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About Acacia Landscape Inc.

Owned by Steve McLeish, a registered landscape architect, Acacia Landscape Inc. is a full-service landscape company operating since 1987. Our company has built its reputation on a qualified and reliable team that is dedicated to delivering high-quality services. With our commitment to providing customer satisfaction, we continually set and elevate the standards in our industry. We are always on the lookout for new ideas and technology; as a result, we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We are also the only business in Victoria to have been awarded the BC Landscape Awards of Excellence multiple times. Call us for more information.

Professional In-house Staff

Our in-house team consists of:

  • Client liaison officer

  • Canadian-certified playground inspectors

  • Surveyors

  • Landscapers and gardeners (landscape industry certified)

  • Horticulturists (hort. certified, pesticide applicators licence)

  • Masons

  • Registered landscape architects and designers

  • CAD techs

  • Machine operators (experienced)

  • Irrigation designers and technicians (CIT 1, 2 and design)

  • Carpenters (Red Seal)

  • Uniformed staff


Our facilities include:

  • Fully staffed office/full-time secretary

  • Nursery

  • Soil manufacturing unit (custom blends)

  • Design studio

  • Compost facility

Elizabeth McLeish

Elizabeth McLeish – Chief Administrative Officer, Accounts Receivable and Payroll

Patsy Shedlock

Patsy Shedlock – Office Manager

Barry Lastiwka

Barry Lastiwka – Nursery Manager and Senior Horticulturalist

Steve McLeish – BA, BLA – Owner, President
Steve McLeish – BCSLA, CSLA – Registered Landscape Architect
– Owner, President
  • BCSLA, CSLA Registered Landscape Architect

  • Genesis 3 Member (High-end Pools and Water Shaping)

  • Gaia Organic Horticulture and Turf Management

  • Projects in Canada, USA, South Africa, and South America

  • Canadian Certified Playground Inspector

  • ICPI Certified

  • 25 Years of Experience

Steve has always been interested in landscapes, whether building or maintaining them. He started his first landscaping business at 16 and has developed the business to where it is today — Victoria’s largest and most-respected landscape-service company. Steve has an economics degree from the University of Victoria, and a background in civil engineering that ultimately led him to a degree in landscape architecture from the University of British Columbia. Through sporting and professional endeavours, Steve travelled the world. After returning to the Island in 1998, he started Acacia Landscape and incorporated the business in 2001. The business has steadily grown ever since and continues to set the standard for the industry in Victoria.


Unlike most landscape architects, Steve has the hands-on construction and maintenance experience that he feels makes him a much more effective designer and project manager. Steve believes that you must have a plan in order to create something truly special and life-altering. He believes in doing things right the first time and looking at the costs over the long run in order to minimize costs over the life of a project. He believes that done properly, a landscape should be an appreciating asset, rather than the more common situation in which the asset is continually depreciating as a result of poor planning, installation, and maintenance practices.

Mike Shaw – Maintenance Manager
Mike Shaw – Maintenance and Irrigation Manager
  • Special Projects and Operations Manager

  • IIABC Certified Irrigation Designer

  • IIABC Certified Scheduler

  • BCSLA Associate Member

  • Gaia College – Organic Horticulture for Landscape Professionals

  • 15 Years of Experience


  • IIABC Certified Irrigation Technician – Level 2

  • BCLNA Landscape Industry Certified Technician

  • Gaia College – Organic Turf Maintenance

  • BC Ministry of Environment Pesticide Application Certificate No. 147047

Mike has been with Acacia Landscape Inc. for 15 years and manages the maintenance division. He also specializes in the creation of water features and can be considered as one of the best irrigation designers and technicians in the Greater Victoria area. With his experience in construction and maintenance, Mike is our go-to guy for special projects and guides our foremen through the construction and scheduling process. Mike is an integral member of Acacia’s core team.

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