Excellence in Landscaping Awards

2020 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Gala
Application deadline is May 29
Click here for the Design/Installation Application
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Mark your calendar to attend on November 14, 2020 at The Scottsdale Plaza!

The Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association held its 43rd annual Arizona Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the beautiful Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ. Forty ALCA company members were recognized for their extraordinary landscape projects. Congratulations to all the winners.

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2019 Winners


southwestern native landscape - TIKU 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 80 entries that were submitted. This project was entered in the category of single family residential installation $175,001 - $250,000.


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SDL Service direct landscape, llc - the enclave at borgata

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 $50,001 - $100,000.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian Ham, Garrett Ham and Richard spross / santa rita landscaping, inc


     In 1985, Brian and Garrett began Santa Rita Landscaping out of two pickups and a barn after hearing neighbors complain about their landscapers never calling them back or doing what they said they would. The two soon realized that if they followed through on their promises, and treated their clients right, they could be successful. The company began growing, with emphasis moving from residential maintenance to installation, growing from one truck and a few tools to multiple trucks and the need for a construction yard to store the equipment.
     In 1990, Brian and Garrett were approached by US Homes (now Lennar Homes) with their first opportunity to break into the Homebuilder market. The Santa Rita team exceeded expectations and quickly became known as the “go-to” landscape contractor for Homebuilders. These relationships created opportunities to expand into Commercial Construction, Maintenance, and Waste Services.
     It was around this time that Richard Spross began his own landscape company, Southwest Enviroscapes. Richard had spent time working underneath Landscape Architects and Landscape Contractors in the Tucson area, and realized a need in the market for a professional Commercial Construction Landscape Contractor. At Southwest Enviroscapes, Richard created a highly talented group of professionals that quickly became a market leader for Commercial Construction through strong relationships and a reputation to complete projects on time and budget.
     Both Santa Rita Landscaping and Southwest Enviroscapes were hit hard by the Great Recession starting in 2008, but both were able to make a profit every year and become stronger companies for it. However, as a result, Brian, Garrett, and Richard all realized a need to diversify their offerings and create a company that could serve all of their clients’ needs and be viewed as “Southern Arizona’s Landscape Solution”. Having all grown up together in Sahuarita, AZ and sharing common values of Professionalism and Integrity, it seemed like a natural fit to merge the two organizations. In 2012, Santa Rita Landscaping and Southwest Enviroscapes merged, truly creating “Southern Arizona’s Landscape Solution.”
     Since 2012, the three have focused on growing Santa Rita Landscaping into a destination company and building a team that can carry on their vision and the remarkable culture that they have created to take the organization to an even higher level. Brian, Garrett, and Richard have long been a true asset of the landscaping industry in Arizona by creating lasting partnerships with vendors, clients, employees, and local communities that helped create a stronger landscaping industry in Arizona.
     Presenting the award to Garret Ham is Jackie Lyle with Civano Growers.

Associate member of the year

monte hoskins / courtesy fleet


     After spending 38 years in the Seattle area, Monte Hoskins left the clouds and rain behind and moved to Phoenix in 2007.  Monte Hoskins has been in the commercial automotive field for over eight years and the Commercial/Fleet Sales Manager for Courtesy Fleet for the past four of those years.  During this time, he has consistently been the number one salesman leading the team in customer retention.
     Monte has been a member of ALCA for the past six years and immediately became active in the association.  He serves on the Member and Public Relations Committee and has been the Chairman for the silent auction for the past three years.  Monte shows his support not only by volunteering his time, but also by being one of ALCA’s Platinum Sponsors where Courtesy Fleet participates in every event ALCA hosts throughout the year.  If you are ever at an ALCA mixer, trade show, golf tournament and the awards program, you will be sure to see Monte there.
     Presenting the award to Monte Hoskins is ALCA CEO, Judy Gausman.

outstanding customer service Award

trace lockwood / kalamazoo materials

     Trace has spent the last 30 years in the landscape distribution industry.  He has worked hard at building a strong reputation known for his reliability and strong focus on customer service. His career in the industry started in Las Vegas at Turf Equipment Supply Company, a division of ARTESCO in Phoenix and led him to his current position as, Regional Sales Manager at Kalamazoo Materials where he is tasked with performing a diverse range of responsibilities.
     In his professional life, Trace most known for commitment to his service oriented approach to work, and his never-ending motivation to yield results. With his vast amount of experience and knowledge of the landscape distribution industry, he has helped streamline operations while keeping a strong open line of communication with his team and clients. His colleagues know him as the dedicated worker he is, and appreciate the hard work he puts into following up with his clients and maintaining his jobsites.
     In his personal life, Trace’s two biggest passions are his family and music. In 2013, he was inducted into the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His proudest moments are the birth of his daughter, the finalization of his son’s adoption earlier this year and the birth of his grandson in March of this year. Having been married for 23 years, Trace considers his life to be a full and enriched one. He wishes to continue facing life with honesty, integrity, and a sense of humor….all the while working hard to see continued growth in his professional career.
     Presenting the award to Trace Lockwood is Marty Monroy with Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock.

landscape contractor of the year

scott cosgrove / els maintenance, Inc

     Scott Cosgrove has been in the green industry for 14 years.  He has spent nearly 10 years managing HOAs, concentrating his efforts on water management and making irrigation systems efficient.
     Scott is an ISA certified arborist and currently serves as the arbor manager at ELS Maintenance.
     Scott truly believes in giving back to the industry he loves by generously donating his time to instruct ACLP Workshops to fellow landscape contractors.
     As an IA Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Scott has spent the past year attending monthly meetings to create and instruct ALCA’s Certified Irrigation Technician program.
     Born in Illinois, Scott and his sister were raised in a military family with both parents having successful US Air Force careers and teaching careers.  From a young age, Scott has always enjoyed the outdoors, camping, traveling and sports.  In his spare time, Scott enjoys watching all sports and is a big NASCAR fan.  If his family isn’t traveling, Scott is planning the next adventure destination.  He enjoys spending time with his wife Brittney and step-daughter, McKenna.  They can all tell you that Scott is a fantastic cook, really great at woodworking and photography.
     Presenting the award to Scott Cosgrove is Brian leMieux with Horizon Disributors.

outstanding volunteer of the year

doug donahue / ewing irrigation & landscape supply

     As a residential and commercial sales representative for Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, Doug Donahue is responsible for providing irrigation supplies and solutions to large commercial irrigation, landscape contractors and municipalities.
     Doug uses his knowledge and expertise to instruct the ACLP Irrigation workshops.  For the past year, Doug has been instrumental in creating, developing and instructing students for the new ALCA Certified Irrigation Technician program.  Doug has contributed countless hours to ALCA above and beyond his full-time job with Ewing.  He has played a critical part to the success of the irrigation programs and to ALCA. 
     Presenting the award to Doug Donahue is ALCA Education Coordinator, Heather Taylor and ALCA CEO, Judy Gausman.