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.

Project: Graceland Cemetery

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

Project size: 2.5 acres

Details of our work: When we started the project in 2014, the entire area was lawn. Working with the Cemetery’s Board of Directors and a landscape architecture firm, we collaboratively designed and installed a 2.5 acre prairie with our native seed and native plugs and created a beautiful and functional prairie. Through regular stewardship (maintenance) and prescribed burns, the lawn has been transformed into a thriving natural habitat.

The native plants have attracted native birds, butterflies and other pollinators and is now a main destination for bird watchers in the Chicago area.