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
Registered landscape architects and designers
Canadian-certified playground inspectors
Machine operators (experienced)
Landscapers and gardeners (landscape industry certified)
Irrigation designers and technicians (CIT 1, 2 and design)
Horticulturists (hort. certified, pesticide applicators licence)
Carpenters (Red Seal)
Our facilities include:
Fully staffed office/full-time secretary
Centrally located office
Soil manufacturing unit (custom blends)
Steve McLeish – BCSLA, CSLA – Registered Landscape Architect
– Owner, President
BCSLA, CSLA Registered Landscape Architect
Canadian Certified Playground Inspector
Genesis 3 Member (High-end Pools and Water Shaping)
Gaia Organic Horticulture and Turf Management
25 Years of Experience
Projects in Canada, USA, South Africa, and South America
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.
Konrad Babicz – MLA – Landscape Designer and Project Manager
CPRA Canadian Certified Playground Inspector
Certificate in Business Administration
15 Years of Experience
Konrad holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and has over 15 years of experience in the profession. He has successfully delivered dozens of high-profile projects in the commercial, public, institutional, and residential sectors in British Columbia, in the province of Alberta, as well as in the United States and Europe. For over 10 years, he has applied the principles of sustainable development in Vancouver, where he lived prior to moving to Victoria. In Victoria, he took his current position at Acacia Landscape Inc. He is experienced in all stages of project development, from conceptual design to implementation.
Konrad has a strong interest in all environmental aspects of the profession, from post-industrial site reclamation through addressing issues related to climate change to urban agriculture. He believes in increasing the role of environmental design and particularly micro-scale landscape architecture in the cities of tomorrow. He puts equal effort in each design — big or small — to make a difference, one step at a time.
Mike Shaw – Maintenance and Irrigation Manager
Special Projects and Operations Manager
CID, CIS, CIT2, CHT
IIABC Certified Irrigation Designer
IIABC Certified Irrigation Technician – Level 2
IIABC Certified Scheduler
BCLNA Landscape Industry Certified Technician
BCSLA Associate Member
Gaia College – Organic Turf Maintenance
Gaia College – Organic Horticulture for Landscape Professionals
BC Ministry of Environment Pesticide Application Certificate No. 147047
15 Years of Experience
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.