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Downtown Educational  Ecosystem

Awarded the 2023 Award of Excellence from National Association of Landscape Professionals
In November of 2022, Knob Hill Landscape Company began work on one of the largest, one-of-a-kind natural ecosystems they've ever created. The project was created in partnership with Horace Mann for their downtown Springfield headquarters. The ecosystem features mossy-sandstone boulders to create the pond, which includes a wetland the size of two standard size swimming pools. Water is recirculated through a large wetland filtration system promoting the health of the local aquatic ecosystem, without the use of chemicals. Multiple species of water loving plants give the appearance of shallow, marshy areas near natural rivers. Tree stumps and logs aid in the biomimicry of the ecosystem and offer nourishment for local species. The permeable paver patio offers a relaxing space to view one of the three large waterfalls that aid in water flow and oxygenation.

Project Breakdown

8 team members worked 101 working days.
Installed a huge wetland filter
Intake bay/surface water skimmer
3 Waterfalls
150,000 gallons of water using 9 pumps
2000+ sq. ft. permeable paver patio
650 tons of mossy sandstone boulders
300 tons of river rock
200 yards of soil
150 tons of limestone
1,100 perennials, trees, shrubs & water plants
1⁄2 acre of sod
120 low-voltage lights
6 slate urn fountains
153 koi fish
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Wetland Filter & Waterfall
Intake Bay
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Large Urn Waterfall
Small Urn Waterfall
Permeable Patio
Night Lights
Knob Hill Recreational Educational Ecosystem Wetland Filter
Aquatic Plantings
Softscape Plantings
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Shade Sails

Featured on Ed the Pond Professor

The VP of Field Research & Contractor Development for Aquascape Inc, Ed Beaulieu "aka Ed the Pond Professor", came down to Springfield, Illinois to view the finished Downtown Educational Ecosystem. Landon Kirby, the owner of Knob Hill Landscape Company and a  certified Aquascape Contractor, sat down with Ed and talked about the final product. 
Knob Hill Landscape is a certified contractor of Aquascape Products.

Before Knob Hill Landscape Company

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This project is unique because the entire ecosystem is self-contained and self-sustained. No chemicals are used, and the patio is made of permeable blocks with layers of rock underneath to naturally filter all rainwater and any runoff from our grounds. It will utilize a 40,000-gallon natural filtration system to keep the water crystal clear and safe for animals"

- Josh Shelton - Horace Mann -

We Aim to Please

The clients are the heart and soul of our company. We strive to build long-lasting relationships with transparency, honesty and the fact that we create a bigger family with every project. Let us create your dream outdoor space.
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