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    Professional Glencoe IL Landscaping Services

    Residential Landscape Designers, Installers & Maintenance Contractors

    If you’re looking for a proven, experienced landscape designer to help create a one-of-a-kind outdoor living spaces in your Glencoe, Illinois yard, turn to the landscape architects at Van Zelst. Since 1979, we’ve been working with clients in Glencoe and the surrounding areas to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, designing landscape and hardscape plans that are perfect for entertaining a crowd or enjoying a quiet cup of coffee on a beautiful spring morning.

    Whether you’re bursting with ideas, photos and bookmarks of flowers, trees, stone samples or even hardscape materials, or you’re honestly a bit overwhelmed by the whole process and don’t quite know where to begin, Van Zelst’s landscape designers can help guide you every step of the way. We’ll sit down with you and find out more about your Glencoe home, your needs, your tastes and your lifestyle. Then, we will develop a landscape plan that meets your unique situation—including plans on how to continue to get the most out of your Glencoe landscape throughout the changing seasons—and how we can plan ahead now to make maintenance more effective and less costly.

    Get in touch with us today to discuss your landscape needs.


    Glencoe, IL Backyard Pond

    A Water Feature Brings Layers of Interest to a Glencoe Landscape

    There’s no doubt that water features—like a pond, a waterfall, or even a fountain—are an excellent way to add layers of interest to your landscape. Fountains and waterfalls add the ever-present sounds of moving water, while the still waters of a pond create a serene place where one can contemplate the day and enjoy the play of light and shadows on the water’s surface. The plants that thrive in an aquatic environment have their own unique beauty, and the animals that are drawn to water features—from wild birds to exotic dragonflies—add to the ambiance that a water feature creates in your space.

    Our landscape architects recently completed a landscape plan and installation for clients in Glencoe that included a large water feature as one of its focal points. In this project, our clients wanted to incorporate a naturalistic pond as a way to add a sense of drama to their yard’s existing landscape. With a desire to complement the home’s traditional styling, our landscape designers chose a pond like one Mother Nature would have created, without straight edges or perfect curves.

    Natural bluestone boulders provide a pop of eye-catching color as the pond’s stacked stone retaining wall hardscape merges into landscape. Lush plants line the pond’s shore area while lily pads dot the pond’s surface, creating the perfect spot for a passing butterfly or tiny toad to grab a quick rest.

    Fall Plantings Accent Glencoe Landscapes


    Wanting to carry the bluestone boulders and pops of color throughout their landscape plan, Van Zelst’s landscape designers helped these Glencoe clients to select fall plantings that were as hearty as they were beautiful. Strategically placed crimson mums offer a stunning contrast to the cooler tones of the lavender and other greenery planted around them, and the backdrop of the stone retaining wall—designed and installed by Van Zelst—appears to have possibly predated the property by centuries although it a completely new feature.

    Chicago Botanic Garden Fountaton

    Get Inspired in Glencoe at the Chicago Botanical Garden

    Van Zelst’s landscape designs can be seen throughout Glencoe at the area’s most beautiful homes and estates, as well as at commercial properties, businesses and even the Chicago Botanical Garden, where our work is extensively featured.

    Considered one of the world’s greatest living museums and conservation science centers, in 2015 more than 1,000,000 people strolled through the Garden to learn about and enjoy the beautiful flowers. Open free to the public, a trip to the Chicago Botanical Garden offers both an education and inspiration! Everywhere you turn throughout the garden’s 385 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, you’ll see evidence of Van Zelst’s meticulous attention to detail.

    A walk through the Chicago Botanical Garden is a lovely way to spend an afternoon, and also a great way for homeowners in Glencoe and throughout the North Shore to get ideas for plants, landscape and hardscapes that may be a welcome addition to your own home garden.

    For example, if your tastes run toward a garden landscape with a natural feel, this section of the Garden may pique your interest. Illinois wildflowers in shades of yellow and lilac add a touch of whimsy and wildness to an otherwise manicured brick paver pathway, giving the landscape a more rustic feel than a landscape design with cleaner edges and more tightly confined flower stems. The flowers’ varying height levels, plant density and the wooden and metal fencing all work together to create a peaceful, meadow-like impression—once again, reminding us of how many small details go into creating the perfect landscape design.

    You never know where you’ll find inspiration at the Chicago Botanical Garden! In this water feature area, Van Zelst’s landscape designers intentionally chose plants with spiky foliage to mimic the shapes of the water, creating a sense of cohesion between the landscape and the hardscape.

    Get In Touch with Your Glencoe Landscape Architect

    What inspires you? What does your ideal landscape look like? No matter what you dream, Van Zelst’s landscape architects will be ready to help you make it a reality. Working side-by-side with you, we’ll bring our real-world experience to the table, creating a design plan that incorporates the plants and flowers you love, the place you call home and the way you like to live. Get in touch with us today to set up a time to chat about your landscape needs.

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