Construction at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show–Day 3

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is just 9 days away! Check out our progress on Day 3 of construction.

The facade is nearly complete. There will be a structure over the entrance to the gray home, as well.
The facade is nearly complete. There will be a structure over the entrance to the gray home, as well.
The parkway walls have been built. The parkway will have trees, annuals, and perennials.
The parkway walls have been built. The parkway will have trees, annuals, and perennials.
Arborvitae were installed around the perimeter of the back garden. Thank you to Wilson Nurseries for supplying the plant material.
Arborvitae were installed around the perimeter of the back garden. Thank you to Wilson Nurseries for supplying the plant material.

Behind the Scenes of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show – Day 2

Check out the photos below of the progress we made on Day 2 at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Please plan on attending and check out our garden. Tickets can be purchased at www.chicagoflower.com

Belgard Retaining Wall Blocks are being cut so that we can begin building the outer walls of the garden.
Belgard Retaining Wall Blocks are being cut so that we can begin building the outer walls of the garden.
The Matteson guys are working on installing the bar.
The Matteson guys are working on installing the bar.
The Plainfield guys are taking measurements for the dining area in the backyard.
The Plainfield guys are taking measurements for the dining area in the backyard.
The facade was installed and the siding has started being installed on the back.
The facade was installed and the siding has started being installed on the back.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Construction Begins!

The construction for our garden at the 2014 Chicago Flower and Garden Show started today. A total of 8 trucks were unloaded at Navy Pier. Check out our progress below. Stay tuned for daily updates!

Our landscape architects marked out our garden space today. This pictures shows the foundation of the house facade in place.
Our landscape architects marked out our garden space today. This pictures shows the foundation of the house facade in place.
Our crew unloads a VERY large tool box from the truck.
Our crew unloads a VERY large tool box from the truck.
This saw will be used to cut pavers.
This saw will be used to cut pavers.
Our truck sits in the loading dock of Navy Pier. We live in a beautiful city!
Our truck sits in the loading dock of Navy Pier. We live in a beautiful city!

Job Opportunity – Landscape Construction Manager

Clarence Davids & Company, an award winning landscape design build and maintenance company is accepting resumes for a motivated person to manage our Matteson, Illinois landscape construction division. Ideal applicants must have a degree in a landscape-related field or equivalent knowledge and experience. Candidates should be landscape professionals with a landscape construction background, be committed to high quality work, and enjoy working in a supportive, challenging team environment.

Position to be filled immediately.
Please submit resume to:
info@clarencedavids.com

Chicago Flower & Garden Show is 15 days away!

We are so excited about the 2014 Chicago Flower & Garden Show! Planning started nearly a year ago and we have worked hard to create a garden that we think everyone will really enjoy. Construction starts next week and the show opens on March 15! Check this blog for daily updates, starting next Wednesday!

We are very proud of the partnerships with our collaborators that have helped make our garden a reality. Thank you to the following companies for their great support of Clarence Davids & Company!

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Clarence Davids & Company to participate in 2014 Chicago Flower & Garden Show!

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Clarence Davids & Company is proud to be participating in the 2014 Chicago Flower and Garden Show. The show will be held March 15 – 23, 2014 at Navy Pier in Chicago. Tickets can be purchased online at www.chicagoflower.com.  This is the first time Clarence Davids will be participating in the show and will have one of the largest gardens. Escape winter and visit our garden at the 2014 Chicago Flower & Garden Show!

The garden, named "Your Style, Your Garden," features two different homes with both formal and informal landscapes that represent gardens of every size and style.
The garden, named “Your Style, Your Garden,” features two different homes with both formal and informal landscapes that represent gardens of every size and style.
Our design team has developed a concept that shows that there is a garden for every space and style.
Our design team has developed a concept that shows that there is a garden for every space and style.
The backyard of the homes extends the interior space to the outdoors and features an outdoor kitchen and dining room, a fire pit, and a water feature.
The backyard of the homes extends the interior space to the outdoors and features an outdoor kitchen and dining room, a fire pit, and a water feature.

Office Tower Wins ILCA Gold Award!

Congratulations to our team for winning the Illinois Landscape Contractors Gold Award in the Special Events category. This is the 2nd consecutive year we have won the gold award in this category.

