GOLD Award!

We are thrilled to announce our project is being honored with a GOLD AWARD in ECOLOGICAL PLANTINGS from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. The ceremony is in January at the iLandscape Show, but we could not wait to share the happy news!
Here is a link for a full screen view, or see below:

Re-Ecology. I made up a word.

It is true. I made up a word. Re-Ecology.   I used to dream of oceans of nature surrounding corporate buildings and parking lots in the suburban phenomenon called The Office Park.  Park? If it is a Park, it must be healthy for birds, bees, and butterflies, right?  Well, not so in the typical situation.

Really?

Really.  The landscape contracting industry typically does things a certain way in these places, especially around the Chicago metro area.  Regular fertilizer, weed killer, pre-emergent weed killer…. irrigation, mowing, blowing, shearing…. You get the picture. There is a lot of work going on. (And, by the way, you are paying for it!)

With all this work, one would think these spaces might support a healthy environment.  Do they?
There are endless literature and studies and metrix on this topic, but the short answer is NO.  Typically, these conventional landscapes are comprised overwhelmingly of non-native plants, a very limited palette of plants, and sustained with chemicals and irrigation.  This is not conducive to all the ecological services we should be getting from our landscapes!

I do it differently. I know you know that because you are here, and it is likely you saw a video of the Monarchs or two….. So magical!
Anyways, there was no word for what I wanted to do.  So, I made one up. Re-Ecology.  Please take a look.

Monarchs…. more than I could count

The weather may be bleak and cold today, the temperatures cold, and the sun setting soon….. but back last summer, I had an extraordinary time with these Monarchs visiting my project.

YES!

MORE THAN I COULD COUNT!

and it went on for a couple months……..  It is true.

If we build it, they will come. But we shan’t wait too long….. The time is now!