Last week DeSantis Landscapes began a major landscape transformation around the newly named Moda Center, the Memorial Coliseum and the entire Rose Quarter campus. This is the first of many changes to come to this bustling urban hub on the east side of downtown Portland. Portland Trailblazers President, Chris McGowan, has shown a commitment to change and success both on-court and off throughout the organization and re-branding and updating the exterior of the facilities is definitely part of the plan. There will be lots of positive things happening in the Rose Quarter over the next year or two and DeSantis Landscapes is proud to be a part of it. Stay tuned.
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This article in today’s Oregonian is a very serious situation. Global food production is in jeopardy and all of us need to act to protect bees, and ourselves.
Pesticides in the neonicotinoid family have been identified in this situation and others as being the culprit in these die-offs. DeSantis Landscapes has historically only used one chemical in this family and has since discontinued all use of these pesticides. Pesticides in this family essentially make the plant toxic to all insects, which can be beneficial if there is trouble with insects like aphids eating the plant but because of its non-selective nature it also kills beneficial pollinators.
For an entertaining, informative and beautiful look at bees check out the movie Queen of the Sun
The Association of Northwest Landscape Designers (ANLD) is having their 9th Annual Garden Tour and DeSantis Landscapes is proudly sponsoring the tour. Today, the sponsors and media representatives took a pre-tour of the gardens and all I can say is… WOW! So many great designs, so many wonderful plants, and so much great inspiration. The tour is Saturday, June 22 and it is not to be missed. Click here for more information on each garden and how to buy tickets.
DeSantis Landscapes was profiled in the most recent issue of nationally distributed Turf magazine (I’m sure it’s on your regular reading list!).
Read the article here Turf magazine Feb 2013 – Yes People Do Matter
I’ve posted last week about our Annual Spring Training event. I was so excited about how the day went that I wanted to share it with you in a video. Here’s my first attempt at using iMovie, hope you enjoy it!
You can also view this video on our website at http://desantislandscapes.com/videos/
This is always one of my favorite days of the year! The day we bring the entire company together at our headquarters to get ready to kick off the landscape season. It is a day filled with nine different training stations (everything from Irrigation Controller programming to Company Policy Manual), to a Plant Identification Challenge with nice prizes to the winners and ends with a BBQ lunch for the whole team. I get to lay out my plans and vision for the upcoming season in a rousing motivational speech (at least that’s the intent) and it is a great time for everyone to get a feel for the various parts of our growing company. I mentioned a few weeks ago in this blog about a company meeting where I asked everyone to think about “WHY” they do this work. What drives them? What gets them excited about their job? I told them if it’s just about a paycheck then they may want to think about whether we’re the right fit because what makes our company different is the curious, knowledgable and passionate people in this organization. If you’re not curious to learn more and working to improve yourself then you may find that you just don’t fit here. Well today I asked everyone to write down their “WHY” and here’s a few of the responses….
“Relieving stress and staying in shape”
“Me gusta aprender cosas nuevas cada dia y aprendes a conocer mas la naturaleza.” ( I like to learn new things everyday and to learn more about nature)
“To make the world a beautiful place.”
“Creating longlasting, unique projects to be proud of”
“The challenge of figuring out solutions to difficult situations”
“To be the finest, most progressive sustainability company in the country using cutting edge technology and a focus on restorative efforts.”
“Estoy aqui porque tengo familia que mantener” (I am here because I want to take care of my family)
Wow. Thanks to all my great co-workers! You are my reason why I do this, to see each of you develop and work together like a well-oiled machine. That’s the beauty that I hope to create each day.
That’s right, spring is around the corner and that means it’s time to show off the new styles, ideas and plants at the 2013 Yard, Garden and Patio Show at the Oregon Convention Center. Friday and Saturday from 10am-7:30pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm. DeSantis Landscapes will have a large space at booth # 641 which is near the entrance and right across the aisle from the Showcase gardens. Come visit us and mention you saw this message and get a free gift!
For a sneak preview of our booth design here’s a 2D plan of the booth space which is a 20′ by 20′ space. It’s going to look awesome! Thanks in particular to DeSantis Lanscapes designer, Matt Holt, for his work on the design and bringing together many parties to collaborate with us on the space. See you there!