Excellence in Landscaping Awards

The 2022 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, November 19 at The sheraton grand at wild horse pass.

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2021 Winners

The award winning landscape contractors are recognized for their extraordinary landscape projects in the 45th annual Arizona Excellence in Landscaping Program.
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Bill Fleming Landscapes - Piestewa Peak 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 of the most beautiful landscape projects submitted across Arizona.

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BrightView Landscape Services - Province Community Association

This award is given to a project that reflects and recognizes the precise efforts of landscape care.  Attention to every detail give this project a pristine look that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

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2021 Lifetime achievement award

Dawn Fried and David Morris - Horticulture unlimited Inc

     From its humble beginnings in 1979 as four college friends & two pickup trucks, the company first known as Friends of the Earth quickly evolved into Horticulture Unlimited. With just two of those friends taking the reins and later becoming husband and wife, David Morris and Dawn Fried have together grown their business into one of the most successful landscaping companies in Southern Arizona.
     Originally from New Jersey, the couple relocated to Tucson, Arizona to attend the University of Arizona. They each received Bachelor Degrees in Plant Sciences, and then turned their focus to their developing business.
     Dave and Dawn have always been hands-on in their endeavors, including being in the field on the very first work crew together performing landscape maintenance. Operating from their home in the company’s infancy, they did so while also raising all three of their sons.
     In 1995, as the company was still on the rise; it outgrew their home and into a freestanding office that they built in central Tucson. It was later expanded as the business expanded, and remains in the same location today.
     For most of her career, Dawn consistently encountered clients having similar questions and seeking her extensive knowledge and experience. She applied her expertise to written word and labored for several years to create a set of reference books for sale to customers and the general public. Design, Build & Bloom and The Art of Southwest Landscaping have been very successful, gaining Dawn much acclaim and notoriety. The books have been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine publications. There have also been a series of events and appearances promoting these works.
     Now with all three of their sons grown (and one managing the maintenance department of the company), Dave and Dawn have seen so many of their dreams become a reality. Remaining dedicated to the achievement they’ve reached together, they continue to oversee day-to-day operations and regularly meet with customers or crews on job sites to ensure its continued success. When they do finally relax, they can be found with their two dogs, and enjoying their second home in Rocky Point, Mexico.
     Congratulations to David and Dawn, recipients of ALCA’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award.



     James Carr has worked for BrightView since 2017 and oversees irrigation and water management services in the Southwest Region including San Diego, Orange County, Arizona, Las Vegas and New Mexico.  James is also part of BrightView’s Irrigation Training Program.
     James has worked in the irrigation industry since 2004.  He is passionate about irrigation and education, always maintaining a curiosity and drive to learn and stay ahead of the industry.
     He volunteers his time and expertise to assist in developing curriculum and instruct ALCA’s irrigation courses all in an effort to educate and improve the industry standard of irrigation in the state.
     James holds many certifications, some that include IA Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor and Irrigation Technician. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and holds all of the certifications that ALCA offers – ACLP, SLM and ACIT.
     His passion for education has gone above and beyond irrigation and overflows into most areas of landscape.
     Congratulations to James Carr, ALCA’s 2021 Outstanding Contractor of the year.



     John Kime is an Arizona native and has always had an affinity for plants. He has been employed by Arizona Wholesale Growers for the past three years in a variety of rolls, most recently as their sales manager. John does a fantastic job managing a staff of 9 salespeople as well as handling all of Arizona Wholesale Growers’ customers in Texas. John spent 25 years in the wholesale art industry. He was involved in national and international art sales, marketing, exhibition, distribution and painting. In 2013 John went to work for a 5,000-acre farm in Monmouth, Oregon where he was the combine operations manager and a certified chemical applicator. John also enjoys ASU and Cardinals football along with fishing, hunting, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
     Congratulations to John Kime, ALCA’s 2021 Outstanding Customer Service of the Year.

Click here for a list of all the winning companies and sponsors