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Our Customers Love us. And We Love Them Back!

Author: ; Published: May 30, 2014; Category: New Mexico Landscaping, Residential Landscaping; Tags: None; No Comments

It’s always great to have happy customers, and we have plenty. We have clients that have used us to landscape every home they’ve bought. Here’s an example of the feedback we get every day.

 

Hi Jim!
It’s been a few years, but I just wanted to share with you these photos of the always-beautiful-waterfall done by your amazing crews! We get so many compliments and we give many recommendations for the great work that Hilltop does!
Hope all is well!
Cindy & Dave

 

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JOBS, JOBS JOBS!

Author: ; Published: May 21, 2014; Category: New Mexico Landscaping; Tags: None; No Comments

We have three positions available for the right candidate.

We Need Help! We are in search of a Registered NM Landscape Architect. You need to have C.A.D. experience and also good practical knowledge of Landscape Architecture in NM. It’s very important to be able to interact face to face with customers and clients. Good benefits, great working environment, good pay and vehicle provided.

We Need Help! We need a Landscape Architect and or Designer that can not only work on C.A.D designs but also hand draw. Good working conditions and good pay.

We Need Help! We are looking for a hard working, friendly person who has drafting skills and some knowledge of Landscape Architecture. You need to be willing to spend part of the day outdoors measuring yards.

Email resume to info@hilltoplandscaping.com or send Resume to P.O. Box 10630, Albuquerque NM 87184

Please no phone calls

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Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse Sustainable Landscape Renovation

Author: ; Published: Feb 5, 2014; Category: Commercial Landscaping, New Mexico Landscaping, Xeriscape; Tags: , , , , , ; No Comments

The Hilltop was the landscaper on this project. It is unique in that it is the first GSA funded project to receive SITES certification in the country.

Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse

Aerial showing landscape patterns derived from regional and site history

“The Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse Sustainable Landscape Renovation in Albuquerque, New Mexico reconnects an existing site to place through an evocative, sustainable design. Led by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, the multi-disciplinary team proposed a design that re-imagined and re-purposed existing site elements with sustainable strategies to create an exemplary landscape rooted within its context. Deriving patterns from regional and site history, the project creates a bold landscape and dignified setting for court operations while enhancing efficiency and sustainable operations through improved water management, decreased energy use, and increased urban habitat. Through the conceptual design process, a new story for the site was woven through art, ecology, engineering, and cultural history, achieved with key improvements in five areas: water, material re-use, energy, habitat, and culture. The result deftly balances security and public access to integrate the Federal Government into the local community while greatly improving the efficiency and economic viability of the site.”

Recycled concrete block walls provide seating under existing shade tree

Read more:  http://sustainablesites.org/cert_projects/show.php?id=57

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Hard work, long hours, low pay – Apply at the Hilltop

Author: ; Published: Jul 28, 2011; Category: New Mexico Landscaping; Tags: ; No Comments

That’s the ad I answered in the paper about 25 years ago.

Today, every time I go to a barbeque or social gathering and meet new people, the conversation inevitably turns to what people do for a living. There’s always a doctor or lawyer or insurance guy bragging about their work. My wife cringes because, I always answer, “I mow grass for a living.” Then after the initial awkward silence, I say “It’s a good living too.”

While the old ad may have been a tiny bit of an exaggeration; our fast-paced business weeds out the weak, the unwilling, and the untalented. Today, The Hilltop operates a very lean business led by seasoned employees and many of our foremen and department heads have been with The Hilltop for twenty plus years. Even the owner of our company, Jim Forrester, started out in the field. It’s this dedication that has set our company apart from others.

So, business is good and we are looking to add another Landscape Architect/Designer to our team. This individual will be able to work in a highly productive environment. They will be experienced in project design and management of residential and commercial landscapes. Having knowledge of CAD will be helpful. The ideal candidate will have excellent hand graphics skills and be strong in formulating design concepts for projects. Must be able to digest and interpret design concepts and directions from the sales team and proceed with design development.

Does this sound like it’s for you?

Send resumes to:

Designer Hilltop Landscape
PO Box 10630
Albuquerque, NM 87184

Or by Email:
admin@hilltoplandscaping.com

PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS

One more thing, if you get hired, we’ll supply the crayons. We’ll introduce our new Architect/Designer in a subsequent post.

*UPDATE*  This position has been filled.

 

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Inspirations from a foodie, artist and landscaper: a tussie-mussie garden

Author: ; Published: Jun 2, 2011; Category: New Mexico Plants and Trees; Tags: , , , ; 3 Comments

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If you missed it—and I’m not sure how you did, since it seemed to be everywhere—there was a Royal Wedding last month. Whatever your personal issues with the Royal I Do’s, there was a repeated theme that I found quite intriguing—trees and flowers and their folkloric meanings. All the flowers in the royal bridal bouquet had a symbolic meaning to the royal family, Middleton family, as well as conventional knowledge.

We all have heard that red roses are a message of love, yellow roses a note of friendship, etc. I personally am a Jane Austen fan. I often have visions of being an Emma or Elisabeth, taking a turn in the garden, collecting a nose-gay of forget-me-nots on my way to town, hoping to conjure true love. I find the concept fascinating, and mourn the loss of the subtleness of the custom.

I understand the difficulties in the practice of carrying flowers in these times (I can just see a clients face as I enter the conference room holding a briefcase, a set of plans and a tiny bouquet of larkspur and calendula—oh my!). But it would be lovely to set aside a tiny area of your yard to a dedicated tussie-mussie garden. The language of flowers is a time-honored tradition dating back to the sixteenth century and can be incorporated easily into your landscaping.

Plants that are Common in a Tussie-Mussie Garden

A classic Tussie-Mussie garden includes:

  • Hybrid Tea Rose
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Mint
  • Feverfew
  • Coreopsis
  • Pansy
  • Blackeyed Susan
  • Daisy
  • Nigella
  • Geranium

This display conveys protection, cheerfulness, comfort, hidden loves and united family.

Mint Sauce over Roasted Lamb

Small bunch of mint

2 tsp sugar

1 tbsp boiling water

1-2 tbsp vinegar

Place the mint and sugar on a board and chop finely. Put in a sauceboat and add the boiling water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the vinegar to taste.

Tussie-Mussie in a Teacup

Keep your beautiful tussie-mussie garden all year by drying a few flowers and arranging them in an old castoff china teacup filled with floral foam. You will need your dried flowers, small amount of green sheet moss (to cover your foam) a knife, scissors, floral pins and glue. Remember, a nose-gay is meant to be diminutive so keep it simple and sweet. Fit the foam to your cup and cove with a thin sheet of moss. Put your largest flower in the center, and arrange the smaller ones throughout.

Thank yous to Ellen Dugan and Gillian Haslam for ideas and plant meanings.

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