Design Services

Lurvey Design Services

Embrace Your Space - Love Your Landscape!

Combining your needs with our innovative expertise, our passionate and creative designers will help you discover a world of possibilities and hidden potential to expand your outdoor living space. We offer a range of services to accommodate your every design need. From a consultation in our store to a full comprehensive landscape design, our design staff is at your service.

Start your design journey with one of the options below:

Garden Coaching

Our Garden Coach will come to your home and assess your garden challenges and suggest practical solutions

Get advice on proper gardening techniques and recommendations for improvements

Fees start at $99.00/Hour which includes travel time door-to-door

Front Yard Design Express Service

Perfect for front yards with planting areas up to 500 square feet

Service is provided via a 90-minute virtual session with your Designer

$199.00 per 90-minute session

Get your complete design without ever leaving home​

Plant lists, quantities needed and material price quotes available​

Back Yard Design Express Service

Great for design areas up to 700 square feet

90-minute virtual session with your Designer

Pricing starts at $299.00 for a 90-minute session

Enjoy a collaborative process with your designer to create your plan​

DIY installation or we will provide Contractor recommendations​

Comprehensive Design Service

Great for more complex designs, ranging in size from one area to full properties​

Designers come to you at your home, to fully understand your individual area(s) and desires​

Pricing is based on the size, location, and complexity of the design

Complex elements like hardscape, fire features, and other architectural elements are included

Full planting designs​

Your Master Plan can be installed in full, or implemented in phases, for long term planning

Why Consider Lurvey?

  • Lurvey is known for our quality plants, pavers and natural stone, aquatics, lighting, garden accessories, supplying virtually all of your landscape needs.
  • Lurvey offers exceptional service and knowledge through our product specialists.
  • Lurvey is dedicated to helping people improve their outdoor surroundings by providing quality landscape products and exceptional customer service.
  • Lurvey can provide you with proven contractors with skills matched to your project to ensure a successful installation and great results.

Contact Us

Lurvey Design Center
847-824-0756
[email protected]

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Meet Our Designers

Jenny Balanoff

Comprehensive Design, Lead Landscape Designer

Jenny comes from a long line of gardeners so when she decided to make a career change in 2002, Landscape Design seemed like a natural choice.  Since she has been in the green industry she has worked at several garden centers but has primarily worked for design/build firms.  Jenny joined Lurvey in 2016 and her designs are both thoughtful and detailed.  She enjoys designing hardscapes, as well as landscapes, and utilizes native and pollinator-friendly plants.

Jenny has a BA in Food Science and Nutrition with a minor in Biology.  Also, she has an Associate’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture, with certificates in Landscape Design and Sustainable Landscaping from the College of DuPage.  In her free time, Jenny enjoys gardening, bike riding, and ballroom dancing.

Thom Kenly

Front Yard Design Express

Thom’s affinity for nature stems from his childhood exploration of the woods, quarries, and streamsides around his home in the Catskill Mountains of New York. After completing an Associate’s Degree in Horticulture at the State University of New York –  Cobleskill, Thom went on to attain a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Thom also did some post-graduate work in Restoration Ecology at the University of Wisconsin. 

Thom made the move to Chicago in 2003 and worked at an area garden center in sales and design.   In 2012, he began working at Lurvey.  He very much enjoys the process of designing in real-time collaboration with the customer through the Design Consult Service that is now the Front Yard Express Design Service. 

Thom loves when he can be creative using regionally appropriate perennials, grasses, and shrubs in the front yard setting to negotiate a clean yet free-spirited look; respecting the scale and features of the house as well as delivering reduced maintenance and longevity as a requirement.  Thom brings together his love of nature and knowledge of horticulture, design, and construction to deliver elegantly styled landscapes.

Phyllis Lea

Comprehensive Design

Phyllis grew up on a farm in southern Illinois.  Though her career started in education as a teacher, her roots eventually surfaced, and gardening became her passion.  Once her career path changed, she obtained two professional certificates in Garden Design and Horticulture from the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Since graduating in 2013, she has enjoyed helping create beautiful spaces for clients through designs, plant selection, sales, and horticultural advice.  She is still teaching, but now it is teaching homeowners about plants.  She is especially happy when homeowners plant gardens themselves.  Playing in the dirt is so satisfying and sharing that love with others gives her joy.

She loves to spend time in her own garden noticing the seasonal changes and beauty of the natural world.  Visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden and forest preserves is also a favorite pastime.  Observing nature is a wonderful inspiration for her designs.

Whatever your gardening and landscape vision

— see how Lurvey can help bring it to life!