Tucked away along Schererville's northern tip on Kennedy Avenue, Dean's Lawn & Landscaping Garden Center is a treasure trove of unusual trees, shrubs and flowers as well as attractive examples of professionally–installed pavers and retaining walls for enhancing outdoor living.
Like its owner Dean Savarino, whose love of landscaping blossomed into into a job at 15, the company he founded in 1994 has grown and now is a destination business on seven–plus acres where folks can enjoy outdoor living ideas professionally in place.
Savarino said he plans to expand on his "outdoor living rooms" where clients can easily see how outdoor spaces can be transformed.
"We want multiple scenarios, a living showroom," he said, which will showcase unique hardscapes as well as the flowers and plant that soften the rooms.
Savarino is particularly proud, he said, of receiving the World Class Award from Belgard Hardscapes, the noted maker of European–style pavers and more.
"We've honed in on hardscapes. We're the best in the area," he said.
Examples of Dean's Landscaping's quality installation and Old World artistry are found at the 238 Kennedy Ave. site where cobblestones lie underfoot and a paved walkway leads to a Savarino–custom designed patio.
"We've been successful by doing really good work," Savarino said. The company motto is, "Exceptional service with outstanding results," he said.
While others have struggled in the economic downturn, Savarino said "last year was the best year we've had." He said his company was not tied to new housing, and, in fact, did many landscaping updates across Northwest Indiana and nearby Illinois.
"I like the challenge of it," Savarino said of taking a plainly–landscaped property and turning it into a thing of beauty. "It's the wow factor."
Like himself, Savarino's crews are certified in the installation of hardscapes. All employees are professionally attired and must maintain a professional demeanor on the job.
"We've kind of carved out a niche. When it comes to hardscaping, we're top dog," Savarino said.