About Designs of April, Inc.
Designs of April began in 2006 offering landscape design and consulting services. It helps Chicago area residential property owners beautify and improve the usefulness of their outdoor spaces with low maintenance designs emphasizing sustainability. Plans include a budget and scale drawings. I work with quality installers to implement the design on time and on budget. I have worked with home and condo owners to order and oversee installation of plants, training owners to maintain them as we complete the installation. Designs of April has designed and provided installation oversight to several community gardens.
Landscape design services will help you identify how everyone in your family can enjoy your outdoor spaces safely. Designs take into consideration activities, special needs, style, color preferences, safety, maintenance and budget.
If you plan to implement the plan in phases, a plan will help you achieve a consistent design concept for the whole property. A landscape plan can save you money, because the thought put into the plan will help you be successful the first time.
Fees for services are negotiable based on the size and complexity of the design, except the site visit fee of $100.00 which covers consulting and an assessment of the area. The site visit fee is applied to the total cost of the landscape design. 1/2 of negotiated design fee is due at the draft design meeting, less the site visit fee, the balance at the final presentation. Additional services such as installation oversight (except to answer questions or check on accuracy), ordering and accepting materials onsite, installing plants or trips to garden centers can be negotiated.
My love of nature began with helping in my father’s gardens, which included our small urban flower garden and an abandoned city lot that he turned into a vegetable garden. I also learned about trees and wild flowers on our walks through the forest preserves near Chicago.
Over the past twenty plus years I've continued to learn, through gardening, volunteer work in community gardens and seminars. My formal education includes classes at Triton College, the Chicago Botanic Garden and Morton Arboretum. I have been designing landscapes for residences and condos in the Chicago area since 2006. Below are highlights of my recent achievements and activities:
- Completed a Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture – Landscape Design & Maintenance from Triton College in 2005.
I am a member of the following organizations:
- Illinois Landscape Contractor Association
- Chicago Botanic Garden
Continuing education includes independent study, attendance at conferences, garden walks and events to remain aware of green industry issues, learn new techniques and new plant introductions. It is a wonderful way to be inspired by plant combinations and materials used in the designs of others.
My residence and garden were included in the Irving Park Historical Society House Walk in 2004. Two of my gardens were included in the 2006 Irving Park Historical Society House Walk. Approximately 500 people attend the walk, which raises funds for the society.
In 2005, three of my containers won 2nd place ribbons in the Chicago Flower and Garden Show Competition.
Landscape design has inspired my interest in photography. I find it helps me to slow down to enjoy the world around me. The photography on this website is mine. I photograph local community events and those photos regularly appear in the Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association (GIPNA) newsletter.
My community service work has included donating my landscape design services, working on community events and more recently, photographing them. I am currently on the GIPNA Board of Directors. I publish a weekly email blast of neighborhood events and manage the Facebook page and website.