Spring 2016 Magnificent Mile Association Awards Announced!

Clarence Davids & Company won 1st and 2nd place in the Spring 2016 Magnificent Mile Beautification Walk for our work at 676 North Michigan Avenue and 625 North Michigan Avenue! The committee graded each property on North Michigan Avenue between the Chicago River and Oak Street. We are so honored to receive these prestigious awards!

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676 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
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625 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
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625 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

The tulips have arrived!

Spring is finally here and we are so excited! Below are some of our favorite pictures that we have taken over the past week!

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700 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
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Lincoln Park Apple Store, Chicago
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Crate and Barrel, North Avenue & Clybourn, Chicago
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Clarence Davids Employee Anniversaries

Clarence Davids & Company is proud to have so many long-term employees. It is because of the commitment of our staff that were are able to be a consistent leader in the landscape industry. Below are some comments from Bill Davids regarding each employee celebrating an anniversary this year.

45 Years

Jose Marquez is one of our veteran maintenance foreman who works out of the Plainfield office. Jose has given us an amazing 45 years of loyalty, dedication, and job knowledge. We are truly grateful for his years of dedication to Clarence Davids & Company. Three cheers for Jose!

35 Years

Rodolfo Rojas is a maintenance foreman who works out of our Plainfield office. Rodolfo is in charge of maintaining one of our premier residential developments where his attention to detail and excellent communication skills are showcased.

Roman Zaragosa has been with Clarence Davids & Company for 35 years and has been a foreman at our Plainfield office for the past 16 years. His hard work, leadership, and excellent job knowledge can be seen on several of our large residential communities.

Constantino Capetillo is our head mechanic at the Matteson facility. Constantino is a true leader; a loyal and hardworking mechanic who always keeps us rolling. Constantino has been a valued mentor to many Clarence Davids & Company mechanics. Thank you Constantino!

30 Years

Samuel Nunez was elevated from crew member to the role of foreman 8 years ago at our Plainfield office. During this time, he has shown himself as a hard working, dependable foreman who always has happy clients. Thank you Samuel for giving 30 years of dedicate to Clarence Davids & Company.

Francisco Echeverria is a landscape maintenance foreman who works out of our Chicago satellite yard. He is responsible for several large residential and commercial accounts. Francisco takes great pride in his work. Thank you Francisco!

Jose Plascencia works in our lawn care and maintenance departments at our Plainfield branch. He also plays a key role in our snow operations. Jose is a dependable team player who bring 30 years of experience to all the departments he works in.

Cesario Moreno began working 30 years ago as a landscape laborer and his skill allowed him to rapidly rise to foreman. In 1998, Cesario’s experience led to a promotion to Landscape Project Manager at our Plainfield office. From overseeing complex annual installation to building outdoor patios and kitchens, Cesario’s ability to plan, execute, and complete all varieties of landscape jobs makes him a valuable member of our team.

25 Years

Debbie Davids has taken on many important responsibilities such as payroll, time sheet records, and planning special events. She also uses her cooking skills quite often at work.

Efren Cruz is a veteran crew member at our Plainfield office. He brings us 25 years of maintenance experience and we value his knowledge and dedication. Thank you for all of your efforts!

20 Years

Ciro Nuci has worked in many different departments of the company. This includes lawn care, maintenance, mechanic, and currently as our Matteson yard supervisor. He is flexible, dependable, and works whenever we need him. He organizes all the daily plant material for the crews.

Jose Luis Chavez is a landscape maintenance foreman who works out of our Chicago satellite yard. Along with excellent service to our downtown clients, Luis does holiday light installations. Thank you Luis!

Marcos Marquez is a landscape maintenance crew member at our Matteson office. He is a dedicated, loyal, and hard working member of the Clarence Davids team. Thank you Marcos!

Jorge Zaragoza is a veteran crew member at our Plainfield office and brings 20 years of dedicated and loyal service. We value his years of experience and appreciate all that he brings to our maintenance department.

Octavio Gonzalez began as a maintenance laborer, then progressed into a maintenance foreman at our Matteson office. He then transferred to our Ingleside office and took on the role of Maintenance Production Assistant. For the last 5 years, Octavio has been our Landscape Production Manager and supervisor of our mechanics. Octavio’s dedication, drive, hard work and client repore, has allowed our Ingleside landscape department to flourish. Thank you Octavio!

Jose Ortiz has been a versatile employee for our Plainfield office. Jose is a skilled landscape laborer working with many foremen over the years. However, Jose’s great talent is managing the Plainfield yard during the annual seasonal rotations. Jose makes sure our crews have the right plants and landscape material on a daily basis.

Guadalupe Solis is an incredible hard working and loyal landscape team member of the Plainfield office. After 20 years, Guadalupe has constantly performed the hard tasks that are needed to execute landscape plans to improve the appearance and functionality of our clients’ properties. Everyone enjoys having such an employee on their crew.

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring from Clarence Davids & Company! Check out this video of the beautiful spring installations we have done!

Is your landscaping ready for Spring??? Take a look at more of our videos on YouTube!

