Topiarius Wins ILCA Gold Award for Urban Attitude

CHICAGO, April 11, 2016 — Topiarius, a leading urban gardening and landscape design firm, has won a 2016 Excellence in Landscape Gold Award in the Residential Landscape Construction category and the Professionals’ Choice award from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) for its Urban Attitude project. The Gold Awards recognizes the highest level of achievement in landscape design, installation, and maintenance. The Professionals’ Choice award recognizes the best projects as chosen by other contractors and green industry professionals.

“We are honored to be recognized by the ILCA for our innovation and excellence in landscape design,” said Sara Jenkins-Sutton, vice-president and co-owner of Topiarius. “We are committed to working closely with our clients to design and deliver high-quality projects that bring their vision to life, create long-lasting impressions and exceed their expectations.”

Every year, the ILCA Excellence in Landscape Awards jury reviews hundreds of submission based on quality of materials and workmanship, execution, function, aesthetic aspects, and presentation. Led by Topiarius President and Co-owner Craig Jenkins-Sutton and Emily Cavanagh, landscape designer, the Urban Attitude project took a traditional 600 square foot Chicago back yard and turned it into a crisp seating area, with a water feature, herb garden, a new 2nd story stairway, and child playhouse with a climbing wall, colorful peek-a-boo windows and a chalk board.

“Using the right combination of yellow, white, blue, green, red and blue, we wanted to transform a traditional urban yard into a comfortable, airy space,” said Jenkins-Sutton. “The bluestone patio and cedar deck step down into an area with basket chairs and an eye-popping settee. We surrounded the seating with flower containers, a raised planting bed, and an amazing silver ball water feature, adding a bit of sparkle magic, while masking the urban noises of the town home community.”

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About Topiarius

Founded in 2003, Topiarius is a Chicago-based urban gardening and landscape design firm that offers landscape design and care from the construction of hardscapes and planting of softscapes, to regular maintenance, urban farming, and exterior and interior seasonal decorating/planting. Topiarius also provides regularly scheduled floral arrangements and interior plant rotations. For more from Topiarius, follow them on InstagramTwitter and Pinterest, like their page on Facebook.