Clarence Davids Named to the Top 100 Landscape Companies!

Top_100_Shield(1)Clarence Davids & Company has been named one of the largest landscape companies in the United States by Lawn & Landscape magazine.

“These 100 companies represent some of the best in the entire country, and have achieved a level of growth that a very small percentage of the industry can claim,” said L&L Editor and Associate Publisher Chuck Bowen. “The Top 100 is a very exclusive club, and being named to the list is a real honor. The companies on this year’s list are examples of tremendous dedication and hard work.”

Clarence Davids & Company is honored to be part of this elite group!

Plant Combinations That Say Summer!

“For Summer, I have always loved using Allium ‘Summer Beauty.’ It is a great stand-along perennial, but part of its beauty is that it also works well with numerous other plants, which makes it so versatile,” says landscape designer Abbie Lydon.

One of Lydon’s favorite combinations is Allium angulosum ‘Summer Beauty’ with Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ and Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb.’ “Allium is a later summer bloomer – July into August, but by blending it with the stachys and coreopsis you get a great mix with color lasting from June well into August and September.’ she explains.

The coreopsis is the first to bloom. Beginning in June, it blooms profusely throughout the season. It has 1-2″ bright yellow flowers atop lacy foliage that gives the plant an airy texture. It grows in loosely rounded clumps 1-1.5′ tall in full sun.

Allium angulosum ‘Summer Beauty’ send up its 1.5-2″ round, lilac flowers from late June into late July. the plant grows 16-18″ tall with a similar spread at maturity in full sun. Its glossy, grass-like leaves offer a contrasting texture.

About the same time, Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ joins the flower show, strutting its stuff into mid-August with 2-3′ tall rosy-lavender spikes. Hummelo has slightly crinkled medium green foliage that develops in layers. It matures to 16-22″ tall with a spread of 10-12” and grows in full sun to light shade.

Palmisano2Lydon likes the way all three plants offer a pleasing textural contrast in their flowers and their foliage. “Combining all three makes a colorful display full of texture,” she says. “This combination is a wonderful way to get the most out of your summer season.”

This article appeared in The Landscape Contractor May 2014.

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

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Photos

Below are pictures from our final day of construction at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Stay tuned for more pictures of the finished garden! Join us at the show March 15-23 at Navy Pier! Tickets can be purchased at www.chicagoflower.com

This purple annual flower is called Senetti. This has been a favorite of everyone who passes through our garden!
This purple annual flower is called Senetti. This has been a favorite of everyone who passes through our garden!
Thank you to Crate and Barrel for supplying the furniture and the lights. It really helped our backyard space come alive!
Thank you to Crate and Barrel for supplying the furniture and the lights. It really helped our backyard space come alive!
We are so proud of our team! The 2014 Chicago Flower & Garden Show will be a great memory for all of us!
We are so proud of our team! The 2014 Chicago Flower & Garden Show will be a great memory for all of us!
Our garden was featured on ABC-7 on Friday afternoon!
Our garden was featured on ABC-7 on Friday afternoon!

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Construction Photos–Day 7

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is just 3 days away! Check out our construction photos from Day 7. The majority of the plants were installed today. It is so great to see Spring color!!!

Our fire pit has fire now! The back yard is ready for furniture! Crate and Barrel will delivering the furniture tomorrow!
Our fire pit has fire now! Crate and Barrel will delivering the furniture tomorrow!
A close-up view of the fountain in the front yard.
A close-up view of the fountain in the front yard.
Despite the 6" of snow today, we still get to see spring color!!!
Despite the 6″ of snow today, we still get to see spring color!!! Thank you to K-Fish Color, Midwest Groundcovers, and Twixwood Nursery for supplying the plant material.
Pachysandra and annuals are planted at the entrance to the formal home.
Pachysandra and annuals are planted at the entrance to the formal home.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Opens in 4 days!

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is just 4 days away! Below are pictures from Construction Day 6.

Today our crew worked on installing the pergolas in the back yard.
Today our crew worked on installing the pergolas in the back yard.
Miguel touches up the paint on the facade.
Miguel touches up the paint on the facade.
Our trees have leaves!!! Thank you to Ted's Greenhouse for forcing the plant material for us!!!
Our trees have leaves!!! Thank you to Ted’s Greenhouse for forcing the plant material for us!!!
Our crew installs lights for the trees in the parkway.
Our crew installs lights for the trees in the parkway.
This is a view from above Festival Hall at Navy Pier. It's going to be a fun week at the Show!
This is a view from above Festival Hall at Navy Pier. It’s going to be a fun week at the Show!

Behind the Scenes of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show – Day 5

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show opens on Saturday! Check out our progress photos from Day 5!

Our crew worked really hard on the back yard today! Crabapples were installed and the pavers are nearly complete!
Our crew worked really hard on the back yard today! Crabapples were installed and the pavers are nearly complete!
The pond was filled with water today! It will be stocked with fish for the show.
The pond was filled with water today! It will be stocked with fish for the show.
These guys are good! The bluestone entry was completed today.
These guys are good! The bluestone entry was completed today.
The crew started installing the pavers for the front walk today. This is scheduled to be finished tomorrow.
The crew started installing the pavers for the front walk today. This is scheduled to be finished tomorrow.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Construction – Day 4

Check out the photos of construction at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The show opens next Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.chicagoflower.com

The crew started installing the pavers in the front yard today. We think you will really like this paver!
The crew started installing the pavers in the front yard today. We think you will really like this paver!
Final adjustments are made to the facade...
Final adjustments are made to the facade…
The crew started installing the bluestone in the front yard today. A big thank you to Aspen Valley Landscape Supply for supplying the stone!
The crew started installing the bluestone in the front yard today. A big thank you to Aspen Valley Landscape Supply for supplying the stone!
The base was installed in the back yard today. Pavers are scheduled to be installed Monday.
The base was installed in the back yard today. Pavers are scheduled to be installed Monday.