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ABOUT ARCHITERRA INC.: Leading Landscape Contractor

Founded in 1982, Architerra Inc. has provided landscape architecture, construction, and maintenance services to over one thousand homeowners, business people and allied professionals. Our staff of landscape architects, horticulturists and technicians offer many years of experience and a commitment to complete client satisfaction. Conveniently located in central Lake County, our three acre facility contains the design studio, contracting and growing areas and a demonstration garden for testing new materials and techniques.

Service: Prompt and courteous response to your needs is delivered by dedicated people who truly care about you and your landscape.

Craftsmanship: With many years of training and experience, our construction team brings an attention to detail and quality that sets new standards.

Complete Programs: From professional lawn care to pruning, spraying and seasonal flowers, your needs are efficiently managed in a yearly program.

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Meet The Architerra Team

Ron Lester, President: Celebrating 30 years in the landscape contracting business in 2012, he fervently promotes respect for our employees, respect for our customers, working safely and equipment care. Ron was born and raised in Lake County, Illinois. He is an active Long Grove Rotary Member, Boy Scouts of America Leader and St. Mary’s of Vernon Hills Landscape Committee Member.
Tracey Lester, Vice President: Tracey, a 20-year industry veteran, manages the company’s sales, customer service, maintenance operations and human resources. Her top priorities also include ongoing staff training to ensure all employees provide best-in-class professional services and customer relations. Tracey’s primary goal is to inspire content, skilled employees who deliver top-notch services to your satisfaction and delight. In addition to managing Architerra daily operations, Tracey is a fitness enthusiast, (and sometime gym rat) who also performs Improv comedy in her free time. She is also actively engaged in Vernon Hills Districts 128 and 73 where her two sons attend school.
landscaper Julio C Rodriguez, Operations Manager Julio is a 3rd generation landscaper and some of the things he enjoys is traveling with his family, family gatherings, comedy, and sports. He especially likes watching the Bears and White Sox.
Laurel Hocin: Administrative Assistant

Laurel joined Architerra spring 2014.  Laurel brings Architerra 10+ years of experience from her previous Administrative Assistant role. Laurel hopes you find her follow up and level of customer service extraordinaire.

She welcomes your feedback!

She lives in Northern Lake County with husband, Jim, of 37 years.

Laurel has 3 grown (and pretty cool) children and 2 wonderful grandkids! The grandkids are even more fun, too.

Laurel likes to bike ride,  she started joining her husband on his fishing excursions at Independence Grove, and she loves walks.  

For fun she loves going to the movies and eating fast food (in-between the eating from the ” good – food” groups).

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By entrusting the care of your landscape to us, you will gain unlimited access to our
specialized staff with 30 years of experience in the specialty areas most valuable to your
unique needs

98, Years Landscape Management/Grounds Maintenance Experience
86, Years Snow and Ice Management Experience
60, Years Landscape Design

In addition to being experienced, Architerra's staff is also certified by some of the
most prestigious organizations in the industry. Members of our team have achieved the
following Certifications and Training:

Certified Landscape Technicians (ILCA) - Illinois Certification
Licensed Pesticide Applicators - Illinois Certification
OSHA 10 Hour Safety Certification



Illinois Landscape Contractors Association

Professional Landcare Network

Snow & Ice Management Association

 Rotary of Long Grove

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Thank You Architerra......

Our front yard is spectacular!-  the new plantings are stunning-  we are so pleased with the wonderful display-  the entire Williamsburg neighborhood now has another "Artchiterra"  beautiful front yard landscaping to admire.  

                                                            Yea-  and its ours!!!!!!!!  

Mr. Lester,

I would like to thank you for your and Architerra's help on my Eagle project.

I am a member of Boy Scout Troop 71, of Libertyville, IL. For years I have been advancing through the ranks of scouting, and I am now at the doorstep of the highest rank: that of Eagle scout. One of the requirements for this rank is for the scout to plan and carry out a service project. My Eagle project was to help a local Libertyville organization (the David Adler Center for Music and Arts). The Adler Center had an entrance garden that was in need of renovation, as the plants that were there had become overgrown, rendering the garden unsightly. This garden was not reflective of the cleanliness that visitors to Libertyville (who often drive past the entrance garden) might expect of our village. To remedy this issue, I decided to help the Adler Center by renovating the entrance garden. However, I had little to no useful gardening experience or knowledge to conduct such a project, and I certainly lacked the expertise that a professional landscaper might have. To remedy this issue, I contacted Mr. Lester (at Architerra landscaping). He suggested we meet to discuss what I would need to do for the garden. We went over my plans, and altered them as necessary. Soon after, my project proposal was approved, and I started preparing for my project. I met with Mr. Lester a second time to go over my plans again, and to make sure I was on the right track. He was generous enough to donate the flagstones that I had been looking for to make the edging for the garden, and supplied me with the sand, mulch, and compost I needed. Mr. Lester also recommended that I contact the CJ Fiore company, which supplies plant materials for landscaping. They were generous enough to offer me a discount on the plants I needed. Soon after, we started work on my Eagle project. Over 20 people showed up to the workday, and we were able to finish the entire garden in 7 hours! Mr. Lester had the mulch, compost, sand, and stones delivered, and even showed up to the project workday to make sure everything was going smoothly. Now, I am finishing up my Eagle rank, and in a few months I hope to have earned the rank.

