ROLE OF THE FIRM:
Native Seed, Plug, and Woody Vegetation Installation
Maintenance Planning and Execution
Enhancement Planting and Adaptive Management
When Resource Bank, a premier local banking institution, opened a new branch in Shabbona, IL they decided to make a statement about the company’s community values. The resulting project included contemporary farmhouse architecture, the restoration of a local one-room schoolhouse, and native plant landscaping. Resource Bank hired Native Landscape Contractors, LLC to perform the installation and maintenance of the native plantings.
The primary goal was to implement a landscape that enhanced the bank’s strong rural connection by utilizing native plants in a semi-formal planting structure near the building then filtering to an informal prairie landscape throughout large open portions of the site. Many site challenges were addressed through the installation, such as utilizing a dry-laid natural stone retaining wall to make up for a significant difference in grade between the new bank structure and the one-room school house.
NLC was responsible for the fine grading of the site and minor excavation of the rain garden and bioswale planting areas. Native seed and erosion control blanket was installed within the natural areas and a variety of herbaceous and woody plants were implemented around the building culminating in the execution of a beautiful and ecologically diverse landscape.