The Pizzo Group has earned more than 140 awards

The Pizzo Group 2018 Awards

The Pizzo Group has earned more than 140 awardsThe Pizzo Group of companies has received more than 140 industry awards from professional associations such as Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, The Conservation Foundation, the USEPA & Chicago Wilderness, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Here are the awards we received in 2018:


Award Organization
2018 Graceland Cemetery Prairie Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Gold Pizzo & Associates Ltd with Wolff Landscape Architecture and ecology+vision, llc
2018 HUB Group Headquarters Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Silver Native Landscape Contractors, LLC
2018 UI Labs Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Silver Native Landscape Contractors, LLC with Wolff Landscape Architecture
2018 Oaks of Vernon Hills Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Silver Native Landscape Contractors, LLC
2018 Lakewood Falls Retention Ponds Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Merit Pizzo & Associates, Ltd
2018 Private Residence Lakeside, MI Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Merit Pizzo & Associates, Ltd
2018 Radio Flyer Headquarters Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Merit Native Landscape Contractors, LLC
2018 Stillwater HOA – Book Road Pond Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Merit Pizzo & Associates, Ltd
2018 Augusta Village HOA Stream Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Merit Pizzo & Associates, Ltd

Fall 2019 Seminars: Creating and Restoring Habitat Where YouLive, Work and Play

Creating and Restoring Habitat Where You Live, Work and Play

Bring the birds and butterflies back – get out and enjoy nature!

Join us for an educational seminar that will cover the hows and whys of habitat creation and restoration. We’ll provide audience members with compelling reasons and processes to create their own habitat where they live, work and

Seminar Dates
We are holding this complimentary seminar on various dates and locations throughout the Chicago area and SW Michigan. Learn more.

Late Season Pollinator Partners

With autumn’s arrival, Aster and Goldenrod have taken the stage to not only dazzle with pretty flowers, but also offer rich nectar sources for pollinators. These staples of gardens and natural areas are an important late-season stop for bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, and more. You may have noticed the bright golden flowers of Goldenrods in fields and roadsides. Asters’ small daisy-like blooms come in white, blue, lavender, purple and sometimes pink. They pair beautifully together and with the rich fall color of native grasses.

Many people confuse Goldenrod with Ragweed, but Goldenrod is insect pollinated, so their pollen is heavy and falls to the earth. Ragweed is wind pollinated, so its pollen is light, fluffy, and floats in the breeze, much to allergy sufferers distress. The brilliant yellow flowers of Goldenrod offer a striking late-season show and are a larval host for several moths. There are many species native to our area and you can find them mostly in sunny prairie conditions. However, there are a few Goldenrod that light up in the shade.

b_solcae.jpgBlue Stemmed Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)

A short, elegant goldenrod for part shade situations, Blue Stemmed Goldenrod forms groups of single stems topped by a cluster of bright yellow blossoms. Blooming into October, it does best in average soils and is named for the gray to bluish cast on its stems.





b_solfle.jpgZigZag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

A Goldenrod found in part to full shade, ZigZag Goldenrod thrives in nearly any soil and reaches about three feet high. Its flowers tend to zigzag between the dark green toothed leaves. Its clusters of yellow florets bloom August through October.





Elm-leaved Goldenrod (Solidago ulmifolia)

Wide-spreading panicles of yellow florets appear beginning in July and bloom into October on this Goldenrod. Found in part to full shade, Elm-leaved Goldenrod reaches about three feet in height and does well in average soils.

Asters bloom for months and charm us with their abundant flowers. They are beautiful season extenders in a perennial garden or natural area. Tough and pretty, Asters are host species for numerous moths. There is a broad array of Aster species native to Illinois and you’ll find one suitable for every site.

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Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides)

Heath Aster can be found in sun to part shade in average to dry soils. It explodes into clouds of tiny white flowers all along its stems in August and blooms well into October. Heath Aster has needle-like foliage and a bushy to sprawling habit.

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New England Aster (Symphyotrichum nova-angliae)

Large purple daisy flowers with yellow centers cover New England Aster in late summer. A robust, bushy aster, it can reach around five feet high. New England Aster may also sport lavender or light pink blossoms. It’s commonly found in sun to part shade and tolerates a wide range of soils.

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Short’s Aster (Symphyotrichum shortii)

An aster for part to full shade, Short’s Aster thrives in average to dry soils with good drainage. This makes it a good choice for dry shade situations under trees. It features large light blue or purple flowers that bloom August through October.





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“Green and Natural Spaces: Long-term Management is the Key” in Lexington

Professional Grounds Management Society – Annual Conference – Lexington, KY

On October 17, Jack Pizzo will be presenting Green and Natural Spaces: Long-term Management is the Key at the PGMS Annual Conference in Lexington, KY.

Presentation Summary:
Most people think natural spaces do not require maintenance and once you plant it, you can just walk away. Nothing can be further from the truth. Much like traditional gardens or your home, natural areas also require ongoing maintenance in order for them to perform. Not only do they provide benefits to our ecosystems (pollinators), they can also solve other issues such as drastically reducing soil erosion around retention areas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Your role in the natural spaces and how you can help – at work or at home
  • What are native, non-native, invasive and why it matters to your local ecosystem
  • Understand how planning is an integral part to a good natural area
  • Strategies for an effective management (stewardship) plan
  • Why consistent and ongoing management is key for success

To learn more about PGMS and the annual conference, visit their website.

Peck Farm Park

ecology + vision, llc conducted the conceptual design, design development, and completion of full bidding documents for Geneva Park District’s Peck Farm newly phased 36 acre park. Initial work included converting the existing agricultural field to prairie on the Miller Parcel and a mix of prairie, wet prairie, and savanna ecotypes on the Thompson Parcel. We provided follow-up vegetative monitoring and reporting to ensure performance criteria were satisfied prior to acceptance.

Tinley Park Naturalized Basin Assessments

ecology + vision, llc has conducted detailed inventories of existing vegetation for multiple naturalized basins, all of which are stormwater facilities owned by the Village of Tinley Park. The project includes detailed vegetative inventories, critical analysis regarding the quality of natural vegetation and its distribution throughout the properties, recommendations for ecological restoration, and recommendations for phasing with specific cost estimates for restoration and long-term stewardship.

Panduit Corporate Headquarters

ecology + vision, llc was retained by the project landscape architect to design the native planting areas, including a 1 acre sustainable buffalo grass lawn. Panduit is a global manufacturer and distributor of electrical solutions, their World Headquarters in Tinley Park, Illinois is built to be a model of sustainability and a template for environmental and societal leadership…not just for today, but for future generations.

Chicago Park District Peace Garden Reconstruction

ecology + vision, llc advised the Chicago Park District on revitalization of the Peace Garden landscape, including tree removal recommendations, design, and plant palette. ecology consulted on select tree removals and structural pruning in order to allow dappled light to the understory.