Macy's Flower Show®


Dunlap, IL – Green View is proud to announce it has been awarded the Grand Award for its Macy’s Flower Show® project in Chicago, IL as part of the 40th Annual Environmental Improvement Awards Program sponsored by the Professional Landscape Network (PLANET). Green View has also been awarded two distinction awards for the Grimes Project in Dunlap, IL and the Vannatta project in Bloomington, IL.

The Macy’s Flower Show® in Chicago was held at the beginning of April 2009 and it is an annual tradition that welcomes the Spring season at the store. This year the theme, Dream In Color, featured a vast of vibrant landscape flowers, plant life and pink flamingos. The floral estravaganza mainly occupied the first floor on the State Street side of the store, as well as other locations in the store, including the middle fountain atrium, the bridge directly across from the fountain, the Walnut Room, and in six of the store’s famed windows. Many months of preparantion went into designing and planning the event in coordination with the Macy’s operation. (See photos attached)

For the Grimes project in Dunlap, IL, the clients wanted to connect, expand, and improve the existing seating areas to create dramatic spaces that could be used for large gatherings. They also wanted to attract birds, and requested room to garden. The project involved extensive bluestone work, including covering an existing concrete patio, creating a large raised bluestone space with radial steps, and creating various bluestone walls and terraces.

For the Vannatta project in Bloomington, IL, the client dreamed of a striking outdoor living space to be enjoyed year-round, as both a private retreat and as a gathering place for family and friends. The elements incorporated into this space included a grand entrance, a waterfall pond, a council ring and an area to accommodate large groups of guests. Several destination points along paths give visitors an opportunity to pause and enjoy the landscape from various vantage points.

“Award winning projects begin with the design. At Green View, we pride ourselves in having exceptionally talented Landsdcape Architects and Designers, as well as top skilled craftsmen to execute professional installations such as these. Our continued recognition through the PLANET awards program, communicates our dedication and expertise in the industry,” said Tim Southey, Vice President of Landscape, Green View Companies.

About Green View
Established in 1955, Green View Companies is a multi-faceted firm throughout the state of Illinois with national award-winning landscape design-build, installation, maintenance, production facilities and five retail centers. Locations include Dunlap-Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Springfield, Champaign-Urbana and Oswego-Naperville. To find out more about Green View, visit

PLANET’s Environmental Improvement Awards Program reflects the association’s commitment to creating and preserving the beauty of our landscape. The program is designed to reward independent landscape, lawn care, and interior plantscaping professionals who execute superior projects. PLANET strives to increase public awareness of environmental improvement through contracted landscaping, lawn care, and interior plantscaping and encourages the consistent use of quality materials and workmanship.

Of the 134 projects entered in the awards program, 126 were recognized with an award. The awards breakdown includes 3 Decade Awards, 37 Grand Awards, 47 Merit Awards, and 39 Distinction Awards. Special thanks to the judges, Jerry Grossi, CTP-SCL, ArborLawn, Inc., Lou Kobus, CLP, Fox Run Nurseries, Inc., Matt Triplett, CLP, CLT, Willamette Landscape Services, Inc., and Aaron Williams, CLP, Williams Landscape & Design, Inc. as well as Awards Committee Chair Will Spiegelberg, CLP, Spiegelberg Landscape Design, Inc.

PLANET represents approximately 3,200 green industry service-provider companies and suppliers nationwide that specialize in lawn care, design/build/installation, interior plantscaping, and landscape management. These firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals.


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