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South Florida Residence - 2019 Gold Award Winner

This South Florida Residence is our first ever Gold Award winner in the Residential Landscape Management category of our association's Landscape Awards of Excellence.

While most people know Yellowstone as a commercial landscape service company, we do maintain some beautiful estate homes for our clients. This South Florida Residence is a testament to the owner's vision and the hard-working Landscape Professionals from our Port St. Lucie, Florida location.

The homeowner desired a South Florida getaway that featured her love of pastels and pink, mixed with meticulous attention to detail and an affinity for straight lines in the outdoor spaces of the home.

The biggest challenge facing the home when we began managing the landscape was a fungus that was hindering the health and beauty of the Paspalum turf in the front of the home. The owner had also been frustrated that her previous contractor could not offer her suggestions to enhance the exterior of the home since she had purchased it two years prior.

The turf health was quickly addressed with aerification treatment and a turf health and pest prevention spray application program. A landscape designer was brought in to listen to the owner's wishes and several iterations of landscape design enhancement renderings were done to help the owner find her ideal landscape.

Once installed, the new landscape features and expanded annual flower beds required additional resources and time spent maintaining the property with each visit. Also, many of the plants require non-mechanical pruning, so power equipment was replaced with hand pruners for much of the space.

The result is a Gold Award-winning landscape that finally feels like the South Florida escape the owner had always imagined.

Kudos and congratulations to our Port St. Lucie, Florida commercial landscape maintenance team for their work on this Gold Award-winning project!

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Villa Rosa - 2019 Silver Award Winner

Our first Silver Award winner from the 2019 Landscape Awards of Excellence is Villa Rosa.

We've provided comprehensive landscape management services to this thriving homeowner association for nearly a decade, and it is an honor for us to continue our service partnership into a new decade by bringing national recognition to the community.

Below is the award entry narrative summary and photos that were submitted of the project:

Villa Rosa is an established planned community development, approximately a half-hour north of Tampa, Florida. The Villa Rosa Homeowners Association's goal is to maintain a beautiful and well-kept landscape for its residents. Despite newer communities being developed in the area, residents appreciate that the association's efforts to maintain the community's common areas at a high standard have kept home resale values high for the past decade.

As with all large scale communities in the area, Villa Rosa's HOA is challenged to manage its water use responsibly. The original developer installed system includes more than 100 zones, connected to the area's municipal reclaimed water source. As the community has aged, the system has begun showing wear. Additionally, the aesthetic tastes of the community's common areas have changed over the years. Originally, the landscape plan was intentionally minimal and natural. But as newer developments sprang up around Villa Rosa, the community has added landscape features like seasonal color beds and additional ornamental palms to the landscape. This includes a recent renovation of the community's main entrance, which now features colorful annual displays around monument signage, palms, and new water features.

Kudos and congratulations to our Tampa commercial landscape maintenance team for their work on this Silver award-winning project!

 

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The Peninsula - 2019 Gold Award Winner

The first of our Gold Award winners from the 2019 Landscape Awards of Excellence is The Peninsula.

It is a privilege for us to be a partner to this beautiful lakefront community and we're pleased to bring national recognition to the tireless work of the Yellowstone Landscape Professionals who help make this such a special place for residents to call home.

Below is the award entry narrative summary and photos that were submitted of the project:

The Peninsula is a lakefront community located in Cornelius, North Carolina, about a half-hour north of Charlotte. The owners association's goal is to create a beautiful community that compliments the lakeside views and
community golf course.

The turf care and flower maintenance are the biggest challenges faced at The Peninsula. The large area, mature trees, and hillsides create many different microclimates within the community's common areas. This means that broad-based, community-wide floral designs and turf care programs aren't possible. In favor of a uniform program, each area is treated uniquely and addressed according to sunlight and water requirements. The Peninsula has a quarterly annual flower program and the bermudagrass is carefully monitored, fertilized and overseeded to maintain its bright green appearance in the season.

  Kudos and congratulations to our Charlotte commercial landscape maintenance team for their work on this Gold award-winning project!

