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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:

  • Respect — respect our clients, respect the environment, respect each other, and respect ourselves
  • Continuous improvement — ongoing training and certification, and innovation
  • Positive attitude — approach challenges with a positive attitude
  • Integrity — we are guided by our integrity and honesty
  • Quality — we are committed to delivering the highest quality in landscaping

Our 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.

Our 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.

Apprentice, Chris Snijder

Chris has always been in his element outside, enjoying the fresh air and getting his hands dirty in the forest just down the street or in his family’s garden at home.

Finding out that he could make a career of working with his hands outside, Chris decided to pursue apprenticeship as a Landscape Horticulturalist. His positivity and strong work ethic are evident, as he handcrafts the landscape. His downtime is spent with his friends, playing golf, basketball and volleyball, and hiking.

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