Highland Park Master Gardeners

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Recent Review: It was a pleasure working with JD from green city gardens. He did a great job on our front and side yards which needed work from scratch.
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Recent Review: It went wonderfully. They really know what they're doing; veryone really knows what they're doing. The bushes look beautiful and when they plant things they are 100% guaranteed. In the past, I have used them to design a whole back garden with a flagstone path. They have also done a lot of tree service for me.
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Recent Review: We were put in touch with Mike through a non-profit due to a medical condition of our son. Between the non-profit and Mike, they donated all of the cost and labor associated with clearing a piece of our land, putting in a compost bin and installing raised beds. To top it off, Mike is going to be building us a chicken coop too! We love the beds (they look AMAZING!) and can't wait to have our own chickens! Thank you for all your hard work Mike!!! We would highly recommend Mike to anyone looking to install a garden they can enjoy for years to come!
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Business Description: Architectural Gardens is an award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance company. We are a full service landscape contractor.
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Recent Review: They are good.  Sean is a very detailed person and very easy to work with.
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Business Description: Garden Dreamscapes is a landscape and garden design company that also offers installation services. Based in Mount Prospect, we serve both residential and commercial clients in the northwest suburban Chicago area. We provide you with quality products and exceptional landscape services. Garden Dreamscapes uses many years of practical gardening and design experience to offer a flexible and personal design service which maximises the potential of your garden. The design service seeks to make the most of your valuable outdoor space for leisure and entertainment so that it becomes an extension of your home. Design and planting schemes are tailored to suit you and the demands of both space and budget. We will help you choose the right plants to match your personality and fit your style. Our firm will create the landscape plans, construct your landscape project and help you maintain your landscape investment for years of enjoyment and beauty.
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Business Description: Ferraro Garden Spot is a retail garden center which is open 12 months a year. Specializing in annuals, perennials, organics, container design, Halloween/fall items, Christmas trees & wreaths, firewood and spring bulbs. We also do weekly landscaping maintenance.
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Recent Review: They installed a still water feature and stone japanese garden area as the first part of our comprehensive garden plan.  There work is excellent.
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Business Description: Unlike many landscape design companies that just sell plant material, we at Beautyberry Gardens work with you from plant selection and consultation to install and maintenance to beautify your living space. Our mission is to create lasting beauty in the garden as well as lasting relationships with our clients.
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Recent Review: Maureen and I began emailing in February, but the weather delayed our first meeting, as there needed to be no snow on the ground for her to see my garden space.  Once she arrived, she listened to what I liked, what I currently had in my garden and we brainstormed ideas.  We walked to two gardens in the area that I liked and talked about them in relation to mine.  Maureen asked great questions and took photos, telling me she would send me a garden plan within two weeks.  True to her word, I received an amazing garden plan!

