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Heffernan Landscape Design

Established in 1994, Heffernan Landscape Design is a full-service design-build residential landscape company serving Chicago and the suburbs. We offer all phases of landscape design and construction from garden plans to lighting, paths, stone patios and plantings.

While some of our outdoor projects are recognized for the strong, clean geometry of stone hardscapes with lush plantings, our varied style blends your project goals and preferences with our expertise in landscape design.

From the garden design to the construction of outdoor structures and installation of the landscaping plants, everyone at Heffernan Landscape Design is dedicated to creating a unique outdoor living space that will enhance the beauty and character of your home. With careful consideration of your site’s features coupled with your own garden ideas, needs and budget, we will help you create a beautiful, yet functional home landscape.

Carol Heffernan, Founding Principal

Carol Heffernan, founding principal, received a BFA and MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She uses her artistic, aesthetic and technical background to apply garden design principles in creating a sense of place, whether it’s a large estate on the North Shore, an historic home in the suburbs, a sleek, modern house on a city lot or the rooftop of a condominium.

Professional Affiliations:

APLD Association of Professional Landscape Designers

ILCA Illinois Landscape Contractors Association

LDA Landscape Design Association

We hired Carol based on photos of her work and her solid reputation. It turned out to be a great decision because she was excellent to work with and her vision went well beyond the run-of-the-mill landscaping approach. Her art background comes through in her designs. She came up with a unique, tasteful, and beautiful design that has really enhanced the curb appeal and value of our property. Throughout the process, from design to implementation, she was professional, friendly, responsive, knowledgable, and a very timely communicator. Her crew was equally fantastic. We saw quickly that they were skilled, and that we could count on them to do the project right. We will be soon utilizing Carol to landscape and enhance our backyard.Read More

Carol and her team were wonderful! We began working the project, an initial design, with Carol in April. By early May we had a finalized plan and knew the timeline and schedule for construction. The team arrived promptly every day around 8:30am, and stayed until after 5 some days...they worked so hard even during the hottest days. Once construction started, it took a week to complete. We could not love it more, our vision of desert in Chicago happened! We love it!Read More

Carol completely transformed our boring old Chicago back yard into a gorgeous extension of our house. It's like we have a whole new huge room to enjoy when the weather is nice. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She is very experienced and came highly recommended by her past clients. They raved about her work and they were spot on. Carol came to the project with great ideas, remembered every detail of our wish list and was flexible when we asked to change the plans a bit. We needed a stone patio, new fence, sidewalk, back stairs and porch, raised garden beds and all new plants, plus we added some plumbing, lighting and new electric to our garage. She arranged for all of this to be taken care of by her expert team. She's a one-stop shop. And her crew! They're an amazing, friendly, hard-working, knowledgeable group of people. They started on time every day, cleaned up after themselves, and the foreman was always available to answer my questions. They seemed to really enjoy their work. My neighbors were like: "Where did you find them!? They were amazing!" It's no wonder that Carol is highly sought-after and very busy. We were lucky to get her. We started planning and made decisions in the fall, so that by early the next spring, we were ready to roll.Read More

Carol has redone both our front and back yard. Each each presented their own challenges ...from many mature trees and shade to a lot of overgrown, unkempt plantings. Carol listened to our ideas/goals and was able to transform them into detailed plans and great spaces. We wanted simple, low-maintenance plantings for our backyard as well as a large fire pit area. She was able to utilize a lot of already existing materials (flagstone, some plants, etc) which was great. We didn't feel as if we were wasting anything and it helped save on costs. She also fixed a lot of of paver patio which was uneven and dangerous. She just completed our front yard and it exceeded our expectations. She sourced a very specific evergreen tree that I had seen online. She bought it weeks ago and took care of it at her house until it was time to plant here. She was able to fit into the design as well as a specific tree my husband wanted. She really pays attention to details, from the stone she uses, to the variety of plants she suggests to the pavers she recommends. Her crew is great. They are really professional and go above and beyond what we would expect. We had stone delivered to put under our deck, unrelated to anything Carol was doing for us. We just dumped the stone under the deck and didn't hadn't had time to spread it out. It was certainly not on their to do list and they spread out the stone for us. Little things matter. I found Carol easy to work with and she is going to be doing our side yard hopefully in the near future. Highly recommend! (I wish my pictures were better...hard to see the details.)Read More

From start to finish, a fantastic project. Front, side, and back yards, hardscaping and landscaping were needed following a renovation. Carol met with us and listened to what we wanted and needed and developed a project plan that her team brought to life. Work was done professionally and efficiently with attention to detail and we genuinely enjoyed every part of the process. Highly recommend.Read More