Design and Sales

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David Cook:

Owner and Head Landscape Designer

David Cook

Designer David Cook holds a BS in Art from Olivet Nazarene University, Studied Horticulture at Joliet Junior College and has worked for Art's Landscaping for nineteen years. He is a past President of Kankakee Kultivators Garden Club and an active volunteer of Hospice of Kankakee Valley & the Kankakee County Humane Foundation. He is skilled in floral and garden design and many of his designs have been featured on garden tours and in garden magazines. Art’s Landscaping is affiliated with Illinois Landscape Contractors Association & Kankakee Chamber of Commerce.

Project Experience

  • City Park Design
  • Commercial landscape designs
  • MLK Park, Kankakee
  • Depot Park, Kankakee
  • Conrad Park, Momence
  • Clock Tower Park, Momence
  • Lions Park, Momence
  • Residential Landscape Designs and Installations
  • Commercial Interior Design
  • Commercial Interior and Exterior Landscape
  • Unilock Authorized Contractor
  • Nursery, Greenhouse, and Propagation Experience
  • Certified Small Business Owner


James (Jimmy) Rich-Van Drunen:

Landscape Designer/ Digital Landscape design

Jimmy Rich-VanDrunen

James (Jimmy) Rich is continuing to pursue his love of Horticulture by taking further study at Kankakee Community College. Jimmy has extensive experience in Customer Service, Event & Restaurant Management as well as Excavation. He has been with Art's for the last 7 Seasons and has been on the Sales team for the last 5 years. He heads up the C.A.D. efforts here at Art's as well as procurement. Art’s Landscaping is affiliated with Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, Kankakee Chamber of Commerce. Jimmy is also our Applicator in Charge for our herbicide and pesticide services.

Project Experience

  • Irrigation design
  • Commercial & Industrial landscape designs
  • Municipal Park design & Installation
  • Large Scale Residential landscape rehab
  • Hard scape design and Installation
  • Hotel Landscape design and installation
  • Crew management
  • Waterscapes Design and Installations
  • Municipal Tree Programs
  • Unilock Authorized Contractor


Kristine M. Simon:

Landscape Designer

Kristine Simon

Kristine grew up on a farm in rural Bourbonnais where her interest in gardening took root at a very young age. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale specializing in Landscape Design/Horticulture in 1990. She began at Western DuPage Landscaping in Naperville for the first years of her career gaining invaluable skills working on multi-million dollar residential and commercial accounts as their Horticulturist. In 1995, she left the suburbs to bring her experience back to her roots in Bourbonnais, working for Art Mantoan of Art's Landscaping from 1995-2000. After having her son in 2000, she worked part time and freelanced until 2018 when she once again re-joined Art's Landscaping. Kristine brings 29 years of professional experience to the Art's Landscaping design team and truly loves to create beautiful landscapes for her customers.

Project Experience

  • City Park Design
  • Commerical landscape designs


Art Mantoan:

Jimmy VanDrunen

Art earned a degree in plant and soil science from Southern Illinois University. He has been a licensed landscape architect for over twenty-five years. His home garden has been featured on tours and in gardening magazines. Art is a past Chairman of the Board of the Bradley Bourbonnais Chamber of Commerce and past President of the Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School Foundation. He has served as President of his local chapter of the Order of the Sons of Italy and recently received the Leonardo Di Vinci Award for Entrepreneurship. He has been named Volunteer of the Year by Hospice of Kankakee Valley.