Environova Planning Group Inc. and Maritime Landscape Services Ltd offers full landscape planning, design and arboriculture services for commercial, institutional and residential customers throughout the Annapolis Valley, Metro Halifax and the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Environova Planning Group Inc. specializes in landscape and environmental design, parks and recreational planning, arboriculture and landscape project management. We also specialize in arboricultural assessments involving vegetation and tree losses, tree preservation plans, tree inventories, plant health and managing large tree transplanting.
The owner and founder of both companies, Stan Kochanoff is a Registered Consulting and ISA Certified Arborist, a Licensed Professional Planner and a Certified Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist with over 44 years of experience in the Maritime Landscape Industry. Stan is a graduate of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture's 3 year diploma program in Ornamental Horticulture in Niagara Falls, Ontario receiving his NDP diploma in 1962. In 1966, he completed a 4 year BS degree program in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. At Cornell he was awarded the Dreer Scholarship for travel and directed practice in the UK, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. He and his wife Peggy spent a full year working and travelling around some 22 countries throughout Europe and the UK visiting parks, zoological and botanical gardens, nurseries, greenhouse operations and other major sites of horticultural interest. In 1994, he obtained at Master's degree in Urban and Rural Planning from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie.Stan was the first to qualify in Atlantic Canada as a Registered Consulting Arborist through the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) and is presently the only one in the region and one of 8 in Canada.
Mr. Kochanoff has presided over a number of regional and national Horticultural Associations. He has served as president of Landscape Atlantic (LA) the original regional association, Landscape Nova Scotia (LNS), Landscape Canada(CNLA), ISA-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, The Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation (COPF) and the Nova Scotia Greenhouse Growers Association. On the local scene, he is involved with the Windsor Communities-In-Bloom Committee and coordinator of the Windsor Tree Canopy Project. He also serves as a national judge for Communities-in-Bloom
For over four decades both companies have been providing professional and quality landscape services for residential, commercial and institutional projects. Many of our employees past and present have had professional training in Ornamental Horticulture, Arboriculture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. In-house training of our employees through short courses, certification programs, workshops, educational conferences is an important part of our employee development program. Currently, we have one Red Seal apprentice working for certification under the provincial program for Certifying Red Seal Landscape Horticulturists.
Peggy Kochanoff, BS is a graphic artist, naturalist and author. Peggy is a graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Invertebrate Zoology and also graduated from the Washington School of Art. She has been active with both of her husband's firms since their inception and been involved as a designer, carrying out finished landscape drawings, sketches and artist's concepts. With the nursery and landscape business, she was heavily involved with plant care and organization of the Tree Farm. Peggy is a skilled gardener and has made the transition from zoologist to a practicing horticulturist.
She has 7 nature series books that she has illustrated and written and her latest book €œYou can be a Pond Detective€ was published by Nimbus Publishingin the spring of 2016. In 2017, her 8th book about Night Creatures will be published by Nimbus. Peggy continues to lend her artistic talents to many of our design projects.
Melissa Lake is the Landscape Operations supervisor and Safety officer for our associated firm of Maritime Landscape Services Ltd. She is in her third year with the firm and is enrolled as an apprentice in the Provincial Red Seal Program for Certification of Landscape Horticulturists. She has completed most of her requirements for certification as a Certified Landscape Technician and will be completing her remaining testing in the spring of 2017.
She has completed the NSCSA COR safety course and is a graduate from a recognized heavy equipment training course, The Operating Engineers Investments Ltd. in Falmouth, NS.Ms. Lake has over 11 years of experience in the construction and landscape field. Prior to her work with MLS she worked in the construction industry with G & R Kelly Enterprises and Wells Construction Ltd. as an equipment operator
JOHN R. VANDERWEIT BLA, BA (Fine Art) JOHN R. VANDERWEIT BLA, BA (Fine Art) John is a graduate Landscape Architect with a BLA from the University of Guelph after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Guelph as well. He has worked for several consulting firms as a landscape Design assistant. for firms in Halifax and Calgary, He has worked as landscape construction and maintenance contractor in Ontario and Nova Scotia and has over 30 years of design-build experience. John also has experience in fruit orchard restoration, pruning and maintenance working in British Columbia, New Zealand. We welocme John as an important part of our green team.
“As a primarily residential campus, maintaining a beautiful campus grounds is a priority for St. Francis Xavier University. At a 150 plus years old and over 60 acres under active daily use, maintaining the complexity of grounds was beyond our capacity. Environova has put us back on track, making huge strides in a short time frame by helping us establish and deliver on a concise go-forward strategy for maintenance and renewal of our campus grounds.”
Ramsay Duff, Vice President, Finance and Operations St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS
“Hi Stan, We think of you often and I just had to send you a note of thanks for creating such a wonderful yard for us. We get so many people stopping by and commenting on the place, specifically the yard and mature trees, and how it frames and compliments the home. I always tell them itâ€™s because of you and your trees, and pass along your name. Weâ€™ve had several comments from others about the trees and how they continue to flourish. Of all the contractors we had, your contributions are among the most valued, and we just wanted you to know.”
Kim & Phil Knoll, Halifax
“As a relatively inexperienced group forging into the area of planning a park for our community, we knew almost instantly that Stan was the best person for the job. His experience was reassuring, his patience was greatly appreciated and his work spoke for itself. Stan was always timely with his responses whether it be via email, or phone. And when the committee had questions (lots of them!), he took the time to respond thoughtfully to each and every one. Finally, Stan was very true to the communities "shopping list" for the park's amenities, and this was reflected in his wonderful park plan. We feel very fortunate to have worked with Stan and Environova Planning.”
Lia Glover, Chair Port Williams Community Park Committee and Laura Duke Churchill, Funding Coordinator, Port Williams Community Park, Port Williams, NS
“The school community of Aldershot Elementary School in Kentville, Nova Scotia has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working under the guidance of Stan Kochanoff to realize the dreams of a Community Park. His expertise, careful plan and wonderful ideas have resulted in a property that is inviting, beautiful and yet practical for elementary school aged children. Stan coordinated and encouraged the involvement of our students and parents so this was indeed a rewarding experience for everyone, The before and after pictures tell the story!”
Sarah Tessier, Principal Aldershot Elementary School
“I would like you to know what a pleasure it was for me to work with you. Very early into this project I knew Environova Planning Group was the right company. Your hard work and dedication into this project clearly shows itself in the final Action Plan. I would like to congratulate your company on a job well done. District 7 now has an Action Plan that is clear and concise, with all our priorities in place, and most important it is the true voice of the community. The feedback from the May 31, 2003 final report is incredible. The community is excited and encouraged that we do have a plan for economic renewal for our community. Thanks again.”
Margaret Gushue, Chairâ€”Steering Committee for Whitney Pier & Area Development Association
“John and I have had a great working relationship with Stan Kochanoff for over 23 years. Through his expert knowledge, creative mind and competent staff, Stan has developed beautifully landscaped properties, both residential and commercial. From designing and construction to on-going maintenance, Stans quality service has given us tremendous enjoyment.”
Deborah and John Royâ€”Falmouth, NS/Roycom Realty
“Just a note to let you know that the Tourism Development Strategy Plan your firm carried out for us in 1996 is now into its third year of implementation. The plan is working out very nicely and we were very satisfied with the work and the report produced by Environova. We would be pleased to recommend your firmâ€™s services to any other communities anticipating planning strategies of this type. Your personal touch and the relationship developed between our steering committee and the members of your firm was greatly appreciated. Please feel free to use our name as a reference on future projects.”
Rick Brodie, Past President, Parrsboro and District Board of Trade