Biography

I began life on my grandfather's nursery in Lake Forest, IL. While living at home, I worked in both the landscape contracting and nursery trade for my grandfather and my father in the landscape maintenance service business, where I earned valuable horticultural field experience-and a love for nature. I later brought my design and marketing skills garnered at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Illinois to the table: instituting the professional image that launched my father's tiny lawn mowing service-Mariani Landscape-to the top 100 powerhouse landscape company it is today.

In 2016 I left our family business after 35 years of service to answer what I consider to be a higher calling. My personal concern over the serious trend toward habitat loss and wildlife extinction helped me realize that the landscape industry was actually responsible for a lot of the environmental problems effecting wildlife and the environment; I.E. use/misuse of pesticides, fertilizers, water and other resources, carbon emissions from power equipment, introduction of non-native invasive plant species, etc.

Armed with enough knowledge about native plants and wildlife, I felt I had a great opportunity to reverse this trend simply by utilizing locally native plants in my landscapes...if designed in a more "context-appropriate", socially acceptable manner.

My mission: To exceed both client and environmental requirements by offering aesthetically pleasing, contextually appropriate and functional designs utilizing locally native plants critical to a healthy environment.

"Landscapes for life!" 

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