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As summer comes to an end and university students start another year of school, many are seeking internships, and James Martin Associates (JMA) offers a robust program for those interested in enriching lives through beautiful landscapes.

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For 30 of the last 40 years, JMA has provided landscape opportunities for students of horticulture, landscape architecture, forestry, agricultural management, landscape management, and construction management.

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These opportunities include hands-on work as rotating crew members in the residential maintenance, commercial maintenance, design/build, and irrigation departments. Many enjoy the chance to work outdoors and to create a unique environment for each client’s property.

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JMA also offers office internships in marketing, HR, and finance, demonstrating the fact that the landscape industry offers a variety of positions for candidates in different fields.

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At the end of their internship, exceptional students are offered scholarships or even a position as an Operations Associate at JMA upon their graduation.

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Many former interns have become senior-level Associates, such as Tom Bolas, who started as an intern 31 years ago after completing his Landscape Architecture Degree. He is the General Manager and Vice President of James Martin Associates.

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“James Martin Associates has allowed me to experience many different aspects of the industry,” Bolas said. He initially started as a design build foreman and then managed the design build department. In preparation for his general management role, JMA supported furthering his education through an MBA. He now manages the commercial maintenance and snow departments.

“Recently I have even been given the opportunity to become Manager of the recently acquired Schwake Stone. JMA has helped me grow tremendously in my career,” Bolas said.

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To learn more about the internship program, please contact Human Resources.

 

About James Martin Associates, Inc.

James Martin Associates, located in Vernon Hills, celebrates over 40 years providing commercial and residential customers with comprehensive snow and landscape management services. The company is an industry leader in commercial snow management and specializes in providing innovative and award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance. For more information about James Martin Associates, please visit www.jamesmartinassociates.com.

 

Contact

Ashley Atkinson-Leon

James Martin Associates

847-634-1660

a.atkinson-leon@jamesmartinassociates.com

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Vernon Hills, Ill.—

Over the last fifteen years, James Martin Associates (JMA) has donated over 120 potting parties to local charities. These potting parties support nonprofits by allowing the organizations to offer them as auction items at galas and other fundraisers. They are valued at $600 each.

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Winners of the potting parties and ten guests of their choice enjoy a complimentary picnic lunch and a guided tour of the beautifully landscaped grounds of JMA. A landscape professional leads the tour and answers the guests’ landscaping questions.

The tour is then followed by a hands-on potting demonstration. This active approach allows the guests to learn proper potting techniques as well as new tricks that they can use at home in their own gardens.

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After adding nutrient-rich soil to their pots, the guests use the transplanting skills they have learned to place the plants in their containers. After the party is completed, the guests take the plants home with them.

Organizations such as the Winnetka Historical Society, American Cancer Society, and Maryville Crisis Nursery have used potting parties to raise funds for their programs.

“The funds from this year’s auction will be used for the restoration of our c.1837 Schmidt-Burnham Log House,” said Tane Beecham, Executive Direction of the Winnetka Historical Society. The Log House offers tours guided by costumed docents who illustrate what life was like in the community 180 years ago. “We are excited to complete some much needed structural repairs,” Beecham added.

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“We’re glad to be able to give back to the community by using the knowledge and expertise of our in-house landscape professionals,” said Jim Martin, President of James Martin Associates. “We get to provide an afternoon of fun and learning for the auction winners and their guests while also supporting important local causes.”

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To learn how to secure a potting party for your nonprofit, please contact gardens@jamesmartinassociates.com.

 

About James Martin Associates, Inc.

James Martin Associates, located in Vernon Hills, celebrates over 40 years providing commercial and residential customers with comprehensive snow and landscape management services. The company is an industry leader in commercial snow management and specializes in providing innovative and award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance. For more information about James Martin Associates, please visit www.jamesmartinassociates.com.

 

Contact

Ashley Atkinson-Leon

James Martin Associates

847-634-1660

a.atkinson-leon@jamesmartinassociates.com

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 14:50

Outdoor Living Trends: Kitchens

In recent years, the outdoor kitchen craze has escalated into a full-scale industry, and it's easy to see why.

