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“Last fall we moved from a town home in Lincoln Park to a single family in Edgewater.  We hired Pam and her crew to paint and detail every inch of our town home as we were preparing it for sale. They did a wonderful job at a very fair price.  Based on that experience, we hired them again for a couple of painting projects at our new home. Again, excellent work, fair price and completed ahead of schedule. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend 4 Seasons to anyone I knew looking for paint work. I have also seen some of Pam’s landscaping work and it is amazing.” — Denny M., Chicago, IL (courtesy of Yelp)

First of all, THANK YOU to the many clients who have taken time out of their day to write us a review on Yelp. We truly appreciate you and your time!

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It is always such a privilege to be able to help our clients refresh and renew their homes, both inside and out. You can take a look at some of our past painting projects by visiting our “Painting Samples” page, Yelp profile, Facebook page or Pinterest boards. We try to have a little something for everyone!

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All of our painting contracts come with a free color consultation, which is helpful if you are unsure which color will best compliment your décor or how a color will really look once it’s dry. We have extensive experience not only with painting a room, but also stenciling and creating different textures. Give us a call or click on Contact Us for more information and to schedule your free painting estimate!

Meet the Artist: David Sugihara

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Tattoo artist, David Sugihara, designed and painted these stepping stones for a client’s garden just a couple of weeks ago.  It was such a pleasure to work with him and witness the surprisingly beautiful marriage between landscaping and the art of tattooing.  See the full post for more photos and a description.  Keep reading below to get to know this talented artist and all-around great guy!

How did you design these beautiful stepping stones?
For this project, our client wanted the “zen” and “om” symbols painted on the top surface of each stepping stone for a total of 17 stones. Since the stones were conveniently flat surfaced, I thought the most efficient way to achieve uniformity was to create a stencil and paint over it. To create the stencils, I used mylar stencil film and and cut them with an x-acto knife. Since the stones were intended to be placed outdoors, I used [black] all-weather paint so that the symbols would be able to withstand the varying Chicago weather conditions.

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How did you get interested in tattooing?
I first got into tattooing in 2012 when I was living with a buddy in AlbanyPark. One night, we were hanging out and he suggested that I should tattoo (whether he was joking or not, I don’t know) and that he would let me practice on him if I decided to. I was taking a break from school since I didn’t really know what I wanted to be doing, so I thought I might as well give it a go. I went online, ordered some very basic equipment, and tattooed his forearm the following week. I guess they say, “the rest is history.”

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What do you like about tattooing?
Besides the ability to create art on a human canvas, one of my favorite things about tattooing is the opportunity to interact my clients. Since many tattoos can take a few hours to complete, I get the chance to get to know the individual on a little bit of a deeper level. Tattoos are often very meaningful and personal and I feel honored that someone would be willing to let me be a part of that. People come from all walks of life and in the few years that I’ve been tattooing, I’ve been privileged to meet many great people and share in their experiences.

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What is your favorite kind of tattoo?
I enjoy doing tattoos of any style (Japanese influence, realism, etc.) but my favorite would have to be American-traditional. Something about banners and pin up girls never gets old. 


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David recently finished up an apprenticeship at a hole in wall shop on the south side of Chicago and is currently looking for a full time position at another location.

Garden Clean-up in Chicago

One of the services many of our clients like to take advantage of (especially around this time of year) is the garden clean-up or garden maintenance service.  This includes trimming of all shrubs and trees, weeding, raking and bagging of all debris.  4 Seasons never uses harsh chemicals and pulls all weeds by hand.  As a trained horticulturist, Pam will trim and train your plants properly so they will continue to flourish.

Below are the before & after pictures from a recent garden clean-up we did in the city.  Cost depends on the size of the project, so call to set up a free estimate!

[All photos courtesy of Jim Meacci]

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Norwood front path after

A Whimsical Garden in Evanston

This client wanted a whimsical look for her front and side gardens. I began by replacing the swing seat and mulching the area underneath. On the left, we planted some Variegated Boxwood and Dogwood shrubs, Holly and Yarrow for color. I also planted Variegated Vinca around the front tree where it will look more like a hanging vine as it continues to grow.

