Rachel Lilla

Title: Diagnostic Arborist

Certification: ISA Certified Arborist

Certification #: WI-1404A

I received my bachelor’s degree in architecture at UW-Milwaukee in 2016 and a certificate in arboriculture from MATC in 2020. I started with Wachtel in 2019 as a production arborist in the plant health care and tree & landscape divisions, and I also obtained my ISA certification during this time. Communicating and connecting with clients quickly became one of my favorite parts about the work. Helping clients understand their trees and landscapes is incredibly rewarding to me, and it has led me to my role as a diagnostic arborist today.

When I’m not working with trees, I’m working on the land to grow food and herbal medicine. Since I am also passionate about design, I have spent many years learning about the impact our built environment has on us as humans. The intersection between landscape design and architecture fascinates me, and I am always eager to understand and improve this experience for others. Whether it is planting a new prairie or woodland at the entrance to your property or finding the perfect tree for your home’s entrance-way, there is no ecosystem too small to make a difference.

My approach to tree care is to look at the landscape as an ecosystem to help steward my clients ’desire for biodiversity and beauty throughout their properties. With a goal of building a relationship between my clients, myself and their properties, my hope is that this contributes to the sustainability of both place and community.

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