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On Saturday, November 22, 2014, the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association held its 38th annual Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program and Banquet at Loew's Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson. This program recognizes member companies who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to designing, installing and maintaining beautiful and sustainable landscapes in Arizona. Projects are submitted by member companies, judged by a panel of industry experts and must adhere to strict criteria of industry standards to be considered for an award. This year Sonoran Gardens submitted two residential design and new installation projects and one residential redesign and renovation project for consideration by the judges.

The Eckert Project - Award of Excellence and Xeriscape Award

The Eckert Project - Winner of the Xeriscape Award

I am very proud to announce that Sonoran Gardens was awarded three Awards of Excellence for our submissions. The Award of Excellence is the highest honor possible. This award is given to a single project within a category that demonstrates outstanding levels of quality and creativity. Additionally, all projects being considered for an Award of Excellence must have scored 90% or higher on the strict criteria and are also visited by the judges to confirm that they are indeed worthy of the highest honor.

Sonoran Gardens was also awarded the Xeriscape Award, one of the three Grand Awards. The Xeriscape Award is given to a project that has received an Award of Excellence and is designed, planned and constructed to adhere to the xeriscape principals of reduced water use and maintenance.

The Ashdown and Roper Projects - Winners of the Award of Excellence

The Ashdown Project - Winner of the Award of Excellence The Roper Project - Winner of the Award of Excellence

Congratulations to everyone who worked for and with us on these outstanding projects. And a special congratulations to our design partners Sven Gunn and Shelly Abbott for their work on these wonderful projects.

Happy holidays!

Chris Niccum

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