Allow us to introduce ourselves:


Dan Swartz

Dan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture/Landscape Design from the University of Illinois in 1993. Upon graduation he joined Milieu Design, Inc. in Wheeling, IL. In 1996 Dan joined the BrownWoods team and has steadily taken on new responsibilities and in 2009 became President of the firm. During his tenure with BrownWoods, Dan has gained experience in all aspects of the landscape process. His inspired approach to outdoor spaces, along with the clients’ needs and desires, creates dramatic solutions that are functional and beautiful.

Paul Littleton

Paul Littleton

Paul obtained a master degree of landscape architecture from the University of Illinois in 2015, then joined Brown Woods the following year. Before pursuing his passion in landscape architecture he enjoyed a successful career as a civil engineer engaged in sustainable site development and pavement design. At Brown Woods, he is able to utilize his knowledge of both professional disciplines to lead challenging projects in both residential and commercial contexts. He is passionate about blending formal and free form design elements together with original plant palettes to accentuate the unique character of even the most challenging sites.

Gwen Wilson

Gwen Wilson is the Landscape Maintenance Operations Manager at BrownWoods. She trained in the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program in 2009 and has been part of the vegetable crew in the Idea Garden since. As the owner of a wedding and special events planning business from 2003-2016, she brings a strong desire to provide excellent customer service and attention to detail. Gwen is able use this combination of interests and experience to offer reliable after-sales service. Call Gwen to schedule a walk-through of your landscape to develop a customized landscape maintenance plan to promote a thriving, beautiful outdoor space.


Cyndy Ross

Cyndy began working for BrownWoods in 1991 and has gained experience in all aspects of the firm. She has performed tasks from installing and maintaining landscapes to processing the contracts and invoices. Along with her duties as Office Manager, she has added Plant Material buyer to her responsibilities. Working closely with the landscape architects and designers and a myriad of growers, Cyndy assures that you will receive the highest quality plant material for the most competitive price. Answering the phones is one of her favorite responsibilities, so feel free to call and she will be happy to tell you why BrownWoods is the best choice for your landscape needs.