Alan Weene is the operations manager at Reflections Water Gardens in West Dundee, Illinois, specializing in design, consulting and construction services for all kinds of water features, sustainable landscapes and elegant natural sanctuaries. He spent his childhood exploring the lakes and mountains of New England. An avid outdoorsman, Alan developed a passion for recreating natural environments through his master’s degree studies in sustainable design at the Boston Architectural College, where he wrote his thesis on Natural Systems and Ecological Literacy. Weene moved to Illinois in 2020 to work alongside his friend, colleague and mentor Larry Carnes, president of Reflections Water Gardens.
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Advancing Ecological Education 

By Alan Weene / August 30, 2022 / 0 Comments

The benefits of place-based learning Thanks to millions of years of the evolution of our species, humans are innately drawn to aquatic environments. Every major civilization this world has ever seen has relied on water for sustenance, agriculture, protection, transportation, economics and the survival of its people. Our pre-human australopithecine ancestors were aquaphiles, too — […]

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How Smaller Contractors Can Land Bigger Waterscape Projects

By Alan Weene / June 28, 2021 / 0 Comments

Even small water feature contractors can make a big splash by reeling in high-value construction projects. You don’t have to be the best water feature artisan, the biggest company, the least expensive bidder or even the most experienced contractor in order to win a lot of the major jobs out there. So, get rid of […]

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