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
I started my business in 2005 to help others who want their landscapes to be visually appealing and functional for humans, but also “kind to the Earth“. I first discovered the beauty and benefits of native plants after volunteering at a local prairie restoration. After completing my horticulture degree in landscape design in 2003, I made a career change after 16.5 years in engineering, and have never looked back.
I began gardening with native plants in my own yard for 19+ years, performing prescribed burns, installing the first of many rain gardens in 2004, and collecting seed. The natural world is my greatest inspiration and teacher! Prior to starting my business, I worked at The (original) Natural Garden, a local native plant retail-whole nursery, which sadly closed. I was also a Conservation@ Home assistant for 6 years at The Conservation Foundation. I served on the boards of Wild Ones Greater DuPage chapter for 15 years and DuPage Monarch Project.
In 2014, the Hawthorne School Outdoor Classroom I designed received the prestigious “Chicago Wilderness Conservation and Native Landscaping” award. Good-Natured Landscapes LLC is a minority and women-owned micro-business.
I also acknowledge the place I live and work were the sacred homelands of the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi tribes. They were the original stewards, and still have a relationship we must honor and learn from.
Why Native Plants ?
Native plants are the most sustainable plants for our area.