about us

Ron Nowicki, a landscape architect (B.A. University of Illinois 1972) brings a unique blend of design and construction skills to our team. He has, for many years, acted as crew leader in the construction of his own designs. This experience has fostered a comprehensive understanding of design, materials, techniques, efficiency and safety not only on the drafting board but also in our clients' landscapes. A sophisticated design sense, a spirited imagination, careful attention to the details that make a design come alive and a thirst for knowledge are just some of the qualities that make working with Ron a pleasant and rewarding experience.

THE LAND ETHIC


“All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. His instincts prompt him to compete for a place in that community, but his ethics prompt him also to cooperate (perhaps in order that there may be a place to compete for).

The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals or collectively: the land….

In short, a land ethic changes the role of ‘Homo Sapiens’ from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow members, and respect for the community as such."

-Aldo Leopold-

Landscape design and construction with an ecological conscience has been our focus since 1972.


Our commitment to a land ethic (above) guides all our efforts. We believe that cooperation, not domination or control is the best environment for growth.


We are convinced that the beautiful and healthy landscapes we help to create are made so not just by decades of hands-on design experience and a high level of ecological literacy, but also by satisfying the objectives of: increasing biodiversity, conserving energy and resources, enhancing the educational potential of the landscape and helping others to make strong and lasting connections to the natural world.

Vicki Nowicki is an award-winning vegetable gardener, a published author, a teacher and a devoted environmentalist.  She has led many groups with contagious enthusiasm and a spiritual presence.  Degreed in Horticulture, Environmental Studies, Environmental Education and Museum Exhibit Research and Design, she has focused her 30 year-career on homeowners, believing that part of the future of American agriculture could lie in the backyards of our suburban homes.  These tiny “farms” would require less fossil fuels and chemicals, would produce less waste, could be more diverse and would supply something that industrial ag will never give us:  happiness, self-satisfaction and family inter-action.

Her own business, The Liberty Gardens, provides a gardening service that designs, installs and maintains in succession vegetable gardens for clients who are trying to learn from A to Z the fine art of cultivating their own local, organic food.  Her crews go as far as harvesting the vegetables, sometimes the most difficult part of the process.

She and her husband, Ron Nowicki, Landscape Architect, also own and operate The Land Office, a design/build firm specializing in sustainable and permaculture landscapes.  Their home and office is a demonstration of a lifestyle honoring these permaculture principles where they give tours and teach classes on how to grow and store food, design suburban permaculture landscapes and much more.

In 2012, she was selected as a delegate to the International Slow Food Terra Madre Conference and traveled to Turin, Italy to meet with farmers from 151 countries.  Moved by her experience she has started The Liberty Gardens Project in 2013, meant to encourage homeowners to grow heirloom and heritage seeds in an effort to push back on the GMO foods.  Also in 2013 she has joined the adjunct faculty at College of DuPage and will be teaching their first ever class on organic vegetable production.

630.852.5263, ronnowicki@comcast.net

Client Testimonial

Ron, I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation of your magnificent landscaping contribution at my previous home. As you know, I recently moved to Wisconsin, and one of my biggest losses was leaving the beautiful and natural haven of my surroundings. This haven was the direct result of the work you did to totally transform my property. From the first time we met I knew I'd be pleased with the outcome because your focus was on discovering what was important to me as opposed to what you thought needed to occur. I loved this "front end" approach and it really paid off! I ended up with a yard that brought me so much joy and pleasure, in addition to the admiration of neighbors, friends, and family. And I loved how I was able to continue creating within the foundation of what we created together. When it was time to sell my home, literally almost every person who called or came by commented on the fabulous landscaping. It was such a major draw and no doubt contributed to people's interest in the home. I was extremely pleased that the person who bought the property also has an appreciation for what this unique and inviting space offers.

 

Your expertise, creativity, professionalism, a deep love of our environment....these are some of the gifts and talents I see you bringing forth through your work. I feel extremely fortunate to have been on the receiving end of all this. Thank you so much for all that you brought to my home and continue to bring to others, hopefully for many years to come! Please feel free to pass along my accolades of your work if you like. I'd love to know that I helped someone else get as much out of a landscaping investment as I did!

 

With much gratitude,

Debbie Waterstone, Lisle