Los Angeles Landscape Awards

"The properties and companies that won paid attention to detail like I have never seen in over 25 years in the landscape business."

A few months ago, I had the privilege of judging the Beautification Awards for the recently revived Los Angeles – San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA).  I also had the pleasure of working alongside my long-time friend and fellow judge, Javier Lesaca. We were escorted on the two-day excursion by our driver/navigator Dan Dvorak and photographer Bronwyn Miller.

I have judged awards for many chapters including this one in the past, but what was remarkable this time is that we saw over 65 “winning” properties.  Of course, we were unable give prizes to everyone, but I just wanted everyone to know that the level of competition among all entries – commercial and residential—was staggering.  The differential between first and last was often a few points or less. The properties and companies that won paid attention to detail like I have never seen in over 25 years in the landscape business. As a bit of advice or constructive criticism to those who did not fare as well as they would have liked, it came down to a few details such as messy irrigation installation, anti-siphon valves set too low to the ground, improper tree staking, poor wood joints on fences or planters and unfinished jobs.  With regard to maintenance issues, we observed a fair number of weeds in the color beds, shrub pruning that was not consistent, over watering of lawns and planter areas, overspray on to buildings and hardscapes or dead plants in the landscape. If for next year’s awards contractors correct these few items their scores will surely move them up in the competition.

The bottom line is that both Javier and I were very impressed with the quality of work submitted both in residential and commercial jobs as well as water features, lighting and tree pruning.  And for a newly revived chapter to generate so much enthusiasm and a large number of entries speaks volumes about your Chapter Board and the dedicated members committed to rebuilding the Chapter for the good of the industry.

I hope that all of you entered properties this year do so again next year.  And if you are reading this but did not enter awards this year, plan on entering next year.  It will only get bigger and better with your participation. The process is exciting, the resulting awards banquet was fantastic and the pride and bragging rights you will earn will help you grow your business.

 

Respectively submitted,

 

Chuck Carr
Past CLCA State President
Licensed Landscape Contractor

 

CATEGORY: Small Residential

Sponsor: Pacific Coast Chapter of CLCA

1st place

Company: Mike Forsberg Landscape & Maintenance, Inc.
Website: Facebook Page
Phone: (310) 534-5058
Project Name: Hassanzai Residence

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Asahi Gardens
Website: Linked In
Phone: (310) 420-8660
Project Name: Kilpatrick Residence

CATEGORY: Medium Residential

Sponsor: Trrimstone

1st place

Company: Asahi Gardens
Website: Linked In
Phone: (310) 420-8660
Project Name: Weber Residence

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Coastal Pacific Landscape Services
Website: coastalpacificlandscapes.com
Phone: 424-299-4420
Project Name: It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

CATEGORY: Large Residential

Sponsor: Ewing Irrigation

1st place

Company: Compass Landscape Construction, Inc.
Website: compasslcinc.com
Phone: 310-265-0965
Project Name: Formal Frontyard Garden

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Garden View Inc.
Website: garden-view.com
Phone: 626-303-4043
Project Name: Wolgemuth Residence

CATEGORY: Design / Build

Sponsor: SPJ Lighting

1st place

Company: Signature Pools & Landscapes
Website: spl-designs.com
Phone: (818) 993-0200
Project Name: Gauthier Residence

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Gregory Davis & Associates
Website: gdalandscape.com
Phone: 310.558.5544
Project Name: DAX Project

CATEGORY: Renovation

Sponsor: MB Landscaping & Nursery

1st place

Company: Gregory Davis & Associates
Website: gdalandscape.com
Phone: 310.558.5544
Project Name: Boughton Project

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Signature Pools & Landscapes
Website: spl-designs.com
Phone: (818) 993-0200
Project Name: Echavarria Residence

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Compass Landscape Construction, Inc.
Website: compasslcinc.com
Phone: 310-265-0965
Project Name: Backyard Renovation in RPV

CATEGORY: Sustainable Landscape Commercial

Sponsor: OC Chapter of CLCA

1st place

Company: Company: Landscape Dynamics
Website: landscapedynamics.net
Phone: 951-264-4839
Project Name: Southern California Gas

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Landscape Dynamics
Website: landscapedynamics.net
Phone: 951-264-4839
Project Name: Southern California Gas

CATEGORY: Sustainable Landscape Residential

Sponsor: Kellogg Garden Products

1st place

Company: Zone 24 Landscaping, Inc.
Website: zone24-landscaping.com
Phone: (310) 831-6132
Project Name: Knowles Residence

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Garden Butterfly
Website: gardenbutterflyla.com
Phone: 213-294-9181
Project Name: Echavarria Residence

CATEGORY: Water Feature

Sponsor: Hayward

1st place

Company: Gregory Davis & Associates
Website: gdalandscape.com
Phone: 310.558.5544
Project Name: Ping Fu Project

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Signature Pools & Landscapes
Website: spl-designs.com
Phone: (818) 993-0200
Project Name: Moss Residence

