Landscape Design

With over half a century of experience, the Barn Nursery is one of the area’s premier landscape architecture and construction firms. 

Our service area includes all of Chicagoland and S. Wisconsin including:

* Barrington  * Inverness * Lake Zurich * Hawthorn Woods

* Crystal Lake * Cary * Arlington Heights * Lake Forest * Kildeer * Glenview

* Park Ridge * Fox River Grove * Lake in The Hills * Palatine * Lake Geneva

A well designed and installed landscape will increase the value of your home while increasing your ability to enjoy your outdoor living spaces.

By combining the professional abilities of our Landscape Architects, Horticulturalists, and CLT trained construction and maintenance crews, the Barn Nursery’s team delivers maximum value while exceeding individual client needs and expectations. Learn more about how our membership in the Illinois Lanscape Contractor’s Association sets us apart. We are certified installers of Belgard, Pavloc, Aquascape, Unilock, Kichler and Unique Lighting products.

Services we provide include landscape design and installation, custom fireplaces and fire pits, outdoor living spaces including outdoor kitchens and patios and all varieties of hardscape and plantings. We specialize in unique natural stone and paver hardscapes including bluestone, flagstone and sand stone.

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Landscape Design & Architecture

Outdoor Kitchens & Fire Pits

Outdoor kitchens, fireplace, and firepits are one of the hottest trends in landscaping. With an outdoor kitchen and a fire pit, you can enhance & extend your outdoor living experience. Planning a kitchen, fireplace and fire pit requires an in-depth analysis of each family’s individual needs. How many burners are needed? Do you want a bar or fire pit included? The size of party you entertain, cooking style & frequency, and the formality you desire are all taken into account.natural-stone-firepit-ideas

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Landscape Architecture & Design

Residential Landscape DesignThe Barn Nursery is a full service landscape design and installation company. Privately owned by one family for over 40 years, we consider each homeowner a valued partner in our success. We are proud of our award winning landscapes and take pride in the amount of customers that have become life long friends of The Barn. We have a list of these customers that will happily provide references of our work. Visit to see some of our recent testimonials. The Barn Nursery is a proud member of the Illinois Landscape Contractor’s Association. Learn more about what sets members apart here.

Our Landscape Design Center is located in Cary and our Landscape Yard and corporate office is in Hawthorn Woods, allowing our landscape designers to work throughout the North Shore, NW Suburbs and throughout Chicagoland.

Our services include every facet of landscape design and installation for outdoor living. It all starts with a design, of course. Products and services include drainage, lawn grading & creation, planting, lighting, water features, sprinkler systems and more. We also can help with special events, custom planting and the sourcing of rare and specimen trees.

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Custom Pool Patios

In the summer, nothing is better than an in-ground pool. We work with our clients to design something custom, just for your family. A comprehensive plan for both pool and landscape ensures privacy, function and beauty.   We’d be happy to show you pool patio design options and discuss how we can create a custom design for your family.


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Natural Stone & Paver Patios

Our award winning landscape designers have been designing and installing patios for over 40 years. Patios are designed to meet the need of each individual homeowner. We work with you to establish priorities such as outdoor cooking capabilities, fire pits, traffic patterns and maintenance requirements. Once a design and materials are decided, our certified landscape technicians carefully install each piece of stone to our high specifications. Patios can be designed using pavers, natural stone or a combination of both. Materials such as bluestone, flagstone, valders flagstone, limestone and sandstone are commonly used, along with pavers from Unilock and Belgard. We design custom patterns, colors and blends for customers to achieve a unique look. Our goal is a lasting, quality installation that will serve your family for years.


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Landscape Lighting provides many uses; safety, security, and beauty. We use only premium outdoor lighting products. There are many forms of lighting available and we like to make use of a variety of techniques and styles for that maximize results while remaining distinct and tasteful. From uplighting to path lighting or if you have specific safety and security needs, The Barn can design and implement the lighting you require.

Lansdcape-LightingNatural Stone & Retaining Walls

With a wide variety of textures, colors and sizes, natural stone allows you to express your distinct style by transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Natural stone works well with both formal and informal homes and can be used in a wide variety of ways. It can be used for retaining walls, patios, pond, steps and more. Mix and matching different colors and styles is a great way to add texture, contrast, and color to your landscape. Long lasting and durable, natural stone offers a stylish touch of class to any landscape.

A landscaping favorite, flagstone is the perfect choice for walks, paths and patios. Flagstone is a great choice for an upscale look, yet it can handle day to day use and wear and tear from outdoor living.

A popular variation of flagstone is blue stone. Blue stone is popular due to its flexibility and deep lovely blue tones. Asymmetrical pieces whose rounded edges mimic the curves of a natural landscape are a good choice for casual or natural looks.  Evenly sized paver styled blue stone are a good choice for modern clean looks.

Cut drywall such as Eden or Chilton is a beautiful product. It ranges from gray to buff tones and has been used for retaining walls and steps for thousands of years. It blends well with both bluestone and pavers for a crisp look. Any variation of drywall or outcropping offers the perfect blend between beauty and functionality.

The Barn offers a large variety of stone and patterns. Get in contact with one of our landscape designers today for more information on natural stone landscaping.


Retaining walls can be used for achieving improved access to the various parts of a lawn and outdoor living space. They are also used to create planting beds, add texture and color and can add as a type of stairway down a sharp hill. At The Barn we can work with homeowners on grading and installation as needed to improve access to parts of the yard or improve drainage issues.

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Water Features

When it comes to water we have done it all. Ponds, fountains, man-made waterfalls and babbling brooks. Water features are one of the best ways to add movement, sound and ambiance to a landscape. Many customers like their ability to bring nature to life, and the unique gardening opportunities a water feature creates. It doesn’t take much to add even a small water feature to your landscape. Inquire with us today and let us come up with a creative idea for you.

Working with The Barn’s Landscape Team

You’ve had a chance to hear about what we do. Now, we’d love to hear from you. What parts of your landscape do you want to improve? From curb appeal updates, to back yard rejuvenation, and pools and patios, we can help. Contact us below and provide a little bit more information about your needs. We will follow up and discuss our process, and set up a time to meet.

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