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!
We’re pleased to announce a new partnership between DeSantis Landscapes and the Portland Trailblazers! Both organizations have been thrilling our fans since the early 70′s (the Blazers were founded in 1970 and DeSantis Landscapes in 1974). Brian Wheeler, the voice of the Blazers, recently recorded a radio ad for the DeSantis team and you can hear it on all Trailblazer broadcasts immediately following the game and prior to the post game show. Or you can listen to the spot now by clicking this link DeSantis Landscapes – Trailblazers radio spot
We’re excited to be partnering with an organization like the Portland Trailblazers who are on the rise, doing good work in our community AND with such an exciting team to watch.
Listen in on this clip from an interview Dean DeSantis did with K103 DJ John Erickson. DeSantis Landscapes recently landscaped John’s yard and they were talking about that project and what to be thinking about for your Fall landscaping.
If you can’t listen to the audio, you may download it here
If you ever listen to K103 in the morning you know John Erickson and the great job he does reporting the news and being the “straight guy” to Bruce Murdock’s antics. We were excited when we started talking to John and his wife about re-landscaping their front yard and he’s even talking about it now on his blog and on the radio. Here’s a link to John’s blog page http://www.k103.com/pages/talent_john.html?article=10303069 and a sneak preview of the finished landscape.
Earlier this week we were happy to participate in the Grand Opening of the new Tigard Burgerville at 12765 SW Pacific Hwy.
There’s a new fresh look in the interior with digital menu boards, wood slat ceilings and in true Burgerville fashion, photos of local events and people covering the walls. One of my favorite elements of the store was the hand painted mural by local artist Hadley Ferguson. Even the new chairs are 100% recycled Coke bottles! Ya gotta love Burgerville!
Stop by and enjoy a burger, walla walla onion rings and a raspberry shake at the newest addition to the Burgerville family.
In the April 2012 edition of Landscape Management magazine, DeSantis Landscapes is featured in their Project Portfolio. The article describes their involvement in the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center landscape and irrigation. Click here to read the full article.