About beautiful, functional, kind to the Earth landscapes
Each of our landscapes are part of the bigger landscape called Earth. Since 90 percent of the Earth’s land is privately owned, every landscape, every plant matters. Knowing this, our goal is to design aesthetically pleasing, functional landscapes while
- Providing healthy landscapes for people and pets.
- Providing wildlife habitat and green corridors (connections to larger habitat areas).
- Protecting ecosystem services (these are the services nature provides to us for free and are required for our survival )
- Providing stormwater solutions for cleaner water, less flooding.
- Reducing pollution (water, air, light, pesticides, noise, invasive plants)
- Improving and protecting soils.
- Using locally available, recycled and/or renewable resources.
- Including some of your existing plants and edible gardens.
- Incorporating your goals, budget, style
About Denise Sandoval, landscape designer and owner
Denise started this business in 2005, after completing her Horticulture degree in landscape design and making the great career change leap from software engineering. Since day one, it became her mission to blend local ecology, water and habitat conservation, and other sustainable elements with great design.
She’s been gardening with native plants, performing prescribed burns, volunteering at restoration sites, and collecting native seed for over 18 years. She’s also grown many vegetables & herbs from seed. She worked at both The Natural Garden’s native plant retail nursery and The Conservation Foundation as a Conservation@Home assistant. She’s been a Wild Ones Greater DuPage board member for 17 years, DuPage Monarch Project Board member, and coordinated an environmental club at her local grammar school for 7 years. The natural world is still her inspiration and greatest teacher.
Why Native Plants ?
All plants are not equal when it comes to supporting wildlife, improving soil and water, reducing pollution, and many other benefits.