We couldn't be happier and can't wait until the spring so we can spend more time out there. My elderly neighbour who likes to "supervise" also commented on their work ethic, noting how hard they worked. Thanks for being so great to work with Matt & Ty! More...


Liana Evans

23 November 2018

We are so happy with the back yard that Take Root designed and built for us. It was a pleasure to work with Matt and Ty and you can tell they take pride in their work. It is so refreshing to work with contractors you can trust to do a professional job with the same care and attention to key details of the job that you would. The work in our yard involved a significant amount of hardscaping, dealing with drainage, doing raise bed planters and a custom hammock post install that has been on my wish list for years! Highly recommended! More...


Keith Stride

1 November 2018

Matt and his team did a great job on our backyard. His crew showed up each morning at 8AM sharp, then worked efficiently and orderly each of the 5 days it took to complete the project. Their pricing is very competitive - however they were ready to sharpen the pencil when it came to adjusting a few things based on our budget. Two (green) thumbs up! More...



27 September 2018

We found Matt and Ty of Take Root Gardens through the Houzz app and contacted them based on the aesthetic of past work they posted.

From the first phone call with Matt, we were impressed. He has a great combination of professionalism and enthusiasm. We could tell that he loved his work and was extremely knowledgeable.

We contracted them to do the design plan for our front landscape, driveway and hardscape. Matt really listened during our initial consultation and took into account our ideas about we liked and hoped to achieve. The final plan they presented is amazing! Better than we could have imagined. Not only does the plan look great but they created a consistent appearance of plants based on colour and texture over the two very different micro-climates in our front area. We are excited to see the design implemented next Spring! Working with Matt and Ty was a pleasure and they did exactly what they promised. We highly recommend them!


Kathryn Jamieson

12 August 2018

The Take Root team did a fantastic job in renovating and rejuvenating our townhouse garden space. Within three days they had replaced our tired and trampled side garden with a beautiful stepping stone pathway laid in gravel and edged in wallstone, created a drystack retaining wall and gravel pathway in the front, and laid down two small patio areas in the back. Although ours might be considered a small scale project compared to some, the improvements to our outdoor living space are significant, in both functionality and aesthetics.
Along with the team's quality of work, skill and efficiency, I was very much impressed with their professional approach to the project, from the initial design stages to completion. Also appreciated was the ease of dialogue with Matt, there was always an open line of communication and opportunity for input. Thank you Matt, Ty and Will!


Shannon Hirsig

31 July 2018

We recently had Take Root Gardens transform our backyard. They have done an amazing job with a small, sloping, neglected space and we still can't quite believe the transformation. We were impressed with this company for many reasons. They were able to work with us to come up with a vision that was realistic and reasonable for our budget. They were detail-oriented and had reasons for everything that was chosen for the garden. Once the work started on-site, the team showed up on time and were professional and easy to communicate with. They kept us up to date on all levels and even finished earlier than expected. We especially appreciated the fact that both Matt and Ty were very involved on-site so the people we first spoke to were the ones who followed through and did the work! Thank your Matt and Ty - we love our garden! More...


Louise Berkeley

17 July 2018

We hired Matt and Ty based on other reviews on Houzz and are so glad that we did. Their attention to detail, communication throughout the project and knowledge of what would work in our small space (both design and plant wise) was excellent. They listened to all our ideas, put together a meticulous design and then worked incredibly hard to bring our garden to life. We love our little oasis! Both Matt and Ty are an absolute pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend these guys enough. More...


Debbie Normann

5 June 2018

Matt and Ty did an outstanding job of transforming my backyard. They created a space that was far beyond what I could have imagined. I was so pleased with the attention to detail in the design of the garden, as well as the construction of the hardscape. The project moved along very swiftly. Everyday huge changes were made, and every night the area was cleaned up and left completely tidy. Communication was excellent.I was kept well informed of the daily progress as well the to the schedule of the remaining work. Any changes the needed to be made to the plan were present for my approval and any questions I had were dealt with patiently and with due consideration. I can not say enough about the team's professionalism, work ethics and commitment to customer satisfaction. It was a pleasure to work with them. More...



23 March 2018

The Take Root team was professional, on time and worked hard to meet our budget. Their approach was collaborative and they were sensitive to our aesthetic when developing their design. Their expertise in horticulture, design and hardscaping shows in the final product. We are very happy with our small yard makeover and look forward to using the space. More...


Alex Wang

19 September 2017

Matt and Ty did an amazing job to our small front and back garden. It was a small job for them, but they still gave it as much attention as one of their larger budget projects.

Matt and Ty were always very professional. If they said they will start at 8am, they were there at 8am if not a bit earlier. Everyday I would come back from work and see a substantial amount of progress. They never over promised, but rather they delivered on what they said they would.

Matt and Ty are very experienced, pay attention to detail and have good taste. I would recommend them to my neighbors, friends, and family in a heart beat!


