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Our Team

Our Team

At Higher Ground Landscaping and Design we are honored to work with a great team of experienced people who have mastered the art of landscaping and share common values:

  • Quality --- Provide top Quality landscapes and service experience for Clients.
  • Loyalty --- Nurture Client, Employee, and Supplier relationships with Loyalty.
  • Integrity --- Nurture Client, Employee, and Supplier relationships with Integrity.
  • Collaboration --- Approach opportunities and problems with a spirit of Collaboration.

Owner, Mike Vandergugten

Mike grew up living across the street from a forest; this initiated his passion for nature and the outdoors and left a permanent imprint in his life. Being a green thumb is in Mike’s genes; he comes from Dutch lineage where his grandpa owned and ran a greenhouse business.

Finding his niche, Mike graduated with honours from the Horticulture Program from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2001. He’s been in the industry ever since, enjoying the outdoors and putting his creativity and strong hands to work. He feels in his element when he is breathing fresh air, getting his hands dirty, and enjoying nature. His downtime is spent with his beloved wife and 5 kids, going camping, photography, hiking, and canoeing.

Co-Owner and Office Admin, Esther Vandergugten

Esther works behind the scenes, keeping the gears of Higher Ground Landscaping in motion. Her fondness for organization and efficiency, alongside her kind nature, makes things go smoothly. Her downtime is spent with Mike and their 5 kids, catching up with friends and over a glass of wine, getting into a good book or diving into a craft project.

Foreman and Business Development Assistant, Tim Patterson

Tim's experience runs deep, with 18+ years of construction experience, and many years supervising crews. He is an integral part of the team, bringing his energetic and warm personality wherever he goes, and usually his repetroire of light hearted jokes!

His downtime is spent with his family, hiking, dreaming and planning the next home improvment, or creating the next culinary delight!

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