City Of Commerce Master Gardener

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Business Description: Alford’s English Gardens Inc. is an award winning landscape design and installation firm located in Signal Hill Ca. Kathy Alford, along with her staff and crew, have been designing and installing beautiful gardens in the Los Angeles and Orange County area for over 18 years. All of our designers are Certified Horticulturists with the latest training in design as well as in all plant material. • We are careful to implement all requirements from the State of California on low water gardens. • We use WCOLS for water usage on all plants. • The style of home is taken into consideration when selecting plants to assure ascetics as well as function in the garden. • All of our designs can be submitted to water departments for approval in rebate programs. All crew members boast certification in various areas on installation. • We are certified in smart clocks • The latest drip irrigation • ICPI trained and Certified in interlocking pavers Each crew member is accompanied by a foreman or supervisor while on site. Neatness and cleanliness are a must while working on properties. Our goal at Alford’s English Gardens Inc. is to design and install a unique garden that fits, your house, lifestyle and budget. Together as a team- we will design and install a long lasting low water garden that fits you, your family and your home. • Some of our popular garden designs and Installations include: • Sustainable gardens • Native gardens, • Zen gardens • Traditional/Family gardens • Cottage gardens • Historic homes • …and of course! English gardens. • California Landcape contractor C27 #831062 • Member of California Contractors Association (CLCA) • Associate Member of Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) • Qualified Pest Control Applicator with the State of California (QAL) • Certified with Smart Controllers • Certified Horticulturist • Master Gardener • Bonded and Insured • Design experience for over 18 years We accept as payment: Check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover *** We Do Not use Subcontractors
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Recent Review: Jon Flack is a certified Master Gardener. He has been doing my monthly maintenance for several years. He recently did a major landscaping project. He is honest, trustworthy and a very nice guy. He has repaired some poorly installed irrigation that was done by someone else.
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Recent Review: I did not find them on Angie's List. It was a good sized project because I had approximately a half-acre with slopes and stuff. I supplied the materials. They had a good price.
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Recent Review: I deal with him by phone. He hires gardeners that he sends out weekly to do our gardening and when we need anything like any landscaping or planting, we ask him to do it. He doesn't do it himself but he's the one who coordinates that. The cost depends on what he's doing. It was $650 the last time. He's very reliable. He works with me to get the right things in for me (things I'm looking for) and they're very timely in getting things done.
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Recent Review: Daniel and his team are by far the best gardeners in the valley. I have been through 6 gardeners in two years and DC Gardening Service is far superior in quality, price and professionalism. For example: Most gardeners do not communicate with the property owner after the service starts. Daniel is proactive, always returns calls right away and schedules follow-up visits promptly. Most gardeners just do what they want, regardless of your instructions. Daniel and his team listen to your concerns and directions and pay close attention. They tell you exactly what they will do, reconcile that with your preferences, and execute exactly as promised.  Most gardners just cut, cut, cut. They "mow and blow" the lawn (often cutting too low) and butcher the plants and trees. Daniel and his team are much more precise, gentle and aesthetically oriented. Most gardeners just jury-rig sprinkler systems with no real attention to adequate coverage or water conservation. Daniel and his team work against a detailed plan with an eye towards maximizing the irrigation while minimizing run-off and wasted water. I have become an expert in the do's and don'ts of hiring gardeners and I would strongly recommend DC Gardening Service.
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Recent Review: It goes just as it is suppose to go, and has done this since 2008.
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Business Description: Garden View Inc., Landscaping, Nursery & Pools has completed numerous projects designed by our team of landscape designers. We have three company divisions. Our Landscape division focuses on the design and construction of swimming pools, hardscapes, waterfalls, and complete outdoor construction. Our Nursery division is located in Irwindale, CA which offers acres of plants and trees. The maintenance division is employed by horticultural experts to offer complete landscaping services. Please visit our website for more detailed information: www.Garden-View.com
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Recent Review: Working initially w/Chris was seemingly positive. She promoted the attestion on her website that she 'personally oversees each project from start to finish'. This was not the case. Several times I had to call Chris to either let her know that her crew had not shown up at the house altogether one day, that the Supervisor was not onsite and the crew was sitting idle, or that a sod installation mistake had been made, to name a few examples. As the project progressed further, Chris chose to make her son's aspiring acting endeavors priority over her commitment to her client. Onsite visits became very minimal, thus leaving the work to her staff and husband. On planting day, the most important day in terms of bringing the design to life, she opted out and sent her husband. I hired Chris because she promoted herself as the Certified Master Gardener, not her husband. She began increasingly relying on email as her primary means of communication, often not returning calls. By the end of the project, we we forced to deal soley with her husband. Upon completion of the project, several issues with the plants arose. I consulted with two full-scale landscape maintenance companies and presented the findings to Chris in the following email exchange:----- Original Message -----From: Chris Canaday To: Lori Givens Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 8:11 AM Subject: Re: Invoice #070107 Lori, * expletive YOU, * PRE-emergant WAS used on your garden you cheap piece of * expletive *. ONLY because we want you OUT of our lives SO badly as you have been the BIGGEST PAIN IN THE * expletive * CLIENTS WE HAVE EVER DEALT WITH, KEEP YOUR PRECIOUS 250.00! Very sincerely, Chris----- Original Message -----From: Lori Givens To: Chris@masterpeacegardens.com Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 7:40 PM Subject: Invoice #070107 Chris and Howard, Since Masterpeace Gardens 'completed' its job, I have hired a full-scale maintenance team to care for our yards. This team has advised that at least two of the ferns are now dying because of poor placement, in other words they were planted in an area of the yard that is receiving too much sun. This is further evidenced by the other fern plants that are thriving and which have been planted in other areas of the yard receiving less sun exposure. Additionally, two separate landscape maintenance teams have both advised that a pre-emergence treatment should have been completed by the company that installed the new yard (Masterpeace Gardens) Based on these added costs and the questionable survival of other plants (e.g. two shrimp plants et al), I will be applying the $250 retainer to cover my expenses. Plants should survive and thrive longer than 1-2 months after initial planting. I consider this matter closed. Sincerely, Lori Givens. In closing, her behavior was APALLING and extremely unprofessional. Chris clearly needs to learn how to deal with challenging situations and/or clients in a professional manner. Beware!

