Congratulations to our employees celebrating BIG anniversaries this year!

We are proud to announce that several of our employees are celebrating anniversaries this year! Clarence Davids & Company thanks these employees for their loyalty and commitment!

40 Years

Bill Davids – Bill began his career at Clarence Davids after graduating from Michigan State University with a horticulture degree and currently serves as President of the company. Bill has enjoyed being a part of the landscape industry for so many years and is extremely thankful to his father for teaching him about the profession.

30 Years

Salvador AlvarezSalvador began as a maintenance laborer and was quickly promoted to a a maintenance foreman and then to a lawn care foreman. He is currently serves as the Maintenance Production Manager in Ingleside. Salvador gives 150% each day managing all of our north maintenance sites.

Benito GonzalezBenito is a maintenance foreman in Matteson. He handles some of our largest maintenance multi-family properties. He also specializes in holiday decorations and lighting!

Ed Hoffman Ed began his career at Clarence Davids after graduating with a horticulture degree from the University of Illinois. Ed is the Maintenance Production Manager in Matteson and is responsible for over twenty crews, which include maintenance, lawn care and tree crews.

Jaime Rojas – Jaime has is currently a maintenance foreman in Ingleside. Jaime maintains several of our largest, most detailed maintenance properties. Jaime is a third-generation Rojas to work for Clarence Davids & Company.

20 Years

Cayetano GarciaCayetano started as a maintenance foreman in the Matteson office. He was transferred up north when the Ingleside branch opened and he is now one of our best landscape foreman in Ingleside.

Leopoldo PerezLeopoldo is a landscape laborer/watering assistant. He has served on the landscape crew the the U.S. Open Golf Championship from day one.

Brian Walsh – Brian began his career with Clarence Davids as a landscape foreman after graduating with a Horticulture Degree from Joliet Junior College. Brian’s work ethic, willingness to continue to learn, and rapport with clients make him a great Landscape Supervisor.

15 Years

Frank Babcock – Frank is our Ingleside branch manager. Frank utilizes his laid back attitude to bring calm and confident managing techniques, while enjoying personal contacts with his clients and colleagues.

Mark Donahue – Mark works in our Fox Valley office as an estimator, assisting the sales force with a variety of projects. Mark is an avid gardener, who holds the title of Master Gardener. He volunteers his time at various to educate the public about horticulture and gardening.

Andres Garcia – Andres works as a mechanic in Matteson. Andres’ strengths are trailer maintenance, repair, and clutch replacements.

Arturo Magana – Arturo is a lawn care laborer in our Matteson office. Arturo is very knowledgeable and always has a “can-do” attitude.

Jesus Pena – Jesus is a landscape foreman in Matteson. Jesus has managed and installed some of our largest and most detailed projects. He gives every project his very best and operated with very high professional standards.

Donna Plonka – Donna is an assistant to Stephen Borden in our Matteson office and also handles the accounts receivable for the company. Thank you Donna!

10 Years

Jaime Garibay – Jaime is our Matteson mechanic who specializes in truck engines and electrical troubleshooting. He is very dedicated, knowledgeable, and hardworking.

Abbie Lydon – Abbie is a landscape designer in Matteson who started at Clarence Davids, after receiving her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois. Abbie designs some of our largest annual projects and is currently working on her 10th highly regarded U.S. Open Golf Championship. 

Leonel Marquez – Leonel is a licensed lawn care foreman in our Plainfield office and is well experienced in turf and ornamental applications. Leonel has an excellent safety record and shares his positive attitude with all of our clients.

Alan Watkins – Alan began his career with Clarence Davids as a sales representative after graduating with a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois. Alan works in our Matteson office and is known to have one of the highest work ethics in the office. Alan has been instrumental in implementing our current estimating software, which has helped our organization become more efficient.

Congratulations to Mark Donahue, U of I Extension Certified Master Gardener!

Mark Donahue, Landscape Estimator and Plantsman in our Plainfield office, recently became certified as a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener. Mark has been interested in plants and gardening for a long time. “Growing up, I spent inordinate amounts of time digging in the dirt, and doing yard work that none of my brothers wanted to do,” Mark says. Donahue earned an Associates Degree in Horticulture from Joliet Junior College and this was just the starting point for his love of plants and nature. Over the past fifteen years, Mark has transformed his family’s yard from ‘generic postage stamp’ to ‘English Cottage Garden.’ “I learn new things in the garden; most important is a keen love of nature, and a respect for all living things,” Mark states.

Mark took eleven classes and volunteered over sixty hours over the past 1.5 years to earn this great distinction. “The program has been incredibly rewarding, as I’ve enjoyed sharing my love of gardening, and the many benefits it offers with offers.”

Congratulations to Mark Donahue!

Mark Donahue

Clarence Davids Employees Attend ASLA Conference in Denver

Clarence Davids & Company had five employees attend the American Society of Landscape Architects Conference in Denver Colorado November 21-24, 2014. This conference further educated our staff about the profession and tour some of Denver’s premier landscape projects. The conference will be in Chicago in the fall of 2015 of which Alan Watkins from our corporate office is the Host Chapter Co-Chair. Please give us the opportunity to share our newly gained knowledge by allowing us to design one of your new projects.

Pictured are (left to right): Alan Watkins, Sarah Hebda, Bill Davids, Allie Corbett, and Steve Bos.

