With the extreme cold blowing through the Chicago area this week, please consider the following safety tips:

* Avoid prolonged time outdoors. If you must, dress in layers. Cover any exposed areas of skin – including the face, neck, hands, etc.

* Know the risk, signs and symptoms of hypothermia
– Adults: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness.
– Children & Infants: Bright red, cold skin and very low energy.

* Know the risk, signs and symptoms of frostbite
– A white or grayish-yellow skin area
– Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
– Numbness
– At the first sign of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin – frostbite may be beginning.
– A victim of frostbite is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb.

If you experience of hypothermia or frostbite, seek immediate medical attention. Do not wait!

Other Safety Reminders:

* Have an emergency kit ready in your car – blankets, flashlights, water, snacks and jumper cables are a few of the essentials.

* Keep your cell phone on a full charge.

* Keep your car’s gas tank full or fill it when the gauge hits the ½ tank mark.

* Don’t overexert yourself while shoveling snow. Call 9-1-1 if you experience chest pain.

* Extreme cold is dangerous for pets too. Keep your pets indoors as much as possible.

Finally, consider the following safety tips when using supplemental heat sources such as space heaters:

* Ensure that all combustible items are kept away from the unit

* If using a kerosene heater, make sure it’s in a well-ventilated area.

* Do not run your stove or oven to generate heat

* Homes with high-efficiency furnaces should make sure the venting to the outside of the home is clear and not snow covered.

Bottom line, please extreme caution during these dangerous conditions and do everything that you can in order to keep yourself and your family safe.


We hope you enjoyed the holiday season and are looking forward to 2019. With the new year upon us, here at RP we have been looking back at the past year with a thoughtful eye, capitalizing on successes and working on areas for improvement. Always forward motion … always striving upward … always refining ourselves personally and professionally.

With that in mind, may 2019 be your most rewarding year to date.



Good Morning,

We want to inform you that instances of Fire Blight have come to our attention, a plant health care issue that affects ornamental and fruit trees such as Pear, Crabapple and Alder, which is brought about by the record precipitation and extreme temperature and humidity swings we have been experiencing. This unique set of weather circumstances creates an ideal environment for Erwinia amylovora, the bacterium responsible for Fire Blight, and can cause critical damage pretty quickly which is incurable.


Fire Blight affects ornamental trees, and presents as a tan or reddish fluid seeping from discolored branches or trunk cankers combined with curled and/or browning foliage near the infection site.


We recommend careful pruning out of diseased wood in accordance with  horticulture practices, including sterilization of tools between cuts. Because there is no cure for Fire Blight, severely affected trees may require removal.

Our plant health care professionals will be looking for signs of Fire Blight at client sites, and will make contact regarding treatment if any issues are identified.

Please contact our Plant Health Care Department (847-549-1361) if you have any questions or believe you have infected trees.



What a fabulous weather week we have had. This weekend things are predicted to heat up into the 90’s, which affects plants, especially those newly planted and annuals in containers.  It is crucial for plants to receive water during heat waves to ensure good health.  In the absence of rain, we recommend the following watering guidelines.



Annuals & Perennials: 1-2 hours twice a week, let top of soil dry without plant wilting.

Established Groundcover: 1 hour every 2 weeks.

Small Shrubs: soaker hose or slow trickle 1-2 hours per week.

Ornamental Trees & Large Evergreens: soaker hose or slow trickle 4 hours per week.

Lawns: Give new sod a good soaking 45-60 minutes daily. Sprinkle seed daily just enough to keep it moist.  Established lawns need 1-1.5″ of water per week, depending on sun exposure, or you can let lawn go dormant.



And The Winner Is….


Rosborough is excited to have won an award for our work on the Shakespeare Garden at Northwestern University. Below is the press release announcing this wonderful honor.


Rosborough Partners (RP) has won the Gold Award from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) for their construction work on the landmark ‘Shakespeare Garden’ on the picturesque Northwestern University campus in Evanston. This landscape was in collaboration with Hitchcock Design Group, and the award recognizes Rosborough Partners for their superior construction in updating the garden while still honoring its long-standing history. Initially commissioned and still controlled by the Garden Club of Evanston, the design of the Shakespeare themed garden was originally done in 1913 by Jens Jensen, the celebrated landscape architect made famous for his “prairie-style” designs. In restoring the garden back to its original splendor, Rosborough’s attention to detail included incorporating elements from the Elizabethan era for visitors to feel transported back in time as they stroll through the garden.


