Assessing a Natural Area

Monitoring flora
Monitoring flora

Successful ecological restoration begins with properly assessing a site. What kind of plants and animals are there? What is the topography? Is there water and how does it move? Walking a site and being immersed in it allows ecologists, landscape architects, and planners to get to know its special characteristics and how to maximize resources to restore its natural beauty. Sometimes, we find threatened and endangered species or particularly valuable remnant ecosystems. Read More…

Green Infrastructure: Ensuring Success with Native Plants

A successful native bioswale
A successful native bioswale

An increasingly important approach to water quality improvement, green infrastructure projects such as rain gardens, bioswales, and retention basins, are successful when they function properly and are aesthetically pleasing. Let our expert landscape architects and ecologists at ecology + vision, llc help you enhance your project with curated plant lists, detailed specifications and measurable performance criteria. Together, we can create a beautiful, high functioning project that will last for years to come. Read More…

Plan It Right: Design Services

Z:Project FilesE-111006-P-LAKEDwgXR-RP-01.0306.2012 Park (1)Each project is unique and offers its own challenges and rewards. Designing it right from the beginning provides a solid framework and plan for execution. Our professional ecologists and landscape architects bring a wealth of knowledge of our native ecosystems to your project. Let us help you build a sustainable solution using native plants that have evolved to thrive in your conditions.  Read More…

Jenna Whalen Joins ecology + vision, llc

jenna_whalenWe are pleased to welcome Jenna Whalen, ASLA as our newest Design Associate at ecology + vision, llc. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a BLA in Landscape Architecture, Jenna has worked on both large and small scale projects for eight years at Mariani Landscape before joining the team at ecology + vision. She is very active in the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, serving as Fellowship Chair. Her responsibilities include planning the annual Oktoberfest and Holiday Spritzer Events among other happenings.  She encourages everyone to come!

A resident of LaSalle County, Jenna is very excited to dive into the world of ecological restoration and native landscaping. She looks forward to creating exciting new spaces and restoring natural areas to beauty and function. You may reach Jenna at or 815-570-1488.

The Path Less Traveled (Turf Magazine)

2014-turfmag-path-less-traveled“Jack Pizzo doesn’t want to be regarded as your typical “landscaper.” Nor does he claim to be a visionary. But a growing number of clients are convinced he is pointing the industry in a better direction in terms of working with the environment..

Pizzo’s first steps into professional landscaping began typically. He started down the conventional path of landscaping after earning a degree in ornamental horticulture. However, he says he frequently felt the industry was not in tune with the environment. It wasn’t until he worked with a client who wanted wildflowers returned to his woods that he realized he wanted to go in a different direction than most in the industry…” Read more at Turf Magazine.