Reut Rothstein

21 August 2017

We could not be happier with the service, professionalism and work of Take Root Gardens. Both Matt and Ty were such a pleasure to work with. They completely transformed our back yard on time and on budget. They left our yard spotless at the end of each work day so our kids could still play. During the planning process, they were collaborative and creative coming up with a design which was both beautiful and functional for our family. We have already recommended Take Root to some of our friends have would do so again in a heart beat. Thank you Matt and Ty!! More...



14 August 2017

It was a pleasure working with the Take Roots team. Matt and Ty were professional and easy to work with. They came up with a detailed plan for our front yard and executed it seamlessly. Things came together quickly and we are so happy with the final product. I would highly recommend this team! More...



27 July 2017

It was a pleasure working with Take Root Gardens to transform a weed and junk filled area into our garden! Matt and Ty patiently listened to our ideas and wishes, took our simple sketches and with their valuable insight, collaboratively transferred all of this information into concrete design plans.
From the plans, Take Root Gardens then implemented the project. No detail was too small for their thoughtful consideration. Matt and Ty always were willing to patiently and thoroughly discuss any unexpected issues that arose. They are perfectionists and this is appreciated.
Clear communication is a cornerstone of Take Root Gardens. Matt and Ty arrived when expected, worked extremely hard and were diligent to make sure that the project was left tidy at the end of the day. We were also very appreciative of their creative ideas, extensive plant knowledge, woodworking and stonework skills and experience.
Our garden is lovely! I have absolutely no hesitation recommending Take Root Gardens.


Jennyfer Cassar

29 May 2017

We had the TR team come and overhaul our outdoor living space and were extremely pleased with the work. Correspondence via email and phone was prompt and their recommendations on material and landscape ideas were excellent. We were excited to use and show off the completed project which was done in a timely manner. Fair pricing for great craftsmanship. Highly recommended. More...


Richard Band

24 September 2016

Matt and Ty did a superb job on our back yard and side yard area this summer. From the initial designs that provided the vision for a new shape and structure of our back yard, to the execution of the project they were creative, professional, and flexible. They have helped transform a lovely space into an outstanding space. You can tell high quality professionals by the small things they do like tidy up all their materials and tools at the end of each day. These guys are top notch. More...



23 September 2016

Matt and Ty designed and installed landscaping for our new duplex house. Despite a small 33' by 122' lot, they designed our landscaping in a way that it look and feel spacious. They were extremely patient and responsive and kept us informed with the progress. If there was any issue, they communicated and obtained our input immediately. They delivered what they promised on time and on budget. This is a team with combination of superb design and installation and amazing customer service! More...


Jack and Lise

7 July 2016

Matt and Ky are true professionals. The process started with a thorough needs assessment and was followed by detailed plans/designs with clear communication continuing throughout. Any operational challenges, which included a steep driveway, were dealt with swiftly and efficiently from the outset. The team set a timeline and held to it precisely ... and on budget. Absolutely no surprises. Matt's knowledge of plants and gardening plans are 2nd to none. If you're looking for a top-notch and a creative approach to landscaping, we would highly recommend the Take Root Gardens team. More...


Sarah Hamilton

25 June 2016

These guys were amazing! They really delivered on what they said they would do. Their plans were detailed and well explained, they were always on time and installed quicker than anticipated. Best of all they were on budget - and no surprises. They created a really lovely garden for us and even managed to reuse many of our existing plants. Matt and Ty are really friendly, professional guys who have great design and installation skills. I would highly recommend their services. More...



12 June 2016

Matt and Ty were creative beyond our wildest dreams. We hired them based on reviews here at Houzz and the fact that out of four companies, when they said they would have our initial estimate ready, they were the only ones that came through as promised. We were right that this would be an indication of how the project would go.
They started with a mud hole for a backyard, as the destructive beetles plaguing Vancouver had done their work.
My husband had said, "you did a fine job with the inside of the house, do whatever you want outside". Ha! The "whatever" man had 1001 opinions. We were like a divorce reality show when poor Matt and Ty turned up with their wonderful plans. They were patient and understanding when we required two meetings to finalize the project.
The final product is so much more than we had ever expected. Low maintenance was our theme, but we got a beautiful, unique look that we never could have imagined. They were on schedule and on budget. We actually missed them when the project was completed, so they are returning to transform our front yard. Do not hesitate to work with Take Root. They were terrific!



10 January 2016

Take Root Gardens recently re-landscaped my front yard and I couldn't be happier. They listened carefully to what my landscaping needs for the space were and designed something to match perfectly. They were professional, on time, on budget and kept up clear communication throughout the project from design to installation. Overall, it was a great experience and the result is just beautiful! More...



9 September 2015

From the moment of the first contact through completion of the job, Take Root Gardens was extremely pleasant to work with. When I explained my ideas, Matt new exactly how to visualize it. The communication was excellent and Matt took his time to answer all my questions and concerns. The installation went very smooth and quick. These are by far the best contractors I have ever hired. More...