Thank you to our long-term employees!

We are proud to announce that several of our employees are celebrating anniversaries this year! Clarence Davids & Company thanks these employees for their loyalty and commitment!

35 Years

Gary Borgman – The key to any successful company is the handling of their financials. Gary is celebrating 35 years with our company this year. Gary began as an intern while at Trinity Christian College. He began full time after graduation and has laid the ground work to strong, financial guidelines. He has had a key role in our success. Congratulations and thank you Gary!

25 Years

Manuel Huirache Manuel leads by example and serves one of the premier properties in Orland Park, Crystal Tree Townhomes and Residential Community. Communication is his key to keeping hundreds of residents happy and their properties looking beautiful!

Salvador Rojas, Jr.Salvador is a second generation Rojas to work with Clarence Davids & Company. His father was one of our first employees. Salvador is a landscape foreman at our Plainfield office and is one of our best installers of annual color.

20 Years

Carlos AcunaCarlos is a very hard-working, dependable maintenance laborer, working on sites in the City of Chicago. He is well liked by our clients because of his can-do attitude and expertise.

Jesus GonzalezJesus is a lawn care foreman at Plainfield. Jesus’ extensive lawn care knowledge makes sure our lawns are green and weed free. Jesus has also served on our safety team.

Jorge Gonzalez –Jorge is a maintenance laborer who works with Manuel Huirache at the Crystal Tree property. Jorge is responsible for leading the pruning crews, as well as the snow removal at the single family homes.

Martin GuerreroMartin is a maintenance foreman in Matteson, serving the downtown clients for several years. Martin uses his communication skills and talents to keep the city sites looking their best.

Darlene OlenaDarlene is our assistant controller and safety director. She began working in the  accounting department when we were in the Blue Island office. Darlene’s most important role is payroll, which is obviously appreciated by everyone.

Carlos PerezCarlos served as one of our first lawn care operators. He then became a landscape foreman and tree specialist. Carlos has extensive knowledge in safety requirements, which are needed at the BP Whiting Facility.

John Huiner is now a Certified Landscape Technician!

Congratulations to John Huiner for becoming a Certified Landscape Technician in Turf Maintenance. The Illinois Landscape Contractors Association administers the written and hands-on field tests. The certification indicates that the technician can meet strict performance and safety standards in installation or maintenance in the landscape.

John was recently promoted to the Landscape Production Manager in Matteson.

John Huiner
John Huiner

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:

Clarence Davids Welcomes 5 New Employees!

Jay Holinger
Jay Holinger




Jay Holinger is a landscape designer in the Fox Valley office. He graduated in May 2013 from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. Jay has a background in pond design and construction, as well as an extensive knowledge of plant material.

Debbie Pecsenye
Debbie Pecsenye







Debbie Pecscenye is the administrative assistant to Bill Davids in the Matteson office. Debbie enjoys horseback riding and outdoor activities, such as camping.

Renee TeVogt
Renee TeVogt





Renee TeVogt is a landscape designer in the Matteson office. She graduated in May 2013 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. In her free time, Renee enjoys cooking and playing volleyball.

Nate VanderWoude
Nate VanderWoude






Nate VanderWoude is an accounting assistant in the Matteson office. Nate graduated in May 2013 from Trinity Christian College. He studied Business and has a minor in Accountancy with a concentration in Finance. Nate enjoys playing golf in his leisure.

Donna Bohman
Donna Bohlman






Donna Bohlman is an administrative assistant in the Plainfield office. In her free time, Donna enjoys hiking and reading. She also enjoys taking care of her cats and gardening.

Paul Hughes Featured in Chicagoland Gardening Magazine

Paul Hughes, our material coordinator and buyer of annual color in the Fox Valley office, was recently featured in the Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. The article asked several plant experts about their favorite bulbs. According to Paul, the bulb that gets the most attention on our commercial sites is crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis). He also really likes winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis). Here is a link to the article online!

Check out the fritillaria (yellow up-side down looking flower) in front of the Crate and Barrel Store on Michigan Avenue. Our friends at Hoerr Schaudt designed this beautiful planting!
Check out the fritillaria (yellow up-side down looking flower) in front of the Crate and Barrel Store on Michigan Avenue. Our friends at Hoerr Schaudt designed this beautiful planting!

Abbie Lydon Featured in The Landscape Contractor

The Landscape Contractor May 2013
The Landscape Contractor May 2013

Abbie Lydon, landscape designer in Matteson, was featured in The Landscape Contractor earlier this year. She was asked to participate in the design exploration panel and develop a landscape design for an urban two-story duplex townhouse. The client for this project was a retired Chicago couple that wanted to transform the space into a modern retreat to unwind and entertain family and friends.

Full Site Plan
Full Site Plan


Abbie’s design for the front yard includes a natural bluestone entry with an infinity water feature made up of black granite slabs. The front yard also includes built-in seating made of a natural limestone veneer. There is also a fence with horizontal cables and a wooden railing that was designed to further define the space. The modern planters are filled with contrasting pops of annual color and are thoughtfully placed to enhance the design.


The backyard features an outdoor kitchen complete with a stainless grill, refrigerator, and warming drawer. There is also a firepit that is surrounded by built-in seating. The planting design in the back features an espalier Japanese Maple, with additional shrubs and perennials, including summer beauty allium, liriope, boxwood, and switch grass.