LAKE BLUFF, Ill.,– Mariani Landscape, a residential and commercial landscape design, installation and maintenance firm, was recently honored with a Merit Award from the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and two Grand Awards as part of PLANET: Professional Landcare Network’s Environmental Improvement Awards. The awards recognize excellence in residential landscape design, construction and maintenance.
“Every day we strive to be the best landscaping firm in the Midwest,” said Frank Mariani, CEO of Mariani Landscape. “I am very proud of the level of expertise we have on our landscape architecture, construction and maintenance teams at Mariani Landscape.”
Receiving the Merit Award in the ‘Design – Constructed Projects/Residential’ category from the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Mariani Landscape overhauled a derelict 1920s Glencoe, Ill., lakefront estate. The team collaborated closely with the building architect and interior designer on the renovation, which included a substantial addition doubling the size of the home.
The landscape design takes its cues from the simplicity of the lake and the clean lines of the home’s architecture. A simple color palette of pristine whites and greens creates a calming landscape, while incorporating a new pool, a repositioned gravel driveway, dining terraces, a tennis court and bluff stabilization
The first of two Grand Award winning projects from PLANET was in the ‘Residential Design/Build’ category for a prairie style landscape in Barrington, IL. The rolling 10-acre property showcases a native environment that complements the distinct architecture of the new home. Mariani’s landscape architects designed and managed a prairie restoration, a woodland restoration, a planting design which could withstand animal traffic, and the integration of a resort-style swimming pool.
Walking paths through the meadow invite people to hike and experience the landscape, as do several garden rooms, including a cutting garden, a children’s vegetable garden and a secret garden that is viewed from a glass enclosed shower. A stone bridge was built along the entry road to take advantage of views of babbling brook and woodland.
The second Grand Award-winning project (pictured above) from PLANET was for the careful maintenance of a Hinsdale home whose landscaping takes its cues from the gardens of a sprawling British country estate. Framed by a symmetrical design of crisp boxwoods and formal gardens, the landscape features elegant courtyards and outdoor rooms for entertaining.
Boxwoods are trimmed by hand using string line and line levels to maintain perfect symmetry. The annual beds alongside the boxwood hedges are filled with a rotating plant palette depending on the season. A bent grass lawn - fit for a fairway - adds a unique element to the formal design and accommodates the desires of an avid golfer.
To ensure the health of the bent grass, the lawn is mowed up to three times weekly using a high-quality, professional grade greens mower. Each week, the turf is sprayed with a specially formulated fungicide with fertilization and nourished by an underground water system. The Mariani team also tends to an organic vegetable garden featuring lemon and pear trees, herbs, heirloom tomatoes and peppers, as well as a cutting garden.