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Trade Show Application Page 4

Volunteers Plant Trees in Area Parks for Make a Difference Day Page 7

NLA Awards Banquet Page 9–10

P.O. Box 7431 Reno, NV 89510

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A Letter from the President


e had a very good awards banquet this year, everyone who attended had a good time. Hats off to Dan George at Century Landscapes for a job well done and what looks like a year well done. I was looking at a property last summer that I was considering to put in for an award but it just did not look good enough as we no longer have the budget to make the property look any better than “good enough.� I started to wonder why things are what they are, sure some of it is the economy but how much of it is us? In construction some companies (and you know who you are), bid project below cost and then make up for it with a blizzard of change orders. Once this happens, an honest contractor cannot get one to save his life. In maintenance again (you know who you are) the new norm is the low-ball bid. So, to make money you take advantage of your customers with overpriced irrigation repairs, extra work, and snow removal. Now we have a level of distrust between us and the property managers and/or property owners that we never had before. Sometimes I feel like Diogenes looking for another honest landscaper. You may think that I am right on or way off base. If so, I would like to hear from you. Feel free to email me at Finally, I look forward to a excellent year in 2012 and please welcome the new president Matt Malarkey.

David Dabner

Nevada Landscape Association President

Eaglesnest Homeowners Association is maintained by All Seasons Lawn and Landscape. All Seasons Lawn was awarded 1st Place for Small Commercial Maintenance for this property. All Seasons Lawn has been maintaining this property for over six years. This was the first year that All Seasons entered properties for the NLA Trophy Awards. Congratulations to All Seasons Lawn for winning a total of seven awards this year in various categories.

PUBLISHER Landscape Nevada is published by: Kathy Hess, Just Imagine Marketing and Design 775.746.4138; NEVADA LANDSCAPE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dave Dabner, President, Reno Green Landscaping


Matt Melarkey, President-Elect, Crop Production Services 775.358.6166 Donna L. Garcia, Treasurer, Meridian Business Advisors 775.827.5300 Jeff Hurlbert, Secretary, Sierra Nevada Landscapes 775.853.4445 Heidi Kratsch, Director, UNCE


Rodney Bruns, Director, Pyramid Landscape


Jason Perry, Director, Western Turf


Tim Laskowski, Director, Signature Landscapes


Sara Anderson, Past President, Moana Nursery


LANDSCAPE NEVADA is the official publication of the Nevada Landscape Association, P.O. Box 7431, Reno, Nevada, 89510, phone 775.673.0404 or 800.645.9794, fax 775.673.5828, website:, email: QUESTIONS, COMMENTS & SUBMISSIONS Write to Landscape Nevada at the address above or email the editor at or phone 775.746.4138. MISSION STATEMENT The Nevada Landscape Association provides leadership by promoting professionalism and integrity within the Green Industry through education, high standards and community involvement. We guide policy and uphold responsible resource management for the beautification and enhancement of our community. Take a moment and review your membership status with the Nevada Landscape Association on your address label. A month and year is posted indicating affiliation with the NLA. If the line is blank please contact Pamela Bedard at 775.673.0404.




21st Annual Trade Show & Conference

SET-UP: Tuesday, Feb. 14 | Noon – 7 pm SHOW HOURS: Wednesday, Feb. 15 | 9 am – 4 pm TAKE DOWN: Wednesday, Feb. 15 | 4 – 7 pm



Reno Sparks Convention Center • Reno, Nevada • February 15, 2012

The Exhibitor named below agrees to lease space from the Nevada Landscape Association (hereafter referred to as management) according to the terms and conditions contained in this application. Booth rentals are based on a firstcome, first-served basis with locations held by payment only. Booths purchased after January 15th will be increased by $100. We encourage exhibitors to become members. Preferred Exhibit Space: #1_____________________________________ #3_____________________________________ #2_____________________________________ #4_____________________________________ Booth Rental Cost: Member: Non-Member:

(In Line) $575 (In Line) $775

2 booths = 10% discount

(Corner) $645 (Corner) $845

3 booths = 20% discount

4 or more booths = 30% discount

Electricity for the show is $75 per 500 watts. Above discounts do not apply to electrical. YES, I need electrical.

NO, I do not need electrical.

