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We have searched the country and partnered with the most qualified Landscape Architect in Ontario. Maria Zabehlicky, of Stray's Landscaping Services Ltd.  Over 30 Years in Business and still going.

Award winning Landscape Architect, trained behind the Iron Curtain

Sometimes it can take longer than expected to make a dream a reality. And sometimes it can take years before the opportunity to do just that is available.

Take, for example, the time Maria Zabehlicky had to take before she could start her award winning company, Stray's Nursery and Landscape services ' It took her and her husband Jaromir eight years just to get out of a country where entrepreneurship was no longer allowed. Following that it took a few years of learning the English language and a good number of jobs before Mrs. Zabehlicky could branch opt into her own -specialty.

Mrs. Zabehlicky’s specialty is design in landscaping, from fine rockery work, indoor and outdoor waterfalls, to stone work, court gardens,  fountains and pools. The Polish daughter of a lawyer, she received training in horticulture and landscape architecture at university in Czechoslovakia.

She worked in agriculture research and later worked in parks designing and supervision in Teplice, a spa city. Having been always interested in horticulture and surroundings due to holidays in the mountains prior to the communist government.

Teplice offered the Perfect opportunity to develop her ability. Teplice is situated in a valley, surrounded by mountains, with streams, rivers and mountain lakes, and its natural beauty and old structures offered the chance to work to her potential, a potential realized now by the awards collected for her designs.

The first recognition came in 1974, a scant five years following the opening of the business on a part time basis. Mrs. Zabehlicky took second prize for her water garden in the Spring Flower an Garden Show in Toronto. More awards followed and 1983 saw Mrs. Zabehlicky be one of eight Canadian designers out of 240 enter the final competition. Stray's Nursery and Landscape Services took the highest award.

Mc Donald’s (Restaurant) really takes care of their landscaping and design so it was quite an honor. I'm fussy enough to want perfection," she said.

With two young boys and an expanding business. The Zabehlicky's moved to a new site, on Highway 9 just east of the Tottenham Road, in 1977. Mrs. Zabehlicky designed their home, the nursery buildings and all of the landscaping on the property.

Many of her customers, such as the Old Mill Restaurant near the Humber River, call annually for her work.

She has worked at some places for eight years and most creations she checks up on two or three years later. At all places she advises and explains to owners about care and upkeep for their landscaped property.

While the majority of work Mrs. Zabehlicky, first started with, was in Richmond Hill, she is now working all over, a fact that relates nicely to the name of the company.


Stray’s is proud to be an award-winning landscape design and installation company, serving Ontario, Canada since 1970. With our talented designers and professional landscape crews, we have both the creativity and the technical expertise to transform your dreams of a beautiful garden into a reality.

Due to admirable taste and professional outlook, the company has flourished. The landscaping personnel take great pride in their work. Many projects have been completed and are a source of pride for Company as well as for the client. Since 1974 our work has been Awarded many times for design and professional workmanship.


-          1974 Best design and workmanship in Ontario

-          1975 First price for design in Ontario

-          1975 Second price for workmanship in Ontario  

-          1983 First price in Ontario

-          1983 Second price in North America (USA & Canada)  

-          2003 Several Awards from the Ontario Government

-          Numerous awards in trade shows (almost every year) 1974-2003

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