“Partnering with Northwestern University and Hitchcock Group to rehabilitate this historic garden has truly been an honor,” said Phil Rosborough, President of Rosborough Partners. “The garden was time worn and in need of rejuvenation to restore its life and character, so our team worked with a committee to research plants and architectural details from Shakespeare’s boyhood home to ensure accuracy, such as fragrant heirloom roses and clematis-filled wooden obelisks. Our goal was to invite visitors to slow down and immerse themselves in Shakespeare’s world, so we also updated the flagstone sitting area for guests to literally stop and smell the roses.  We are humbled by the recognition and thrilled to receive this award.”


Rosborough Partners is one of Chicagoland’s premier full-service landscape architecture firms, offering a full array of residential and commercial garden and landscaping services to help you transform your outdoor space into a warm and welcoming part of your life. Their remarkable work on this historic garden was honored February 1, 2018 at the iLandscape Show, ILCA’s Midwestern event for landscape professionals. This award, in addition to two others this year, marks the 16th ILCA award Rosborough Partners has received for excellence in landscape design, construction and maintenance, emphasizing their commitment to service and stewardship, and an overall superior client experience.

Rosborough’s honor is awarded by the ILCA, whose mission it is to enhance the professionalism and capabilities of members by providing leadership, education, representation, and services, while promoting environmental awareness and the value of the landscape industry.

(Photos by Mike Crews Photography)

We Are Excited To Announce Two New Account Managers


We are pleased to announce that Guy Seno and Kathryn Rockett have joined Rosborough Partners as Residential Account Managers as we further develop our growing portfolio of regional accounts.

Guy Seno comes to Rosborough with vast experience in the landscape industry, having spent the last couple of decades running his own company, with services that include landscape design, installation and maintenance.  He began by opening a garden center after college in Hawthorn Woods, eventually expanding it into landscape construction, irrigation and specialized maintenance, accumulating extensive knowledge of plants and hardscape materials along the way.  He believes in treating every client’s property as his own, and is committed to meeting and exceeding customer expectation.

Guy’s roll as Account Manager he will provide landscape services to many residences in the Chicagoland area. Guy commented, “Transforming a client’s yard into personal, usable outdoor space is my passion. I am excited to bring my knowledge and experience to Rosborough Partners, and look forward to learning and growing with this fantastic group of landscape professionals.”

Jose Mercado, Residential Maintenance Team Manager, said, “Guy comes to Rosborough with over 25 years of hands-on landscape industry experience in the areas of design, sales, and crew management. His expertise in all areas of landscape service is a huge benefit as we commit to maintaining our high standard of client satisfaction while the company continues to grow.”

Kathryn Rockett, brings to Rosborough her substantial experience and knowledge of the landscape Industry, along with a fascinating background.

Kathryn was raised in the South of England in Surrey, where her first job was in The Royal Horticultural Society Gardens in Wisley, which instilled in her a love of English gardens and natural rolling landscapes … a look and feel she enjoys incorporating into landscape designs whenever possible.  Kathryn has extensive experience as an Account Manager, working at an award winning interior landscaping company, Greenspace, Inc. out of  Boston, in addition to more recently with another local landscape company and greenhouse.  In Kathryn’s roll as Account Manager she will provide landscape services to several residences in the Chicagoland area. Kathryn states, “I am excited to be at Rosborough Partners as I apply my experience and passion for the industry to best serve our clients, and I look forward to working with this fantastic team.”

Jose Mercado added, “We were fortunate to have found Kathryn. She comes with extensive design, plant and hardscape knowledge, including overseeing landscape installations. I was very impressed with her approach to ensuring client satisfaction when coordinating and managing high end residential horticulture maintenance and installation jobs.”

Please note cell phone numbers for each Account Manager below to reach them directly, or you can call our office 847/549-1361 Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm.

Jose Mercado:  847/417-0841

Terri Thornton:  847/514-8455

Guy Seno:  224/275-1378

Kathy Rockett:  224/275-1377


What Is A Garden To Me? by Phil Rosborough

“I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God, it would be in a Garden at the cool of the day.” f. Frankfort Moore ~ A Garden Of Peace


Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I lived a relatively “normal” middle class suburban kids existence … school, piano lessons, park district sports, mowing lawns, summer vacations, etc.