Custom outdoor kitchens expand the livable space of your home and give you the freedom to enjoy socializing with friends while preparing a meal. In fact, outdoor kitchens have become so popular that they are the most requested amenity from new home buyers!

Below are some of our favorite outdoor kitchens which we have helped design and install for clients like you.

Party Time on the Patio

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This kitchen incorporates chic stainless steel appliances like a stove, fridge, and freezer. Along with carefully positioned lighting, it creates an ambiance perfect for a summer party.

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How about a pergola to give your guests a break from the sun while having a drink or a bite to eat at this elegant outdoor kitchen including a BBQ and a wine fridge?

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This is a great outdoor space incorporating an outdoor kitchen with bar style seating, as well as two different spaces with seating for groups.

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This is another great use of this back yard where we were able to create two unique dining spaces (possibly an adult and children's table for entertaining) as well as a grill, a seated bench and plenty of space for the playground in the yard.

 

If this inspires you to beautify your landscape with an outdoor kitchen, please email us or give us a call at 847-634-1660!

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:12

Summer Container Plants

Now that May is here it's time to start planning your summer garden!

Summer is the perfect time of year to plant container plants. We have creative ideas that we want to share with you to help you get some fun new inspiration into your garden.

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You may be wondering: what is a container garden? A container garden can be a playful tub filled with vegetables, a window box with annual flowers, or an old crate filled with flowers.

It is truly any pot containing plants so get as creative as you'd like and utilize plants that will flourish and grow in your conditions (taking into consideration sunlight, shade, geographical location, etc.).

Selecting the container for your garden:

As you pick what container best fits your garden, think about the types of plants you want to grow in it, where you plan to put it, and whether there's proper drainage.

Setting up your container:

Start with an inch or two of crushed gravel, Styrofoam pellets or broken shards of terra cotta that will provide sufficient drainage in large pots. However, before you get started, make sure you've considered what kind of pot to use.

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Container Pot Options:

o Rooftop gardens: For rooftop container plants large pots are recommended to avoid small pots being blown over in high winds. Sometimes these pots are anchored with cables attaching to the rooftop surface to be extra safe from the winds.

o Terra cotta pots: Terra cotta pots are very popular with their medium-priced costs and the flexibility of sizes available which make for a beautiful grouping. The porous clay evaporates faster than plastic which is great for the plants but does provide extra work for the gardener!

o Cement composite containers: Cement planters such as hyper tufa English troughs are wide but shallow, great for alpine plants, miniature conifers, sedums, and other small collections. These mini gardens are ideal to be placed on a table top, a step, garden wall, or within a larger garden.

o Plastic containers: Plastic containers are inexpensive, lightweight, nonporous and ideal for hanging baskets or for plants which are inserted into a larger more decorative container. Plastic trays are ideal for window liners.

o Molded plastic pots: Molded plastic pots are well priced, lightweight and simulate terra cotta, limestone, and other natural materials at a much smaller cost.

o Natural wood: Natural wood is beautiful in a garden but will rot unless you line with metal or plastic. Treated wood will last longer but is not advisable for growing edible plants.

Once you've selected your pot, don't forget to choose the right soil, water, and fertilizers.

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Soil, Water & Fertilizers:

Soilless potting mix is recommended for container plants because of its lightweight and how quickly it drains, encouraging quick root growth. Most soilless mixes are made of peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite, sometimes with a little sand and fertilizer.

Container pots tend to dry out quickly, especially in climates like Chicago that experience hot summers and windy weather. This type of climate requires frequent watering which can flush out the soil nutrients. To combat this, we recommend regular use of fertilizer to add back the nutrients. Begin by watering the plants before fertilizing with a diluted quarter-strength balanced product and continue to use a few times a month afterwards. Plants that flower constantly until frost need fertilizer the most.

Now that you've set your container plants up for success, consider planting these 12 “best bet” flowers recommended by Apartment Therapy for the Chicago area.

We hope this has helped you get started planting your very own summer container!

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