About Us


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This is Mark Ellena. My background is from working and building a Japanese garden in Rockford Illinois named Anderson Japanese Gardens. This began about 35 years ago with my bother, Michael Ellena and Japanese designer named Houichi Kurisu, both residing in Portland Oregon. After living in San Francisco and a short time spent in Berlin I returned to Rockford and began working at the Japanese garden in 1983. We were introduced to all elements of Japanese Gardens and Architecture. This experience combined with my own vision and the vision of others brought a team of talented people together with a passion for the essence of detail and design. Natural and Formal concepts were taught. Natural style of pruning trees and shrubs, maintaining their size and scale within the garden. Boulder and stone work, water, such as streams, pools and waterfalls. Also architecture in building designs, gates bridges and fences. From this experience and several years of being on my own I have obtained a reputation for one of a kind, individually designed garden spaces for my clients. I like to evaluate each person's outside space for its existing value, and what changes I see that can be made to correct engineering problems with esthetics. 

We are based in Leaf River, and also provide services in the surrounding areas. We are committed to the highest standards of professionalism. This means that we maintain the accreditation, insurance, and licensing that provide you the protection and peace of mind that you deserve.

Leaf River Landscaping and Nursery is committed to giving our customers the personalized service they expect, and the quality of work they will enjoy for many years to come. We know that professional Hardscaping Services can make a world of difference in your home or business. At Leaf River Landscaping and Nursery, we are professional in every aspect of our work, from start to finish.

Our success depends upon every project we complete to your satisfaction, and we take great pride in giving you the best service possible. Our goal is to earn your trust by giving you exceptional service so you will refer us to your family and friends.




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