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Sustainability Is in Our Roots

Tilly has been committed to sustainability in landscape design since day one. Today, we’ve only deepened our commitment to the environment for the benefit of people, plants, and animals alike.

Why We Care

As people who love plants, it's easy to see why we might care about the environment but our mission goes deeper than that. Tilly was founded by a team of four passionate moms who want to run a business our kids can be proud of.

We've seen both environmental damage and the ugly side of the business world firsthand. Our goal is to leave both in the dust as we build a business that's ethical, environmentally responsible, and puts a healthy and thriving planet first.

Our experts each specialize in designing for different regions of the country and they're getting training to match the exact environmental issues that affect their areas.

Our Environmental Initiatives

Working with trusted environmental experts helps us to keep our sustainability standards high in every part of our practice. Here are our current projects and partners:

Giving Back to the Earth with 1% for the Planet

Joining 1% for the Planet's mission to donate 1% of our annual revenue to environmental initiatives was an easy choice! This globally-recognized organization vets environmental charities to make sure that donations have the maximum impact, and they verify our contributions to keep us accountable. They've verified over $300 million for environmental nonprofits around the globe, and we're happy to add to that number. This year, the bulk of our donations are going to The National Wildlife Federation, which leads to...

Sustainable Yards with National Wildlife Federation™

Tilly is thrilled to engage in a multifaceted affiliation with the National Wildlife Federation™! We're supporting their mission to help wildlife populations in a changing world through sustainable landscape design, monetary donations and by spreading their message.

All of Tilly's landscape designers and architects are going through in-depth training with the NWF to learn how to incorporate their Certified Wildlife Habitat® standards into our landscape designs. That means that no matter your local climate, we can help you to create a sustainable landscape design that's an oasis for you and native species.

Just as importantly, we can pass along this knowledge to every one of our clients. They'll talk to their friends, family, and neighbors and spread the impact of sustainable landscaping to a much wider audience than we could ever hope to reach on our own. Together, we're making a dent in the 1 million acres of wildlife habitat lost to suburban development every year.

Carbon Neutrality with One Tree Planted

Tilly has been a carbon neutral business since we opened our virtual doors in 2019. We started by limiting our carbon footprint and by making our business entirely remote. No lengthy commutes and hours spent driving to and from job sites means no carbon emitted for travel.

For the emissions we can't avoid, we offset them through a partnership with One Tree Planted. They've planted millions of trees that absorb CO2 from the atmosphere to keep our climate healthy. As of 2022, our partnership is responsible for planting thousands of trees—and that number is just going to keep growing.

Our Landscaping Principles

Sustainability is infused into every landscape design we create. We design yards packed with native plant species that are water-wise and low maintenance. These native landscapes attract all sorts of pollinators and native wildlife. We reduce water use and reduce waste produced wherever possible. It turns out that working with nature creates a yard that's better for you and the environment! We incorporate these landscaping practices and more across three major areas:

Plants

Plant selection plays a critical role in sustainable design. Featuring native plants and noninvasive species is scientifically proven to improve environmental conditions in many ways including creating habitats for native species.

  • Increased Biodiversity

  • Water Conservation

  • Carbon Sequestration

  • Soil Health

Materials

Using sustainable building materials can help to reduce the environmental toll of your landscaping. We focus on materials that are durable, recyclable and reusable, made with eco-friendly practices, and low impact on your environment.

  • Water Conservation

  • Lower GHG Emissions

  • Waste Reduction

Maintenance

A thoughtful use of plants and materials is the surest way to make your landscape low maintenance. We keep upkeep green and wildlife-friendly with electric equipment, organic treatments, composting, and more.

  • Increased Biodiversity

  • Water Conservation

  • Lower GHG Emissions

  • Waste Reduction

  • Soil Health

We're proud of the progress we've made over the last few years

and we're looking forward to expanding our positive impact even more in the years to come. If you share our passion and want to read up on how you can incorporate sustainable landscaping techniques in your own backyard, explore our blog, Out of the Weeds. We're sharing all our best eco-friendly tips there because we don't gatekeep sustainability!

& we're all in this together.

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Grace, New Jersey

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“Tilly helped me create a beautiful pollinator garden and cutting garden in my backyard. It’s really increased our love of spending time outdoors.”

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How It Works

Our Online Landscape Design Process

1

Build Your Design Profile

Share project details & inspiration. Upload photos & measurements. Get assigned to your designer.

2

Collaborate with Your Designer

Host a virtual consult in your yard. Align on your project scope. Your design is underway.

3

Finalize Your Design

Review your landscape design. Request revisions if needed. Approve design and prepare for install.

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Our Portfolio

Explore landscape design projects we created for homeowners

Scottsdale, AZ

This plan is filled with drought tolerant plants of the southwest, such as desert willow, blue salvia, creeping juniper, lamb's ear, blue fescue and more.

Phoenix, AZ

A small lap pool with in-water seating and a floating walkway will keep these homeowner's cool. The covered outdoor kitchen and backyard bar will be usable all year round!

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