Zac Marks – Senior Landscape Designer

Text/call: 780-686-9956
Office: 780-476-YARD (9273)

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now!”
– Chinese Proverb

Design Style

I would consider my design style to be “exact abstract.” I say “exact abstract” because I’m always trying to do things differently. I abstractly play with the layout, shape, and flow of yards all while being very specific with measurements of each aspect. This works well for me as it keeps things fresh and new but it ensures that it will still be just as functional, if not more, than a standard landscape design.

Design Philosophy

I believe there are three factors that make a great yard. How enjoyable it is to use, how great it looks when not in use, and how easy it is to keep it looking that way. No two yards are the same and no two clients are the same. Whether you want to relax with a glass of wine at the end of the night or have the whole family over for a barbecue, I want you to be excited to use your yard without having to spend all weekend maintaining it. You know what you want, I know how to make it possible, together we can create a space that you love.

Favourite Designs

Stix, Waldie, Haekel and Wright.


I come from a long line of people that loved to design and build, some of my earliest memories are watching my father and grandfather work together to build the home that I was raised in. That home sits just outside the town of Athabasca, surrounded by beautiful forests where I would spend countless hours exploring. Looking back now it’s easy to see where my love of nature comes from, my hometown was never too busy, my house never too loud, but there was always a special calmness that you could feel as soon as you stepped into those forests. Being so young and knowing that my father designed our home made me realize early on that nearly everything is designed by someone and since then I’ve always wanted to be that someone. At first I designed goalie masks, then it was vehicles, after that came houses, and finally I discovered landscape design. Once I found a program that could teach me how to combine my love of nature with my love of design I applied immediately and started classes at NAIT within a couple months. It’s amazing to think back on all the time that has passed since those first few classes. However, that is one of the best parts of being a landscape designer, every day is full of something new and every October I find myself watching the leaves fall off the trees wondering where spring and summer have gone. From my landscape designs that keep me on my toes while the grass is green, to home renovation designs that keep me busy during the colder months, I hope that my designs can inspire someone like my childhood home inspired me.

Favourite Quote

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb