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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.


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.


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.


“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.”


To learn how to secure a potting party for your nonprofit, please contact [email protected].


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.



Ashley Atkinson-Leon

James Martin Associates


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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


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.


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?


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


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!