© Deirdre Toner



¤ Landscape ¤

Design  ¤ Project Management

 for Construct ion  / Owner’s Representative



¤ Perennial Garden Specialist ¤             

Design ¤  Maintenance  ¤  Garden Coaching



¤ Outdoor Décor  ¤  

Seasonal Containers  ¤  Garden Art & Antiquities ¤  Furniture &  Structures




My landscape architecture /design is driven by art, architecture, nature and the client’s experience; not the science, not the planning and not even the design process. Although those are  important and integral parts of the creative process, I push for the land to become  art and the generated client experience to be foremost in goal.    It is my hope that a client’s landscape project  fosters the starting point of a new interaction with the property and  their natural environment.


I believe in the freedom and responsibility of a landscape architect/ designer to author a landscape project with the client’s specifications and desires and to take that all the way from initial concept to design details concentrating on exceeding client expectations while respecting the overall budgets set forth by the client.


 In the production of the landscape design, I assemble tradesmen with the best talents in a wide range of professional fields to complement the project in a synergistic way. Plant materials are selected and tagged specifically from nursery vendors across the Midwest to insure the highest quality and best values currently available in any given year.


Communication/reporting  on a daily or weekly basis to assure a continued client comfort level through the difficult excavation and building stages in a project are as important as the final project walk through.






Tactical planning, competitor analysis, print programs and collateral pieces

 Strategic lead development with propelled results


Operational Management

Team building, facilitation, training & development

Policy & procedure development




Project planning, Budget plans/preparation

Risk management & problem resolution

Final reporting







Landscape Design

Project Management

Marketing for the Green Industry

Team Leader and Mentor

Landscape Construction

Outdoor Kitchen & Fire features

Pool, Spa,  & Water features 

Therapeutic Garden Design

Perennial Garden specialist

Flowering Shrub specialist

Vegetable Garden specialist

Seasonal Color Container Rotations




University of Oregon,  Eugene, Oregon 

Fine Arts/ Botanical Science 1975-79


School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

BFA 1981 Art History / Textile Design


 Harrington Institute of Interior Design 1988-1990


Master Gardener Classes ,
Chicago Botanical Garden /
Oakton Community College



Landscape Design & Project Management • D.T. Design • Deirdre E. Toner • 17337 W. Kelley Road • Old Mill Creek • IL 60083 • 847.338.2963 • detoner@live.com