Lake Forest, IL Landscape Architects and Designers

Professional landscaping anchors a house to the site, connects it with the environment and creates a welcoming entrance to a home. A Lake Forest landscape architect or designer works with living plants as well as building materials to design for future growth and maintenance as well as the present visual appeal. Landscape architecture is very regional, so look for a landscape designer in Lake Forest, IL that’s familiar with the local climate and plant types that do well there. Start here to learn more about the landscaping services in Lake Forest, IL that will help create your dream garden. More
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To Chicagoland homeowners, we are the partner that creates the beautiful landscape of your dreams and enables the...
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Lake County's Premier Landscape Design Firm
Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc. is a full service landscape architecture and design firm specializing in...
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The Barn Nursery has been designing and installing landscapes in Chicagoland for over 50 years. We are licensed...
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Our 58 years of success comes from our dedication to building long-term relationships with our clients. Whether... Read More
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  • 9 miles from Lake Forest, 2 projects in Lake Forest
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Blanford Design specializes in creating landscapes worth framing. We develop masterplans for your property and...
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  • 15 projects in the Lake Forest area
Based in Lake Bluff, Illinois, Wright Landscaping has served clients along the North Shore for over 25 years. We... Read More
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Apple Landscaping is a full-service landscape design and construction company that offers vision, craftsmanship,...
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Our talented staff of designers can make your plans come true for a new or revitalized outdoor living space. We...
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  • 12 projects in the Lake Forest area
NLH Landscape Architects is an award winning woman owned landscape architectural firm in the Chicagoland region.... Read More
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  • 6 miles from Lake Forest, 1 project in Lake Forest
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The Barn Nursery has been designing and installing landscapes in Chicagoland for over 50 years. We are licensed... Read More
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Futurity is a full-service landscape architecture firm that designs, builds and restores creative landscapes for... Read More
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  • 22 miles from Lake Forest, 1 project in Lake Forest
Our talented staff of designers can make your plans come true for a new or revitalized outdoor living space. We... Read More
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  • 11 miles from Lake Forest, 1 project in Lake Forest
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Arrow. Land + Structures
Landscape Architects and Designers in Lake Forest, IL
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Marilyn's Dreamscapes L.L.C.
Landscape Architects and Designers in Lake Forest, IL
"Marilyn could not be more courteous, patient and knowledgeable about her profession. She has an excellent eye for design of both landscapes and hardscapes and we could not be more thrilled with the end product of her work. She is very hands on, will work to keep costs down, and always has a smile on her face. You won't be dissappointed with the result if you work with Marilyn. Guaranteed!"
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don fiore company, inc.
Landscape Architects and Designers in Lake Forest, IL
"We have worked with The Don Fiore Company for 3 years. We have been very impressed by the knowledge about landscaping as well as hardscape by Don and Lisa. They have stood behind the new plants that did not do well. They have done an exceptional job of choosing flowers and shrubs appropriate for different sections of our yard. They have done both new plantings and weekly maintenance for us."
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Schmechtig Landscapes
Landscape Architects and Designers in Lake Forest, IL
"We had a great experience with Schmechtig. They listened to our needs, created a plan for us, and executed it to perfection. The entire staff was extremely professional and I look forward to working with them again in the future."
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Wright Landscaping
Landscape Architects and Designers in Lake Forest, IL
"Jason and his crew do an excellent job. Jason is incredibly easy to communicate with, very flexible and has excellent design ideas. His crews show up when they say they will and we have been very pleased with his landscape design and maintenance. I highly recommend."
- Wendy Bremen
Architectural Gardens, Inc
Landscape Architects and Designers in Lake Forest, IL
"Architectural Gardens and its principal, Margaret Morrissette, live up to their motto, “Fine Gardens Design & Instillation”. Not only is their work outstanding but their expertise is unmatched. They are able to translate what you tell them into a practical, cost effective and beautiful work that stands out year after year. She and the firm are beyond comparison and highly recommended since they do something that others have forgotten-THEY LISTEN and DELIVER!"
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NLH Landscape Architects
Landscape Architects and Designers in Lake Forest, IL
"I have had the pleasure of working with Nancy and NLH since 1997. I work with Nancy as an independent hardscape contractor. Nancy's attention to detail is second to none. She routinely produces fantastic designs and coordinates their installation beyond the expectations of her clients. Nancy puts her clients and their budgets first. Her knowledge of materials and installation techniques sets her apart from many lesser Landscape Architect's. I would recommend Nancy to my closest of friends and family! Heath Frey Hirsch Brick and Stone Park City, IL www.hirschbrick.com"
- Hirsch Brick and Stone
The Barn Nursery Landscape Design & Architecture
Landscape Architects and Designers in Lake Forest, IL
"From our first meeting with Tom Kusmerz, The Barn Nursery, we were sold on working with that company and looked no further. Through conversation and walking around on our property, Tom was able to create a hardscape design concept that we just loved. Our retaining wall was failing and we needed to redesign the whole thing. With his help we chose natural stone that blended well with our existing house brick and pool decking and gave us both the color and natural look we were after. Tom worked with our pool and concrete contractors so everything on our project was done in the right order and no one had to wait on someone else. With Tom's design on our retaining wall and how the base materials were installed, we were able to reduce the costs of our concrete decking repair by half of the original bid and we have a beautiful, natural looking retaining wall that will last forever. The crews working on our project from The Barn Nursery were great. I looked forward to their arrival every morning. They were neat, efficient, friendly and very hard working. I could tell that they really took pride in their workmanship and the job came out beautifully. My family and I look forward to their return in the spring to help us with our plantings. It was a truly great experience working with this company and we couldn't be happier with the outcome."
- jamiegrubich
Culliton Quinn Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architects and Designers in Lake Forest, IL
"Working with Culliton-Quinn is a great honor! I have worked with them on numerous projects over the last six years. Their design work is always unique and very creative. Both Brian Culliton and Tony Quinn are committed to making sure each client's garden is stunning. They are on site regularly to make any necessary adjustments and make sure every final detail of the garden is perfect. Their clients always are impressed!!! Alan Watkins Clarence Davids & Company"
- Alan Watkins
Futurity, Inc.
Landscape Architects and Designers in Lake Forest, IL
"We hired Futurity to do a landscape review of our historic property located in Princeton, NJ. We wanted to protect the integrity of the original gardens, while at the same time create a plan that would bring the gardens into the 21st century. David Bier of Futurity was at the helm of the project from the first meeting. He has an uncanny eye for color and dimension and an amazing understanding of landscape engineering. Under Dave's direction, Futurity solved a severe drainage problem that was undermining the vitality of the original gardens. Once he solved the drainage issue, Dave and his team worked with us closely and carefully ti choose the best planting materials for the yard. Dave took three acres of neglected gardens and turned them into a masterpiece of individual areas that are beautiful on their own, but that likewise flow from one into the other to create a cohesive and very, very lovely whole.. I've worked with many landscape architects over the years. Dave and Futurity are the absolute best."
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What does a landscape architect do?


