How Many Monarchs Have You Seen This Year?

They need habitat, and small sites do matter.  Here is some pretty good information for homeowners, however, I prefer to specify natives only. If everyone put in a garden like this, it would really have great positive impact.

I do see butterflies in the urban gardens and industrial/corporate sites we have been working on.

FYI –  a few more facts.

I was struck once again with the lack of flowers on my back-road drive to Peoria last week.  We can do better. We can replant our native plants. We can co-exist, and we all will thrive when nature thrives.

The best thing we can all do is plant more habitat – more natives!




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I love this garden.  Last I checked, the building was still for sale.

(I think I have upgraded my phone six times since this video….  Please forgive the limitations of 2012 smartphones!)


Schematic Sketch for a Bungalow

This Bungalow on Chicago’s Northwest Side has a front yard needing some redefining, replanting, and re-shaping.  The Schematic Sketch included a design, recommendations for maintenance and reconstruction of a retaining wall, and an opinion of cost.  The client can now budget the next steps, and can use the sketch and example pictures to communicate to future contractors.

Services included a site visit and meeting with client, the design, recommended materials and plants, and an opinion of construction cost.

The plants are all natives, and will attract many birds and butterflies to this urban garden – perfect for the client, who is a real nature lover!

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United Church of Rogers Park Teaching Garden

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