a metaphor for movement and growth and life itself. For Southerners, landscapes are opportunities: places of enchantment, spaces of solitude and repose, an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Joe Zawistowski of Green Hill Landscaping knows this all too well. Raised on a cranberry farm by a father who also operated a landscaping business, Zawistowski was born with a green thumb.After obtaining his college degree in landscape design and construction, and operating a successful landscaping company in Wisconsin, Zawistowski relocated his family to Greenville four years ago because of the ripe climate and the friendly people.
“I’ve always liked working outside, driving tractors, building things,” he says.“I’m basically a big kid at heart.”
Much more an artist than businessman, Zawistowski works with clients to create lush landscapes filled with flora and fauna, water features and outdoor fireplaces, and water and fire features combined into striking focal pieces. Imagine a boulder delicately cut for light to shine through, or fire seemingly dancing on top of water, and you get an idea of Zawistowski’s artistry at work.
“I’m in the business of creating a statement, a memory, something that sticks in your head,” he says.
Zawistowski often incorporates reclaimed materials from old, torn down mills, and other unlikely places into re-imagined pieces that breathe new life: an old fire hydrant becomes a fountainhead; historic timbers become an outdoor swing or daybed; hand-crafted brick becomes a focal mosaic on an outdoor fireplace. It’s this signature style for which Zawistowski has become known.
“I am always on the lookout for old, odd things I can use in my designs. I scour the roads and side roads for discarded treasures,” he says.
Always with an eye on the future, Zawistowski “constantly tries to up the ante,” by continuously learning about cutting-edge sustainable practices. He’s currently designing a swim pond in which an ecosystem will filter water safe for human swimming. He also conducts seminars on organic and edible landscapes and rainwater harvesting.
While Zawistowski designs each landscape and each piece with his client’s aesthetic foremost in mind, he admits that,“Everyone wants a water feature. They just may not know it yet.”