The work of this outdoor professional includes most everything surrounding a home's exterior. A landscaping architect can even work with the home architect to choose the right spot for your Lake Forest, IL house. From there the Lake Forest landscaper will develop preliminary concepts for your front or backyard design based on individual needs including the climate and activities that will take place, as well as layouts and planting plans. Landscape architects will also design any structures or outbuildings that will be added to the space. Any grading changes that will be added to the yard are also the responsibility of the architect. This includes any drainage modifications. An engineer can also be responsible for these tasks, but licensed Illinois landscapers are fully capable. Like building architects, they will produce preliminary concept drawings as well as detailed construction documents and planting plans. Three-dimensional renderings and illustrative plans are all supplementary.

What does a landscape designer do?


A Lake Forest landscaping designer generally will have ecological, aesthetic and technical training, which helps them maximize the potential of your outdoor space. Keeping in mind both style and functionality, garden designers analyze your architecture and yard to produce a plan that may or may not include location and materials for walkways, patios, water features, fences, garden aspects and more. In addition, a landscaper in Lake Forest, IL will carefully assess your geographic region to choose plants, trees and flowers that will flourish naturally, as well as address concerns such as drainage, screening and soil conditions. Certain landscape designers only help with the planning portion, while some may deliver the plans and then oversee a hired landscaping contractor. Others — typically following a design-build approach — take care of both the design and all aspects of the landscape architecture and construction.

Before you hire an Illinois professional landscaper, consider the scope and emphasis of your outdoor project. Landscape architects, who typically hold advanced degrees in their field, are trained to develop comprehensive structural plans that include plants, hardscaping, water use, drainage and more. Landscape designers typically specialize in the aesthetic and horticultural, rather than structural, side of yard and garden planning. They might or might not have advanced training. Even within their fields, a garden designer may specialize in hardscape- or vegetation-focused designs. In some cases you might need to hire additional help to get the outdoor space you want. Here are some related professionals and vendors to complement the work of landscape architects & landscape designers: Landscape Contractors, Garden & Landscape Supplies, Tree Services, Gardeners, Lawn Care & Sprinklers, Decks, Patios & Outdoor Enclosures.

Questions to ask prospective landscapers in Lake Forest, IL:


  • Can you provide me with references?
  • How long have you been in the landscaping business?
  • What is your certification?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • How much do you charge, and what does that include?
  • What regions and climates are you skilled in?
  • Can you accommodate my special requests (such as ADA or LEED)?
  • What types of renderings will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When can you complete this project?
  • What do your services include?
  • Who will be working on the project design?
  • What happens when costs exceed budget, whether due to materials or labor pricing changes? What about changes made by the client or by the professionals — what kinds of situations would cause those costs to be incurred?
  • Can you provide me with a written estimate?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any important considerations or concerns that you know of or that might come up in the future with this project?

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