Every year U.S. Equities strives to make an impact on The Magnificent Mile by creating Seasonal Displays that are unique from the other gardens on the Avenue.  This year we encouraged the client to remove a large water feature located in the parkway beds. Using large Japanese Maples, we created a ‘garden in the city’ feel that left the water feature a faint memory.  These maples are unique to the Avenue and helped soften both the buildings from the street and the street traffic from pedestrians.

Removing the water feature helped to make the most of the small spaces of the Michigan Avenue beds. We benefited from the additional bed space that allowed for a more intricate design with layers, colors, and textures. Similarly, to enhance the sidewalk café on Huron, seasonal containers separated diners from pedestrians adding to ‘garden in the city’ ambiance. Similar plants used in both settings correlate the property as a whole.

Our unique plant choices and placement of the plants has resulted in a breathtaking annual display on Michigan Avenue.

Many thanks to Kurt Pflederer, Allie Corbett, Ed Hoffman, Cesario Moreno, Brian Walsh, Miguel Espinosa, Salvador Rojas Jr., and Renee TeVogt for their help in making this project a success!

In the midst of the hustle of Michigan Avenue, café dwellers relax in the secluded space created from the lush garden in the seasonal containers.
In the midst of the hustle of Michigan Avenue, café dwellers relax in the secluded space created from the lush garden in the seasonal containers.
Large Japanese Maples and other street trees accentuate the density of the garden in the city. When standing in close proximity to the garden, the surrounding city becomes merely a backdrop to the stately garden.
Large Japanese Maples and other street trees accentuate the density of the garden in the city. When standing in close proximity to the garden, the surrounding city becomes merely a backdrop to the stately garden.
Round topiaries add structure and formality to the seasonal containers lining the café area. These introduce a comfortable barrier between café dwellers and pedestrians in addition to the dense garden surrounding them.
Round topiaries add structure and formality to the seasonal containers lining the café area. These introduce a comfortable barrier between café dwellers and pedestrians in addition to the dense garden surrounding them.
Passing pedestrians are drawn to take a closer look at the elaborate use of textures in the seasonal containers.
Passing pedestrians are drawn to take a closer look at the elaborate use of textures in the seasonal containers.

A Clarence Davids Landscape Wins Award!

Clarence Davids & Company won the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Landscape in Excellence Silver Award (Commercial Maintenance) for our work at Advocate South Suburban Hospital. Many thanks to Alan Watkins, Abbie Lydon, Rafael Alvarez, Ed Hoffman, and Daniel Olaguez who work hard to make this property look great!

Below are some pictures of this beautiful project!

Our maintenance program includes the mowing and fertilization of the expansive lawns surrounding the hospital, pruning trees and shrubs, power edging the walks, and bed edging the tree rings and planting beds.
Our maintenance program includes the mowing and fertilization of the expansive lawns surrounding the hospital, pruning trees and shrubs, power edging the walks, and bed edging the tree rings and planting beds.
Our design team chooses annual flowers that welcome the visitors at each of the various entrances to the hospital. There are a total of four rotations, making sure that the hospital campus is surrounded with bright colors throughout the year.
Our design team chooses annual flowers that welcome the visitors at each of the various entrances to the hospital. There are a total of four rotations, making sure that the hospital campus is surrounded with bright colors throughout the year.

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Clarence Davids wins Excellence in Landscape Merit Award!

We are proud to announce that the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) awarded us the Landscape in Excellence Merit Award (Residential Construction). Many thanks to Stephen Borden, Alan Watkins, Steve Bos, Jack Bos, Abbie Lydon, Roberto Castel, and Rafael Segura who helped make this project a success!

The Palmisano family presented our design team with the challenge of updating the landscape of their contemporary home built in the 1980s. The design includes both a new paver driveway and a new patio in the backyard. The final design was able to enhance the unique architecture of the home and accomplish the desires of the Palmisano family.

Enjoy the pictures of this award-winning project!

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The new driveway includes pavers of different textures and colors to make the space feel more like an entry rather than a driveway.
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Myriad perennials, including allium, coreopsis, stachys, and hydrangea were planted around the driveway to make a colorful impact throughout the summer.
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Three planter boxes with whitespire birch and red begonias anchor the new driveway.
The planting scheme in the backyard includes allium, boxwood, hydrangea, and pachysandra groundcover.

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