You can grow it, we can help!


What is SOLscapes?


SOLscapes is an ecologically sustainable edible landscaping company, created by a team of urban farmers and horticulturalists, that services the Sea-to-Sky Corridor. We are here to help our customers grow their own food, for their own use! Our services focus on environmentally friendly land care, growing edible and indigenous plant landscapes and connecting the community to their food and land through education.

We offer a uniquely customized alternative to conventional landscape practices. We will design and install your foodscape, pollinator or indigenous landscapes as well as maintain them for you… or teach you how to do this yourself! We are here to meet your individual needs and those of your landscape. Through the use of low impact equipment (human powered and/or electric equipment) and organic plant care we minimize noise, air, soil, and groundwater pollution.
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We offer landscaping solutions to a variety of spaces, including:


  • Residential Homes
  • Strata Properties
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Schools

Where we plant


  • Existing garden beds
  • Patio planters
  • Newly built garden beds
  • Lawns

What we plant


  • Vegetables

  • Fruit
  • Edible flowers
  • Fruit trees
  • Pollenizer plants
  • Cover crops
  • Ground covers
  • Indigenous plants

What is Edible Landscaping?


Edible landscapes (or foodscapes) are gardens that have been designed to integrate food plants in a practical way within an ornamental setting. This type of landscape provides an aesthetically pleasing garden that simultaneously produces fresh local fruits and vegetables for its owner.
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  • It's easy

    With our support, growing your own food has never been so simple. Throughout all of our projects, our priority is to create functional low maintenance gardens that cater to your needs. Save your energy, let us do the growing for you!

  • High Density Nutrition

    Harvesting local, fully ripened, chemical-free produce provides higher density vitamins and micronutrients than supermarket fruits and veggies. 
There is a higher probability that you and your family will value the freshness of food grown on your doorstep, encouraging daily consumption. You are empowered to be a part of the growing process from seed to harvest.

  • Save Money

    We can grow an unbelievable amount of food in a small space. We are equipped with the knowledge to grow or coach you through nurturing an abundant food source that maximizes your available space while minimizing food waste.

  • Save Energy

    Picking up fresh produce for dinner after a long day is much easier when all you have to do is harvest what you need from your garden. Growing your own foodscape will minimize your carbon footprint by reducing shipping and overall energy output that is produced in conventional large-scale agriculture (mechanized plowing, planting, harvesting and storing).

  • Save Water

    Most home gardens require a fraction of the water that would be necessary to produce the same crop using large-scale agricultural production. Installation of a drip irrigation system is one of several strategies SOLscapes uses to minimize water waste.

  • Flavourful Opportunities

    Explore growing new varieties of fruits and veggies suited for this climate. We grow for taste.

  • Multi Functional

    A mix of beauty and utility. Gardening is a valuable source of stress relief and contributes to creating a functional ecosystem above and below ground.

Meet the Team


Jordie

As someone who has grown up in Squamish it has been a great opportunity to see a small town blossom into a diverse community orientated city.

The following include some of my favorite horticultural experiences leading up to creating SOLscapes. In the past, I held the position of lead hand gardener at Grouse Mountain Resorts, attended Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Horticultural Technician Program, worked for Vancouver based organic landscaping company “My Living Canvas” as well as Garibaldi Nursery, volunteered/worked for “Good Time Farming” (organic farmers in Squamish), attended a Permaculture Design course, and helped out with Squamish Farmers Market’s “What’s In” booth. My passion is growing food… and showing everyone that you can have a beautifully ornamental landscape that is edible! My spare time is spent playing in the woods, on the water, and in a variety of gardens. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have ended up working in the field I am most passionate about with one of the most amazingly knowledgeable, inspiring and kind people I have ever met; my SOLsister Stephanie Vigneux!

Steph

With a degree and background founded in collaborative initiatives for alternative education, resource management and conservation, I migrated to the West coast with the intention of exploring and learning about its abundant beauty. My fascination with herbal medicine expanded and lead me to pursue a certificate in Holistic Nutrition and an ongoing study of Permaculture Design; responding to a growing need for food as medicine and community resilience. I can’t wait to share this with you in your new SOLscaped garden space!

What a treat that all of these dreams have collectively come true through developing SOLscapes! You can otherwise find me feeding my sense of wonder through organic gardening, foraging for wild edibles, medicine making, climbing rocks, paddling, scaling mountains, homesteading and playing in the dirt.

Elizabeth Laing

In my opinion, there is nothing better than that first strawberry, pea, carrot and tomato out of your own garden, so I am thrilled to work with the SOLsisters to spread the garden love. My education and training in agriculture, horticulture and design occurred through a multitude of experiences including working on organic farms and in garden maintenance on and off for the last 20 years, going to school for Ecological Restoration and Landscape Architecture, teaching Horticulture at the College of New Caledonia, and working as Horticultural Designer for Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture in Vancouver. I also completed a Permaculture Design Certificate with Whole Systems Design Centre in the incredibly beautiful Mad River Valley in Vermont. When I’m not in the garden, you can find me exploring the extraordinary wilderness of the Sea to Sky with my lovely toddler.

Matt Rippon