What wasn’t at all normal was that within my neighborhood block right behind our house were 3 vacant home lots…..an overgrown woodland world perfect for a young boy and his friends. For us, this place was transformed into a wonderland. A special place where the imagination came alive….where a large fallen tree became an amazing play structure, where paths through tall native grasses led to nowhere and anywhere at the same time, where over grown shrubs and hedge rows became secret caves and tunnels, and where a large tree branched all the way to the ground provided the perfect hide out from whoever or whatever needed to be hidden from…..and where the foundation of my passion for gardens was stirred.

A garden should be that place where wonders come alive, where we get lost and it doesn’t matter, where we enjoy and pretend, and where we escape from the troubles that surround us….that’s how the garden was at the beginning and it is what we long for it to be today.

A garden should be thought of as more than a collection of plants. It’s a place where time slows and we become quieted long enough to actually notice and appreciate the uniqueness of all of the elements in the garden. It should be rest for the soul…a place where memories are created. A garden should evoke a very emotional, personal and visceral response.

Today, I know what all of those plants were and, while there are three homes on those lots, the memories are not lost. I marvel at the majestic oak that became a whole new world for me, the little bluestem that might as well have been 10′ tall to a young boy, the overgrown forsythia massing that became an amazing tunnel of yellow each spring, the grouping of three enormous mockorange shrubs that became a white flower covered cave- begging for you to crawl into its intoxicating world of fragrance….a smell that still takes me back today, and, lastly, a mulberry tree with such a spread that it felt like you could live underneath it!  It was there in those vacant lots that my understanding of place was formed.

A garden to me is a very personal space that should make a difference in the lives of those who experience it. It should leave an indelible mark and draw one back into a place either physically or in memory …this is what we should strive for as designers- a transformed garden space that touches and changes lives.


Phil Rosborough

Plan Your Spring Landscape Project

We hope you had a wonderful weekend as the slightly warmer temperatures melted away the snow. Before we know it spring will be here, and it will bring with it a yearning to be outdoors … breathing fresh, clean air, listening to the cheerful return of wildlife, and watching our gardens come back to life.
Whatever details your dream backyard oasis includes … whatever elements help you escape from each day’s stress … our staff will help you fulfill that desire. Whether installing a relaxing spa or pool, creating a functional outdoor entertaining area, or giving your entrance a welcoming makeover to come home to each day … planning for your perfect landscape begins with a vision.
Realizing that vision is an exciting, creative process that our design and construction teams are passionate about helping you achieve.
Our crews continue fulfilling contracted services this week. If you have any special requests, feel free to contact your Account Manager directly, or call our office 847/549-1361 during regular business hours.
Jose Mercado:  847/417-0841
Terri Thornton:  847/514-8455
Come experience our garden story inspired by Bernie’s Book Bank at this year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show!
Wednesday, March 14 – Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Navy Pier.
Visit our garden display and get some ideas for your next landscape project. Click here for more information:

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

And what a wonderful morning it is. The staff is busy with excitement preparing our exhibit for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier, March 14-18 … planning, designing, and building … telling our story through this very special presentation. Our ‘Garden Trilogy’ display, in keeping with the show’s FlowerTales theme, is inspired by Bernie’s Book Bank and their important ‘Books For A Better Life’ mission to bring quality reading material to under privileged children.
We will reveal some of the book-inspired surprises in our garden later, but in the meantime, enjoy these Flower & Garden Show photos from previous years to give you an idea of the spectacular displays being created for everyone’s enjoyment.
To anyone that has grown tired of winter’s tight hold, we would persuade you to attend the show for a refreshing jump on spring, complete with colorful blooms, heady fragrance, and most importantly … fantastical gardens that bring to life your cherished childhood imaginings. We look forward to seeing you there!  For tickets and information:
For those looking for a special night out that honors the crucial work of this year’s beneficiaries, we encourage you to attend the Flower & Garden Show charity night, Tuesday, March 13, for an evening of horticulture inspired fashion, delicious food, and aromatic spring flowers. See their website for details:
Last year they helped 333,000 at risk children in the Chicagoland area read their way to a better life as an investment in their future. For more information about Bernie’s Book Bank and how to help their important program, please visit their website:


We are excited to announce our ‘Garden Trilogy’ display at this year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier, March 14-18, benefiting Bernie’s Book Bank. Stay tuned for more information!


Our crews are continuing to remove holiday lighting and perform winter pruning this week. If you have any special requests, feel free to contact your Account Manager directly, or call our office 847/549-1361 during regular business hours.

Jose Mercado:  847/417-0841

Terri Thornton: 847/514-8455