Well, and coffee.gratitude and coffee.

Mostly the gratitude, though, because we get to do the absolute best job in the world. We know that with every design we draft, every project we kickoff, every native we plant … we are solving a problem that desperately needs solving.

Controlling the chaos of the natural world without smothering it. Creating beauty within city limits without limiting the human environment.

In other words: we’re passionate about creating urban spaces in step with nature™

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Our Goal: Natural Harmony

We realize that any efforts we make on behalf of nature are but a drop in the bucket. Yet that drop may be bigger than you think.

With honesty, integrity, innovation and communication, we can enlarge that drop. Perhaps one day, it will become a stream, joining with others who believe as we do until it becomes an ocean.

 

Point being? Real change is possible.

(Also, we’re obviously really into water. Just saying.)

Our cities are centers of industry, thriving hubs of human accomplishment and innovation.

Culture swirls from the doorways of museums and cafes, living rooms and dance studios, colleges and community centers.

Despite this, we as a species haven’t yet perfected living in harmony with our surroundings. It is a subtle art, and the citizens of Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis … well, you get the picture … are no exception.

That doesn’t mean we can’t do our best to help, though.

We take an approach of controlled chaos, creating natural beauty and synergistic relationships within the urban jungle.

Decades of ecological design experience, backed by science.

… not to mention fueled by the kind of enthusiasm normally reserved for hockey games or deep-dish.

It’s not in our nature to bluff. Well, except in poker. (Who says you can’t win Hold’em with a pair of 7s?)

When it comes to the environment, though, we’re the real deal. We have years of experience beginning with lakeshore management, progressing through urban landscaping and green roofing, and emerging into full-fledged ecological design.

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Holistic Strategies

Ecogardens seeks every possible opportunity to protect our native species and water tables, transform barren zones into lush landscapes and preserve the only planet we have.

… Quit bitching, you Mars One folks. As of now, it’s still true.

Whether you want to collaborate on a project or are curious to learn more about our products and systems, we’d love to tell you more about our holistic strategies for naturalizing the urban environment.

Call or email, and if we can’t answer immediately, we’ll do so as soon as possible. Right after the pizza.

To do so, we follow a clear vision and always strive to live within our values.

Hopefully, you share some of that vision and at least a few of those values. Let’s find out …

Our Vision

At Ecogardens, we are charged to find the solutions that make the world a better place. Now, we know the expression “make the world a better place” is worth about as much as a piece of penny candy these days. But we actually have a plan for doing it.

See, our goal is and always has been to change the perception of our place in the world. Too often, the issue is cast as Us Versus Ecology, but that’s not the case. It’s not a zero-sum game; when we live and move in time to nature, everyone wins.

(Especially the ducks and squirrels. Because they just really like our green roofs.)

That is exactly our vision: to help create a world where that’s not only possible, but commonplace.

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Reshaping Form + Function

We do not believe that an eco-friendly environment must be colored green top-to-bottom and end-to-end.

Nature comes in many lovely shades, which is why we ask big questions such as:

* What functions do our green roofs serve other than beauty?

* What lies beyond the sedum mat?

* How can we grow a natural habitat from seed, the healthiest and longest-lasting way to do it, but make it beautiful in the meantime?

* How can we solve the unique challenges of each client?

At Ecogardens, we are driven to find the answers to these questions, then pose even more questions and answer them as well. Our vision is to fight complacency, now and in the future. It is to steward the environment outside our cities, but especially within its borders. It is to bring plants and animals back within arm’s reach and make them want to stay.

It is to reintegrate humanity into the natural world from which it came, and create a new narrative of Man vs. Nature.

Not least because that narrative is so totally sexist. Time for a new story.

We are proud to adhere to the highest values in every project, every design and every interaction. The code we live by includes:

 
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Integrity

Our mission encompasses respect to people, plants, animals and even the urban infrastructure to which our civilization owes so much. With every design, ribbon cutting and ongoing relationship, we strive to stay true to our moral and ethical principles.


 
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Harmony

The world is a web of epic complexity. From our Chicago headquarters to our projects in Detroit and St. Louis, from roof tops to storm drains, everything hinges on everything else. We believe the right relationships are key to environmental harmony, which is why we work endlessly to create synergy between humanity and the natural world.


 
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Honesty

No business thrives that is built on a foundation of dishonesty or naked commerce. But don’t worry, we chose better building materials: transparency, fairness, responsibility and truth. You can count on it.


 
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Innovation

From the humblest time-honored gardening techniques to the most cutting edge rooftop media, we are on it. If there’s something new and interesting to be found and implemented, Ecogardens is probably in the know. And if we’re not, we would love you to tell us; we’re never too proud to learn.


 
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Belonging

Every person, place and thing deserves a place of belonging. We would extend that to every blade of grass, every wildflower, every hawk and every native fly. The environments we build and shepherd serve everyone, from the most important CEO to the lowliest ant. We’re sure there’s a Buddhist reference in here, right? We are like SO zen, you guys.


 
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Communication

From the first phone call to the most recent maintenance checkup, we stay in touch not only with you, but with the urban environment we’ve helped create for you. Call or email any time and put us to the test.

It’s hard to define a business in a few words, of course – but if we had to choose just one, it would be:

Transformative.

Or possibly:

Innovative. Determined. Visionary. Discerning. Honest. Conscientious. Modest.

Okay, maybe not that last one. But see? We can't pick just one!

So instead, we’ll tell you a story. A story about a kid named Greg Raymond.

 
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Greg went to Michigan State University for horticulture and landscape architecture, and later earned a certification in natural shoreline restoration. He’s also an accredited GRP, or green roof professional – a member of the inaugural class, as it happens.

Over the years, and through a variety of different ecologically oriented jobs, Greg developed his passion for melding the hard bones of urban infrastructure with the organic texture of native plants and animals, rich soils and clean water.

Thus was born a diehard nature nut who loves heading out into the verge, but would much rather bring it in to our fair cities.

Today, when he’s not busy on his latest ecological design project, Greg meditates on one idea:

 

Legacy

When we depart this Earth, we leave behind the memory

of how lightly we tread upon it.

What kinds of legacies do we want to leave as a population? As corporate entities? As individuals?

Since 2006, we have helped others leave the right legacies by devising low-impact, sustainable green roofs, stormwater and landscaping solutions.

Our life’s work is based on a dual responsibility to the earth and our clients, and trust that we will deliver the best possible solution with the least possible environmental burden.

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A Sustainable Future

Today, Greg and team operate on the belief that sustainability begins when you choose from among our diverse services to satisfy your unique aesthetic and practical needs.

It continues as we research, innovate and utilize the latest industry technologies to bring you the perfect blend of form and function, environment and enjoyment.

 

The project it is fully realized when we hand your new sanctuary off to you with a promise to return, again and again, to maintain the trust you’ve placed in us. So maybe we can pick just one word after all:

Commitment

To our own ideals. To the planet. To you.

 
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