John MacLeod

What a pleasure it has been for me to collaborate with you, Shahnaz, on the design and planting of the gardens of the Matunda Soy Baha’i temple project. 

Your vast experience and knowledge of the flowering trees, shrubs and perennials of Kenya, and of the conditions they require for optimal growth and beautiful, healthy presentation have enabled this Canadian grounded in North America by the pandemic to confidently entrust the preparation of these gardens to your care. 

You have demonstrated a passion for this work and deployed a level of energy that is normally granted only to much younger gardeners! It has been truly delightful to share your vision for these gardens and to collaborate with you through the stages of planning, design and planting. 

Now that the project has been officially inaugurated, I am counting on your expertise in assisting with recommendations for systematic care and maintenance of these gardens. We know full well that this is a critical stage, often neglected, upon which the long-term sustainability of gardens and their lasting beauty ultimately depend.

John MacLeod

Landscape Architect

Professor of Landscape Architecture (retired)

Université de Montréal

Nava Emilia

My husband and I are absolutely in love with our garden thanks to the dedication of Shahnaz. She puts so much love and vision into her work, and pays attention to not only ensuring the garden is beautiful and functional, but that also we have different plants blooming in different seasons. She even paid attention to the main areas of the house from where we’d view the garden to ensure each angle had something unique to offer. We appreciate the personalized touch and expertise of this experienced landscaper and the willingness to adjust to our budget for our garden. Thanks for everything you did. 

Nava Emilia