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VH Gardens

VH Gardens

With over 25 years experience living in and working with tropical gardens on the Canary Islands and in Costa Rica Vivian Hirst has extensive knowledge of plants and trees in hot climates.

Established in 1983 and based near Vale do Lobo, we specialise in the design, construction and maintenance of gardens, patios and water features.

Landscape Garden Design

What do you really want from your garden?

Do you want a new garden or refresh a tired garden? Does your garden need to be low maintenance for a holiday home or a place of tranquil enjoyment for your permanent residence, does it need to be child friendly or an outdoor entertaining space?

Whether you prefer your garden to suit the latest contemporary architectural designs or provide a lush oasis with an Asian ambience, we can help guide you to design, build and maintain your dream garden.

How we work

Our initial meeting will be on site at your garden where we will discuss your ideas and determine the scope of the project. Following our initial meeting we will produce an outline of the project, presenting our ideas with hand drawn plans produced by our qualified and experienced landscape gardener as well as an estimate of costs.

At every stage of the process we welcome your feedback and will work with you to fine tune the design into your dream garden.

Putting it all together

Our landscaping team will begin by clearing and cleaning the site of any debris or other material that may be detrimental for your garden. Then we begin installing the garden infrastructure e.g. supporting walls, paths, rocks, terraces, irrigation system piping, garden drainage, garden lighting and water features.

With the infrastructure in place the planting can begin and your garden begins to take shape. Vivian closely supervises this critical aspect of the project personally selecting all the plants, trees and planting positions.

Final touches

Once the planting is complete we will carry out a handover with a walk through of your new garden features including instruction on the lighting and irrigation systems where necessary.

We will guarantee the plants in your garden for 12 months if maintained by ourselves.

Garden Maintenance

Our experienced, well equipped maintenance team will visit your garden weekly to keep it looking it's best. We will also test your irrigation system to make sure it is working properly, crucial during the hot summer months.

From large gardens to small patios

We are also able to look after smaller patio gardens and those that may not have an irrigation system. We can visit twice a week during the hotter summer months to keep your patio plants thriving.

Garden maintenance services

We carry out regular garden maintenance tasks, such as:

  • Lawn cutting
  • Weeding, pruning and plant care
  • Regular irrigation system checks

Annual and occasional tasks, for example:

  • Seasonal replanting for your patio and garden
  • Pine tree cleaning or thinning
  • Tree removal
  • Verticut lawn treatment to keep your lawn green and lush
  • Spraying for garden pests
  • Applying fertilisers and organic manures

Areas we cover

We cover Almancil, Loule, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo, Vila Sol and surrounding areas.


Contact us


V H Gardens Apartado 3094, Almancil 8135-902, Portugal 
Vivian: +351 917 813 499, Nick: +351 913 135 892




Contact us

 V H Gardens Apartado 3094, Almancil 8135-902, Portugal 

Vivian: +351 917 813 499, Nick: +351 913 135 892