Designer for a Day: The first step in creating a beautiful native landscape

Are you interested in renovating your outdoor spaces or integrating native plants into your landscape? ecology + vision’s Designer for a Day program is ideal for people who are not sure where to begin. Let us provide trusted native landscape advice and insight by creating a customized conceptual design that you can implement over time on your own or working with a contractor.

Graceland Cemetery

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

Pine Dunes

Native Landscape Contractors, LLC is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of this 310-acre project for the Illinois Tollway and Lake County Forest Preserves while ecology + vision, llc is conducting 5-year monitoring and reporting. The project began in 2013 as we worked with a general contractor to begin to restore this natural area.

Patterson Technology Center

Patterson Technologies is a national company providing software solutions, equipment, and supplies to serve the dental health care profession. The design of their new corporate office building gives workers a flexible and sustainable work environment aligned with the company’s brand of being a trusted partner to healthcare providers.

Village of Montgomery Basins

Since 2007, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. has been the Village’s Native Landscape and Water Quality Maintenance Contractor and is charged with maintaining the Village‐controlled basins and naturalized areas. The stewardship program focuses on sustainability and the overall aesthetic of each site within the village.

Resource Bank

This branch of Resource Bank in Shabbona, Illinois embraced their natural landscape and contracted ecology + vision, llc to create a master native landscaping plan for their property. Pizzo Native Plant Nursery, LLC supplied the plugs for this project and Native Landscape Contractors, LLC implemented the plan. Resource Bank of Shabbona now has its own piece of prairie.

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.