Certify Your Property

A growing number of people manage their landscapes in ways that help keep the planet healthy. If you’re among them, we’d like to honor you with certification and a handsome garden sign. If your property meets the below criteria, schedule an appointment so we can verify this and provide you with your sign. Others will notice and appreciate your actions and leadership. We sure do!


How to certify if you’re in Lake County

If your property is in Lake County, it needs to meet these criteria to certify:

  • A young oak is present
  • Plants native to northeastern Illinois cover at least 5% of the landscape
  • Lawn chemicals are absent – or rainwater flows through a garden or other water-absorbing feature
  • Buckthorn is absent – or covers less than 5% of the landscape

Schedule your property appointment so we can verify that criteria have been met.

There is a $50 fee, which includes the certification appointment, the garden sign and – if you desire – an initial consultation appointment. There is no fee for properties in Libertyville, Mettawa, Lincolnshire, and Riverwoods.

Certification is good for five years.  


Not in Lake County?

Conservation@Home is a program of The Conservation Foundation and is collaboratively provided by conservation organizations throughout the Chicago region. Each one administers the program in ways tailored to meet its communities’ needs. Find your provider here: