2017 EBSCO Research Best Pick

American Gardens, Inc.

8th year as a Best Pick

  • A-Rated
  • Verified General Liability
  • Verified Workers' Comp

"American Gardens strongly stands behind its company philosophy, 'Creativity, craftsmanship, and care.' We provide truly inspired designs, installation with skilled craftsmanship, and horticultural garden care to make sure that your garden grows and flourishes. We would like to be part of your landscape for years to come."

Dan Wanzung | Partner

Areas Served:

Northwest Chicago Suburbs, Southwest Chicago Suburbs, Western Chicago Suburbs

  • Services Offered
    American Gardens offers landscape architecture and design, installation, lighting, and garden care. The company considers sustainability in all aspects of design and installation.
  • Minimum Job
    American Gardens' job minimums include $10,000 for installations, $500 for maintenance, and a fee for designs.
  • Distinctions
    American Gardens has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens publications. Company cofounder Dan Wanzung is a past president of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, and his partner, Jerry Milewski, has earned The Naturalist Certificate from the Morton Arboretum.
  • Company History
    Jerry and Dan founded the company in 1991. Both partners graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in landscape architecture.

Select Quotes from Customer Interviews

A selection of 71 homeowner reviews:


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We love American Gardens. From the first time that we met Dan—one of the principals—he spent a lot of time at our home, surveying our property inside and out. He worked with us to develop several different plans. The installation was great, the plans were good quality, and they followed up with us on anything we needed. They did a spring cleanup for us this year and a fall cleanup last year. I've actually already recommended them. I would give the experience an A++.
They were very good. Everything they promised, they did, and Dan bent over backwards to get the best plants and draw good designs. I would rate them as an A.
They do a great job, and they're reliable and professional. They come as needed. They earned an A.
They're very professional and thorough. They get an A.
I had a positive experience with American Gardens.
It was a very positive experience. They were fine. I would give them an A.
I had a very good experience with them.
When you have work done by them, they do the work totally. They come in, and they're very professional. The people that work for them are very busy all day, doing what they're supposed to do. They leave everything neat and clean when they leave, even to the point where we did spring cleanup, and it was raining outside, and they couldn't get all the dirt off, but they came back the next day and cleaned it all up. I didn't even have to call. I would definitely give them an A. One of the things I like about them is, over the years, they've done some landscaping for us as well. Now they're doing maintenance for us, too. I've met a lot of frogs until I got to some princes. A lot of people told me the wrong thing, and then they came in, and the plants lasted a month or two before they died. Then I found out later on, through my own research, that the plants were inappropriate for the areas that they were put in. I've never had that problem with American Gardens. I recommend them all of the time.
It was a positive experience.
American Gardens was great. They did a terrific job. They were very personable and very thorough. They listened to what we requested and wanted, and they were very attentive and very accommodating to us. They did a landscape plan—they just did the design; they did not do the installation. I found the company through Best Pick Reports. I'd give them an A.

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