Amount Enclosed $_____________. Please make checks payable to Nevada Landscape Association. Or Credit Card (MasterCard/Visa) #_____________________________ Credit Card Expiration Date ________ Signature for Credit Card ____________________________________ 3-digit Security Code ____________ SEND TO:

NEVADA LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATION, P.O. BOX 7431, RENO, NV 89510-7431 Phone: 775-673-0404; Fax: 775-673-5828

Products to be displayed: ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Prefer not to be located near: ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Company Name Address City/State/Zip Representative

___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Phone ( )______________________ Fax ( )_____________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Phone ( )______________________ Fax ( )_____________________

Exhibit representatives requiring badges: ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Email ___________________________________________________________________ Exhibitor hereby acknowledges he has read and understands the terms and conditions on the back of this contract for exhibiting in the Nevada Landscape Conference & Trade Show contained in the application for exhibit space. The exhibitor agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions upon receiving acceptance of this Application/Contract and deposit by Exhibit Management. Acceptance to be effective upon mailing to exhibitor a formal notice of Assignment of Space.

Signature of Applicant ____________________________________________ Date____________________ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------FOR NLA USE ONLY Accepted By

______________________________ Total Fees

$ __________________

Booth Assignment

______________________________ Less Deposit

$ __________________


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Balance Due

$ __________________

2. BOOTHS All booths will be provided draping, small name sign (7” X 44”), 6’ draped table, chair and wastebasket. Standard booth is 10’ wide and 8’ deep. Carpet is required unless the facility is carpeted. The Grand Sierra is carpeted. Carpet, additional booth furnishings, freight, shipping and decorating requirements may be obtained through the service contractor at an additional charge. Exhibitor packages with additional information regarding the contractor will be sent to the exhibitors prior to set-up. Exhibits may not exceed 8’ in height in back and 3’ on sides, except with written permission by NLA. Management reserves the right to have any part of an exhibit removed should it be considered illegal, objectionable or unsuitable. The booth shall be occupied by the exhibitor named on the agreement only. Any assigning or subleasing booth space to another party is not allowed. 3. LEASE AGREEMENT Should exhibitor not occupy leased space prior to show opening management will retain any deposits paid and exhibitor remains liable for any balance due. Any display in booth space not paid for in full by close of show will be placed in storage until contract balance and storage fees are paid in full. Cancellation must be made in writing to the Nevada Landscape Association, P.O. Box 7431, Reno, NV 89510-7431. If such cancellation is received 30 days prior to show, the NLA shall be entitled to retain or collect 50% of the exhibitor’s total contract obligation as liquidated damages. No refunds will be made if cancellation notice is received later than 30 days prior to show and the NLA shall be entitled to collect 100% of the exhibitor’s total contract obligation. Any refunds will be paid after the conclusion of the Nevada Landscape Trade Show. Management shall not be liable for any damages or expenses incurred by exhibitors in the event the show is delayed, interrupted or not held as scheduled. If the show is not held due to reasons beyond the control of the Management, Management may retain an amount paid by the exhibitors to defray expenses already incurred. 4. SECURITY Management will provide security during non-exhibit hours to avoid loss or damage. Management accepts no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged items. 5. LIABILITY The Nevada Landscape Association accepts no liability at any time for loss, damage or injury occurring in or to the exhibit or its occupants. The exhibitor is responsible entirely for the exhibit space leased to him and shall not damage or mar any part of the building. The exhibitor agrees to reimburse the management for any loss or damage due to the exhibitor’s activities. If the exhibitor desires insurance, he must obtain it. 6. COMPLIANCE All exhibitors must comply with city ordinances and regulations including but not limited to the Fire Marshal and any facility codes. 7. DECISIONS Exhibitor agrees to abide by any decision made by the Management for the good of the show.

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Volunteers Plant Trees in Area Parks for Make a Difference Day By Deidre Kennelly, Program Director Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful


