NALP Members in the News: Quiet Village Landscaping, Ruppert Landscape, APHIX, Mariani Enterprises and Project EverGreen - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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NALP Members in the News: Quiet Village Landscaping, Ruppert Landscape, APHIX, Mariani Enterprises and Project EverGreen

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Quiet Village Landscaping Acquires Pioneer Lawn Care

Quiet Village Landscaping, based in St. Louis, Missouri, has acquired Pioneer Lawn Care.

Photo: Quiet Village Landscaping

Pioneer Lawn Care is a lawn care company that has served Kirkwood and the surrounding areas for over 15 years. Pioneer’s owner, Anthony Messner, will join Quiet Village on a part-time basis. This acquisition aligns with the company’s long-term growth strategy.

“We are thrilled to welcome the clients of Pioneer Lawn Care to the Quiet Village family,” says Dennis Evans, owner of Quiet Village Landscaping. “With our extensive experience and expertise in landscaping design and construction, we are confident in our ability to provide expanded services to Pioneer Lawn Care clients while maintaining the personalized care they have come to expect.”

Quiet Village acquired another lawn care company, Clayton Lawn Care, in 2022. The company offers a comprehensive range of services, including landscape design and installation, hardscaping, water features, outdoor lighting, and ongoing maintenance.

Ruppert Landscape Opens New Branch, Promotes Several

Ruppert Landscape has opened a new branch in Washington D.C., joining six existing landscape construction offices located in Laytonsville, Maryland; Gainesville, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee, and Houston, Texas.

Mike Ryan

“This new branch opening has been a strategic move fueled by the remarkable growth we have witnessed in the DC/VA market,” says Jim Tuzzolino, regional vice president in the company’s landscape construction division. “This expansion represents not only our commitment to meet the demands of the flourishing construction industry in the region but also our dedication to serving our customers. With this growth, we aim to cement our presence, foster local partnerships, and contribute to the development of the D.C. metropolitan region.”

This new branch will support large-scale landscape construction projects in the D.C. metro area, with services including estimating and pre-construction services; installation of landscape, hardscape, and special decorative structures; and irrigation and water management.

Mike Ryan, who has been promoted to branch manager, will oversee this new branch. Ryan has been with the company for over eighty years and has 25 years of combined industry experience.

Lou LaBonte

Meanwhile, Lou LaBonte has been promoted to branch manager of Ruppert’s Virginia landscape construction branch. He will spearhead landscape construction projects throughout the Northern Virginia region.

“We are thrilled to see Lou step into the role of branch manager,” Tuzzolino says. “His commitment to excellence and ability to inspire those around him make him an ideal leader. With Lou at the helm, we are confident in our continued growth and success in the Northern Virginia construction market.”

LaBonte joined the company in 2020 and has a background in the hospitality and education industries. He has worked as a project manager, business developer and assistant branch manager.

APHIX Acquires Common Grounds Landscape Management

APHIX has acquired Common Ground Landscape Management, Inc., a full-service grounds maintenance provider located in Knoxville, Tennessee.

This adds a second office to Tennessee as APHIX grows their presence in the Southeast. Common Grounds was founded in 1989. John and Suzanne Watson purchased a division of Jim McClain Nursery, where John had worked for eight years after graduating from the University of Tennessee. He will continue to lead the Knoxville team as a branch manager.

“We started Common Grounds 34 years ago with three employees plus myself,” Watson says. “We’ve grown to almost 50, including two of the original three. As I got closer to the next chapter in my life, I’ve realized in order for my team to expand and benefit employees, who I think of as family, we needed to go to the next level. The APHIX partnership gives us the tools to do that. I’m excited for the future of this partnership.”

Common Grounds’ portfolio includes office parks, hotel/hospitality clients, multi-family properties, government facility maintenance and other commercial landscaping.

Mariani Enterprises Named One of Crain’s Fast 50 Companies in 2023

Mariani Enterprises, the parent company of Mariani Landscape and Mariani Premier Group, has ranked No. 36 on Crain’s Fast 50 list of companies for their remarkable growth. Mariani has reported a five-year revenue increase of 492.4%.

Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50 recognizes the 50 fastest-growing companies in the Chicagoland area, highlighting exceptional entrepreneurial success and significant revenue growth. This recognition represents more than just growth in revenue. It also showcases steadfast growth in innovation.

“The Fast 50 award highlights our unwavering commitment to excellence, innovative design and superior client service that have been the hallmark of Mariani for 65 years and has contributed to our overall success,” says Frank Mariani, chairman of Mariani Landscape. “We thank Crain’s Chicago Business for recognizing our growth to further establish our standing as one of the top leaders in the green industry in Chicago and beyond.”

Project EverGreen Hosts Second Golf Classic Fundraiser

The Project EverGreen Golf Classic supporting the mission of creating a greener, healthier, cooler Earth, will be held on September 18, 2023, at the Lochmere Golf Club in Cary, North Carolina.

“We are excited to combine the passion our volunteers and donors have for golf and the great outdoors with supporting Project EverGreen’s mission to create a greener, healthier, cooler Earth,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “The work that is done to grow a healthier green space footprint through the GreenCare for Communities and GreenCare for Troops initiatives benefits communities and military families across the country.”

This is Project EverGreen’s second Golf Classic. Last year’s outing raised nearly $20,000 to support Project EverGreen’s mission.

Registration is $125 per golfer and $500 for a foursome for the 11:00 a.m. shotgun start. All registered golfers receive 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, post-round reception, gift bag, and non-alcoholic beverages. The deadline for registering is Sept. 8.

Sponsorships are also available for companies looking to support the Project EverGreen mission. PBI-Gordon is the Title Sponsor of the event. Learn more here.

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.