Mountain landscaper wins award |

Mountain landscaper wins award

SILVERTHORNE — Colorado’s landscape industry association, the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, announced the recipients of its first annual Elevating the Landscape Industry through Excellence awards that honor outstanding achievement within the profession. ELITE awards not only honor quality workmanship, but also a company’s commitment to innovation, environmental stewardship and community service.

Eight landscape companies and two individual landscape professionals received awards at the ELITE ceremony held March 5. Categories include: sustainability, innovation, community stewardship, installation/construction, irrigation management, maintenance, and customer service.

Raindrops on Roses

This year’s People’s Choice Award, selected through public votes collected through the ALCC Facebook page and website was given to a Silverthorne landscape demonstrating the best use of plant color.

“The ELITEs honor a landscape company’s dedication to sound business practices … and having a culture wherein employees can excel.”Kristen FefesExecutive director, Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

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According to Silverthorne-based landscape company Raindrops on Roses, the goal of their Ranch project was to create a high altitude garden that would flourish with color in spite of the challenges of temperature, wildlife and a very limited number of plants that can grow well at 9,000 feet elevation. It took several years for it to become the beautiful, established garden it is today. The result is a gorgeous mountain style English cottage garden suitable for high altitude.

“The transition to this new awards program has been more than a year in the making and the ELITEs reflect the values of our industry in the 21st century. The ELITEs honor a landscape company’s dedication to sound business practices, innovative problem solving, environmental stewardship, community service and having a culture wherein employees can excel,” said Kristen Fefes, ALCC executive director.

ALCC member firms provide a wide range of landscape services including design, installation, maintenance, consultation and water management. For more information about ALCC, to find a qualified, professional landscape contractor, visit and click “find a landscape pro” or “tip of the week.” Also read weekly tips from ALCC in the High Life section of the Vail Daily. To view photos of ELITE award-winning projects, visit

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