About beautiful, functional, kind to the Earth landscapes, using native plants
Let us help you:
- Realize your landscape vision
- Provide food, shelter, nesting areas, clean water and rest stops for wildlife, including pollinators, birds, and butterflies.
- Redirect storm water run-off into a rain garden, rain barrel or a planted area to clean waterways, reduce flooding, move water away from house.
- Eliminate landscape pollution: air/emissions, light, pesticides, noise, invasive plants.
- Improve soils to sequester more carbon, improve storm water infiltration and support underground ecosystems.
- Use locally available, recycled and/or renewable resources.
- Integrate your existing plants if they are healthy, not invasive and meet design goals.
- Reconnect with nature, which often escapes us during our busy, technology driven lives.
- Save money! Reduce the costs of mistakes made when you don’t have a professional plan. Reduce energy costs by warming or cooling your house or outdoor areas with strategically placed plants, and replacing or reducing lawn and irrigation with a sustainable, lower maintenance landscape.
About Denise Sandoval, landscape designer and owner
Denise started her business in 2005 to help others who want their landscapes to be more than just visually appealing and functional for humans, but also “kind to the Earth”. Denise discovered the beauty and benefits of native plants after volunteering at a local prairie restoration, while working on her horticulture degree. She completed her degree in 2003, specializing in landscape design. It was then she decided to make a career change after 16 years in engineering, and has never looked back.
She’s been gardening with native plants in her own yard for 18 years, performing prescribed burns, installing her first of many rain gardens in 2004, and collecting seed. She volunteers at restoration sites and hikes natural areas whenever she can. The natural world is her greatest inspiration and teacher! Prior to starting her business, she worked at The (original) Natural Garden, a local native plant nursery, which sadly closed. She was also a Conservation@ Home assistant for 6 years at The Conservation Foundation. She served on the boards of Wild Ones Greater DuPage for 15 years and DuPage Monarch Project.
In 2014, one of the projects she designed received the prestigious “Chicago Wilderness Conservation and Native Landscaping” award. Good-Natured Landscapes LLC is a minority and women-owned micro-business.
Why Native Plants ?
Native plants are the most sustainable plants for our area.