Mike Prong, Landscape Designer
Over the last 12 years, Mike has become a dedicated, enthusiastic and forward-thinking advocate of green practices in the landscape industry. He has had an interest in landscaping ever since he was a young boy growing up just outside London in Aylmer, Ontario which then led to his enrolment in Fanshawe College’s Landscape Design program in the fall of 2009 and his completion of Mohawk College’s Horticultural Apprenticeship Program in 2013. He co-founded Fern Ridge Eco Landscaping Inc. in 2017. He received his Fusion Landscape Professional designation from Landscape Ontario in 2018. With hands on industry experience, a broad knowledge of horticulture, and a heavy interest in the use of native plantings and increasing biodiversity, Mike has the ability to turn even the most basic of landscapes into an eco-friendly oasis. Mike also oversees Fern Ridge Eco Landscaping’s operations, ensuring that we continue to deliver high quality, beautiful landscapes to each individual client.
Vivienne Blyth-Moore, Landscape Designer
Combining her passion for creative landscape design and sustainability, Vivienne completed her BA in History (with a focus on the history of landscape design) from the University of Aberdeen (UK) in 2013 and received her MSc in Environmental Sustainability from Edinburgh Napier University (UK) in 2015. Having worked in landscape design since 2012 in Switzerland, Scotland and Canada, she co-founded Fern Ridge Eco Landscaping Inc. in 2017. She received her Fusion Landscape Professional designation from Landscape Ontario in 2020. Simultaneously using her expertise in sustainability and her experience in landscape design allows her to create beautiful and exceptionally sustainable designs. Vivienne also oversees company finances and manages the administrative aspect of Fern Ridge.
Kyle Pickering, Lead Foreman
Like many of his generation, Kyle chose his career to make a positive difference in the world, building landscapes which will enrich the people experiencing them and the environment. With 10 years of experience building high quality landscapes, his expertise and attention to detail are unmatched and make him a customer favourite. He co-founded Fern Ridge Eco Landscaping Inc. in 2017. Kyle is responsible for the smooth running of our crews, ensuring safety on all work-sites and maintaining the highest level of workmanship during all of our landscape builds.
Emma Kirk, Landscape Designer
Emma graduated from Western University in 2017 with a degree in Consumer Behaviours, BMOS. She has since begun to explore the world of eco-friendly design. With a passion for sustainability and storm water management Emma began her master’s in landscape architecture at the University of Guelph in 2018. She is currently working to finish her degree and has devoted her research to storm water management in the GTHA. Emma worked as a design intern here at Fern Ridge during our 2019 season and joined our team full-time as a landscape designer in 2020. Using her knowledge in both the business and environmental design world Emma strives to create functional, aesthetic and eco-friendly designs that respond to the needs of the environment.
Our crew comes from a variety of backgrounds, but what makes them stand out is their passion for creating high-quality, environmentally focused landscapes that they can be proud of. This year, our team consists of two graduates of the horticultural technician program at Mohawk College and a graduate of the landscape construction program at Humber College and a BSc in Environmental Sciences student, amongst others.