Reviews for City Of Commerce Master Gardeners

AALL THEME DESIGN
Jon Flack is a certified Master Gardener. He has been doing my monthly maintenance for several years. He recently did a major landscaping project. He is honest, trustworthy and a very nice guy. He has repaired some poorly installed irrigation that was done by someone else.
- Ellie B....
AMASTER GARDEN
I did not find them on Angie's List. It was a good sized project because I had approximately a half-acre with slopes and stuff. I supplied the materials. They had a good price.
- Richard M....
AHaney's Landscape Maintenance
I deal with him by phone. He hires gardeners that he sends out weekly to do our gardening and when we need anything like any landscaping or planting, we ask him to do it. He doesn't do it himself but he's the one who coordinates that. The cost depends on what he's doing. It was $650 the last time. He's very reliable. He works with me to get the right things in for me (things I'm looking for) and they're very timely in getting things done.
- Frances K....
AD C Gardening Service
Daniel and his team are by far the best gardeners in the valley. I have been through 6 gardeners in two years and DC Gardening Service is far superior in quality, price and professionalism. For example: Most gardeners do not communicate with the property owner after the service starts. Daniel is proactive, always returns calls right away and schedules follow-up visits promptly. Most gardeners just do what they want, regardless of your instructions. Daniel and his team listen to your concerns and directions and pay close attention. They tell you exactly what they will do, reconcile that with your preferences, and execute exactly as promised.  Most gardners just cut, cut, cut. They "mow and blow" the lawn (often cutting too low) and butcher the plants and trees. Daniel and his team are much more precise, gentle and aesthetically oriented. Most gardeners just jury-rig sprinkler systems with no real attention to adequate coverage or water conservation. Daniel and his team work against a detailed plan with an eye towards maximizing the irrigation while minimizing run-off and wasted water. I have become an expert in the do's and don'ts of hiring gardeners and I would strongly recommend DC Gardening Service.
- Gordon L....
FMASTERPEACE GARDENS
Working initially w/Chris was seemingly positive. She promoted the attestion on her website that she 'personally oversees each project from start to finish'. This was not the case. Several times I had to call Chris to either let her know that her crew had not shown up at the house altogether one day, that the Supervisor was not onsite and the crew was sitting idle, or that a sod installation mistake had been made, to name a few examples. As the project progressed further, Chris chose to make her son's aspiring acting endeavors priority over her commitment to her client. Onsite visits became very minimal, thus leaving the work to her staff and husband. On planting day, the most important day in terms of bringing the design to life, she opted out and sent her husband. I hired Chris because she promoted herself as the Certified Master Gardener, not her husband. She began increasingly relying on email as her primary means of communication, often not returning calls. By the end of the project, we we forced to deal soley with her husband. Upon completion of the project, several issues with the plants arose. I consulted with two full-scale landscape maintenance companies and presented the findings to Chris in the following email exchange:----- Original Message -----From: Chris Canaday To: Lori Givens Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 8:11 AM Subject: Re: Invoice #070107 Lori, * expletive YOU, * PRE-emergant WAS used on your garden you cheap piece of * expletive *. ONLY because we want you OUT of our lives SO badly as you have been the BIGGEST PAIN IN THE * expletive * CLIENTS WE HAVE EVER DEALT WITH, KEEP YOUR PRECIOUS 250.00! Very sincerely, Chris----- Original Message -----From: Lori Givens To: Chris@masterpeacegardens.com Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 7:40 PM Subject: Invoice #070107 Chris and Howard, Since Masterpeace Gardens 'completed' its job, I have hired a full-scale maintenance team to care for our yards. This team has advised that at least two of the ferns are now dying because of poor placement, in other words they were planted in an area of the yard that is receiving too much sun. This is further evidenced by the other fern plants that are thriving and which have been planted in other areas of the yard receiving less sun exposure. Additionally, two separate landscape maintenance teams have both advised that a pre-emergence treatment should have been completed by the company that installed the new yard (Masterpeace Gardens) Based on these added costs and the questionable survival of other plants (e.g. two shrimp plants et al), I will be applying the $250 retainer to cover my expenses. Plants should survive and thrive longer than 1-2 months after initial planting. I consider this matter closed. Sincerely, Lori Givens. In closing, her behavior was APALLING and extremely unprofessional. Chris clearly needs to learn how to deal with challenging situations and/or clients in a professional manner. Beware!
- Lori G....