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Hinman, full front

A friend and tattoo artist, David Sugihara, designed and painted the stepping stones with the symbols for “Om” and “Zen”. Aren’t they beautiful? The path leads to an area on the side of her house where I placed more whimsical elements of the garden, including a pinwheel sun and half-buried sink with flowers.

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I love a garden with a story, and this particular one had such a sweet history with memories of her children playing on the swing. Though they have grown, we kept those precious memories alive in her garden by replacing the old swing seat, making it usable once more, and keeping the area around it open, just as she had it when her children were young. Eventually, the whimsy of this storybook garden will be complete with the addition of a small library house, placed at the beginning of the path leading to the side area with the spinning pinwheel and archway.

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It may look a little bare now, but the beds will continue to fill in as the trees and shrubs continue to grow year after year. It was fun to work on such an interesting garden design, but I am mostly thrilled that the client enjoys her new garden.

[All photos courtesy of Jim Meacci]

Front Landscaping in Park Ridge

For this client in Park Ridge, I cleaned up the space, moved a few of the existing plants and also removed much of what was there to make room for shrubs and plants that will provide the front of the home with 4 seasons of interest. Each year, the shrubs will continue to grow to fill the beds and this garden will be full of color once the spring/summer comes next year!

Front of house after we cleaned and installed new plants
Front of house after we cleaned and installed new plants
Close-up of one bed after cleaned and new plants installed
Close-up of one bed after we cleaned and installed new plants
Front of house close-up after we cleaned and installed new plants
Front of house close-up after we cleaned and installed new plants
Other side of the front after we cleaned and installed new plants
Other side of the front after we cleaned and installed new plants

As we come closer to the end of an excellent landscaping season, we want to first say a BIG thank you to all of our clients – new and old – for their patronage, loyalty and just generally being awesome people to work with. THANK YOU! It has been such a privilege to design so many beautiful gardens this year and I hope that you and your families enjoy them for years to come. We do offer garden maintenance services if the need arises, so please feel free to call us next year!

I also want to remind you that we offer painting services. Please check out samples of my work and read my reviews on Yelp. Estimates are always completely free so it doesn’t hurt to call and schedule one. With every painting contract, I also offer a free color consultation if you’re concerned about choosing the right shade or hue for your space.

We hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful autumn colors! Happy Fall!

My Succulent Lady in Faerie Magazine!

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I was truly honored to have my Succulent Lady featured in an article in the summer issue of Faerie Magazine! The entire process was very exciting and I’m glad to finally be able to share it with you all. To read the full article in Faerie Magazine, you can order through their website, http://www.faeriemag.com/. I enjoyed the heart-warming article about how one woman uses her art to feature and help shelter dogs find homes, along with another that detailed how to make and bottle your own homemade juices.

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While I love designing gardens, creating this dress form was a really fun way to explore a more creative side to landscaping and gardening. I would love to be able to pursue this more, so if you or someone you know is interested in having something like this for their home or business, dress form or otherwise, please contact me. I would love the chance to talk, brainstorm and see what we can come up with. The possibilities are endless – and I have many ideas just waiting for the right person to come along. Give me a call or send me an email!

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Fall Landscaping: It’s Still Not Too Late!

Wow, it’s really cooled down! But until the ground freezes, it is ready for planting and now is a great time to install shrubs, perennials and trees that bloom in the spring so you can take full advantage of their blooming season next year. I always aim to not only bring my clients plants that will grow well in their sun/soil conditions, but that will also provide them with 4 seasons of beauty.

Call or email me to schedule a free estimate and I can show you a variety of plants and trees to choose from, all suitable for your space. If you haven’t yet, take a look at some of the projects we’ve done this past summer by checking out our slideshow on the homepage, clicking on Samples at the top or by visiting our Yelp page. Below is one of my favorite fall landscapes because of how it shows the color, texture and interest you can achieve in your landscape, even when the temperatures begin to cool down.

