See our newest products at Dwell on Design in June!

VanNess Planters by Surya Graf for Tournesol Siteworks

Zest Planters by Surya Graf for Tournesol Siteworks

We’re excited to be working again with our partners at Street & Garden Furniture, as well as the fantastic group of Australian designers at Quench, who exhibited last year at the Dwell on Design event in Los Angeles. This year’s show, billed as America’s largest modern design event, takes place on June 20-21st at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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We’re Hiring…

help-wantedThings have gotten busy here at Tournesol Siteworks – busier than we’ve been used to for quite a while. The activity in the multi-family construction business, not to mention the acquisition of the assets of Vespro, has us looking for people to join our team!

We’re a close-knit group that takes care of our own, and those people who fit well tend to stay with us for a long time. If you relish the chance to make a difference in a business that is rapidly growing, take the time to review our job postings. We’re a dynamic organization, so you should be the kind of person that doesn’t mind constant change. We anticipate posting several more opportunities in the near future, so keep checking back!

We’re going underground…

Root Solutions barrier installed at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco

Root Solutions barrier installed at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco

Seriously! We’ve acquired the assets of Vespro Inc. of Northern California, the manufacturer of Root Solutions root barrier. While many of our products are decorative (pots, planters, site furnishings), quite a few are more functional (container irrigation, planter liners, living wall systems). The root barrier product fits perfectly into the functional part of our line – a locally-manufactured product sold primarily to landscape contractors, by our existing distributors, and specified by our design partners.

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Follow up: VGM Living Walls still going strong!

VGM Living Wall at Fashion Valley Mall, 8 months after installation

VGM Living Wall at Fashion Valley Mall, 8 months after installation

If you read our blog occasionally, you know that we like to go back and look at projects once they are installed. We believe that a project is more than just the pretty picture taken immediately after install. Even when things go wrong (and they do, occasionally), we pride in making sure that we take care of the problems.

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New 3-D model types available for Tournesol Siteworks products

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sketchup iconWe’ve had our “new” website up for about the past year. One of the biggest benefits, both for our customers and for us, has been the self-serve access to our complete product information. In addition to guide specifications, product details sheets, and field manuals, we’ve uploaded our entire library of customer drawings and models. Up to this point, we offered Sketchup models (.skp), Autocad 2-D drawings (.dwg), and PDF (.pdf) drawings. The Sydney Bench shown above is a pretty typical offering of our Sketchup capabilities.

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Farewell, Flower Framers!

Flower Framer windowboxes at Elephant & Castle restaurant

Flower Framer windowboxes at Elephant & Castle restaurant

It feels like an era is over at Tournesol Siteworks.  We signed the paperwork on a deal with Viapul Corporation of Oakwood Village, OH (near Cleveland), selling them the assets of the Flower Framer product line. We purchased the product line in 2004 from the original owner and founder. The addition of windowboxes back then helped us grow rapidly through the mid-2000′s. As we’ve grown, however, our product line has continued to evolve toward commercial landscape products, and away from residential/retail. The windowbox product just doesn’t fit well in our sales channel anymore. Continue reading

Green Roofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013

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We’re looking forward to the summit, which kicks off next week. It is an entire month of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and research papers on one of our favorite topics – living architecture!  Think of it as a trade show, but without actually having to go anywhere to attend. Continue reading