About Us

Schmechtig Landscapes has taken pride in its old world traditions and perspectives introduced by the founder, Klaus Schmechtig and handed down to his son, Michael. Our company philosophy treats the landscape of our client’s property as an extension of their home by combining innovative and functional design solutions with experienced horticultural maintenance services. We are dedicated to caring for the finest homes in Chicago and its North Shore and Northwest suburbs. Our teams create a total exterior environment for our clients working with their budget, lifestyle and preferences using the industry’s finest outdoor products with a concern for detail in all areas including: custom furniture, fabrics, accessories, video, audio, container pots, lighting and water features. At Schmechtig, our full service land management approach gives you the gift of time to spend with family and friends. The end-result is a total experience that enhances our client’s enjoyment and life in their stunning outdoor living space.

Klaus SchmechtigFounder

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In the 1950’s, founder of the company, Klaus, came to the U.S. to work in the Chicago area from Germany where he was a highly regarded master gardener. As a young man he was strong, confident and full of the entrepreneurial spirit. He knew his experience, expertise and concern for others was all he needed and in 1960 began Schmechtig Landscapes. As his clientele grew, Klaus began to expand the company by adding employees and services.

Michael SchmechtigPresident

Growing up in the business and inspired to practice landscape architecture by his grandfather and father, Michael Schmechtig joined the company in 1987, bringing fellow landscape architects and horticulturalists with the same passion to create stunning outdoor environments to the company. Today, under his leadership, the firm continues to grow and serve the finest properties drawing its inspiration, philosophy and methodology implemented by Klaus when the company began.

Schmechtig Staff:

Toni Callahan – Office & Marketing Manager

Jorge Contreras – Maintenance Manager

Tony Gonzalez – Operations Manager

Rachel Bisom – Senior Maintenance Account Administrator

Stephanie Cadena – Full Charge Bookkeeper, Accounting Professional

Lynn Galligan – Seasonal Container and Perennial Specialist

Steve Conway – Plant Healthcare Manager

Doug Foreman – Account Manager

Nick Platzbecker – Account Manager

Jose Ceja Jr. – Account Manager

Alex Smith – Account Manager

Ling Ji – Design Director

Lisa Pollman – Enhancement Director

Brad Dietrich – Construction Supervisor

Megan Miller – Irrigation & Lighting Service Manager

“This team was the best we could have ever anticipated working with for our new home. They were timely, professional, honest and extremely kind. Their entire crew has the best work ethic and was a joy to have around for days on end. The landscape architects are brilliant and they created a dream outdoor home for us. We are so grateful for their hard work.”


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