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Hardscaping
03-05-2010, 12:39 AM
I am wondering about this. I always see ads that say award winning designs.

How or where do you enter these competitions to get this status.

PlatinumLandCon
03-05-2010, 01:10 AM
I am wondering about this. I always see ads that say award winning designs.

How or where do you enter these competitions to get this status.

Doing quality work is a start.....

milsaps118
03-05-2010, 01:31 AM
It helps if you join your your local Nursery/Landscaping association and submit your designs and photos. These associations usually have competitions with different categories you can enter, ie. water features, walls, patios, etc....

I don't know to much about it but this should point you in the right direction.

Good luck......:drinkup:

DVS Hardscaper
03-05-2010, 08:05 AM
Take a home show for instance - they mayy have a "Best of Design" category.

Take a local magazine - they may hold a contest with different categories - Best Landscaper of Freemont CA.

It could be a local garden club holding some sort of contest.


Whether they give you a sticker or a big blue ribbon - CONGRATALATIONS! You've then become "an award winning company".


To go further - I.C.P.I. holds an annual contest.




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PaperCutter
03-05-2010, 09:37 AM
^^What they said. Your local trade organization is probably the best first step, then local home and garden mags, and then if you want to come out swinging, you could look at the national mags.

Just one thing- if you win an award, don't keep referring to it fifteen years later if it's the only one you win. That's just sad, like a 40 year old constantly bragging about what an awesome high school quarterback he was. And yes, too many companies do this.

Hardscaping
03-06-2010, 04:10 AM
Thank you guys for the help, i am going into a unilock cert course next week. Also when i am in there i will ask about the competions if they can tell me any for this area.
I have had one of my designs in a garden show, for the waterloo area. They had a bunch of people going around taking pictures and what not. My work was mentioned in the Brochure and hand outs they had. Not the greatest accomplishment but i guess you always have to start somewhere.


Doing quality work is a start.....

There is no reason to be a rude a$$. I ask a legit question.

wurkn with amish
03-06-2010, 09:32 AM
Hey dave Al Bundy is the man lol!

PaperCutter
03-06-2010, 04:55 PM
Hey dave Al Bundy is the man lol!

I was referring to an old boss- he still has design awards from '93 and earlier hanging in the lobby- and now I'll never be able to think of him the same way. Thanks!

Hardscaping
03-06-2010, 06:43 PM
There is nothing wrong with holding on to awards as long as you have some more beside it on the wall. one for every year then it would be good to have them all on the wall. or in a showcase at the office or something. BUT 1993 that is a long time ago.

Just because someone won an award in 1993 doesn't mean anything now because design trends change. So unless i had more to go with it i wouldn't leave it there for more than 3 or 4 years.

PatriotLandscape
03-06-2010, 09:32 PM
what does it matter the length of time?

if you win an award use it as an asset as long as you can.

winning awards unless it comes from a really prestigous will not net you many jobs though.

ie county fair best flower exhibit

PaperCutter
03-07-2010, 09:02 AM
Hey man, I'm a firm believer in the "milk it for every last drop" school of thought. But there comes a point where you look at someone's awards and you see that there's nothing within the last decade, and you have to wonder why. New owners? Have they sacrificed workmanship for profits? Or were they just awesome back then, and has the industry since caught up and passed them by? Keep calling yourself award-winning, but I wouldn't actually list my awards by name and date on my website if I had nothing remotely current.

zedosix
03-07-2010, 09:42 AM
My mother says all my designs are award winning! :)

PaperCutter
03-07-2010, 10:32 AM
My mother says all my designs are award winning! :)

But does she hang them on her fridge?

Superior L & L
03-07-2010, 11:22 AM
I do the bestest landscape's in my area. I am the fastest, most quality installer around..........just ask me:laugh::laugh::laugh::dizzy::dizzy:

PatriotLandscape
03-07-2010, 06:52 PM
Pulitzer, Academy Awards, Nobel prize all awards that last a lifetime. it depends on the award

DVS Hardscaper
03-07-2010, 08:07 PM
One thing is for certain -

ALL my posts and topics are Award Winning............

zedosix
03-07-2010, 09:58 PM
But does she hang them on her fridge?

Only if she takes off all the pictures of me, will there be room for my work on her fridge!

ff1221
03-08-2010, 08:30 AM
Send photos to the Paver manufacturers, that's what we did and our work was used in Oaks ads and in the 2010 catalog, not exactly an award but some good recognition.

Hardscaping
03-08-2010, 12:55 PM
Send photos to the Paver manufacturers, that's what we did and our work was used in Oaks ads and in the 2010 catalog, not exactly an award but some good recognition.

That is a great idea. Thanks

Hardscaping
03-10-2010, 02:30 PM
Well i did the course to that i was suppose to do. it wasn't unilock, it was atlas block/allen block.

They have some award recognitions in their program as well. so i will be looking forward to doing some more of these cert.. courses to get the chances to have the awards for my company.

mdlwn1
03-10-2010, 02:37 PM
Most of these "awards" are the result who is willing to suck the most c#*%k.......