News + Events

Catch the Pizzo Group team at one of many industry events discussing native restoration, ecology, prairies, butterflies, rain gardens and more. We also speak at industry conferences and host private lunch-n-learns for organizations by request. If you are interested in having us present to your group, fill out our speaker request form.

Here’s where we will be in the coming months:

May 2018

Nature Walk at The Monte Bello Estate

Thursday, May 31st with start times at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm – Lemont, Illinois

Join us for a nature walk at the picturesque Monte Bello Estate in Lemont, IL

Come explore a newly re-discovered woodland remnant with us in Lemont, IL at The Monte Bello Estate. This amazing wedding venue includes slightly degraded remnant savanna and woodland. These kinds of remnants are very rare in Illinois (for example, less than 0.07% of prairies in the state are considered high quality remnants) but this one is a special find.

On the walk, you’ll see nearly 200 native species and perhaps even a rare bird in a picturesque setting. The walk will be led by Evan Barker, one of our native plant experts. This is a great opportunity to learn more about restoration and what The Pizzo Group can do for you. Light refreshments will be available.

Space is limited. Register here.

July 2018

Going Native: Backyard Native Landscaping

Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 am – Southwest Michigan

Learn the many benefits of “going native” at this seminar

Join Chikaming Open Lands to learn the art and science of creating a sustainable native landscape in your own backyard!

Learn the many benefits of “going native” at the beautiful restored prairie on the lakefront property of Peter and Jeanie Van Nice. Participants will be guided by expert environmental consultant, Jack Pizzo, in sourcing varieties of native grasses and wildflowers, creating a landscape plan, and  selecting suitable native ornamental substitutes for some popular non-native (and potentially invasive) flowers and shrubs. The session includes a walking tour of the Van Nice’s prairie.

Learn more and register here



Past Events

May 2018 

The Pizzo Group Spring Seminar Series:

Six Essential Steps for Planning for Your Next Ecological Restoration Project

Reserve your seat today! Each free seminar is two hours long and is open to the public.

Who Should Attend
The Spring Seminar Series is ideal for all landowners and land managers including HOA Board members, property managers, municipal planners and engineers, private homeowners, landscape architects, and other professionals involved in planning or the management of green and natural spaces.

What You’ll Learn
Whether you are looking to create or manage sustainable landscapes, learn restoration best management practices, manage erosion issues within an HOA, install a native buffer around a community pond, or learn about prescribed fire and other management techniques, the Spring Seminar Series presents a variety of topics aimed to educate and inform.

March 2018

Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Navy Pier
March 14-18 

We’ll be exhibiting at the 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier. Stop by to learn all about native plants, native landscaping, butterfly gardens, rain gardens and more!

Learn more here.

February 2018

2018 IL Condo-HOA Conference & Expo
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center February 23-24  – Booth #224

Stop by The Pizzo Group booth at the IL Condo-HOA Conference & Expo to learn how you can reduce soil erosion around retention ponds, increase the beauty of your neighborhood, reduce the Canada Geese population, increase water quality and lower maintenance costs.

Learn more about the conference here:

December 2017

Join us for our Complimentary Webinar: Native Landscapes and Ecological Restoration 101 for HOAs and Property Managers

When: December 7th, 12:00 PM Central Time
Where: Online

Learn more or register for this complimentary webinar here.

September 2017

Tri-City Garden Club, Presentation by Jack Pizzo: “Supporting Monarchs and Other Native Pollinators”

When: September 12, 2017; 11:00am-1:00pm
Where: Private event for members. Visit their website for more info on membership.

Chikaming Open Lands Eighth Annual Barn Benefit

When: September 16, 2017; 5:00-7:30pm
Where: Granor Farm – 3840 Warren Woods Road, Three Oaks, MI

October 2017

ACTHA 2017 Naperville Conference

When: October 14, 2017; 7:30am-1:30pm
Where: NIU Naperville Campus
Details: Stop by to talk to members of the Pizzo team at this event for property managers, board members and homeowners associations. Learn how we are helping HOAs manage their natural areas and detention basins.

Habitat Makeover – Improving the bird and butterfly habitat on your project

When: October 17, 2017; 3:10-4:10pm
Where: Impact: Building Sustainable Landscapes Conference at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Who: Andy Stahr, from ecology + vision, a Pizzo Group company.

Pizzo Native Plant Nursery End of Year Offer

When: October 19th – 1 pm to 4 pm & October 20th – 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Pizzo Native Plant Nursery – 10729 Pine Road, Leland IL 60531
Details: Take advantage of the opportunity to bring home some of our native plant inventory. We’re offering these exclusive prices to the public for two days only at our Leland, IL location.

2017 Harbor Country Chamber Annual Meeting & Dinner

When: October 25th

5:00-5:45 PM Cash Bar, Appetizers, & Networking
5:45-6:45  Dinner
6:45-7:30  Business Meeting & Installation of New Officers and Directors

  • Year-In-Review and a Look at What’s Planned for 2018
  • Recognize retiring Officers and Directors
  • Welcome New Officers and Directors of the Chamber Board

November 2017

Join Us for ILCA’s 58th Annual Party and Member Meeting

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Where: Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505

Over 300 people attended the 2016 Annual Party including the Board of Directors, Past-Presidents, company owners/senior managers, new members, and ILCA luminaries. It is a great evening of networking, recognizing achievements, food, and BEER!

November Chamber Mixer at Journeyman Distillery

When: November 7, 2017
Where: The Grainery at Journeyman Distillery, 109 Generations Dr, Three Oaks
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Check out Journeyman Distillery’s newest event space — The Grainery — and hear about their upcoming events.

Network with Chamber members , enjoy OCG punch, a cash bar, light appetizers and catch up on Chamber activities. Special members-only offer for an event booking!

Click here to register.

2nd Wednesday Lecture: Before the Flood Film + Panel Discussion

When: November 8, 2017, 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624 United States
Who: Jack Pizzo, MS, PLA, ASLA, ICN: Jack is the founding partner of The Pizzo Group and serves as the President, Senior Ecologist, Landscape Architect, and Nurseryman.

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Garden Club Presentation – Bringing Nature to Your Yard

When: November 9, 2017
Where: Bolingbrook Garden Club Meeting – Location TBD
Who: Jack Pizzo, President of The Pizzo Group

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