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.
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.