Graceland Cemetery

Pizzo & Associates, Ltd completed a turf-to-prairie transformation at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago and the results are incredible. Starting in 2014, we worked with an landscape architecture firm and the Cemetery’s Board to create a beautiful prairie that is now home to birds, butterflies, and other native wildlife.

Project: Graceland Cemetery

Pizzo company: Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. (installation and stewardship); ecology+vision, llc (interpretive signage)

Project size: 2.5 acres

Details of our work: When we started the project in 2014, the entire area was turf grass. Working with the Cemetery’s Board of Directors and a landscape architecture firm, we collaboratively created a 2.5 acre prairie with our native seed and native plugs to create a beautiful prairie. Because of the presence of the native prairie, the Cemetery is now home to birds, butterflies and other pollinators as well as a main destination for birders all around the Chicago area.

Written by Pizzo Group

The Pizzo Group is a family of four companies that restores ecosystems and provides sustainable landscape solutions that are both beautiful and functional. We do this at any job site, any size project and within any ecosystem. Our processes are collaborative and range from design through implementation.