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Update: Condo Building & Backyard with Moon Garden

Take advantage of the warmer weather while it lasts and get your landscape installed before the ground freezes! This is always the time of year when many will ask if it’s too late to plant. My answer: Definitely not! In fact, there are a number of shrubs and flowers that bloom in the fall, as well as trees and other plants that have brilliant fall foliage.

With the warm temperatures and rainy weather we’ve had, the ground is soft and in great condition for planting. We can also get your garden ready for the spring next year so that once the warm weather comes around again, everything is in your garden, ready to bloom.

We always offer completely free estimates, so give us a call to schedule yours! Please don’t hesitate to call or email us with any questions. You can also check out a couple more of our installs from this past summer below.

Chicago Condo Front Yard & Parkway Landscaping

We designed and installed this front yard and parkway landscape for a condominium building in Chicago this past summer. We were able to provide them with a variety of trees, shrubs and perennial flowers that will grow and fill the space in more each year. The small black fence we installed adds style while also protecting the landscape from dogs in the neighborhood.

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Chicago Front & Backyard Landscaping with Moon Garden

We also installed this front and backyard landscape for a client’s home in Chicago. Note the moon garden in the back, consisting of all white blooms that will appear as though they are glowing in the moonlight.

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If you’re feeling inspired or would like to see more, you can click on “Samples” at the top of our websitte, or simply click any of the following links to samples of our Backyard Landscaping, Front Yard Landscaping, Rooftop Gardens and Container Gardens.

You can also check out our Pinterest boards for a different format to scroll through. All of our work is featured in the boards labeled “4 Seasons of Landscape Design”, “4 Seasons of Painting Interiors”, “4 Seasons of Rooftop Landscapes” and “4 Seasons of Container Gardens”. There is even a separate board for my Succulent Lady and my repurposed Christmas tree that you’ll want to check out if you haven’t yet.

Thank you for your interest in our company! We feel very privileged to be able to help our clients enjoy their landscapes while also sharing our love and knowledge of gardening and landscaping with new people every day.

Front Yard Landscaping & Sitting Area in Chicago

It has been a busy summer! As I continue to gather pictures of everything we’ve done, here is a peek into a job we had last month. The client wanted to create a sitting area in their front yard with a variety of container gardens and blooming shrubs surrounding them. We were quite pleased with the results!

Note the two paved areas for chairs and a table on either side of the walkway that we had installed for them as well as the planters near the front gate and front door that we filled for them. Near the gate, we created a mirrored effect on either side of the walkway with the shrubs we planted. As they continue to grow every year, they will fill the space in more and more. The range of blooms, foliage and seasonal interest will provide this client with much to enjoy year round.

Front Yard Landscaping with Sitting Area
Front Yard Landscaping with Sitting Area
Front Yard Landscaping with Sitting Area
Front Yard Landscaping with Sitting Area
Front Yard Landscaping with Sitting Area
Front Yard Landscaping with Sitting Area
Front Yard Landscaping with Sitting Area

Recent Work: Small Budget Install, Front Garden Update, Porch Painting & Container Plantings

We’ve been pretty busy the past couple of months and are so thankful for the many clients we’ve had the opportunity to work with. We hope they enjoy their new gardens and maybe even give you a little inspiration if you’re looking for some.

First up is a small budget backyard landscape we installed in Chicago. We were able to clean the space up and bring new colors and textures to the area.

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We installed a few new plants for the front landscape of one of our regular clients in Skokie this year. We found some interesting shrubs and trees to fill the space – check them out!

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Juniper Daub's Frosted (yellowish one)
Juniper Daub’s Frosted (yellowish one)
Falsecypress Curly Tops
Falsecypress Curly Tops
Arborvitae Franky Boy (tree on a standard)
Arborvitae Franky Boy (tree on a standard)

We also painted this front porch for a client. It’s amazing what a difference a fresh coat of paint can make!

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Another regular client in Chicago asked us to fill the containers for her window boxes and shady backyard deck space. We were able to bring a variety of colors and textures to both places.

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