 

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2019 Landscape Award Winners

Fall is a great time of year for the landscape industry.

Cooler temperatures are a welcome relief to the long, hot summer. Activities shift from weekly mowing and detailing to leaf cleanup and preparing for winter. We plan lunches and prize giveaways to thank our full time and seasonal workforce for getting us through another year.

It’s also award season. A time for us to bring well-deserved recognition to some of the beautiful properties that we create and maintain for our clients.

Each year, Yellowstone Landscape participates in the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Awards of Excellence program. Entries are due in early August, but in late September we find out what the judges thought of our work. And, if we’re fortunate, we get the opportunity to accept our awards during a special ceremony at LANDSCAPES, our industry’s annual conference and trade show.

This year was the 50th anniversary of the Awards of Excellence program, and we submitted 5 projects for consideration.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing the stories and photos of our 5 award-winning projects from this year:

Our 2 Silver Award winners from the Commercial Landscape Management Category:

  • Emory Johns Creek Hospital; Atlanta, GA
  • Villa Rosa Homeowners Association; Tampa, FL

Our Gold Award winner from the Residential Landscape Management Category:

  • Gilbert Residence; Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Our 2 Gold Award winners from the Commercial Landscape Management Category:

  • The Peninsula; Charlotte, NC
  • Old Palm Homeowners Association; Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Stay tuned for more details on each, as we share the stories from each of these beautiful projects.

 

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Marketing Intern Leaves Her Mark!

I am a Food and Resource Economics in Marketing and Management major at the University of Florida. I learned about this internship during the UF CALS Career Fair where I met their recruiter, Lisa Hall and during the interview process I was able to communicate with my soon to be Mentor, Marketing Director, Joseph Barnes.  Both Lisa and Joseph were very personable and excited to have me on board, and this is one, of the many reasons I decided to accept this internship.

At first, I was nervous because I had never worked at a company where English was the primary language spoken.  During my previous internships in Nicaragua, Spanish is the native language.  Coming to Yellowstone Landscape, was a totally different experience from the different business culture and language to seeing my work valued and used.  From the start everyone was so friendly and immediately made me feel welcome and at home!  Of course, I had to adjust, but it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be. This company is really good at making every employee feel comfortable in their work space and I appreciate that.

At the start of this program there were goals set and a project to develop and present. My project was to redesign the Intern Webpage and create a recruiting video. I had a lot of fun working on this project and was able to utilize my creativity to develop a fresh updated webpage and a really cool video!

This internship has exceeded my expectations. I had the opportunity to work with various components of this outstanding landscape company and the experts in their field including; the sales team, Senior Account Manager Scott Barnes, Designer Helena Obrist and Vice President of Business Development Jim Herth. Working closely with each of them helped me discover the essence of what Yellowstone Landscape is all about.

I have learned so much over these past 12 weeks and I’m excited to utilize these skills in my next career opportunity. I am very grateful for this experience and I know that everything I learned from working at Yellowstone Landscape has helped me further develop my professional skill set.  

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Shadowing a Landscape Designer!

I recently had the opportunity to shadow one of our landscape designers, Helena Obrist.

Helena is a mother of two who started working for Yellowstone as an account manager in 2012. Later in 2018, she moved to a position in landscape design, which is originally what she went to school for. Her work requires her to meet with account managers to discuss potential landscape improvement projects that she could work on with them.

The account managers provide her with details about the property so that she can choose the best landscape improvement in that specific location. She designs feature areas for many of the landscapes that we work on, and she also gets involved with operations, creating maps that show where our crews must mow every week and when. This gives the workers direction and a time frame, and it also gives the client a schedule of when the we will be doing what.

Landscaper designers must be very careful with measurements of certain parts of the property in order for the design to be proportionate. Therefore, it is important to ask for them before the design is started. 

