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Partnerships – from our Feb. email blast

The first few months of 2014 have found us involved in quite a few conferences, workshops, training and sales meetings.  It’s great to be out contributing to these events. Our business, and just as importantly, our industry benefits from these valuable partnerships.


Our year always starts off in Boston. Regional Sales Representative Brian Mitalo braved the polar vortex to attend New England Grows in collaborations with our local partner BISCO . It’s a great event that always sets the tone for the year. Not only do we get the chance to educate the local landscape community about what’s new, we also get to check the pulse on the New England market – find out who’s doing what! With heavy snow on day one, most contractors were out plowing – but day two turned out great. Boston is excited for our new Boulevard Wood Tiles !

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We were graciously invited again this year to our long-time distribution partner Ewing Irrigationfor their Employee Development Leadership Conference. This year they made it a trade show format, and close to 40 vendors attended this continuing education program for their staff. It was a great opportunity to share our new VGP tray-based living wall system and Root Solutions root barrier product with them. It was quite an event – they made sure each person visted every booth (over 300 people in all).

Just last week we were invited by Valleycrest Landcape Development , one of the largest landscape companies in the world, to present at their Chief Estimator’s Summit. We were in exclusive company – one of just a few companies invited. While we always enjoy sharing our products and experience, this was a great learning experience for us as well. Regional Sales Representative Jon Willingham and Chris Lyon were able to spend time and get the unique perspective that they have to the market.

Speaking of partnerships, we’ve had a great one going over the years with Brigham Young University . For almost 20 years, we have worked with Bruce Maw, the Landscape Architect for the university, on major  projects  and architectural revisions to their magnificent campus in the Utah Valley. With nearly 640 acres under his purview, he has the drive  to create unique spaces throughout the campus, and we are honored to be able  to help him achieve his vision.

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During a recent visit to the campus, we noticed that our Craftsman Collection  were used in their new visitors center. The metal infused, “hand-hammered” copper mimics the intent of arts-and-craft master, Dirk van Erp, on whose work the collection was based. Prior to this installation, our aluminum metal-infused Wilshire planters were used at the expansion of the Marriott School of Management building.

Next up is the new Life Sciences building. Tournesol Siteworks will be providing a number of planters to be used on the rooftop level.  The $950-million dollar project is due to open in the fall of 2014, and will represent a new anchor to southern end of the campus with 265,000 feet of classroom, state-of-the-art lab facilities, auditorium and atrium. We’ve worked with Bruce and his staff for a long time, and we’re always excited when an opportunity like this happens on campus.


Our 2014 Lookbook & Catalog dropped on Feb 12.  Not to be missed is one of our favorite fresh items  – The Harlie Collection planter. Sticking with our theme of partnerships, this planter comes to us by way of our new collaboration with Australian designer,  Luxxbox . This faceted shape draws on gemology and mathematical principles with a playful edge.


Altogether, the catalog features over 20 new products and all our product categories – Site Furnishings, Pots & Planters, Deck & Paver Supports, Green Walls & Roofs, Container Irrigation and Root Control & Drainage.  You also find technical information, complete product listings, material finishes and gorgeous installation images. If you missed out on receiving one, please send us an emailcatalog@tournesolsiteworks.com. Alternately, you can download a copy  tournesolsiteworks.com/uploads/cmsfiles/Tournesol_Siteworks_2014.pdf .

In addition, we encourage you to look for our ad placements with media partners, Landscape Architecture  and Architectural Record . Each month we  highlight a unique product, and invite you to “explore your options” with Tournesol Siteworks.


Portland State University ecological learning plaza installed

Portion of test walls at PSU – VGM to left, custom wall center, hydroponic wall to right

Tournesol Siteworks is excited to be part of the new Shattuck Hall Ecological Learning Plaza, just opened  on the campus of Portland State University. It serves several purposes – a research center for living walls, greenroofs, irrigation-free landscape, as well as a park for students, faculty and staff. Continue reading Portland State University ecological learning plaza installed

Upcoming January Trade Shows – Landscape Industry Show (Los Angeles) and UtahGreen (Salt Lake City)

It’s trade show time again! Most landscape associations have their conferences and trade shows during the winter, primarily because their membership base isn’t terribly busy at that time of year.  Being a national supplier means that we display at many different shows – usually together with our local distributor-partners.  This year is no different

Our largest national partner, Ewing Irrigation, exhibited a large, planted Tournesol VGM modular living wall at the most recent Irrigation Association show in Phoenix. They will be featuring the same wall at booth #1239 at the upcoming Landscape Industry Show, sponsored by the California Landscape Contractors Association in Los Angeles on Jan. 12 & 13th.  Tournesol’s Southern California sales representative Jon Willingham will be on hand for most of the show to answer questions about the product.

They will also have the wall at their booth at the UtahGreen conference (sponsored by the Utah Nursery & Landscape Assoc.), taking place on Jan. 25-26 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy.  Our Mountain States representative Ed Mathieu of Water Logic will be on hand. This is a great opportunity to see how the living wall system works for yourself!

Residential VGM Living Wall, San Francisco, CA

Residential VGM modular living wall, all photos courtesy Michelle Bond of Thumbellina Gardens

Many of our customers looking at the Tournesol VGM modular living wall system intend on using it for commercial installations. This is a wonderful example of what it can do in a residential setting. The design, by Michelle Bond of Thumbellina Gardens in San Francisco, covers the back wall of a back yard at the bottom of a large hill. This installation was one of the best-documented that we’ve seen, and we’re fortunate that Michelle shared her images with us.  Continue reading Residential VGM Living Wall, San Francisco, CA