Excellence in Landscaping Awards

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The 2023 Excellence in Landscaping Awards Gala WAS held on Saturday, November 18 at The sheraton grand at wild horse pass

2023 Winners

The award winning landscape contractors are recognized for their extraordinary landscape projects in the 47th annual Arizona Excellence in Landscaping Program.
Scroll to the bottom for a list of all the winning companies and their sponsors.


Hillman Workshop / The Landscape Broker - Optima Stagecoach 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 100 of the most beautiful landscape projects submitted across Arizona.

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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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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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2023 Lifetime achievement award

don gabbard - sunburst landscaping

Don Gabbard started Sunburst Landscaping in 1976 working long hours in the field and do estimating at night. On the weekends he would custom weld his trucks and trailers while still finding time to coach his daughter’s softball team.

Soon he built his own office building with a staff of 100. To this day you will find him in the field working alongside his crew, many who have been with him for over 30 years.

Aside from being creative, hardworking and innovative, one of Don’s best qualities is his generosity. He has donated money to many causes, landscaped churches, worked with the Wounded Warrior program, the Make a Wish Foundation, and the Arizona Humane Society. He continually shows his character by putting people over profits.

He has instilled a love for the industry in his family where his daughter Noelle, grandson Leighton, and nephew Mark have the honor of working alongside of him. 

Congratulations, Don Gabbard, ALCA’s 2023 Lifetime Achievement Recipient.


jon berg - brightview landscaping

Jon Berg began his career in landscaping in 1989 and involved in nearly every major landscape installation in and around Las Vegas before moving to Arizona where he joined ValleyCrest.

Today, Jon oversees the Arizona North Market for BrightView Landscape Services, with revenues that rank in the top 100 landscape firms in the nation.

Jon is pursuing his BA in Business Operation and Management. Jon is a wealth of industry knowledge and loves to share that with others frequently leading ALCA workshops and internal trainings. 

Jon has a passion and eye for safety; he knows that no account, no amount of revenues, no finished project can ever replace the value of human life.

Jon is a devoted husband to his wife Mary who sadly passed in 2022. Jon and his daughter Rachael share a love of bowling and frequently travel to compete in tournaments together.

Congratulations to Jon Berg, ALCA’s 2023 Outstanding Landscape Contractor Award.

2023 OUTSTANDING associate member OF THE YEAR

dwight darrell- greenway print solutions


Born in Napa, California, Dwight Darrel’s family moved to Idaho, where he lived through high school.

Dwight attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He sold computers and later became the owner of Southwest Letterpress, where he was self-taught how to run letterpresses. “Set your watch back 50 years”, he would say when you entered the shop – as his newest press was built in the 70s.

After he retired, Dwight started to work for Greenway Print Solutions on a part-time basis. That is when he decided to become involved with ALCA, and he truly treasures the friendships that have developed over the years. You may have seen Dwight (alias Santa Claus) at the ALCA holiday parties.

Dwight and his wife have been married for 23 years. They have five children between them, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Congratulations to Dwight Darrell, ALCA’s 2023 Outstanding Associate Member.

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