Valley in Brief: State group honors local landscape firm Raindrops on Roses
May 7, 2017
VAIL — Summit County-based landscape company Raindrops on Roses — a firm with clients in the Vail Valley — was recently recognized by Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado at the 2017 ELITE Awards in the category Use of Color, for a project titled "Sweet Creek."
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado's ELITE Awards honors outstanding landscapes within the profession and projects that reflect the values of sustainability and environmental stewardship.
Raindrops on Roses is one of several professional landscape firms in the trade organization's Mountain Chapter — which faces more challenges than landscape professionals at lower elevations. High country environments have a shorter growing season, a smaller selection of plants from which to choose and must also contend with a harsher climate and more wildlife than their colleagues at lower elevations.
"For more than a decade we have specialized in the design, installation and maintenance of high-altitude perennial gardens," Raindrops on Roses owner Juliana Maes said. "The intense interaction our staff has with plants during the growing season gives us insight on perennials that not only grow, but thrive in high-altitude gardens."
According to Maes, her Sweet Creek clients requested a landscape that would provide a welcoming entry, serve as a stunning backdrop for summer outdoor living and entertaining and flourish at high altitude.