We create beautiful spaces, take care of them and improve them over time.
Pika Landscapes Inc is a full service landscape business working mostly in Whistler, but also in Pemberton and Squamish. We build gardens, paving stone driveways, walls, fences, patios, ponds and water features. We pull weeds, rake leaves, take garbage to the dump and mow lawns. We supply topsoil, gravel, sand, rock, trees and perennials.
We work on large and modest new builds where we do all post-construction site work and the landscape installation. We also work on small projects restoring overgrown or unkept spaces, or adding beauty and function to those that are under-utilized.
Fundamental to our business
- Project management – robust budgets, consistent budget tracking, strong communication and transparent invoicing are keys to efficiency, cost-effectiveness and a positive project experience start to finish
- Quality – we won’t sacrifice quality for profit. That may sound trite, but we live it. There are ways to cut corners building landscapes, but mother nature and time will reveal them. We don’t play that game.
- Organic – we’re Whistler’s only certified Organic Landscaping business. We use no chemical fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides.
- Design – Owner-operator, Adam Neilson, has a degree in Landscape Architecture, so clients often lean on him to guide design decisions
The Gardener’s Yard -> Pika Landscapes
Local award-winning landscape designer Tyler Mosher started The Gardener’s Yard in 2000. He sold it to Adam Neilson in late 2017 and continues to be involved.
Adam renamed his business Pika Landscapes in early 2019.
Out on a Limb -> Pika Landscapes
Out on a Limb Landscaping, a 30+ year owner-operated Whistler-based landscape maintenance business was acquired in early 2019. It was brought under the Pika Landscapes name for the 2020 season.
Adam Neilson, owner-operator
As a young man, Adam aspired to be a famous Golf Course Architect. Upon completing a professional degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph however, he concluded the world had plenty of golf courses already. That timing lined up with the early proliferation of the world wide web which revved Adam’s design juices. The next two decades saw him start and sell a graphic design business, start an ecommerce company, and hold executive roles with an ad agency and a couple tech start-ups.
He was a leader in the conception and development of well designed and well built digital products. He managed designers, writers, software engineers, product managers and producers on 7-figure projects.
And it grew dull. Creatively, it was fun, but the results of the labour were digital artifacts (some of which never saw the light of day). They weren’t tangible.
It took awhile to figure this out, but Adam missed dirt and using his body to create. He loves how a job site can be transformed from a chaotic mess to an outdoor oasis rather quickly.
Adam’s been a Whistler weekender his whole life thanks to his grandfather’s foresight to build a simple ski cabin in 1972. It wasn’t until 2015 though that he, his wife and six kids moved from Vancouver to Whistler full-time.
Equipment and works yard
Pika Landscapes owns two front-end wheel loaders, a mini-excavator and a few small dump trucks capable of carrying 6 cubic yards of material.
The wheel loaders (left) are highly versatile machines that tread lightly on job sites. And yes, those are my kids playing around with the mini-ex (right). They had plenty of clearance.
Our maintenance and construction work yards are located in central Whistler on Mons Road. It’s convenient locale helps our crews spend more time at job sites and less time hauling materials.
We keep material bins on hand of river rock, 3/8″ minus gravel, organic compost and turf mix soil.