Integrating landscape and architecture through artistic design
to reflect clients' personalities and preferences
From small courtyards to full-scale residential landscaping, I work with you to create a distinctive, imaginative, and functional garden design to suit your needs and budget.
I treat every project as a one-off, see the clients as individuals with their own requirements and tastes, and make every effort to respect the unique characteristics of your site whether it is a conventional lot, a rooftop terrace, or a waterfront property.
UBC Certification in Garden Design
University of Guelph - Landscape Construction
Member of the Garden Design Group of British Columbia
Member of The Friends of the UBC Botanical Garden
B.Sc, Ch.E, MBA
Recognition & Testimonials
Klavdi is an exceptional landscape designer! My husband and I were in the middle of building a pool in our backyard when we reached out to Klavdi for help. We had several elements in mind – pool, deck, sauna, shed, trampoline and lots of plants of course – but felt overwhelmed with putting it all together. Klavdi jumped in to assist and created a detailed garden design that not only incorporated our elements beautifully and seamlessly, but also included features and ideas that took our outdoor space from ordinary to extraordinary. We now have an incredibly beautiful front and back yard that brings my family joy every day. Honestly, it’s stunning. Klavdi’s talent, creativity, knowledge and vision went far beyond our expectations. On top of that, he was extremely professional and a delight to work with. Thank you, Klavdi, for designing our dream garden. We absolutely love it!!!
Sioe Lie Smith
Klavdi did an incredible job designing our landscape. We put in a pool, hot tub, retaining walls, and a beautiful garden. Klavdi truly listened to what we wanted and created a beautiful space for us. He worked with the lay of the land so we were able to maintain much of the beautiful, mature garden while adding in new plants that beautifully complimented and worked well with what we had existing. We now have a massive green space, a pool and hot tub, a beautiful pressed porcelain deck and a luscious garden. Our outdoors is a true oasis. I would suggest Klavdi to anyone looking for a clean, beautiful, classic design.
Working with Klavdi Kukovic as the designer of our back and front gardens has been a delightful experience. He was very responsive to all our concerns and wishes, helped us visualize the design, worried (appropriately) about getting strata approval, and produced a set of drawings that have made us the envy of the neighborhood. He accompanied the construction process to ensure that everything was going according to the design, and on his several inspection trips was inevitably punctual. We think the result is worthy of a prize! And not least, his fees were reasonable.
John Friedmann and Leonie Sandercock
False Creek, Vancouver
Klavdi is a very thorough professional. He had a very good understanding of what we wanted to achieve with our project spatially and aesthetically. He kept in touch with us, was attentive to details, organized several bids, and followed through with the contractor and trades frequently during the work phase. He was also our advocate if we questioned pricing. The project was finished on time and on budget and the result is just what we envisioned.
Locarno Beach, Vancouver
Klavdi Kukovic of Vancouver Garden Design recently designed a beautiful garden for my 887 sq. ft wrap around riverside condo patio and garden. His plan was meticulously developed with many different views. And when I could not proceed to find all of the recommended plants because of a serious family illness, he sourced them all for me and together we picked them up. He has created a garden that I will live with and love for many, many years. I feel that his prices were very fair, he was exceptionally reliable, and executed everything in a very short time frame. I greatly appreciate his knowledge, skill, professionalism, and especially his kindness during a very difficult personal time for me.
I have been told that it is difficult for garden designers to possess all the skills necessary to be a great designer. However, Klavdi hones many of these skills. His respect for the history of garden design and his frequent travels to remarkable international gardens are evident in his designs. The ability to present these designs in such a professional manner minimises the stress in the decision making process. His knowledge of plants and their maintenance is irreplaceable. Respect for our budget and time was apparent throughout the development and it felt very comforting during some high stressful periods to have Klavdi at my side. He is a true professional. Klavdi was determined to deliver our vision and we have our dream garden. I would not hesitate to recommend Vancouver Garden Design by Klavdi Kukovich.
We have been absolutely delighted with Klavdi's work. He transformed our loose wish-list of ideas into a beautiful landscape design that well exceeds our expectations. From there, he developed comprehensive plans, specifying in precise detail the materials, dimensions and other considerations our contractors needed to quote and complete the build. We were also grateful for the ongoing guidance Klavdi provided throughout the construction phase--helping our amazing team of contractors through the nuances and complexities of the project, documenting decisions, solving unforeseen challenges and ensuring the final results remained true to our original vision. We could not be more pleased.
Marilyn and Robert Mackay
As someone who was hesitant to hire a garden and landscape designer in the beginning, I have not for a moment regretted our decision to use Klavdi for our project. Klavdi is the consummate professional, giving attention to every detail with an eye for garden beauty. He was able to create a vision for our space beyond our expectations, and turn it into reality, all the while being conscious of our wishes, needs and budget. He is very personable, extremely reliable, and communicated effectively with the landscape company carrying out the work. Above all, Klavdi cared about our project and made every effort to ensure that we were happy throughout the process. Thank you Klavdi for an amazing garden that we will cherish for many years to come!
I really enjoyed working with Klavdi to design our garden. He was professional and very knowledgeable. He has lovely insight into design and functionality. He accommodated our tight time line and provided high quality drawings and plans. I would highly recommend his design service.
The experience of working with Klavdi was most enjoyable, educational and ultimately rewarding. Klavdi began by listening carefully to what I would like to see in my garden and with his extensive knowledge of design and plants he worked up a most satisfactory plan.
The total process included extensive consultation, detailed drawings of the plant locations and an animated illustration of the final look of the garden. At the end I was presented with a maintenance schedule for the year which is most helpful for me, a neophyte to gardening. The garden was completed in a timely manner and Klavdi was always dependable, punctual and most pleasant to work with. I now have a wonderful garden I can brag about and enjoy. If one were asked to grade him he would receive an A+.
Point Grey, Vancouver
Klavdi's exceeded our expectations. His knowledge, attention to detail, ability to capture our vision and make informed recommendations are exceptional. He also provided more than we asked for while being considerate of our limited budget.
I strongly recommend working with him. You will not regret working with someone this passionate. I know we look forward to working with him to complete the other phases of our project(s).
Sunshine Coast, BC