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HELLO !

Welcome to Art and Linda's Wildflowers. Thank you for visiting us. We would like to make your visit special.

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        Stewardship
        Wildflower Gardens for Sacred Places
        Price Structure
        About Us
        Our Friends


A Great Garden Begins With A Great Conversation

At Art and Linda's Wildflowers, we really enjoy talking with our customers about their vision. We've also learned something over the years - a great garden begins with a great conversation.

Your decision to have a wildflower garden is a creative one. The enthusiasm and interest it generates will be exciting to share. So, spend some time with us just describing your dream garden. What does it look like in your heart and mind? Do you see places for meditation, special features, rain gardens, birdbaths and feeders? Maybe you’d like your garden to provide you with privacy as well as natural beauty. Perhaps you have a special love for birds and want to attract and nurture them.

If you have children or grandchildren, you might like to attract butterflies and interesting insects. A native garden is an excellent place for teaching children about the natural world and its role in our environment.

If you’re confused or stumped or just don't know what you want - then we will talk about that! We’ll find ways to bring you on board, based on our many years of experience and our shared love of nature. So, start now and let’s have that great conversation soon!

Your Friends,

Art and Linda


Art and Linda's Wildflowers
www.artandlindaswildflowers.com
art@artandlindaswildflowers.com
(708) 785-2943


STEWARDSHIP


Stewardship -- Caring for Something You Love

When you spend time weeding and pruning, cutting back and carefully tending your plants you are, in fact, stewarding your garden. The actual meaning of the word “steward” is: The action of watching over and maintaining of something that has been entrusted to your care. At times though, our might ask yourself - “Why should I bother weeding? Aren’t these native plants? The answer is that if you don’t or can’t apply at least some stewardship, native plants may become aggressive and your wildflower garden could be in danger of losing its diversity. Many of us start out with the intention to always watch over our new garden, but not all of us actually have the time and energy to do the best job that the garden serves.

At Art and Linda’s we feel that one needs to work at their stewardship, as you would at a relationship with someone you care for. It’s not just a once-in-a-season kind of attention given to family and friends, but more of the on-going and thoughtful process. So, once you have established your garden, you might want to familiarize yourself with its special needs to maintain its look. Or, you might consider the services of someone like us - a trained steward. We will have the materials, knowledge, and tools we need in order to do the best job possible. We’ll also know how to watch out for certain plants that have become too aggressive.

We are trained to know what’s a weed and what’s not a weed and when plants need to be thinned out or cut back. So, when you are considering the stewardship of your home garden, consider a “steward’s” thoughtfulness to watch over it and maintain it in a healthy state for your future use, and continued enjoyment.

Click here to see examples of STEWARDSHIP.

For more information, landscaping ideas, or to schedule an appointment, contact Art at 708-785-2943



WILDFLOWER GARDENS FOR SACRED PLACES

The Sacredness of Place

In creating our gardens, we take our cues from the beautiful things and places we have seen in the natural world. The location - the earth - tells us what goes where. The conditions, such as the amount of sun or shade, the type of soil, the amount of moisture an area will get and retain all dictate what types of plants will be happy, will thrive and will coexist there. The native plants we use - the wildflowers, grasses, sedges, ferns, shrubs, and trees - will all belong together there, as they have since ancient times. Otherwise there will be a sense of disharmony, discordance, and uneasiness.

Now, having said all that, how do we create a sacred place for you? The answer is, we really don't!!! The sacredness can only come from the relationship that develops between you and the place, unless it was sanctified previously. Perhaps it is the place where you buried your pet or plan to dedicate in honor or memory of someone that you hold dear. What we can create for you is a place where harmony, place, ease, calm, beauty, and life will abound; where you can focus, think, meditate, remember, relax, play or worship, being one with your surroundings.

The placing of favorite artifacts of your own choice or from the natural world, such as old gnarled logs or rocks and stones can draw you in and hold your attention.

You can have the garden blessed or dedicated thus affirming its specialness. We create a place for you, which, upon entering, takes and holds you by its unique attraction and sanctuary. The rest is up to you.

Click here for GARDENS FOR SACRED PLACES.


Shade Garden

For more information, landscaping ideas, or to schedule an appointment, contact Art at 708-785-2943



PRICE STRUCTURE 2010

The cost of your garden is determined by the cost of labor, plants and other materials used plus a service fee. A maximum price can be established and guaranteed depending upon your budget. (See details below.) Your first site evaluation and visit are free.

DESIGN FEE:
   A design fee will be determined depending upon the size, scope, and difficulty of the project and other factors.

