About Us

Down to Earth was started in the Gaspereau Valley in 1984 by Kari Hjelkrem and Catherine Harvison, two women passionate about gardening and the environment. Almost thirty years later, Down to Earth is one of the most decorated design-build landscaping companies in Nova Scotia.

Down to Earth is committed to a thoughtful, detailed and artistic quality of work, integrating natural elements and beauty with functional solutions to your landscaping needs. We do not use chemicals or pesticides and are active environmental ambassadors within our community.

We pride ourselves on having staff that share our passions and have attracted many qualified employees. We are a knowledge based company with over 150 years of combined experience and believe that our success can be attributed to the value of continuous education, the talent of our crew, and our loyal clientele.

At Down to Earth we have honest and open communication and genuine relationships with our clients and staff. We employ a team of professionals who love what they do and, we have clients who have been with us for 30 years.

Our Team of Professionals

Kari Hjelkrem
Founder and Co-Owner of Down to Earth, Kari has been actively involved in Horticulture and Landscaping for 40 years. She is Red Seal Accredited, a Master Gardener, Certified Horticulturist, and beloved team leader, mentor, yoga enthusiast and dog lover.

Darren Loner
A veteran with Down to Earth Landscaping, Darren is our crew leader and vocal champion of horticultural education. Darren is Red Seal Accredited, a Certified Landscape Technician and takes extreme pride is his work. He also has an uncanny ability to make Kari's ideas come to life in his work.

Lauren Fry
Lauren is the newest member of Down to Earth's management team and brings many years of experience and education in Business Management. Not a horticulturist by trade, she's quickly learning the industry from her co-workers and often enjoys taking a break from office work to get her hands dirty with the crews.


Our team is always visible in red and are willing and qualified to answer any questions you may have. To discuss your landscaping needs or schedule a consultation please contact our head office.

Phone (902) 542-5498
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