History of Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

At the age of ten Jim began mowing the lawn at his fathers’ funeral home in Chicago. After graduating from Carl Sandburg High School in 1976 his love for mowing lawns continued so he started Jim Melka Landscaping and Maintenance. By the end of the summer of 1976 he was mowing thirteen lawns on a weekly basis. In the fall of 1976 Jim attended George Williams College in Downers Grove as a commuter; enabling him to continue his maintenance business. As the years passed the lawn mowing business began doing small landscape jobs. In 1978 Jim’s cousin Henry began working part time and the two of them were able to take on larger jobs. In 1980 Jim graduated from college and decided to pursue landscape and maintenance as a full time career. In the summer of 1988 Jim simultaneously moved the landscape business and opened the garden center to its current location at 11606 W. 179th Street, Mokena, IL.


Our Mission

The mission at Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center is to satisfy the needs and exceed the expectations of customers by providing the highest quality products, services, and information; while continuing to improve an image of excellence and professionalism.

Meet Our Staff

Office Manager: Donna Brown
Design & Sales: Tom Vollmer
Garden Center Managers: Lauren Melka & Bob Sloan
Greenhouse Manager: Chris Rink
Landscape Operations: Henry Sawa
Garden Center Operations: Jesse Garcia
Brick Paver Operations: Eligio Arteaga, Eduardo Garcia, Federico Ramirez
Maintenance Supervisors: Salvador Valenzuela & Eliazar Arredondo & Ricardo Lara

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