Once she is ready to start a design, a lot of Photoshop renderings are used to help the client see her vision, and then help our crews to create it. I thought it would be okay to only take pictures of the place and that’s it. But I found out, it is not what it seems like. When doing these types of designs, Helena must be very careful to make everything perfect, EVEN THE BACKGROUND. I saw Helena today taking pictures of the back of the property that we were working on. At first, I thought to myself, “Oh, maybe she just likes the view”. We were on a beach property anyway, but then I asked her why she was photographing behind the property. She then explained that when editing these kinds of designs, you really have to look on what’s on the back. If you want to take something out, you can’t just leave a hole in the picture, right?

I learned a lot shadowing Helena. She gave me valuable insight of what it is to be a Landscape designer and all the steps that lead into being one. Since I did not study Landscape Design, there was so much I didn’t know about this topic. It was very interesting having the opportunity to see it on a first-hand basis.

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Austin Intern Enhances Her Problem-Solving Skills!

This guest post was written by Brynn, about her intern experience with us this summer. 

This fall, I will be a senior at Kansas State University where I am studying Landscape Horticulture and minoring in Business. I did my internship at the Austin Branch where I have been creating designs and learning about our industry with the help of my coworkers and Mentors, Matt and Robbie. I have met so many wonderful people during my time here and have had an amazing time in Austin. A few of my favorite experiences include; learning about plants native to central Texas, smart plant selection and problem solving.

Even though there are strict water regulations and additional restrictions from the climate and soil conditions, there is still so much room for creativity when it comes to choosing plants and problem solving. Coming from a state with a very different climate, I was nervous about what type of plant materials I would need to know. But that didn’t last long as I was shown many resources for looking up native and drought tolerant plants.  On my first day, Matt showed me a book called, Native and Adapted Landscape Plants: An Earthwise Guide for Central Texas. This book has been a helpful resource for learning more about the plants here, which allowed me to focus on the design aspect of my internship. Another great resource he showed me (that everyone can use) is https://www.wildflower.org/collections/; it is mostly focused on native plants for Texas, but has a lot of great information for native plants in other states as well.

This summer has brought a lot of sporadic heavy rains that have affected the plant life and brought some drainage issues to light. It has been interesting to learn different ways of solving these problems in real situations. Working with people I enjoy, makes problem-solving even easier when we can discuss ideas and come up with a solution together!

Texas has a strong appreciation for their native plants that I have enjoyed experiencing and hope to take that appreciation back to Kansas with me. Although I have enjoyed using and learning more about the Adobe programs, learning about the plants in this region and the design process has been both impactful and inspiring. This internship has been an amazing experience and I have many valuable new skills to take home with me!

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2018 Interns Thrive in Their New Career!

I’d like to introduce you to four 2018 Interns who are now employed in various positions at different locations. Read what they have to say about their time as interns at Yellowstone Landscape, and how their experiences helped them grow into their full-time position.

  • Paula, a University of Florida grad, returned to Yellowstone Landscape in January as an Assistant Account Manager in Sarasota, FL and was promoted four months later to a Business Development Manager! She loves working with her team and potential clients.  She enjoys generating hype about Yellowstone with new clients and sharing her passion and knowledge of plant management with many people.  Paula’s intern experience was very different from her current job.  In her internship she focused on the horticultural environment and maintenance which set the foundation for her success in sales. She explained, “You can’t sell a service if you don’t know it!”  Now, she can share with confidence what we offer, in the area of landscape management services to her clients. 
  • Ryan, from Sam Houston State University, is currently a National Accounts Manager and based in Orlando FL. He started with us as an Assistant Account Manager right after completing his internship last July.  He works side by side with Mark Smith, Senior Account Manager, helping him run his book of business, but has recently taken on more responsibility with his promotion.  He absolutely loves his job and the opportunity to learn and grow from a great team daily.  The cool thing about his job is the travel and the exposure of working with all our branches. He sees meeting and interacting with everyone in our company as a definite benefit!  Ryan’s intern experience in design, maintenance and irrigation was key for him to take the next steps and be ready for the responsibility of a full-time position.  The exposure to every working part of what we do laid the foundation for success!
  • Gladys also from Sam Houston State University, came on board in June and returned to the North Houston Branch where it is like returning home to family! As an Intern she learned about maintenance, scheduling and planning small enhancements.  Now, as an Assistant Account Manager, she is doing that on her own.  Her greatest challenge so far is switching to the role of manager and supervising the guys on the crews who taught her last summer.   Gladys continues to learn every day and loves her job.
  • Colby, a graduate of Clemson University, is at our Charleston Branch and is off to a great start, applying everything he learned during his internship to his new position as a Landscape Superintendant! Colby loves where he is at, and still has much to learn from the team.  He believes, “being an Intern with Yellowstone Landscape” was the best experience he ever had and there are great things ahead for him!

