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Backyard conversion by Lesaca Landscape Company

Projects Showcased at Best of Kern County

On Thursday, May 18, members and friends of the CLCA Kern County Chapter gathered at the Fireside Room at Bakersfield College for the 2nd Annual Best of Kern County Banquet. After a lively social hour and a delicious meal, guests were treated to a multi-media presentation showcasing outstanding projects executed by chapter members. Thank you to all who shared their projects, to those who donated to the raffle, and to everyone who came out to enjoy the evening.

Alister in Sherman Oaks installed and maintained by Salazar Landscape Company

Almond Village Apartments by Rios Design Studio LLC

Blue Fire Pit by Arroyo Grande Landscaping

Drought tolerant backyard by O. See-Em-Bloom Landscaping

Rios Attend Fundraiser for State Senate Candidate Shannon Grove

On November 9, Jim and Megan Rios attended a fundraiser at the Visalia Country Club for Shannon Grove for the Republican State Senate Seat for 2018. The event was sponsored by Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Congressman David Valadao. Other notable officials from local, state and federal government were also present at the event.

The featured guest speaker was Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, whose latest book was also available for purchase and signing. There were about 300 people at the function many of whom had not had the privilege of knowing Shannon Grove as an elected representative. The senate seat she is running for encompasses new territory outside of her former district.

Shannon Grove is the former representative of the 34th District in the California State Assembly. She is a small business owner and a veteran of the United States Army.

The Rios’ attendance at this event was supported by LandPAC and is part of CLCA’s efforts to advocate on behalf of California’s landscape contractors.

Beautiful Evening for October Meeting at O.See-Em-Bloom

On October 26, members of the Kern County Chapter of the CLCA gathered at O. See-Em-Bloom Landscaping for dinner and an educational presentation. The event was co-sponsored by SiteOne Landscape Supply.

After a delicious dinner of pasta and salad graciously provided by Greg Clarke of SiteOne Landscape Supply, members learned about different hardscape options from representatives from Belgard and Recycling Live.

Thank you to Olga See of O.See-Em-Bloom for sharing her beautiful patio area with us, to SiteOne for co-sponsorsing the event, and to Bill and Sal for their informative presentations.

Michael E. Henson

Mike was born on May 18, 1954, to Eugene and Delores Henson and recently left this world unexpectedly of natural causes.

Mike had the privilege of going to the same school from kindergarten through high school and developed many lifelong friendships. He started working on the family farm “Henson & Son’s” as a young boy. He enjoyed working with family, putting in long hours, and seeing the fruits of his labor. He married his high school sweetheart, Cindy, and raised a family.

In 1981 he started Maranatha Landscaping & Gardening as a one-man business. The business has grown with the entire family working together, along with the greatest employees, some of whom have been with him over 20 years.

Mike is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cindy; and their children, Michael/Butch (and Sheri), Melissia (and Kevin), Melanie and Eric; and their nine grandchildren, McKayla, Drake, Trace, Garrett, Brandt, Lincoln, Beckam, Brooklyn, and Gaven; brother, Chris Henson; and sister, Patty Brown; and his cousins, uncles, and many friends.

NALP Online Education

The National Association of Landscape Professionals has a wealth of information available online. Visit and click on the links under Events/Education

Virtual Training: FAMILY BUSINESS SUCCESS: Healthy Operations, Profitable Growth & Smooth Succession

Presented by: Jeffrey Scott and Ron Edmonds on Thursday, December 7, from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

Member Price: $39 •Non-Member Price: $99

Learn how to greatly improve and smooth out business operations and family management, and how to transition your business to the next generation…or decide if you should “sell out.”

Learn how to vastly improve the sustainability of your family business. You will also learn the common pitfalls and failures in family business succession, and how to avoid them. Gain confidence in your financial options.

The seasoned presenters, Jeffrey Scott and Ron Edmonds, will share with you case studies from both the green industry and outside. The two presenters have significant experience running, buying/selling, consulting with and growing family businesses. See their biographies below.

NALP Virtual Training is approved for NALP Landscape Industry Certified recertification at 1 CEU per hour of instruction attended. For more information, please visit NALP’s Recertification Center.


Participants earn CEUs toward Landscape Industry Certified recertification. Webinars are free to NALP members and $39 each for non-members. NALP membership is required to access archived webinars.

  • Get Found Online: Proven Tactics for Landscaping Company Digital Marketing. Jack Jostes, Ramblin Jackson on Wednesday, December 13, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT. New landscaping clients are searching for your services online! Learn easy, actionable digital marketing tactics you can make to get your landscaping company found online.
  • Benchmarks for Landscape Construction Professionals. Jim Huston, J.R. Huston Consulting, Inc. December 20, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT. This webinar covers benchmarks, standards and critical numbers for landscape construction.

Webinars approved for NALP Landscape Industry Certified recertification at 1 CEU per hour of instruction attended. For more information, please visit NALP’s Recertification Center.

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November 2010 meeting
2010 CLCA Annual Convention
2010 Golf Tournament
2011 Kickoff Meeting
March 2011 Meeting
2011 Green Expo and Vendor Fair
September 2011 Meeting
November 2011 Meeting
2011 Christmas Party
2012 Kickoff Meeting
2012 Spring Home Show
March 2012 Meeting

Garden Fest 2012
Amgen Tour 2012
May 2012 Meeting
Golf Tournament 2012
CLCA Legislative Action Conference 2012

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