I would like to thank Mr. Lester and Architerra for the generous assistance they provided to my project. Mr. Lester's advice, expertise, and guidance were invaluable to my project's success, and I could not have done it without him. Architerra's generous donation, and delivery, of materials to my project made it more cost-effective, and allowed the workday to go smoothly.

Tracey & Ron Lester:

I want to thank you both and your excellent teams, including Juan and Carlos today. It\'s the attention to detail, professionalism and the willingness to take the extra steps that set Architerra apart. Example: 1. Juan & Carlos take the time to listen to my wife\'s requests in my discussion with them during a quick walk-around. 2. Using manual hand hedge shears to prevent gas spillage and accidental damage to shrubs and bushes. 3. Attention to detail in your staff/teams\' yard work to ensure the highest quality result and appearance. 4. Tracey stopping by to do a quick overview and supervision to ensure our wishes are met. It\'s the simple stuff like that, that keeps customers coming back and proud to quickly offer Architerra\'s card to someone else. The change is staff is recognized in your quality this year. I thank you both and your entire staff for your kindness, professionalism and in lending a hand in helping us getting our home sold. I would gladly offer myself as a reference anytime.

John D.



Summer 2012: Troop 95 Eagle Scout Project


Architerra was my main contributor in my Eagle Scout Service Project. In my project, I designed and executed a plan to install new plants at the Brookfield Center for Senior Living in Vernon Hills. Mr. Lester enthusiastically helped me with picking the right kinds of plants to put, and also gave me the idea of putting in boulders in addition to the plants as a new element. He provided me with three sample plants that he gave me as an example. In addition, Architerra donated all the mulch and compost I needed while also providing the wheelbarrows and the transportation needed to deliver the mulch and compost to the site. Mr. Lester also willingly helped me figure out how to install the mulch, plants, and compost. He provided me with a source of expertise in gardening and landscaping, and his help and advice were great factors in the completion of my Eagle Project. I am very grateful to Mr. Lester and Architerra for their immense amount of help in my project.

Sincerely, Ron Chakrabarty

2012: July 4th Parade


ARCHITERRA: Click Here To See Our Mother's Day Open House 2012 Pictures



As a reminder of an era long past – the Coach House is a welcome retreat from the main estate. Upon arrival the Gazebo Garden accents the architecture of the building and provides a peaceful setting out of the hot summer sun. Stately urns filled with annual color and foliage and set among a bed of jovial spring violas flank the entrance of this garden. Clipped boxwood crescents soften the linear lines of the walk, hedge and entry drive.

The formal hedgerow of burning bush provides an allé that leads the visitor to the gazebo itself. The focal urn at the back of the gazebo draws the eye with its colorful plantings of springtime annuals.

The garden includes many of the existing plantings that have remained as part of the estate and coach house. The soft curves and spring colors welcome all who seek a refuge for relaxation.

Enjoy your time in the garden!

Infant Welfare Landscape Design Document

Estate Photos



Sponsored by
Saint Mary of Vernon Men’s Club
236 US Hwy 45 - Indian Creek, Illinois 60061
 (847) 362-1005

January 12 ,2012

On behalf of Saint Mary of Vernon’s Boy Scout Troop 44, I would like to thank you and Architerra for your generous donation of your time, equipment, materials and expertise. Your company’s gifts  had a lot to do with making JT Lill’s Boy Scout Eagle Project, a new parish volleyball court for Saint Mary of Vernon Catholic Church, a reality.

Gary Schiappacasse
Boy Scout Troop 44


Ron Lester of Architerra is invited to speak at Carmel High School

Ron talks to the students at Carmel High School about Architerra and their long committment to local communities.

St. Marys of Vernon Project

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