CSG Team – Phil, Ashley w/Priscilla, Jaclyn, Rick, Roger, Gwyn w/Echo, Joel, Jonathan, Jose.

CSG Design Crew – Jaclyn, Gwyneth, Ashley & Priscilla.

CSG Construction Management & Crew – Roger, Phil, Jose, Jonathan, Joel, Rick.

Phil ClelandPhil Cleland
President | phil@chicagogardens.com

In 1995 Phil established Chicago  Specialty Gardens to bring together great garden  design, superior  materials  and  craftsmanship and  a high level of  customer service in the pursuit of  creating award-winning, one-of-a-kind urban gardens.  In the ensuing  24 years CSG has been extraordinarily  fortunate to have been  part of many fruitful collaborations with clients  and colleagues, and we have much to be proud of.  Phil’s belief  in assembling  teams of creative thinkers and unconventional backgrounds and giving them much autonomy has  led to a unique body of work.

Phil’s interests outside of work include family, running, snow skiing, bowling, billiards, cooking and music of many varieties.  

Ashley OnoAshley Joyce 
Director of Design Services | ashley@chicagogardens.com

Ashley is a lifelong Chicago resident, and grew up in the Lincoln Park area.  After high school she studied Architecture at IIT, ultimately graduating with her BS in that discipline.   She spent several years working for a Chicago metal fabricator, and honed her CAD skills at that time.  Since joining CSG in 2013, Ashley has focused her design skills on rooftop garden projects, and has contributed greatly to the company’s work in that area.

Ashley recently bought a house with new husband Brendan, and they are working hard to update, paint and get accustomed to their new neighborhood of Jefferson Park. She and Brendan enjoy spending time with their dog Priscilla, and visiting restaurants and rock clubs near their new home on their bikes.  

Gwyneth Owen-WebberGwyneth Owen-Webber
Designer/Director of Horticultural Services | gwyn@chicagogardens.com

After graduating from UW-Madison with her degree in Landscape Architecture, Gwyneth worked for almost 5 years leading a grounds crew for a large corporate facility outside Madison.  The lure of the big(ger) city eventually called, and Gwyn and her then-fiance Drew (also an LA) headed for Chicago.  Gwyn landed here at CSG, where her responsibilities include overall management of our Horticultural Services, landscape and container planting design, and Maintenance Services. 

Gwyn and Drew officially tied the knot last summer!  They also expanded their family with a new baby to join their rescue dog, Echo.  They reside in Wicker  Park and love wandering the neighborhood searching out fun food joints  and pubs when they’re not changing diapers.  

Rick Connolly
Construction Manager | rick@chicagogardens.com

Rick comes out of a construction/metal fabrication background here in Chicago.  He is an experienced Project Manager with his degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and has lots of experience in drafting, CAD, engineering, etc.  Basically, Rick knows how to put things  together really, really well!  Growing up near the former Comiskey Park, Rick early on developed a love for the White Sox and still enjoys attending their games.   He is also still a Bridgeport resident, where he enjoys all the open parking spaces.

Rick and fiancee Leah also tied the knot last summer, and spent their honeymoon in the Maldives and Dubai. Rick has hit 3 continents over the past 3 winters – quite the world traveler.  

Jaclyn Castellanos
Lead Landscape Technician | jaclyn@chicagogardens.com

Jaclyn is a Loyola University/Chicago grad and our “Field Tech”. Jaclyn is the one who takes great care of our Clients’ garden and maintenance needs. In her 3 years at CSG Jaclyn has helped to elevate our maintenance offerings and is the true “boots on the ground” in our clients’ gardens. When she’s not mucking about in the garden she’s investigating new restaurants, running our social media accounts and keeping up her company rep as the go-to source for all things cultural. And in the wintertime she visits family in her native Belize!