19 June 2015

Very satisfied with the job Matt and Ty did on revamping our worn out backyard into a beautiful and calming space. They were able to modify the plans to fall within our budget and their vision was able to blend existing back yard elements with new focal points. They accomplished our goal of being able to increase our usable space in the backyard for entertaining and relaxing. The yard looks great and we are very happy with it! Matt and Ty are very professional, nice, easy to work with, easy going and a real pleasure generally. I highly recommend Take Root Gardens for landscape design and installation. More...



5 May 2015

Take Root Gardens impressed us from start to finish! From the very first meeting—Matt and Ty came prepared with creative design ideas based on our brief introductory phone call—through to a compete transformation of our entire yard. Take Root Gardens understood our vision immediately and were able to create the perfect design for our young family. The execution of their plan was flawless: on schedule, on budget, and well-communicated. They arrived to work every morning with huge smiles and cheerfully worked in all weather to complete the project on time. Their attention to detail and workmanship was obvious. They undertook the ambitious redesign of our entire outdoor space and we are simply thrilled with the final product. I cannot recommend this team more highly. Hire them! You will love working with them.



5 May 2015

Matt and Ty at Take Root were a pleasure to work with. They are creative, enthusiastic, diligent and hardworking. Our garden transformation was well planned in a very collaborative way between us and them. It was executed to perfection with no surprises along the way. They did exactly what they said they were going to do on time and on budget and took the extra time to clearly communicate what was happening all along the way. There is something very nice about planning the project with the guys who physically do the work - nothing gets lost in communication. Thanks to them, we have a transformed back yard that our kids (and us) are enjoying the benefit of every day!
We would not hesitate recommending them for any job. It was clear their capabilities and work ethic would allow them to excel at any project!



5 May 2015

We needed an overhaul: a low-maintenance but attractive and interesting new look for our front and back yards. Take Root came up with a beautiful and creative design, worked to our budget, and were very helpful and friendly throughout the entire installation process. Very highly recommended!



30 April 2015

Our backyard has been completely transformed from a North Vancouver jungle to a relaxing retreat. Matt and Ty listened carefully to our concerns, our ideas, and things that inspire us. Matt proposed an amazing design we loved right away. It was also a lot less than I thought it would be considering the size of our yard and impact of the transformation. The kept to their schedule and budget, and kept up informed all along the way. There were no surprises from start to end. We are now in love with our yard! I would recommend Take Root Gardens over any other design/install company. More...



17 October 2014

I highly recommend Take Root Gardens for your outdoor projects.
Matt and Ty came up with a landscape design for our front garden which we liked right away. They offered great planting and layout advice and were also open to our ideas.
During construction they were professional, prompt, very tidy and provided regular status updates.
Any outstanding issues during and after the project were dealt with right away.
A wonderful transformation!



2 October 2014

I would highly recommend Take Root Gardens, they were very helpful applying my design thoughts and there expertise to my project. The Company is also very receptive to the smaller urban jobs that a lot of the bigger companies would ignore. Both their work ethics and workmanship were exceptional and the project came in on time and budget. More...



19 September 2014

We hired Take Root Gardens for two jobs over the summer, and were really happy with both. Matt and Ty did a wonderful job designing and installing a patio and pathway that gave us a great eating and lounging area, while still keeping lots of lawn and garden in our small Vancouver lot.

They were always on time, and kept on budget. They went above and beyond when they encountered a bumble bee hive in our garden. Instead of killing the hive, they left part of the project un-done, and returned once the hive was dormant, at no additional cost to us, to complete the project, and safely relocated the hive.

I would highly recommended them to anyone who wants any work done in their gardens, and will definitely use them again for any future projects.



12 May 2014

We hired Take Root Gardens to transform our tired yard into a private oasis. This included a new and expanded patio, new lawn, refreshed beds, new cedar gates and a pergola - amongst many other things.

It was great to work with Matt and Ty as well as their sub-trades. They provided us with some excellent design options, stuck to their budget and work schedule and were fantastic to work with.

It was a grueling project over three weeks in some awful "spring monsoon" working conditions, but Take Root always responded to our questions in a positive and respectful manner. They started early and always worked late into the day...and weren't flipping around from project to project. Both Matt and Ty were also very responsive to our various email queries or planning ideas.

Based on our personal experience, my wife and I would highly recommend Take Root for anyone planning a landscape project. It is clear they care about the quality of their work and they provided us with excellent customer service.



4 April 2014

I hired Take Root Gardens in March of 2014 for a total overhaul of our modest Vancouver backyard. Not only was the execution flawless, they added a lot of value in the design and planning stage, with some great suggestions that worked out really well.

During the actual work, they were always right on time, took very good care of our property during the work, and cleaned up spotlessly, even going so far as to powerwash our deck, which was not part of the project.

What stood out the most, was how much care they took, and how detail oriented they were.

The overall quote was very reasonable, and they came in right on budget and on time.

I would hire Ty & Matt again in a second and highly recommend them.

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