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About Us

History

At the age of twelve, Steven Johns started a small lawn mowing business to earn a little extra money. At the time, his territory extended magnificently a few houses down from his own. With a push mower by his side, Steven would sit in the trunk of his mother's red van as she drove him from house to house. As the years passed, his hard work and devotion to enhancing Earth's wondrous landscapes only intensified. Steven's meticulous nature created fame throughout his neighborhood. His territory soon began to branch out from his family friendly subdivision into the Alton/Godfrey area. With faith in Steven's entrepreneurship, his mother and her business friend, Teri, bought him his first magnetic business sign for his truck door. Upon graduating from high school, Steven eagerly began studying landscape design and turf management at South Western Illinois College. At this time, he was also extensively educated on various types of plants. Over the years, Steven has purchased all of the highest-quality, state-of-the-art equipment for his business. Today, Steven's Lawn and Landscape Design, now Envisioning Green, continues to advance in every area of their services. Steven Johns' passion and love for his customers and community is paramount, yet nonetheless, matchless.

Oh, and if your're wondering...that really is Steven in the picture above, he's just a little bit older now!

Steven & Erika

Steven and Erika, husband and wife duo, are putting their heads together to make sure that your space comes together exactly how you want it to. Married in March 2014, they have devoted much of their time and energy into making sure that they can do what they love, making their clients happy.

Steven started Envisioning Green (then known as Steven's Lawn & Landscape) at the age of 12 being pulled behind his mom's mini van with his mower to each of his clients' houses. How far this company has come! He lives and breathes this work and couldn't see himself doing anything else. He obtained an Associates in Science and one in Horticulture (specializing in landscape design & turf management) and since then has gone on to achieve his Concrete Paver Installer certification, his fertilization applicators license, obtained an NCMA certification, and gotten certification through the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Envisioning Green, as well as Steven, has been recognized in several publications. In his spare time, Steven likes to fly fish, volunteer in the media department at their church, and work at making their house into a home.

Erika has been a part of Envisioning Green since July 2013 but has started full time since graduating with her Bachelors in Nursing in May of 2014. She is constantly listening to webinars through the National Association of Landscape Professionals to help hone our business practices and has received her Concrete Paver Installer certification as well. Erika helps to ensure that things run smoothly. She is also the face behind the computer screen, handling all of our social media accounts, and also designing and executing much of our marketing materials. In her spare time, Erika loves to host parties and plan events at our office, is a worship leader at their church, and play with her and Steven's four rescue dogs.

The Real Bosses of Envisioning Green

Our Mission Statement

"Go exceedingly above and beyond our clients' expectations while maintaining quality, professionalism, hard work, and a fair price."

Why Choose Us?

My personal promises to you are to be upheld by myself and my employees with absolute dedication.

  • I promise to provide fair and competitive pricing to you and all of our customers.
  • I promise reliable service-we'll be there when we promised.
  • I promise to use only the finest equipment and keep it maintained.
  • I promise to answer concerns, complaints, or questions in a timely manner.
  • I promise that our customer's satisfaction is our #1 priority.



  • To serve our customers with the utmost respect and understanding, acknowledging their questions and concerns and taking the proper steps to address them accordingly. Doing this, we ensure that our customer is our number one priority.
  • Strive for continual education and certification in all fields of our services to uphold professionalism and quality. We will service with the highest-quality state-of-the-art equipment to avoid breakdowns and thus the ability to stay on task due to a lack of time constraints with lengthy repairs. We will provide and maintain the best competitive advantage in our territory by implementing our strengths that our competitors do not have.
  • Continue to hire and train professional employees. We will hire crew leaders and supervisors within each type of service and have them trained to become CLT's (Certified Landscape Technicians). With properly trained employees we will be able to serve our customers better with professionalism and the knowledge needed to complete the job correctly.


Credentials

Member of National Association of Landscape Professionals
Member of ILCA (Illinois Landscape Contractors Assoc.)
Certified & licensed by ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute)
Certified & licensed by the NCMA (National Concrete Masonry Assoc.)
Certified Versa-lok and SRW (Segmented Retaining Wall) installers.
Certified & licensed pesticide applicator/operators.