ON-SITE LABOR: includes but is not limited to:
   Site Preparation and Maintainance, including buckthorn and brush removal, herbiciding,rototilling, edging, planting and mulching.    Designing, bed flagging, plant placement, hardscaping, constructing irrigation systems, fences, paths, stonework, birthbaths, compost bins, labeling and other decorative features.

Designers: $80 per hour
Interns/Helpers: $40 per hour

Plants and Grasses: The prices of the plants, whether they are grasses, sedges, flowers, ferns, vines, shrubs or trees are generally determinedby the size of their container or pot.

  Woodland root stock
  Flowers and grasses in 2 1/2" pots and 2"x5" plugs
  Flowers, vines, grasses and ferns in 4 1/2" pots
  Flowers, vines, and grasses in gallons (except trees and shrubs)
  Trees and shrubs 3 gallons and larger
$  2
$  4
$  6
$12
Generally $25-$30

OTHER LANDSCAPING MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES: Mulch and nuggets, permits, licenses, fertilizer, herbicides, topsoil, composted humus and manure, structures, hardscapes, rocks and logs, etc.- at cost and a service fee. Prices are at cost when secured while on client's time or delivered from supplier. Add hourly time factor when purchased on Art and Linda's time or 25% if secured from Art and Linda's stock.

TERMS: A 25% downpayment would be appreciated with balance due upon completion or as periodically invoiced.

PLANT AVAILABILITY AND GUARANTEE: We guarantee our plants and grasses for one year. If a plant dies within this time, we will replace it with another one of the same type or one more appropriate for your garden setting at no cost. Ths guarantee holds unless the plant was killed by deer, rabbits, or another animal, the owner or another person. In that case we will replace the plant at half price.

STEWARDSHIP: Weeding, mulching, edging, planting, etc. Regular labor charge of $80/$40 hourly, plus plants and other materials. (A designer is only needed for a short period of time - if at all.)

CONSULTATION: We will provide an "on-site consultation-only service for a flat rate of $80 per hour with a 2-hour minimum. We can do a site evaluation, sketch plans for beds, label plants (labels are extra), provide plant lists and cultural guides and give detailed steps for completing and maintaining your project.

ESTIMATES ARE GIVEN IN GOOD FAITH, BASED ON CURRENT INFORMATION AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE FINAL COST.

Art and Linda's is fully insured for General Liability and Workers' Compensation. Certificates of insurance available upon request. Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Environmental Programs, licensed and certified herbicide / pesticide commerical applicators and operators.

Art and Linda's is a member of The Conservation Foundation / Midwest Pond and Koi Society / Wild Ones / Landscape Design Association / Midwest Ecological Landscape Association / The Illinois Native Plant Society / Save the Prairie Society


For more information, landscaping ideas, or to schedule an appointment, contact Art at 708-785-2943


TENDER LOVING CARE CLUB – (TLCC)
Garden Stewardship Program

Existing customers will enjoy a TLCC discount of 20% off of our standard labor rate. You pay only
$32 per hour for a helper and $64 per hour for a designer, (who is rarely needed in stewardship).

SPRING:We begin with a clean up of your garden beds by removing debris and litter. Then we cut down the previous year’s dead growth and rake this out of the beds. The next step is to shred this material, (dead plants, leaves, etc.), with a mulching lawnmower and redistribute this newly created mulch back into your beds where it will rapidly decompose and help invigorate the soil. When we have finished, we will clean up the work area. Additionally, if needed, we will remove Buckthorn, Mulberry, Japanese Honeysuckle, Garlic Mustard, Dandelions and other early weeds, trim your trees and shrubs and edge the garden beds.

SUMMER:We again clean up your garden beds by removing debris and litter. Then we remove or thin out overly aggressive plants. We may also stake up any plants that are leaning. We will weed the beds - either manually or by the selective use of herbicides - and then clean up the work area when finished. Additionally, if needed, we will add pine bark nuggets to the paths, pea gravel to the streambeds and pine bark mulch to the beds. We can also trim the trees and shrubs and edge the garden beds. This is also a good time for us to plant additional flowers and grasses.

FALL:Fall stewardship involves cutting down most of your garden while leaving just a few distinctive plants and grasses up to add texture and interest during the winter months. Some of these plants include Compass Plant, Prairie Dock and Big Bluestem. The homeowner can easily cut these down in the Spring. We also rake up the fallen leaves from your yard and parkway and shred these along with the plants we have just cut down. This way, we get the leaves and the garden all at the same time. The shredded leaves act as a perfect mulch. Naturally, the first snow cover pretty well signals the end of our season.

Click here to see examples of STEWARDSHIP.

For more information, landscaping ideas, or to schedule an appointment, contact Art at 708-785-2943



 


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