Excellence in Landscaping Awards


November 17, 2018
The Wigwam Resort- Litchfield Park
Application Deadline: May 14, 2018

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The AZ Landscape Contractors’ Association held its 41st annual Arizona Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the beautiful Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. Forty-one ALCA company members were recognized for their extraordinary landscape projects. Congratulations to all the winners!

2017 Winners


southwestern native landscape - Ippolitto Residence

This award is given to a project that demonstrates the highest level of excellence and creativity. This award is the "Best of Show" project chosen from over 90 entries that were submitted. This project was entered in the category of single family residential installation over $500,000.


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Earth care "for all that's green", Inc. - dickens residence

This award is given to a project that is planned and designed to create practical use of turf areas, has a selection of plants that appropriately uses mulches, soil amendments or improvements and efficient irrigation.  When properly designed and maintained, the xeriscape project saves water, time and money through reduced plant water needs and lower maintenance requirements. This project was entered in the category of Single Family Residential Installation $125,001 - $150,000.

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brightview landscape services - province community association

This award is given to a project that has benefited from applying practices which strive to preserve limited and valuable natural resources such as water and plant materials; reduce waste generation; allow for healthier, longer living and mature plant. This project was entered in the category Commercial Maintenance $350,001 - $500,000.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

robin franklin

     Robin Franklin began his career as a youngster mowing lawns in Phoenix. When he and his future wife, Theresa, moved to Tucson in 1978 he started working for The Groundskeeper. Robin went on to provide residential design services at AridScape Concepts, implementing valuable tree salvaging methods at Desierto Verde, and then became Director of Commercial Maintenance at Goodwill of Central Arizona.  Now, Robin has found his home with Sun Country Landscaping.
     Robin is a Certified Arborist, Certified Nursery Professional, Certified Sustainable Landscape Management professional and a Facility Management Professional.  Robin currently serves as President-Elect of ALCA’s Board of Trustees.
     Perhaps his words say it best:  “It seems that for today, for this week or month, Karma and the Golden Rule have come my way.  There is no one that I would trade places with, nobody I am jealous of, and that is the greatest of riches.  I would however like to shoot a bull elk this year."
     Congratulations to Robin Franklin, ALCA's 2017 ALCA Lifetime Achievement recipient.

Associate member of the year

julie pace/the cavanaugh law firm pa

     Julie Pace is a 4th generation Arizonan and grew up in the East Valley.  She attended ASU for her undergraduate degree in Business and her law degree.   Julie concentrates her practice in the fields of employment law, immigration compliance, OSHA, health care, and construction.  She regularly provides trainings to ALCA members and to companies and assists with investigations.
     Julie is an elected member of the Town Council of Paradise Valley.  Arizona Business Magazine named her one of the 10 most influential lawyers in Arizona in 2008.
     Julie is an avid photographer and has travelled to 80 countries on six continents and six total solar eclipses.  Her photos have been featured in magazines, displayed in museum, gallery and university exhibitions, and won awards.  Her photographic adventures have included dangling by rope from the top of sky scrapers, crawling under the Grand Canyon Sky Walk, underwater photos of whales, free walking with polar bears, and portraits of indigenous people of Myanmar in a village never previously visited by tourists.
     Julie is also an enthusiastic cactus gardener, having taken many classes at the Desert Botanical Garden and is certified in Desert Plant Forms and Plant Maintenance.
     Congratulations to Julie Pace as the recipient of ALCA’s 2017 Outstanding Associate Member of the Year Award.

outstanding customer service Award

kevin oglesby/ewing irrigation and landscape supply

     Kevin Oglesby’s irrigation career started in 1975 when he worked for Valley Rain Sprinkler.  A couple of years later he went to work for Mesa Sprinkler Supply (now Horizon) where he learned hydraulics and became one of the pioneers of irrigation design in Arizona.
     For the past 27 years, Kevin has served in many capacities at Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply.   He currently serves as Ewing’s national Spec and Tech Support Center Manager. Over the years, Kevin has supported the irrigation industry as a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, a member of ASLA, the IA, ALCA, the Golf Course Superintendents Association, and the American Society of Irrigation Consultants. Kevin is truly passionate about the irrigation industry.  His customers know and trust Kevin and consider him a friend.
     Kevin has been married to his wife Kelly since 1988. His son Dillion has worked for Ewing and son Taylor heads Ewing’s purchasing staff.
     Congratulations to Kevin Oglesby as the recipient of ALCA’s 2017 Outstanding Customer Service of the Year Award.

landscape contractor of the year

Dick roberts and nickie roberts velten/dtr landscape development, llc

     Nearly 40 years ago, a young man in the middle of the Arizona summer, wiped the sweat from his face as he opened the valve on an irrigation system to water a field.  He loved being outdoors and loved the way he could make plants, shrubs, and flowers thrive and so he began his own company.
     Borrowing $5,000 from his parents, he purchased a used Dodge pick-up truck, a lawn mower, gas trimmer, and a blower. He set out making cold calls and before he knew it, he landed his first job.  He used his back yard as a warehouse while his trusted golden retriever guarded the yard at night and greeted the employees every morning with a red bandana tied around her neck.
     Dick Roberts with DTR Landscape Management then hired his daughter, Nickie, who became engrossed in all aspects of the company and was as driven as her father.
     Dick and Nickie have been active members engaged in ALCA’s Governmental Affairs, Membership and Public Relations committees.  They attend and support all ALCA functions, giving generously their time and resources for the good of all ALCA members.
     Congratulations to Dick Roberts and his daughter Nickie Roberts Velten with DTR Landscape Development as the recipient of ALCA’s 2017 Outstanding Landscape Contractor of the Year award.