 

 

Testimonials

We now have our backyard oasis!!! Absolutely love how everything turned out. Brian and his crew were wonderful and paid very close attention to detail!! Any unexpected issues that came up, they were able to quickly fix and when we wanted to add on to the project we were able to get the supplies needed quickly. Overall job well done and can’t wait for future projects with Envisioning Green!! :) big thanks to Charles for the vision, Justin and Steven for keeping it all together and Brian and his crew for making it happen! Time to enjoy some backyard parties!
Mary Beth – Maryville, IL

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We appreciate all the ideas, energy and work you put into our project. From design through construction you were very professional, easy to work with, and committed to giving us what we wanted. We are very pleased with the result and in knowing we chose the right company to create our backyard experience.
– Rick & Brandi – Edwardsville, IL

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We purchased or new Ranch style home nearly four years ago after living in a two-story for 20 plus years. This was the type of home and style of home my wife and I were searching for once we decided to move. We found our dream home sitting on 2 difficult acres. Once in the backyard, it sloped heavily down to a 1 Acre retention pond that was really in awful condition. We did see potential for something very special if we could find the right company to partner with. We met the entire staff at Envisioning green through an invitation to one of their Wine Open Houses. While there, we were able to see their many outdoor exhibits and view their picture portfolios and well as speak with some of their current and past customers.

Late last summer and we had their owner and designer over to discuss the entire project; both pond remediation and backyard creation. We wanted a pool, gas fire pit and an outdoor bar and as usually happens....once we got going, we added a little more!

The process was quite impressive as we gave them a list of must haves and a budget for the project. We did have change orders for things we elected to add but once we signed, it couldn't have gone smoother. The project turned out amazingly like the electronic design plan they initially presented us with no unwanted surprises. They worked through the winter, around the early spring rains and we are now enjoying our backyard immensely.

With our property, there was so much more complexity than what I'm able to describe here and we knew we couldn't turn this over to just any company based solely on price or promise. For the reasonable budget we gave them we received an "HGTV"" backyard in return. Great job Envisioning Green!
Larry & Kris – Maryville, IL

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Don’t Want To Write This Review … Seriously

Having read the title, it would be understandable if your mind jumped to the assumption that I am preparing to present a plethora of faults with the company, the crew, the work … whatever. But nothing could be further from my thoughts. The reason for my not wanting to write this review is because reviews mark the end of something and I find it hard to meet this particular end; the people involved here, the ones leaving because their work is finished, are people I’ve come to so admire and care about.

I’m 63 years old. I’ve hired contractors throughout my life for big jobs, small jobs and all of those in between. Too often I’ve been profoundly amazed at the level of incompetence displayed by self-proclaimed professionals; their work so shoddy that one simply had to accept the entirety of their training must have come from watching YouTube videos or that some had perhaps once made a wooden letter holder for their mother and, having completed that arduous task, then decided they were skilled enough to build houses. After experiencing so many contractor related disappointments through the years, I finally came to often expect the worst as the new normal.

At 62, I bought my retirement home and soon decided it needed some updates that were far beyond my own ability to complete. I began with a clear vision of what I wanted and began seeking out a company, a partner, that could bring my ideas to life. I called or visited companies large and not-so-large and even approached recommended individuals. Most all of these I asked said they couldn’t do what I wanted and those few that said they could really didn’t have the quality materials, proper experience or share vision that I was looking for. In that I would be spending my retirement money on one-time projects, I could no longer afford to have contractors that were only going to provide me with “good-enough” or less. In driving around through southern Illinois and Missouri, I’d seen some beautiful places with completed projects similar to what I wanted but couldn’t bring myself to go up and ask any of the home owners who it was had done the work for them. My bad.

Then I began searching the internet with key terms like outdoor fireplace, stone staircase, outdoor kitchen, etc.; began searching images of such projects that closely matched what I had imagined. Clicking on an image would sometimes provide a link to the company that had built the project. And that’s how it was I came to find an image, clicked on it and discovered a link to Envisioning Green. I thought it an odd name but, hey, the image was all that and so I was willing to reach out this one more time.

Lindsey Bigham answered the phone when I rang Envisioning Green. I was in a mood and immediately launched into a rather loud and semi-accusatory rant the second she finished saying hello...

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