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Holiday Traditions

Some say that this is the most wonderful time of year and since we've been spared the bitterly cold weather (so far) I am especially inclined to agree. Over the years, the most wonderful part of the season has evolved from presents, sledding down hills at breakneck speeds, baking cookies, listening to Ray Conniff's Christmas albums...actually you know what, I still love those things. They've just become a mixture of seasonal traditions and holiday traditions. Decorated butter cookies don't even … [Read more...]

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Thoughts on Being Thankful (and Happy Thanksgiving!)

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week. Somewhere between the first new design of the year, back on January 9th, and the 108th design (our current number) the seasons have passed us by. 108 new designs, that’s amazing! It doesn’t even include all the revisions and add-ons to existing projects or most of the projects brought in by our Property Improvement group. So much to be thankful for – our clients, our subcontractors, and of course the employees of Scott Byron & Co. Last … [Read more...]

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ASLA National Convention

Starting on Friday and continuing through Monday, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) hosted its annual convention at McCormick Place in Chicago. It was my first national convention and from what I’ve heard it has also been a record year with approximately 6,000 attendees. In comparison to architects and engineers, we’re a relatively small professional group so it feels like you’re never more than six degrees of separation from one another. Regardless of knowing the people … [Read more...]

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Fall Planting

FALL PLANTINGS……….. The other day I was with a friend visiting her grandmother and was asked what landscape firms are doing now that summer is over. It’s a fairly common question and I understand why people believe that we are wrapping up for the year when all the garden centers are selling plants at discount and are shortening their work hours. It may be surprising to you to know that while many of these garden centers are tucking in for the winter, we are ramping up to complete as many … [Read more...]

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State of Your Garden Address

There comes a time when you look out your window to your garden beyond and think, what happened? Your once meticulously manicured garden had over time become overgrown, poorly maintained or pruned, or any number of other factors that may render your garden as less than ideal. It happens to all of us at some point. Plants have natural life spans that may be 20 years or 100 years. They may have been pushed to the edge of their preferred environment – maybe a little wetter or with a little more … [Read more...]

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The Sunrise

Several years ago I read in the Farmer’s Almanac that viewing the sunrise on the Summer Solstice would bring good luck for the year.  Whether that was true or simply an old Farmer’s tale, I figured I could use a little extra luck, so why not give it a try?  It was quite a task getting myself up and out.  Did you know the sun rises at 5:15 am on the Summer Solstice? It’s true.  That means in order to get down to the beach from my house (a twenty minute drive) I had to get up at 4am, shower, … [Read more...]

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Perennials to Keep Your Garden Gorgeous Through Fall

It’s hard to believe that the end of summer is unofficially here. Somehow, we’re already three-quarters of the way through the year. What happened?! Similarly, how did we have 90 degree weather last weekend and 70 degree weather planned for this weekend? Mother Nature needs to work on her transitioning skills, but this is still beautiful weather so I can’t complain and I’ll take what I can get. More than just beautiful weather, Fall is also a season with some truly stunning perennials – asters, … [Read more...]

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Planning now for spring flowering bulbs

Have I told you recently about how much I love bulbs? Maybe I’ve mentioned it once…or twice…but I strongly believe that bulbs improve your garden (and your life!). I’m going to go as far as to unscientifically claim that as fact. I’m taking the time to wax ecstatic about bulbs again because now is the time of order and schedule bulbs for fall installation. Perhaps this is the most wonderful time of year, when all that lay before you are possibilities. Grab a bulb catalog, consult with your … [Read more...]

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Hearts in Harmony

Last Saturday, approximately 80 Scott Bryon & Co. employees bused ourselves over to Hyde Park Elementary School in Waukegan to help clean and fix-up their school playground. It was amazing in many ways; not only did we have the chance to give back to the community, but we also had a chance to work alongside other members of the SBC family that we wouldn’t normally interact with on a day-to-day basis. I’m really fortunate to have the coworkers that I have, you couldn’t ask for a better group … [Read more...]

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The Art of Project Management

Have you ever tried project managing – whether for yourself for a home project or for someone else? I recently bought a place and have been wading through a kitchen renovation and the installation of central air conditioning. What I’ve come to realize is that wrangling contractors while keeping on schedule (and on budget!) is exhausting and difficult. The skills needed to effectively project manage – excellent organization, communication, and problem solving skills – make all the difference in … [Read more...]