Launched in 2003 with a dedication to sprucing up downtrodden lawns, Green Tee has since sprouted divisions that tackle carpet cleaning and pest control. With a special focus on building a green, friendly community, Joe and Tonia Khouri's team of state-licensed technicians lavishes outdoor greenery in expertly dispatched treatments and organic fertilizers. Meanwhile, homes shuck off excess dust and debris, and the pest-control team exiles invading insects and self-replicating takeout menus.
When Greg Voirin was in high school, he started mowing lawns with nothing but a push mower and some elbow grease. As he grew up, so did his ambition, and today Not Just Grass is a full-fledged lawn-maintenance company that provides services to both homes and businesses. When Greg approaches each new landscaping job, he consults with his brother, Adam Voirin—a LEED-certified pro with a background in landscape architecture. Together, they'll customize a design that could include anything from basic tree and bush trimming to built-in barbecue pits. Greg also creates custom lawn-maintenance plans to give homeowners more time to spend at home with their families or hiding from them at the bowling alley.
During the winter, Greg and his techs pack up their mowers but continue working hard to keep walkways clear of ice and snow. They also keep an extensive portfolio online so customers can peruse the team's handiwork and envision their lawns with a new outdoor kitchen, timber wall, or multilevel patio.
Equipped with an average of 10 years of teaching experience, the knowledgeable instructors at Fox Meadow Farms teach bipeds to tame galloping four-leggers on a tree-lined 68-acre property. Encompassing two indoor arenas, eight all-weather paddocks, and a 1/3-mile cross-country course, the facilities provide plenty of space for students to get a feel for the saddle. During the one-hour group lesson, experienced equiners tutor both beginners and advanced riders on how to walk, trot, and parallel park. The farm limits classes to groups of five or fewer to make sure teachers can interact with each student personally.
Johansen Farms started more than 85 years ago, when Hans Johansen and his family immigrated to Illinois from Copenhagen. Upon their arrival, the family started to grow and sell flowers and vegetables, slowly transforming their business from a roadside farm stand into a flourishing plant empire.
Today, sunlight filters into Johansen Farms’ 24 greenhouses, illuminating scarlet petals and verdant tendrils as they rise from beds of moist earth. Within these humid growing centers, gardeners cultivate more than 2,000 varieties of plants and flowers, from blooming annuals to hearty grasses. Guests meander at will, stopping to sniff baby flower buds and eye appetizing fruits and veggies.
Inside Out's exterior designers upgrade properties' peripheries with customized landscape architecture. During a complimentary consultation, clients meet with open-air artisans to evaluate wants, needs, and prophetic dreams such as water features (starting at $4,000), gas-fed cultured-stone outdoor kitchen islands with granite tops and 24-inch grills ($7,500), or an outdoor kitchen ($9,000+). Based on this information, the firm's consultant will devise a master plan to create sunlit spaces that boast similar comfort and style to their indoor counterparts.