CATEGORY: Landscape Lighting

Sponsor: Lightcraft Outdoor

1st place

Company: Compass Landscape Construction, Inc.
Website: compasslcinc.com
Phone: 310-265-0965
Project Name: New Residence in Inland Empire

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Signature Pools & Landscapes
Website: spl-designs.com
Phone: (818) 993-0200
Project Name: Gauthier Residence

CATEGORY: Small Residential Maintenance

Sponsor: Pacific Coast Chapter of CLCA

1st place

Company: Zone 24 Landscaping, Inc.
Website: zone24-landscaping.com
Phone: (310) 831-6132
Project Name: Knowles Residence

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Asahi Gardens
Website: Linked In
Phone: (310) 420-8660
Project Name: Kilpatrick Residence

CATEGORY: Large Residential Maintenance

Sponsor: A-G Sod Farms

1st place

Company: Asahi Gardens
Website: Linked In
Phone: (310) 420-8660
Project Name: Weber Residence

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Zone 24 Landscaping, Inc.
Website: zone24-landscaping.com
Phone: (310) 831-6132
Project Name: Grzywacz Residence

CATEGORY: Residential Tree Trimming

Sponsor: SFV Chapter of CLCA

1ST place

Company: Luis Casas Tree Service
Website: luiscasastreeservicelosangeles.com
Phone: 818-362-3205
Project Name: 435 Almar

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Signature Pools & Landscapes
Website: spl-designs.com
Phone: (818) 993-0200
Project Name: Moss Residence

CATEGORY: Commercial Tree Trimming

Sponsor: Baba's Lawn Mower Shop

1st place

Company: Luis Casas Tree Service
Website: luiscasastreeservicelosangeles.com
Phone: 818-362-3205
Project Name: Sony Picture Studios

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Groundcare Landscape
Website: groundcarelc.com
Phone: 888-255-5755
Project Name: Park Avenue Apartments

CATEGORY: Small Commercial Maintenance

Sponsor: Steve Hartman

1st place

Company: Live Art Plantscapes
Website: liveartplantscapes.com
Phone: 424-396-3512
Project Name: 407 North Maple

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Groundcare Landscape
Website: groundcarelc.com
Phone: 888-255-5755
Project Name: Park Avenue Apartments

CATEGORY: Large Commercial Maintenance

Sponsor: CLCA Insurance Solutions

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Gothic Landscape
Website: gothiclandscape.com
Phone: 661-678-1400
Project Name: Tourney Pointe Association

CATEGORY: HOA Maintenance

Sponsor: Eyescapes

1st place

Company: Gothic Landscape
Website: gothiclandscape.com
Phone: 661-678-1400
Project Name: Bridgeport Valencia Master Assoc.

Outstanding Achievement

Company: Gothic Landscape
Website: gothiclandscape.com
Phone: 661-678-1400
Project Name: Villa Metro

CATEGORY: Educational Water Feature

Sponsor: Hayward

1st place

Company: Enviroscape LA
Website: enviroscapela.com
Phone: 310-374-1199
Project Name: Redondo Union High School

CATEGORY: Humanitarian Award

Sponsor: LA/SGV Chapter of CLCA

Company: Signature Pools & Landscapes
Website: spl-designs.com
Phone: (818) 993-0200
Project Name: ShareFest 103rd Street Planter Project

Company: Groundcare Landscape
Website: groundcarelc.com
Phone: 855-255-5755
Project Name: ShareFest 103rd Street Planter Project

Company: Garden Butterfly
Website: gardenbutterflyla.com
Phone: 213-294-9181
Project Name: ShareFest 103rd Street Planter Project

Company: Enviroscape LA
Website: enviroscapela.com
Phone: 310-374-1199
Project Name: S.T.E.M. Education at Play

Company: Ko Endo Landscape
Website:  Ko Endo
Phone: 310-836-8019
Project Name: Venice Japanese Community Center

Company: Garden Butterfly
Website: gardenbutterflyla.com
Phone: 213-294-9181
Project Name: S.T.E.M. Education at Play

CATEGORY: Excelsior Award

Sponsor: Cadre Landscape

Company: Garden Butterfly
Website: gardenbutterflyla.com
Phone: 213-294-9181
Project Name: Minteer Residence

CATEGORY: Special Effects Award

Sponsor: Thompson Building Materials

Company: Larson Landscape
Website: larsonlandscape.com
Phone: (818) 776-8197
Project Name: Buchanan Residence

CATEGORY: Judges' Award

Sponsor: Kellogg Garden Products

Company: Mike Forsberg Landscape & Maintenance, Inc.
Website: Facebook Page
Phone: (310) 534-5058
Project Name: Smith Residence

CATEGORY: President's Award

Sponsor: CLCA Insurance Solutions

Special Award

Company: Zone 24 Landscaping, Inc.
Website: zone24-landscaping.com
Phone: (310) 831-6132
Project Name: Knowles Residence

CATEGORY: Sweepstakes Award

Sponsor: BrightView Tree Company

Special Award

Company: Mike Forsberg Landscape & Maintenance, Inc.
Website: Facebook Page
Phone: (310) 534-5058
Project Name: Powell Residence