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Shades of Green Landscapes is a family run business
with strong values and ethics. We take pride in the work
we do for our clients and take our reputation seriously.

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About Shades of Green

Shades of Green Landscapes is a family run business with strong values and ethics. We take pride in the work we do for our clients and take our reputation seriously.

Learn about our outlook, the company, our values, guarantees, testimonials, and community involvement by clicking on the desired button on the adjacent menu.

Our Mission

Our Nature. Your Space.

Our Vision

We see all green space constructed and cared for in an environmentally conscious way and held to a high quality standard that will enhance our valued clientele’s connection to Nature.

Our Promise

Our promise is to consistently provide quality landscape services. Your space is an investment in your property, and your lifestyle. We vow to help you create and maintain your space. Have it made in the shade with Shades of Green.

Team & Company Formation
Our Formation

Shades of Green Landscapes is a family run business that operates under Vanden Engel Enterprises Inc. We are based out of Kingston, Ontario and service the greater Kingston region.

The Shades of Green management team is comprised of Landscape Designers, certified Arborists and qualified installation teams who bring a unique set of skills and industry specific education to your doorstep.

We strive to design and build quality outdoor living spaces that reflect the needs and style of our clients. With over 40 years of combined experience, Shades of Green offers our clients unmatched, professional Landscape services.

You’ve got it made in the shade, with Shades of Green.

Paul Vanden Engel

Horticulturalist, Arborist, Landscape Visionary

Over 30 Years in the Industry

Since learning the horticulture trade at his father’s knee, Paul has spent his over 30 years in the industry in small business. Paul’s latest joint venture is the newly launched Shades of Green Landscapes and Shades of Green Tree Care.

Paul is a horticulturist, who received his Associate Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Guelph, and is also a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. Paul is a strong supporter of the preservation of our biodiverse planet, and believes that creating ecologically sound landscapes are essential for maintaining an environmentally friendly balance with nature.

Paul has a passion for education, and believes in informing our future generations about the importance of trees in urban environments.

'You've got in made in the shade with Shades of Green'. ~ Paul Vanden Engel

  • Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), 86A University of Guelph.
  • ISA Certified Arborist ON-0813A.
  • Ontario Training and Adjustment Board (OTAB) Cutter Skidder Modules U3001–U3007. Cert. 479-007-148.
  • Class 1 Safety Training Certified.
  • Mike Lin Graphic Workshop (2007).

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Alyssa Vanden Engel

Landscape Designer

Over 15 Years in the Industry

Alyssa’s current management position with Shades of Green Landscapes has been shaped by learning the trade from her father and grandfather.

Raised in a family with a long line of landscaping history, the decision to study Landscape Design and Environmental Design & Planning was natural. Her passion for art and design, love for the outdoors, and quest for environmental sustainability is what makes Landscape Design meaningful to her. Alyssa brings fresh, unique design ideas to her clients, and takes pride in her creative design process and attention to detail.

Alyssa, now a third generation landscaper in the Vanden Engel legacy, continues to work alongside her father Paul, brother Steven and valued team members at Shades of Green Landscapes.

  • Advanced Diploma in Landscape Design, Fanshawe College (2011).
  • B.A. Environmental Design & Planning, Fanshawe College (2013).
  • Mike Lin Graphic Workshop (2011).

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Steven Vanden Engel

Landscape Installer

Over 15 Years in the Industry

Steven is currently a Landscape project and crew manager at Shades of Green Landscapes. With over a decade of landscape installation experience, he will competently, reliably, and cooperatively bring to life your envisioned landscape project.

Working along side his sister, Alyssa, and father, Paul, Steven has developed an immaculate attention to detail, an efficient work ethic, and a notably positive demeanor.

Steven is often painting, creating and crafting with time aside of landscape installation-it is only natural for him to bring his artistry and creativity into his work. “The best part is creating an aesthetically pleasing, yet functional outdoor space”

"Bringing these projects to life, for me, is the most satisfaction an artist can get". ~ Steven Vanden Engel

  • 15 years of landscape installation experience.
  • 10 years of Crew Leader experience.
  • 3 years Project and Crew Manager.
  • B.A. in psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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SOG Dream Team
Mike M. MIKE M.
Landscape Crew Leader

Jason JASON B.
Landscape Crew Leader

Mike D. MIKE D.
Landscape Crew Member

Tree Climber & Crew Member

Crew Member

Project & Crew Manager

Alyssa Vanden engel ALYSSA VANDEN ENGEL
Landscape Designer

Paul Vanden engel PAUL VANDEN ENGEL
Arborist, Horticulturalist

Our Values

  • Protection of biodiversity in daily operations.
  • Meeting and exceeding industry standards.
  • Honest business practices.
  • Creating coexisting relationships with Nature.
  • Taking care of our people, who take care of our customers.
  • Minimizing the destruction of the natural landscape and the impact we have on the environment.
  • Maintaining a safe workplace through safety policies, procedures, and monthly team safety meetings.

Our Guarantees

  • We guarantee all our Design/Build Landscape workmanship for 2 years. To learn more about our warranty click here to contact us.
  • We promise to conduct our operations as safely as possible to ensure a safe work environment for everyone.
  • We promise to manage our business practices in an environmentally conscious, sustainable manner.
  • Our industry-educated and certified team will always provide you with the most current, research-backed information, to help you make the best decisions for your green space.
  • Timing is important: We will always keep you informed of when your job will start, and end.
  • Money is also important: We promise to fully disclose all job costs, and will never surprise you with an unexpected bill.

Community Involvement

Since inception, Shades of Green has been participating in community initiatives and always strives to give back. The video on this page includes two of the events in which we have participated while the song is written and performed by Joe Palmieri during Edible Trees tree planting event.

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  • Services: Design/Build & Tree Care
  • Crews: 3
  • Specialties: 12
  • Legacy: Third Generation Landscapers