What our clients have to say
Adam Heath, Principal
It has been a pleasure to work with Ryan and his team at Donohoe Design throughout the design of the landscaping of my property located in South Surrey. I came to Ryan approx. 1 year ago to provide me with some landscaping options to integrate my very modern home into a rural setting. The site is 1.5 acres with a challenging topography. I have found Ryan Donohoe to be very professional, talented, and efficient. I’m very impressed with what Donohoe Design has come up with for my property and have no hesitation in recommending them.
We have found Donohoe to be very creative and reliable. We, as a design firm, work very hard to ensure the landscape is an integral part of the overall project design and we found them to be very supportive and open to our goals and vision. We have put them thru some very difficult challenges and some very short timelines and they have proven to be real team players. Ryan and Carolyn collectively have decades of experience behind them and their team members are conscientious and knowledgeable. They are open to feedback and consistently delivered on time.
Troy Van Vliet, Principal
The secret to our success is to partner with trades that work with our integrity. We always align with people that have similar values that we uphold. The Donohoe Design team are professional, hard working and incredibly responsive to our needs. They work with integrity, accountability, and have a great eye for design. Because of their dedication and passion to what they do, wherever they go success will follow.
From the beginning we knew our project would present a design challenge given the layout of our lot and it’s proximity to environmentally sensitive areas. Ryan did a wonderful job at designing a layout that truly reflected our vision for our outdoor spaces and added great functionality and visual appeal while integrating his design with the architectural features of our home and the natural habitat that surrounds it. Ryan has very high standards for quality coupled with an eye for detail and outstanding management skills, he ensured our project was implemented with the highest level of quality and since has been excellent at following up ensuring any post implementation details are addressed.
Home Owner in South Surrey
I had a great experience with Donohoe Design and now have a beautiful garden. I was referred to Donohoe Design from Sarah Gallop (my Interior Designer). In the beginning I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted. After many meetings and frank discussions their designers caught my thoughts very well and presented a thorough design package.
The whole project is a success story because Ryan has an attitude willing to work problems out. I am really happy that Donohoe Design did my landscaping project. I would highly recommend them to my friends.
Curtis D. Krahn - Architect
Synthesis Design has had the great pleasure of collaborating with Ryan Donohoe on several residential projects. His respect for his craft and respect for not only our architectural vision, but the client’s vision, is inspiring. Always looking for an innovative, cost effective solution, never at the expense of creativity. We look forward to many more projects with Donohoe Design in the future.
Kallweit Graham Architecture
Karen Kallweit - Architect
It was our good fortunate to have recently worked with Ryan on a very large and complex home. This was a challenging project. As architects, we appreciated his collaborative approach, attention to detail and consideration of the architecture. We also saw first hand how he sensitively responded to the unique tastes and wishes of the client. Through thoughtful and inspired design, he took what was a floundering landscape, and created a place of beauty, harmony, and delight. The wind chimes were a stroke of genius! We look forward to working with Ryan again, and recommend him highly.
Home owner in Lions Bay
I hired Ryan through a recommendation from Houston Landscapes to do some basalt stone work on my home. We met with Ryan who was an absolute pleasure to deal with and after our first consultation my wife and I decided to hire Ryan to get a new vision on the ocean side yard. Very shortly after Ryan came up with a few concepts that we then chose one from. He then rendered drawings, exact depths, measurement and then produced a final 3D version. The end result of his vision was truly amazing. I would highly recommend Ryan and his company to anyone thinking of redoing any part of their homes, he is a true visionary and a great honest person to deal with.
Dr Pamela Lennox
Home owner in Vancouver
Ryan of Donohoe Design was recommended to us by our contractor. Not only is he obliging and enthusiastic with good communication skills he is also very creative and gave us great ideas and a very different perspective to ours. He also works with a great team. The plans were produced in a timely manner and he responds efficiently to calls and emails. I would definitely recommend his services.
Steve & Ann Marie Oktaba
Home owner in Vancouver
“Ryan Donohoe and his team transformed our one acre property from dust and gravel to a garden oasis. Ryan’s dedication, strong work ethic, and passion resulted in a yard that we are all very proud of. Ryan put his heart and soul into his work to ensure we were happy with the final landscaping. Not only has the landscape substantially increased the value of our home, everyone that has visited our property is overwhelmed by the beauty of our backyard retreat. We were extremely happy working with Ryan and would recommend him to anyone that values quality work, honesty and trust“.
Home owner in Deep Cove
Ryan enthusiastically took on the challenge of designing both the hardscaping and planting plan for our overgrown and rocky hillside lot in Deep Cove. He was careful to listen to our desires and then provided the creative input to pull the concept together and create a design that was both inspiring and practical. He subsequently assumed the role of general contractor in the implementation of the design and transformed our property into a truly special, native species garden. Ryan was a pleasure to work with – creative and knowledgeable and always accessible and responsive. I would highly recommend Donohoe Design to anyone considering a landscaping project – no matter how challenging.
Home owner in Vancouver
Throughout our landscaping project – from kick-off meeting through the various design steps and finally execution – it was clear that Ryan’s primary goal was for us to be happy with the results. His team were enthusiastic, pleasant to deal with, and incredibly hardworking. The latter phases of the project were hampered by weeks of continuous rain and they spent many long days working in deplorable conditions. So many of our neighbours said how impressed they were with their work ethic and professionalism. We expected mud with an autumn project, but they did their best to keep the site tidy and we really appreciated that. We are very happy with the end result and look forward to watching the garden bloom. Most importantly, we know the job was done right and will last. We are happy to recommend Ryan and his team.
Glen & Tonya Robitaille
Home owner in Vancouver
Ryan’s firm came to our attention after I asked for a landscape design reference from the architects that designed our house. Ryan’s team were attentive and very approachable with what we are hoping to achieve with our landscape design. The proposals they came to us with were beautiful and both fitting with our neighbourhood and also will stand out as a showpiece of the area. We’d happily recommend Donohoe Design to anyone looking for a comprehensive design group.
Home owner in East Vancouver
I hired Ryan to do my penthouse terrace. He worked well with the city and strata to secure approval and worked through multiple design changes. He hired great sub-contractors for the job,and he kept me informed along the way. I love the way it came together!
Home Owner of North Vancouver
“Donohoe Design provided excellent service to us during the completion of a large landscape design and installation project at our home in North Vancouver. From the conceptual design phase through to completion, he was completely dedicated to ensuring our satisfaction.
We are extremely pleased with our entire landscape transformation and would not hesitate to recommend Ryan to anyone wanting to undertake a landscape project. With a genuine passion for landscaping, a strong work ethic and commitment to client satisfaction, I am confident in recommending Donohoe Design Inc.”
Contemporary Garden Sculpture Artist
Ryan is a wonderful and creative person to work with, nothing is too much trouble and he remains enthusiastic always! Looking forward to our next project together.
Donohoe Design creates awe-inspiring landscapes across Vancouver, B.C and beyond. Landscaping is in our blood and we're proud to share our client’s journeys with you. Find out more about the projects we’ve worked on, our landscape services, and the concept and design work that our talented team are about to bring to life.
For over 10 years, Donohoe Design has been one of Vancouver's most sought-after landscape design companies. Located in Gastown, our team of landscaping professionals are passionate about helping people connect with their environment. Our unique three stage landscape design process shapes our methodology, creating beautiful results for our clients.
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