This nature center in Park Ridge, Illinois was awarded twice in 2007. It received a Silver award in Ecological Plantings from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association and a Conservation & Native Landscaping Award from the USEPA & Chicago Wilderness.
Lakeside Villas Homeowners Association’s stormwater basin got a complete overhaul and is now thriving with native species that supports its shoreline. This project, completed by Pizzo & Associates, was awarded a Silver in Ecological Plantings from the ILCA.
Bambrick Park in Lemont, Illinois was completely re-seeded and now flourishes with native flora. It was awarded the Conservation and Native Landscaping Award from the USEPA & Chicago Wilderness in 2014.
Cantigny Park Prairie won a silver in Commercial Landscape Maintenance from the ILCA. It was awarded to Pizzo & Associates, Ltd.
Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. was awarded a Decade award and a Silver in Commercial Landscape Maintenance award from Illinois Landscape Contractors Association for their work on a stormwater basin at Clare Oaks Retirement Facility.
Illinois Landscape Contractors Association – Decade award/ Gold Award in Commercial Landscape Maintenance awarded to Pizzo & Associates, Ltd.
Chicago, IL — Today, an historic cemetery is breathing new life within its grounds. The trustees of Graceland Cemetery in Chicago wanted to recreate a piece of the tallgrass prairie that once covered much of the region. Native plants and landscapes were an inspiration to O.C. Simonds whose innovative designs made the cemetery into a peaceful, pastoral place.
On an approximately two acre site, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. was contracted to create a pre-settlement prairie. After removing the turf grass, and a summer season prescribed burn, the area was ready to install our custom Low Profile Prairie seed mix. Using hand seeding, we covered the area thoroughly and raked it in for good soil contact.
The first year the annual flowers and cover crop flushed into bloom, quickly creating the feel of a prairie. We then did supplemental seed installation and selected plug planting. Now in its second year, the prairie is lush and inviting. The prairie has become a highlight for the tens of thousands of CTA riders who view from the tracks above.
“I want to say that the prairie planting Pizzo did at Graceland Cemetery in 2014 looks stunning, almost overwhelming, considering it was seeded a little more than a year ago. Everybody who is involved with the project is blown away by how quickly it looked so good. This includes, I’m sure, if I could only hear them, tens of thousands of riders per day on the CTA Red and Purple Lines, who look down into the cemetery on their way to and from the loop.
You have done well by us, and we love working with Pizzo.”
–Ted Wolff, Landscape Architect