Create:  We create Water Features and gardens for your home site.

Produce: We produce beautiful, well-conceived Water Feature solutions, from planning and design to installation and maintenance.

Service: We service everything including residential and roof-top gardens to grand-scale. 

Plan and Implement: In addition to creating expertise Water Feature landscapes, we can also provide landscape design plans for DIY (do-it-yourself) implementation and maintenance or your local landscape contractor. We are committed to helping you efficiently live a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle while creating a harmonious, successful, and gorgeous landscape with flair. We apply environmentally responsible practices.

Japanese Sukiya Gardens: There are many aesthetic and manual skills required to create and build gardens in the Japanese way. The depth of understanding the nuances of design tenets is of utmost importance in preserving the Sukiya way by uniting architecture and gardens.  Water is THE most important element used.

Japanese garden building combines many different skill sets: Selecting and setting of stone, constructing topographic features, water-shaping, planting selections appropriate to the hardiness zone, and mapping out long-term plant care and maintaining the garden. The garden design schematic leaves an opening for on-site creativity to take place. The actual creation takes place in the field as 99% hands-on work, assembling all the elements of plants, stone, and water into a coherent work of living art.

Skilled care and maintenance of Japanese Gardens is the most vital aspect over time in sustaining the garden.

Who We Are

We are a professional collaborative landscape design group with master-level expertise in designing and building creative solutions in the horticulture industry. We bring many different disciplines together to achieve innovative and practical solutions to meet design-plan objectives. 

Jerome Skuba, MFA, PhD, Principal: For over fifty years, J. Skuba, has been on a path devoted to honing a skilled aesthetic eye: working as an Ornamental Horticulturist, Art School Professor, Industrial Designer, Builder, and Garden Designer. Many years have been spent observing and understanding Nature in all its forms and moods, for Nature is the language of the garden. 

J. Skuba has over 50 years experience in the horticulture industry, with 25 of those years engaged as Principal and Senior Landscape Designer. He has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Illinois, a Master of Fine Art in Sculpture & Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Japanese Garden Design from Columbia Pacific University. He previously taught at the Dayton Art Institute and Rhode Island School of Design. His gardens have been featured in Architectural DigestHe is a contributor to articles in Sukiya Living: The Journal of Japanese Gardening. ISA CERTIFIED ARBORIST, IL4235A

A sampling of clients include:

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Chicago Park District
  • The Morton Arboretum
  • Residential gardens throughout the Chicago metropolitan region