About Us

Following 45 years of design/ build Landscape Architecture we have made some significant changes.  Our design services are now limited to Conceptual Design and Consultation on a per diem basis. Long ago I learned that a Conceptual Design is an essential starting point for all good designs. This is when “The Big Picture” comes into focus, where opportunities are taken or lost for good.  This provides a strong and artistic framework, a structure to build upon. I remain surprised/ disappointed that so few design projects are developed in this way. Consultation is also an essential part of the design process,  It provides the client and designer with ample opportunities to discuss and shape the project as the design evolves.

  • Neil Turnbull Ltd was established in 1978. Full member CSLA and OALA.
  • Many of our clients and staff have been with us from the beginning.
  • All projects have come to us by referral.

We Endeavour To:

  • Create landscapes with a strong connection to architecture
  • Enhance the cultural and natural ecology of each project.
  • Respond to each site with a sophisticated and subtle horticulture.
  • Design and construct our projects on time and on budget.
  • Maintain our great reputation with exceptional garden maintenance.

Project Locations:

  • Residential: Forest Hill, Rosedale, Yorkville, Bridal Path, York Mills, Riverdale, Moore Park plus other urban sites in Toronto.
  • Rural: Farms and cottages in Caledon, Hockley Valley, Kawartha, Hali burton, Brock and Lake Simcoe.
  • Institutional: The Max Tanenbaum Garden at The Princess Margaret Hospital, The Spiro Family Garden at The Baycrest Centre., The Arthur Meighan Garden at The Stratford Festival Theatre.
  • Beyond: Vancouver BC, Rothsay NB, Lenox MA, Lake Placid NY, Los Angeles CA.

Scope of Work:

  • Earthworks, grading, drainage, soils and retaining walls.
  • Stonework, patios, walkways, stairs and decks.
  • Metalwork, fences, railings, pergolas and furniture.
  • Green roofs and walls, natural swimming pools and ravines.
  • Standard pools, tennis courts and cabanas.
  • Large trees and shrubs, perennial, ornamental and floral gardens.
  • Irrigation, lighting and seasonal urn plantings.

Furniture, Folly and Antiques:

  • Finely crafted garden pavilions, follies, bridges, boardwalks and docks.
  • Custom stone, wooden and concrete buildings.
  • Custom designed fencing, furniture, planters and live-edge tables.
  • Antique garden furniture, urns, fences, gates and sculptures
  • Hedgerow Farm Nursery
  • 100 acre built parkland specimen tree nursery established in 1987
  • Biodynamic and organically certified. • 250,000 trees and shrubs in 600+ varieties.
  • Four-acre heritage peony collection, 300+ varieties.
  • Natural swimming pool system, ponds, wetlands, and aquatic nursery.
  • Dry scree gardens, meadows, green roofs and rockeries.
  • Woodshop, gallery, warehouse and walled garden.