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History

In 1988, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. was created to provide landscape, design-build, and maintenance services throughout Chicago-land.  Started in Chicago in Jack’s home in the Roscoe Village neighborhood, in 1989 we moved to Cicero in the western suburbs and expanded our operations. We quickly grew and changed the focus to naturalized landscapes and then to ecological restorations and stewardship. We also started growing native plants for our own installations which evolved into Pizzo Native Plant Nursery LLC. In 1999, we moved to our current location on 40 acres in Leland, IL. The site has 32.5 acres of remnant prairie and wetland, which Jack placed a conservation easement on to permanently protect it. This little slice of nature sits among 22,000 acres of production agriculture. It has become an oasis for migratory birds and monarch butterflies. The property is a laboratory, we have used it to understand restoration, stewardship, and propagating native plants.

 

In 2002, Jack and his family moved to Clare, IL, after purchasing 40 acres comprised of farmed wetland and built a home there. He restored it to prairie and wetland. It is a thriving ecosystem now. Jack also placed 37 of the 40 acres in a conservation easement to permanently protect that land. This little slice of nature sits among 38,000 acres of production agriculture. It too has become an oasis for migratory birds and monarch butterflies.

 

In 2004, the logo was redesigned to include the Monarch Butterfly. Highlighting the Monarch is our way of bringing attention to the loss of habitat which is causing a decline in their population and the need for restoring their habitat. Butterflies go through a complete metamorphosis and there are four stages: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, adult. There are four stages to restoration: design, grow, build, management, and those represent the four companies of the Pizzo Group.

ecology + vision, llc

ecology + vision, llc is a professional firm focused on offering ecological consultation and sustainable design solutions to municipalities and established professional design firms through our unique Greenline® review service and pre-construction & post-construction ecological services.

In addition, ecology + vision, llc also offers full sustainable landscape architecture services. With over a decade of award-winning experience as professional consultants and professional ecological contractors, ecology + vision, llc. was formed to offer a rare perspective to municipalities and established design professionals on the successful implementation of natural areas into their next project by providing field-tested insight as to what works both on paper and in the field.

Our staff consists of registered landscape architects and ecologists specializing in native plants, naturalized landscapes and ecosystem restoration that can work seamlessly alongside your professional staff. We provide ecological consultation, sustainable design, and planning services to a variety of clients that include landscape architects, civil engineers, schools & universities, development teams, private and public landowners, city, county, state, and federal government agencies, homeowners associations, property managers, golf courses, corporate campuses, and non-profit organizations.

See Consulting + Design for ecology + vision’s services.
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Pizzo Native Plant Nursery, LLC

Pizzo Native Plant Nursery, LLC is a wholesale native plant nursery located in Leland, IL. We specialize in native plug species from the midwest region and are known as an established and reputable grower of local ecotype plants. Our plugs are guaranteed to be well hydrated and fully rooted to ensure long-term survivability when planted in the landscape, on a green roof, urban garden, riparian, roadside, golf course and in ecological restoration applications.

The nursery has expanded over the years to accommodate the growing native plant market and our product line includes over 400 species of native plants. We are proud to provide quality products that result in the creation of sustainable landscapes. True to our principles of doing no harm, sincerely pursuing maintenance and restoration of ecological functionality, and striving to provide a consistently better product, Pizzo Native Plant Nursery does not use Neonicotinoid pesticides on any of our crops.

 
See Native Plant Nursery for more information.
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Pizzo & Associates, Ltd.

Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. offers all aspects of the creation and restoration of natural areas. We provide short-term and long-term solutions to problems such as design, consulting, permitting, permit sign off, erosion, invasive species, natural areas installation, natural areas management, prescribed fire, plus more.

 

Our team adds real value with experience-based design, installations done right the first time and comprehensive management.  We will not offer low cost ineffective work. Nature is a cruel and hard teacher. Work with the natural conditions, and you succeed. Work against them and you fail. Experience matters. Our work is an excellent value. We have solutions for you.

See Contracting + Management for more information.

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Native Landscape Contractors, LLC

Native Landscape Contractors, LLC is dedicated to preparing the land and installing native plants and seed without shortcuts and using the highest quality flora from local, reliable sources. We work together with public and private landowners to convert high maintenance, low functioning, chemical intensive landscapes into low maintenance, highly functional natural areas that become home to our native birds and butterflies.

See Contracting + Management for a list of services offered.

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