Reviews Master Gardeners in Highland Park

DFOLIAGE FANTASIES
Although I explained what I wanted, Laury Lewis totaled ignored me. He planted what he wanted to plant in the very expensive boxes he talked us into. He dropped off 25+ bags of potting soil and left them in a pile on my deck for weeks. I had to clean up after him every time he came to do some work. The window boxes were expensive because they supposedly have unique drainage systems. I had to replace all of the soil in all of the boxes this spring because it wouldn't dry out because the boxes don't drain out excess water. I have called the master gardener three times this spring to have him check the boxes, but he has yet to return my calls. He truly does not know what he is doing and is inconsiderate at best. His prices were outrageous particularly given the service you don't get from him.
- Cindy S....
CGarden Keepers
They never gave me a written proposal, which in retrospect was a mistake for both of us. There was no negotiation up front. I accepted the price she gave me, even though it was higher than another bid I had gotten. But she seemed to know about plants, and I was looking to establish a relationship with a company that did more than just "blow and go". It turned out that I thought things were included that weren't. I thought trimming the boxwoods was included. It wasn't. Everything I asked about was an additional charge. I understand that she should charge for add ons, but everything felt like nickel and dimming. I asked if they would take a big pot to the alley, a 15 second walk. Paula said she would have to charge me for that. I was looking for a company who would go the extra mile (in this case 1/8 of a block). At the end, we did a walk through and there were a variety of things that she said they would do that they didn't. After I pointed them out, they addressed each one, but there was tension and it was getting uncomfortable. At a certain point I just wanted them to leave. The lawn still has dandelions and other weeds. They charged $250 for that and I didn't feel that I should have to point out every dandelion and other weeds that they missed. I didn't feel that they were professional, and I would not recommend them.
- Linda H....
AIn & Out Design
My husband and and I love a beautiful garden but we are not gardening enthusiasts. When it came time this year to redo the garden beds in the front of our home, we contacted Mary DiCarlo of In&Out Designs. We could not be more please with Mary and the quality of her services. She came to our home, listened to our needs, and developed a plan that satisfied our desire for beauty without high maintenance requirements. The time from first visit to garden installation was timely. Mary is very personable and knowledgeable and helped to make a project that was originally quite intimidating for us very enjoyable. We are looking forward to enjoying her design and our garden for years to come.
- Kathy S....
AGO NATIVE PROFESSIONAL GARDENING SERVICES
Serena is a terrific gardener and a very hard worker. She has helped design, install and maintain a garden in my large yard. Her ideas are inspirational and very economical. She charges a fair price for her work and earns every penny of it as she tirelessly maintains the garden.
- Mary E....
AFOOTHILLS LANDSCAPING CO
Denise, the gardener, is a pleasure to work with and is a very good teacher! She has done an excellent job designing and improving areas of our garden. We will continue to use Denise for advice, lessons on how to care for plants and for larger garden projects as well.
- Alison H....
ATaylor Made Landscape
Maureen and I began emailing in February, but the weather delayed our first meeting, as there needed to be no snow on the ground for her to see my garden space.  Once she arrived, she listened to what I liked, what I currently had in my garden and we brainstormed ideas.  We walked to two gardens in the area that I liked and talked about them in relation to mine.  Maureen asked great questions and took photos, telling me she would send me a garden plan within two weeks.  True to her word, I received an amazing garden plan!
- Debra W....
AMy Secret Garden Landscaping Design
Joni was amazing! From her attention to detail, on-the-spot knowledge, and willingness to educate novice gardeners, she was incredible to work with! Our garden has been transformed into a beautiful oasis!
- Michelle A....
ADoug's Side Jobs
Doug was outstanding. He and his team did a meticulous job of cleaning my large and very overgrown garden and hosta beds. He was extremely professional and punctual. His quote was very reasonable. I already have other jobs for him to work on! Look forward to working with him again in the near future.
- Kimberly R....
AJoe and Tony Landscaping LLC
Excellent - Design Service, Installation, Craftsmanship and Customer Service. From a farmyard to a beautiful back garden and patio. When we bought our house we inherited an unkempt back garden with poor drainage that became a mucky mess every time it rained. Dan from Joe and Tony Landscaping helped us transform our garden into a functional and beautiful outdoor space. Dan was experienced and knowledgeable and when he came to look at the garden he listened to our requirements and took the time to walk us through his recommendations for our garden. Within a day we had a drawing, video and pricing for the project - the plan was excellent and beautiful. Once we had decided to move forward - Dan's crew of landscapers came in and transformed the garden with ease and professionalism. They had all the machines and resources needed to complete the project in the shortest time frame possible and we are beyond thrilled with the patio and landscaped garden we have now. The project included the installation of proper drainage and the grading of the entire space. Our back garden and patio are beautiful, it was well worth the investment and we would recommend Joe and Tony Landscaping to anyone considering a landscaping project.
- Steven T....
ASalinas Brothers Inc
They have completely stopped the weeds from regrowing and when they leave the gardens are perfectly manicured
- Joseph S....