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Greetings from Our Team

by cathy bilow on 02/26/18

Well, here it is, the middle of winter already.   I cannot lie —I am thoroughly enjoying the beautiful, hydrating snowfall and it is making it difficult to think about spring.  However, I cannot procrastinate any longer. If I don’t get down to business there will be no business. LOL!

At the end of November 2017, my husband, Ken Bilow, retired from his full-time job as Turf Specialist with the City of Bloomington.  He is now working with me and              Accent Nature LLC full-time.  This will allow us to be of service to more clients. Please spread the word.  We would love to help make ALL Central Illinois lawns healthier and safer for kids, pets, birds and pollinators.  

Last summer, Gail Ford joined Accent Nature as bookkeeper and office manager. She is an invaluable member of our team and I am looking forward to her help this year with estimates, invoicing, general marketing and communications.  Her assistance will allow me to do more of the gardening and design work that I love.  Gail is semi-retired having served as Executive Director for several nonprofits over the past 25 years. She enjoys gardening, fitness, cooking, time with her family and travel.  

Melanie Haerle, our head gardener, returns for her fourth year with Accent Nature!  Melanie has a degree in horticulture from Illinois Central College and is very knowledgeable and meticulous in her work. Her favorite gardening task is pruning and her real passion is growing organic fruit and orchard management.  We are grateful for her horticultural skills, warm smile and friendly disposition.  Melanie is greatly interested in holistic living and learning  ways we can help keep our planet and our bodies healthy.  She is a wealth of information regarding herbs, whole foods and natural cures. Having Melanie on our team helps us to stay focused on our mission of environmental stewardship and personal health.  Melanie has three daughters and lives in Normal.

Alisa Gaspar, one of Melanie’s daughters, will be working with us again this year.  After graduating from high school in 2017, Alisa joined our team.  She has discovered a love for plants and caring for the beautiful gardens we help design, plant and maintain.  Melanie and Alisa make a great gardening duo.

One of our goals this year is to improve our communications, keeping you more up to date on our scheduling, as well as other important lawn and garden information necessary for maintaining your beautiful trees, flowers and lawns. We believe the most effective and efficient way to accomplish this is through email. If possible, please jot down your email address on the enclosed card and mail it back with your contract. Or just send us an email and we will add your address to our list. I promise we will not fill your “in box” with junk mail.  And, as always, if you have questions, concerns or need additional services do not hesitate to contact us by phone, text or email anytime.  If you do not use email regularly, let us know the best way to contact you and we can        accommodate.  We know that to get the best results we must work in partnership with YOU and nature.

Accent Nature LLC is on Facebook where we post community events, practical information, research, and human-interest stories related lawns, gardens, food, health, pets and stewardship of the environment.  Additionally, from time to time you will see photos of  current landscape/garden projects , scenes from a garden/nature related trip and our family.  I hope you will “Like” us and “Share” us with your friends. For just plain “FUN STUFF” you can follow us on Instagram @accentnature .

Thank you all for your loyalty to Accent Nature. We truly appreciate being able to serve you and help make Central Illinois a great, green place to live, work and play.


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