Celebrating 65 years!

Milestone, benchmark, and precedent are a few words often used to signify a lifetime of success. In 2016, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of Clarence Davids & Company, marking a truly unique achievement for companies in our sector. An event of this magnitude would certainly not be possible without the loyalty and support of our clients. What began as a spark of an idea in 1951, with one pick-up truck and a few pieces of equipment, is now a leader in the green industry with three branches throughout Chicagoland.

Clarence Davids & Company’s “blue sapphire” celebration is a singular opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the values that have contributed to the success of the company. Our clients’ landscapes and the perseverance of the entire team have made it possible. It does not go without saying that Clarence Davids & Company team consists of long-term, creative, talented, and educated employees. Their hard work will continue to propel us into the future.

Below is a video that highlights some of our achievements over the past 65 years. Enjoy!

Trees, Trees, Trees!

In the past few years, we have seen a rapid decline in the number of trees on properties due to the Emerald Ash Borer. Because of a monoculture of trees, an insect or disease can spread fast and decimate our landscapes as well as budgets. As Ash trees became infected and were removed, there has been an increase in the demand of trees, which has put a strain on availabilities and caused prices to rise dramatically. The one positive lesson that has been learned from the Emerald Ash Borer is not to have a monoculture of trees. It is strongly suggested that while replacements of Ash trees are being selected that several different species of trees be installed. By doing this, you are creating a diverse plant palette that will not be completely eradicated when the next insect or disease comes to town. Below are a few replacement suggestions that we would like for you to consider.

Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) is a native shade tree that thrives in poorly drained wet soil and is salt tolerant. At maturity it can reach 50’ tall and have a spread of 40’. In the fall it has an orange, gold, yellow fall color.

Yellow Sweet Buckeye (Aesculus octandra) is a native shade tree. At maturity it can reach 70’ tall and have a spread of 30-40’. It has strong wood and exceptional ornamental features. Ornamental features include 6” yellow spring blossoms and yellow-orange fall color.

Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus diocia ‘Espresso’) is a native shade tree and an exciting variety of the Kentucky Coffeetree. It is drought and pollution tolerant which makes it a great choice for parkway and parking lot islands. At maturity it can reach 60-75’ tall and have a spread of 40-50’. It has an interesting bark that has a coarse texture for winter interest and has a yellow fall color.

Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum ‘Bailsta’) is a shade tree that has several noteworthy characteristics. At maturity it can reach 50-70’ tall and have a spread of 50’. Compared to the species plant it has a rapid growth rate and a symmetrical rounded habit. It has a good resistance to summer heat, wind and drought as well as leaf tatter and leaf scorch. It has excellent winter hardiness and has a beautiful yellow, orange, red fall color.

 

Project Spotlight: Midway Plaisance

Clarence Davids & Company is proud to have installed countless landscapes throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. We have installed several gardens on the Midway Plaisance over the past few years. This site is now featured in the What’s Out There Chicago Guide from The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). The text below is an excerpt from the Guide.

The Midway Plaisance is a 90-acre linear park that includes a mile-long boulevard that links Washington and Jackson Parks. Designed in 1870 by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and Calvert Vaux, the park was meant to feature a pleasure drive and an intricate canal system that would provide a water approach from Lake Michigan to the Washington Park mere, but this design was never realized.

In 1893, the Midway Plaisance was selected as the entertainment section of the World’s Columbian Exposition. Amusements such as the world’s first Ferris wheel were located here, as were exhibitions, foreign pavilions, and other attractions. After the exhibition closed, the site was redesigned by Olmsted, Olmsted, and Eliot to include drives lined with elm trees, walks, bridle paths, and an axial canal down the center (never built). A dry fosse currently marks where the canal would have been.

The Midway Plaisance cuts through the University of Chicago campus and has been improved over the last century. In 1999, Olin Partnership and Wolff Landscape Architecture worked with the Chicago Park District, the University of Chicago, and local community members to develop a master plan for Midway Plaisance, resulting in designs for the Allison Davis Garden, a Winter Garden, Reader’s Garden, and an ice rink. Clarence Davids & Company received an award from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association in 2009 for our work on the Midway Plaisance.

Photo credit: Abbie Lydon
Photo credit: Abbie Lydon
Photo credit: Abbie Lydon
Photo credit: Abbie Lydon

Seasons Greetings!

In the true spirit of the season, we express our heartfelt thanks for our clients’ contributions to our success this past year. Best wishes to you and your family for a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

The American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and EXPO was held in Chicago November 6 – 9, 2015. Many Clarence Davids & Company employees attended this fun, inspirational, and educational event. Check out the photos below!

Abbie, Renee, and Alan having fun in the ILASLA photo booth!
Abbie, Renee, and Alan having fun in the ILASLA photo booth!
Abbie attended a downtown walking tour
Abbie attended a downtown walking tour
Renee attended a residential garden tour on the North Shore
Renee attended a residential garden tour on the North Shore
Alan received an award for his work as Host Chapter Co-Chair
Alan received an award for his work as Host Chapter Co-Chair