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About the owner

Laura Zigmanth

Laura Zigmanth, owner of ecoChic landscape design

Laura Zigmanth is owner, president, and ceo (chief everything officer) of ecoChic landscape design, which she has operated since 2009, serving as a landscape consultant and landscape designer specializing in shoreline restoration and native habitats. She has been involved with the “Green” Industry since 1998. Prior to starting ecoChic, she worked in local nurseries and garden centers, a big box garden center, and various growing facilities.You will frequently find her attending conferences and classes to always stay up to date on current trends.  


Credentials

  • Albion College, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Oakland Community College, Associate Degrees: Landscape Design and Horticulture Technology
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA): Certified Arborist
  • State of Michigan, MDARD: Certified Pesticide Applicator, licensed and insured
  • Michigan Natural Shorelines Partnership: Certified Natural Shoreline Professional
  • Various presentations on bird, bee, and butterfly habitats, use of native plants, identifying and removing invasive plants, and the importance of trees
  • Various articles published regarding natural shoreline design and care, invasive plants, and bird habitats.

Memberships

  • Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA)
  • Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA)
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  • Arboriculture Society of Michigan (ASM)
  • Wildflower Association of Michigan (WAM)
  • North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy (NOHLC)
  • Sierra Club
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • National Audubon Society

Landscaping Ideas: An Environmentally Sustainable Approach

The ecoChic approach to landscaping

It is one thing to “do landscaping”, and another to "do something about landscaping”. Laura found that she disliked the traditional methods of landscaping that promote non-native plants and require excessive watering, and sought to be more ecologically responsible. She has used her devotion to the natural environment to develop landscaping ideas that create habitats for every size and type of garden. For over ten years she has been helping clients establish beautiful, sustainable gardens that support wildlife while minimizing environmental impact. Her interest in water quality and habitat restoration have promoted her use of native plants whenever possible.


Laura learned from her parents a love of nature and an appreciation of the local environment. Her young life found her exploring the woods, learning about birds, fish and local plants, while gaining an understanding of the weather and the waters around Saginaw Bay, Michigan. From her father, an architect, she learned first hand about using recycled materials to build raised garden beds and rain gardens. From her mother, a designer and artist, she learned about installing plants for the birds, butterflies and bees while paying attention to color and visual interest.


While design skills developed naturally and by trial and error, Laura has applied what she’s learned to organic gardening and sustainability. The yard has to work and look good too. Rain barrels should compliment the house, permeable walkways should drain water for the aquifer, plants should accent the property and not over or underwhelm. As an artist who loves to garden, it was inevitable that Laura’s interests would meld into one avocation.