ver 130 volunteers planted trees at North Valleys Regional Park, Golden Eagle Park and Comstock Park on Saturday October 22nd in honor of Make A Difference Day and Nevada Shade Tree Week. Volunteer groups including the Lions Club, Coral Academy of Science, AT&T Pioneers, Northern Nevada International Center and Damonte Ranch High School cheerleaders came together to help beautify the parks by planting over 100 trees. AT&T Real Yellow Pages generously donated trees for planting through the annual “Project ReDirectory” Phone Books for Trees, recycling campaign. Each year Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful coordinates the Phone Book recycling program in the Truckee Meadows. Area residents can drop off their phone books at designated area park locations and in return, AT&T donates trees back to the parks. Since 2005 over 1,000 trees have been planted in the Truckee Meadows thanks to this program. Last year the parks collected over 12 tons of phone books to be recycled. The Phone Book Recycling program will run this year from December 28th 2011 to January 22nd 2012. “AT&T recognizes the importance of responsible environmental citizenship and we are thrilled to be able to participate in this annual tree planting event” said James Troup, of AT&T Environmental Issues. This Make A Difference Day event is coordinated by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful with the support of Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, City of Reno Parks and Urban Forestry, City of Sparks Parks and Recreation, AT&T Real Yellow Pages and the Nevada Shade Tree Council. ••• For more information on recycling your outdated telephone directories call 1.800.953.4400. For information on opting out of receiving phone books call 1-866-329-7118 or visit: Look for the Recycling Guide in the AT&T Real Yellow Pages phone book for information on recycling in the Truckee Meadows. ••• Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is dedicated to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement. For more information call Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful at 775.851.5185 or visit


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Area residents can drop off their phone books at designated area park locations and in return, AT&T donates trees back to the parks.

The Clean Up Effort


n November 16, 2011, NLA member companies Reno Green Landscaping (Jeremy Johnson, Armando Peciado and Pancho Peciado), Sierra Nevada Landscapes (Efrain Garcia, Manuel Morillo and Martin Perez) and Signature Landscapes (Javier Reyes and Jim Stanhouse) donated their time to the ongoing collaborative effort with Truckee Meadows Community College to maintain Countess Angela Dandini Gardens. Crews pruned, weeded, removed leaves and debris, and applied pre-emergents to specific areas to help control the cheatgrass so prevalent to the region. Materials were donated by Crop Production Services. The gardens are located between Desert Research Institute and TMCC’s Dandini Campus and are dedicated to the heritage of the Dandini family, combining sustainable planting on a difficult site with incredible views of the Truckee Meadows. According to John Vaccaro, TMCC Grounds Supervisor, “The crews did an awesome job. With the budget and personnel cuts we have encountered over the last few years, it has become very difficult for our staff to maintain the Gardens to the level it deserves. The NLA’s contribution is very much appreciated and has made a huge difference.”

On The Other Hand Reprinted from LC/DBM article Cities and Water


n a curious case of reversal, for years the Southern Nevada Water Authority encouraged Las Vegans to rip out their grass, and put in desert landscaping. The desert landscape conversion was started back in 2004. Approximately 5,500

people in the valley have since signed-up for it. It’s saved billions of gallons of water.

But during its last meeting, the Water Authority agreed to set parameters for

property owners to convert back to turf. It requires paying back the entire rebate, plus interest and an administration fee. Some county leaders argue that contradicts conversion efforts, but the agency disagrees.

Attention NLA Members The next board meeting for TMWA is listed here: December 21, 2011 10 a.m. Sparks City Council Chambers Legislative Building 745 Fourth St., Sparks TMWA is holding a board meeting to discuss rate increases. The board meeting in January will finalize this increase. The NLA Board of Directors urges you to attend.


calendar of events Montana Green Expo January 4–5, 2012 Billings, MT

Pro Green Expo February 8–11, 2012 Denver, CO

Idaho Hort Expo January 18–19, 2012 Boise, ID

Truckee Meadows Community Forestry Coalition Meeting February 9, 2012 | 9 a.m. 1355 Capital Blvd., Reno, NV

21st Annual Sacramento Valley Landscape & Nursery Expo January 19, 2012 Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA Utah Green Conference January 23–25, 2012 South Towne Exposition Center, Sandy, UT

Nevada Landscape Association Annual Conference and Tradeshow February 15, 2012 Reno Sparks Convention Center, Reno, NV For more information visit NORCAL Spring Trade Show February 16, 2012 San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA

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National Landscape Industry Certified Manager Status


ob Diaz, CEO of Land Care Inc., based in North Las Vegas, NV, has received National Landscape Industry Certified Manager status, through the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). This national certification demonstrates an individual’s professionalism and achievement in the landscape profession. The PLANET certification program, “Landscape Industry Certified Manager,” is supported and used internationally to demonstrate credibility and commitment to best practices in the landscape industry. The International Certification Council (ICC) has worked to align the PLANET certification program with stringent national standards and to adopt an aggressive strategic planning initiative. A 20-year veteran of the landscape contracting industry, Diaz founded Land Care Inc. in 1996. Under his leadership, the company grew to be listed among Southern Nevada’s top 10 landscaped management companies. Land Care Inc. specializes in designing, installing and maintaining landscaping projects of all sizes—from the largest commercial and residential properties in Southern Nevada to individual homeowners seeking more elegant and water-efficient outdoor living environments. The company has been recognized with numerous local, regional and national industry awards and designations, including verification as a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business in August 2011. PLANET is the association of members who create and maintain quality of life in communities across America. With more than 3,500 member companies and affiliates, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. More information can be obtained by visiting, or by calling the PLANET office at 1.800.395.2522. For more information regarding Land Care Inc. and current practices in the landscape industry, sign on for the “Land Care @ Work” newsletter at, or call, 702.639.0099.