You can see these interns are excited to be back at Yellowstone Landscape. As these four former Interns apply their prior experience to their work today, they believe they are in the best place to give them what they are searching for in a career. They also believe the “close-knit” family feel this company gives cannot be found anywhere else! For me, as an Intern right now, it is amazing to see how they have thrived and continue to grow their careers.

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Charlotte Intern Gains Valuable Knowledge in a Different Region!

This guest post was written by Maggie, about her intern experience with us this summer. 

As a horticulture major at Stephen F. Austin State University I was introduced to Yellowstone Landscape through Lisa Hall, who came to my school to recruit students for their internship program.  After Lisa gave a great presentation and shared the many attributes of Yellowstone, I decided to apply for the internship position in Charlotte, NC.  Charlotte is far from my home in Austin, TX, but I was up for an adventure!

Having prior experience at a plant nursery and a minimal amount of landscape knowledge, I was eager to learn more about the industry.  This internship has taught me so many things, from working out in the field planting flowers, to being in the office working with the sales team.

Although all my internship experiences were impactful, the one that stood out the most was the time spent with the Charlotte sales team, Kelly and Mark.  During my time with them, they included me in measuring new properties, bid meetings, and allowed me to speak with clients.  In fact, they allowed me to design a small project in a prestigious neighborhood, prepare the bid and present it to the client.  It was exciting to make my first sale and the entire process and experience was impactful!  It was a great feeling to do something of value for the company.  Kelley and Mark also took me under their wing and made sure I always had a project or work to do and didn’t feel homesick.

My internship has been a great experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn the different aspects of the landscape industry.  I gained skills in landscape management, enhancements, sales, and design that I will carry throughout my college and professional career.  The close-knit team in Charlotte is unbeatable, and the experiences I gained at Yellowstone Landscape are incomparable!

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Landscape Construction Intern Builds New Skills With Additional Responsibilities!

This guest post was written by Zach, about his intern experience with us this summer. 

As a student at Mississippi State University, dual majoring in Landscape Contracting and Landscape Architecture, I knew interning at Yellowstone Landscape's Houston Central Branch for a second year in a row would be a great decision!  Last year I worked with an Estimator and Project Manager and learned a great deal about the landscape industry.  I came back because I wanted to learn from every job role and diverse experiences this company has to offer and Yellowstone made it happen. I worked with Project Managers, Designers, Business Development Managers, Estimators and the purchasing department. This summer I worked under Project Manager, Jose Gonzalez, who took me under his wing last year and placed a lot of trust in me to complete any given task. I’m glad I had the opportunity to work with and learn even more from him this summer.

One of the projects I worked on was Harries County Pct.1 Trail Improvement. This job included a trail install and improvements to four parks including the excavation of 4” of top soil, and installation of 80,000 linear feet of 4” edging, and 3,650 CY of decomposed granite.  I took measurements to estimate material quantities for purchasing and assisted with the installation of edging, fabric and aggregate. The site is looking great and in a few months will be complete.

For my "Intern Project" I built a metal sign for an entrance enhancement at a quarry in Hondo Texas. To start, I cut out a sample letter from metal that we had in inventory and prepared it to show the owner to see if it fit his vision.  After the design was approved, I looked at several vendors who could supply Corten steel and create the letters. The owner of the quarry had a boulder brought in for the letters to be mounted on and the finished product along with the plant materials looks amazing!

Working with Yellowstone Landscape this summer has improved my skill set in the field and in the office. I have been provided with the tools and knowledge needed to succeed professionally and I have gained a better understanding of what I want to do after graduation. I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me by so many outstanding people and a great company!

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