Jeff Sebert // Founder & President
Jeff Sebert is president and founder of Bluestem Ecological Services, a sustainable company that builds, restores and maintains native ecosystems. Jeff believes that native restoration and native landscaping are viable, proven approaches that promote healthier settings for nature, people and entire communities. He is passionate about bringing environmentally beneficial and economically responsible solutions to clients in greater Chicagoland area.
Bluestem is a partner company of Sebert Landscaping, a top 100 commercial landscape firm in the U.S. that Sebert launched in 1985 and has grown to nearly a $35-million company with five Chicago-area offices, a 75-acre nursery in Marengo, Ill., 350-plus employees and a 30,000 square-foot headquarters in Bartlett that is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as LEED Gold. The company’s garage which houses their propane-powered mowers and battery operated equipment, features solar panels. Sebert Landscaping is a product of Jeff’s hard work and sustainable vision. Bluestem takes his ecological interests to the next level.
Jeff and his company have been recognized for success in sustainability. In 2011, the firm received an Entrepreneurial Excellence Award from the Daily Herald Business Ledger. Sebert Landscaping received a Sustainable Company Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP); Lawn & Landscape magazine’s Environmental Business Award for Most Innovative Use of Technology; and an Excellence in Landscape Award for Sustainable Construction from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association.
Jeff is inspired by nature and called to restore ecological balance and deliver a triple benefit of environmental responsibility, economic value and healthy space to clients. That’s what Bluestem Ecological Services accomplishes with respect to nature and the people who live, work and play on the land.
To grow quality trees and shrubs exclusively for our customers, Sebert Landscape owns and operates the 75-acre Grace Nursery. Located outside of Marengo, Ill., this unique property is both an oasis and an incubator. The environment at Grace Nursery lets us control growing conditions to yield trees and shrubs that surpass industry standards. After careful cultivation, these plants are then shipped directly from the nursery to your property.
The nursery also plays a role in our sustainable vision. The grassy fields of Grace Nursery are home to a herd of American bison, which we raise to honor their importance in North American natural history. We also launched the Grace Nursery Scholarship Program, which provides a full scholarship to an outstanding high school student pursuing an associate’s degree in horticulture.
For information on visiting Grace Nursery, call Sebert Landscape at (630) 497-1000.