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B A N Q U E T Presidents Award for US Army Mustang 22 given to Dan George of Century Landscapes by Sara Anderson

Tony Armstrong Humanitarian Award given to Del Aguilar by David Dabner

1st Place Large Commercial Maintenance for Montreux Commons given to Century Landscapes

2011 SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS As you know we have four special awards that are given out each year as part of our Trophy Awards. These awards are not connected to Trophy Award entries but to deserving individuals within our industry.

SPECIAL AWARDS 1. Tony Armstrong Humanitarian Award – Given to an individual or company who has given unselfishly of their labor or materials to benefit the community. —Del Aguilar, All Seasons Lawn and Landscaping 2. Education/Research Award – Given to the individual or company who has contributed to the education of the members of the Green Industry. —Sean Gephart, Nevada Department of Agriculture 3. Ambassador for the Landscape Industry – Given to the individual that has best served as a representative for the Green Industry. —Sara Anderson, All Seasons Lawn and Landscaping 4. Lifetime Achievement Award – Given to an individual who has devoted many hours throughout the years to the Nevada Landscape Association to strengthen not only our organization but the Green Industry as a whole. —Paul Flint, Lawns Etc.

1st place Water Feature for the Hillen Residence given to All Season’s Lawn and Landscaping

Ambassador Award given to Sara Anderson by David Dabner




2011 TROPHY AWARD WINNERS 2011 Presidents Award: Century Landscapes – US Army / Mustang 22 Water Feature Award–1st Place: All Season Lawn and Landscaping - Hillen Residence Residential Awards:

Dinner at D’Andrea Golf Club from left to right: Leslie Lyles and Holly Bromley of Stewardship Horticultural

Education and Research Award given to Sean Gephart by David Dabner

1st Place Commercial Renovation for Riverbend HOA given to Justin Trimble of Signature Landscapes by Sara Anderson


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• Residential Installation above $50,000–1st Place: All Seasons Lawn and Landscaping - Hillen Residence 2nd Place: Signature Landscapes – Rowe Residence • Residential Installation $25,000 to $50,000–1st Place: Signature Landscapes – Serratt Residence • Large Residential Maintenance–1st Place: Reno Lawn and Landscape – Miller Residence 2nd Place: All Seasons Lawn and Landscaping – Mithcell Residence • Small Residential Maintenance–1st Place: Century Landscapes – McEwen Residence 2nd Place: All Seasons Lawn and Landscaping – Grulli Residence 3rd Place: All Seasons Lawn and Landscaping – Reid Residence

Commercial Awards:

• Small Commercial Installation–1st Place: Century Landscapes – US Army / Mustang 22 2nd Place: Signature Landscapes – River Senior Apartments • Commercial Renovation–1st Place: Signature Landscapes – Riverbend HOA • Large Commercial Maintenance–1st Place: Century Landscapes – Montreux Commons 2nd Place: All Seasons Lawn and Landscaping – Casitas on the Green HOA 3rd Place: Signature Landscapes – Woodland Village HOA • Medium Commercial Maintenance–1st Place: Century Landscapes – Creekside Manor HOA • Small Commercial Maintenance–1st Place: All Seasons Lawn and Landscaping – Eaglesnest HOA

Dinner at D’Andrea Golf Club from left to right: Dan George of Century Landscapes, Sean Gephart’s wife Veronica, Sean Gephart of Nevada Dept of Agriculture

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Norman’s Nursery As one of the West Coast’s largest wholesale nurseries, Norman’s Nursery offers a wide selection of trees, shrubs and perennials from our growing yards throughout Northern and Southern California. Whether your project needs a 1 gallon shrub or a 60 inch boxed specimen, we can provide it in an expert and professional manner. We farm 1,400 production acres of ornamental trees and shrubs, houseplants and desert specialties. Our Contract Grow service has provided plants for large scale projects such as Disney’s California Adventure, Legoland, the Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

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