On Saturday, November 22, 2014, the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association held its 38th annual Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program and Banquet at Loew’s Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson. This organization recognizes member companies who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to designing, installing and maintaining beautiful and sustainable landscapes in Arizona. Projects are submitted by member companies, judged by a panel of industry experts and must adhere to strict criteria and industry standards to be considered for an award. This year, Sonoran Gardens submitted two residential design and new installation projects and one residential redesign and renovation project for consideration by the judges.
“I am very proud to announce that Sonoran Gardens was awarded three Awards of Excellence for our submissions” says Chris Niccum, President/Owner of Sonoran Gardens Inc. According to Chris Niccum the Award of Excellence is the highest honor possible.
This award is given to a single project within a category that demonstrates outstanding levels of quality and creativity. Additionally, all projects being considered for an Award of Excellence must have scored 90% or higher on the strict criteria and are also visited by the judges to confirm that they are indeed worthy of the highest honor. Chris Niccum went on to add “Congratulations to everyone who worked for and with us on these outstanding projects. And a special congratulations to our design partners Sven Gunn and Shelly Abbott for their work on these wonderful projects.” Sonoran Gardens was also awarded the Xeriscape Award, one of the three Grand Awards. The Xeriscape Award is given to a project that has received an Award of Excellence and is designed, planned and constructed to adhere to the xeriscape principals of reduced water use and maintenance.