Organic Landscape Design
We create sustainable landscapes that reconnect you with nature.
There is no perfect formula for sustainable landscape design, but one thing is for certain: the choices we make today affect our world tomorrow.
Every organic landscape we design or install is done so in a manner that is respectful to you and to the environment. On a micro level, the environment is your property and the neighborhood around you. We strive to be professional and courteous, minimizing any impact or inconvenience. On a macro level, we are talking about the earth. We source our materials locally, operate efficient equipment whenever possible, and stay on top of the most responsible construction practices to lighten our footprint.
The end result is a landscape that looks good and feels good: environmentally responsible, aesthetically stunning, and completely custom to your lifestyle.
“Marc created a wonderful design that fulfilled a vision we had had but had not been able to realize. His creativity, quick understanding of our wishes, and warmth made him a great partner in installing beauty that should last some time.”
- Elizabeth, Chicago
Sustainable Landscape Design Consultation
At the initial design consultation, we will walk the site with you and listen to your needs, wants, and objectives for the project. We discuss your preferences (style, plants, materials, and budget range), and begin to formulate solutions based on what we see. We will present our designs and proposals in one of three ways:
Proposals are created for less complex projects—such as sod, mulch, and drainage—that can be adequately described for clear understanding in a written document. These do not require drawings or permits of any kind.
For more complex projects, a retainer is agreed upon for the development of a concept and budget, followed by a final plan and proposal for installation. This is a commitment to the design process with Greenwise, and allows us to fully explore design options and present a well thought out plan that is both beautiful and functional.
For projects that require a long-term plan to guide a phased installation, a design fee is determined. Greenwise then develops concepts, budgets, and phasing options. When the direction and vision of the plan is followed over time, the completed project will come together as cohesive and unified.
Organic Landscape Installation
At Greenwise, our organic landscape installation work is driven by sustainability. We start by taking inventory of the plants, soil, sun exposure, and other ecological components of your site, so that we can make the wisest choices and select the best materials for your landscape. Here are some examples of the work we do:
- Evaluating site hydrology and proposing effective storm water solutions, such as permeable paving, rain gardens, and rain collection systems to direct runoff and maximize water usage on site
- Placing plants, trees, shrubs, and structures that provide shade in summer, redirect harsh winter winds, and reduce energy costs for your home or building
- Preserving mature trees, enhancing native habitats, encouraging mutually beneficial species, and discouraging invasive species
- Using locally sourced, energy efficient, repurposed, or recycled materials
- Incorporating native plants that are not only beautiful but well-suited and adapted to our climate
Meet our team
Marc's interest in creating a greener environment and concern for the health and safety of his own dog led him to begin an organic lawn care company. Marc started small, but made an immediate impact by using only organic, natural, and safe lawn care products. Marc has grown his team over 10+ years, and each hire shares his passion for the environment.
As a boy, surrounded by German gardens and plantsmen, Sandro's love of plants came early and naturally. He was inspired to formally study horticulture by the beauty he saw in the gardens at Muskau Park, and received a Masters of Science in Horticulture from Freie Universität Berlin, one of Germany's leading research universities. For the past 13 years, Sandro has gained experience in landscape design and landscape construction management, bringing a wealth of plant and construction knowledge to our landscape design process.
Christoph "Chris" Odenthal
Christoph received his MA in Landscape Architecture from the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany in 2018 while designing private gardens for his own firm. While working and studying in Germany and Italy, he won numerous prizes and honors, including a scholarship from the German government (Deutschlandstipendium) for his outstanding accomplishments in Urban Design.
Early on, Chris completed a landscaping apprenticeship that taught him practical and creative approaches to open space design that greatly influence his work as a designer today. Now, Chris specializes in sustainable, climate-friendly design while emphasizing creative ways to integrate water into urban and public spaces.
Tim is a leader in the industry, thanks to his work as a registered landscape architect and his years of design-build experience. While practicing his craft, he also taught landscape architecture for several years at Kansas State University. You can trust him with any size project, from small planting designs to sophisticated, engineered water systems.
Brennan’s inspiration for landscape design comes from his background in art & design with a focus on painting. For several years he worked at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where he cultivated his passion for landscape design. He began as a paid intern and was quickly hired as an assistant horticulturist where he supervised landscape maintenance crews, as well as designed, installed and maintained the Garden’s stunning annual displays. Brennan’s background also includes working in the private sector for a design-build firm and finally landing here at Greenwise to help us continue creating beautiful, sustainable landscape designs.
As a girl, Heather had dreams of being an architect—only to realize that our world is already built up, and that urban sprawl has gone too far. She merged her love of design with her interest in gardening, finding a new sense of responsibility for the environment. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture with an emphasis in Landscape Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has dedicated her career to helping clients reclaim the outdoors.