Freyja Kendrick (Conrad)
Design Install Division Manager
Freyja joined digrightin landscaping in 2009, leaving the corporate world of financial markets behind. Freyja is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Finance, and a graduate of College of DuPage earning an Associate’s Degree (with honors) in Horticulture. (LinkedIn Profile)
In 2016, Freyja was asked by the horticulture department at College of DuPage to teach Sustainable Landscape Design for their new sustainable landscapes program. Freyja has earned certification in Sustainable Landscape Design from the former City of Chicago Department of Environment’s Center for Green Technology, completed the ILCA Institute of Design Seminar and is an educated member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, a non-profit organization promoting the greening of urban spaces.
Freyja has designed several landscapes featured on the Greenbuilt Home Tour, including the Greywater Rehab in Oak Park, The Lewandowski Residence in La Grange, the Furnace Free House in Oak Park and The Passive House in River Forest.
An organic gardener from an early age, Freyja has more than 14 years’ experience working in residential gardens. She has traveled extensively and studied landscapes throughout Europe and Central America to bring her love of plants, nature and design principles to residential landscapes in Chicagoland.
Freyja was a seminar speaker at the 2014 Chicago Flower & Garden show educating the public on the importance of native plants, a certified trainer for the US Botanic Garden “Landscape for Life” seminar and has lectured at Green Home Experts in Oak Park, for the Brookfield Public Library and Go Green La Grange.
She was written up in the Chicago Tribune in 2008 for her organic gardening methods in her community, designed a student-friendly vegetable garden for Riverside-Brookfield High School students, a handicap-accessible garden for Cantata Adult Life Services in Brookfield.
She is proud to be a member and serve on the board of West Suburban Women Entrepreneurs, being elected president in 2017-2018. She is one of the original members West Cook Chapter of Wild Ones and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. She belongs to the Landscape Design Association, the former Midwest Ecological Landscape Association and the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association.
“I am so lucky to love what I do! My favorite garden to design is one that draws people outdoors to create memories with family and friends. I want to see people make the connection between themselves and their natural environment and hopefully pass that on to the next generation”