CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter


February 13 Chapter Meeting

Join us at Round Table Pizza, 3290 Arena Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for our monthly chapter meeting and annual elections. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Check the CALENDAR on this site for all the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter events.

March 13 Chapter Meeting

Join us at Round Table Pizza, 3290 Arena Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for our monthly chapter meeting. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Check the CALENDAR on this site for all the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter events.

March 22: Casino Night

Join the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter for our second annual Casino Night. Mix, mingle, and network with fellow chapter members while enjoying casino style gaming. Watch for details coming soon!

Welcome to the New Chapter Board

Please welcome the 2018 CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter Board of Directors.

Immediate Past President Billy Montesclaros
President Chris Marsh
Secretary Brandon Ellis
Treasurer Gina Stanley
AMO Representative Steve Blanchard
Director of Membership Patrick E. Nelson
Director of Events Rick Abalos
Communications Committee Chair Beth Abalos
Events Committee Chair Colnn Miquelgorry

Stand Out from the Rest: Certification 2018

Rise above the competition. Become a Landscape Industry Certified Technician. Show professionalism. Advance your career. Meet minimum job requirements. Give your company a competitive edge and the opportunity to sell more services by advertising that you have certified employees on staff.

The 2018 certification testing schedule is out! Make plans now to attend the written and hands-on exam in your area.

Written Tests:

  • Friday, February 23 | 1 p.m. Gachina Landscape Management Menlo Park, CA
    Registration Deadline: Feb. 12, 2018
  • Friday, October 5 | 1 p.m. Buckeye Ranch Petaluma, CA
    Registration Deadline: Sept. 4, 2018
  • Friday, December 7 | 2 p.m. CLCA Headquarters Sacramento, CA
    Registration Deadline: Dec. 3,

Hands-On Tests:

  • Saturday, April 14 | All Day Cuyamaca College San Diego, CA
    Registration Deadline: March 12, 2018
  • Saturday, October 6 | All Day Buckeye Ranch Petaluma, CA
    Registration Deadline: Sept. 4, 2018

Earn your Landscape Industry Certified Technician designation in 2018.

Register today!

Download the registration form above and return it to CLCA headquarters | FAX: (916) 830-2788

It's Time for New Labor Law Posters

It’s a new year and time to update your Labor Law posters. CLCA has the 2018 posters available now.

The complete California Labor Law Poster includes all the state, federal, and OSHA mandatory posting requirements all on one. This poster measures 25.5” x 39.5”, is LAMINATED and available in English and Spanish. This is the most up-to-date and complete poster you can obtain to be in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Get the poster and get peace of mind if your firm is audited or inspected by labor regulators. Order yours today in English or Spanish.

  • CLCA members $34 (plus tax & shipping)
  • Non-members $44 (plus tax & shipping)

Posters are rolled and shipped in a tube. Contact CLCA at (916) 830-2780 or visit CLCA's Online Store.

Upcoming River-Friendly Landscaping Trainings

Integrated Pest Management II: An Advanced Perspective

Saturday, February 10 | 8:30 a.m to noon | La Sierra Community Center, Carmichael
Thursday, June 14 | 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. | Folsom Community Center, Folsom

A half-day seminar that goes beyond the basics to discuss landscape pest identification (including new species coming to CA), key strategies to prevent pests, and management options from cultural controls to pesticides.

This seminar focuses on Holistic Pest Management, which acknowledges that plants and their pests function in a shared ecological system. You will learn how to keep the ecosystem in balance so pests do not become a problem; and how to address intolerable pest problems with effective, environmentally-friendly management strategies.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

Green Gardener Training for Landscape Professionals

Teaching landscape professionals how to grow their business by growing earth-friendly and river-friendly landscapes

Module #1 Building & Maintaining Healthy Soil; Turf Care
Thursday, February 8 | Intro to Soil Science
Thursday, February 15 | Using Mulch and Compost
Thursday, February 22 | Fertilizer and Turf Care

All classes are from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Tree Foundation, 191 Lathrop Way, Sacramento

For more information or to register, click HERE.

Board Profile: Gina Stanley

Meet Gina Stanley, the treasurer for the CLCA Sacramento Valley Chapter. This is her second year holding this position.

Gina is an insurance agent with CLCA's wholly-owned insurance company, CLCA Insurance Solutions. She is also a regular attendee at chapter and statewide events -- and a great softball player!

Gina began her career in insurance in 1985 working in the files department of an insurance company. She worked her way up to the rating department and then into underwriting. With all this experience and knowledge she moved to the agency side of the business in 1996 to begin working directly with the insured.

As an insurance agent Gina enjoys the interaction she has with her clients on a daily basis and really enjoys helping her clients with their insurance needs. She provides not only placement services but often acts as an advisor to her clients, building a foundation of trust that leads to long-term relationships.

Gina and her husband have been married for 26 years and have 2 grown children and four grandchildren. She enjoys concerts, hiking, softball, the beach and watching the Giants! She has been a KAIA girl for just over 3 years and enjoys all aspects of that.

CLCA Insurance Solutions was formed in 2014 and is fully owned by the California Landscape Contractors Association. The agency was created with CLCA members in mind and provides a long term, stable, and competitive alternative to CLCA's members for their insurance needs.

You Need the NorCal Show!

The NorCal Landscape and Nursery Show offers a line up of great educational seminars. Knowledge is something we all can use in the new year!

A total of 44 continuing education credits have been awarded to the Nor Cal seminar program! Seminar registration is open. Visit

The seminars are $40 each or 3/$100 if booked by February 9, 2018. After February 9 they are $45 each or 3/$110. Students with a valid school ID can book seminars at the following rate: a single seminar for $15, two for $20 and three for $25.

2018 Nor Cal Seminar Program

  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. How to Read a Soil Analysis Report -- Richard Evans, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Environmental Horticulture
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Transforming Gray Space into Green Space: Integrating Green Infrastructure into the Built Environment -- Kevin R. Perry, ASLA, Urban Rain Design
  • 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. The UC Landscape Plant Irrigation Trials: the Quest for Low Water Use Plants -- Jared Sisneroz UC Davis Staff Researcher
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Immigration 101-Keeping Your Business Safe -- Wilson Purves, Kerosky, Purves & Bogue, LLP
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Protecting Pollinators in the Landscape -- Zac Reicher, Technical Specialist, Green Solutions Team, Bayer Environmental Science
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Local Invasive Pests and Diseases -- Steve Tjosvold, Farm Advisor, Environmental Horticulture
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Good Choices for Less Thirsty Plants in a Shade Situation in the Garden -- Bart O’Brien, Botanic Garden Manager, East Bay Regional Park District
  • 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Shot-Hole Borers /Fusarium Dieback Complex and the South American Palm Weevil: Two Invasive Pests in southern California and their threat to northern California nurseries, landscapes, and native trees -- Dr. John Kabashima, Environmental Horticulture Advisor, Emeritus


For more information or to register, visit

Plant for Cool Weather Color: Consider the Conebush

Richly colorful and hardy Leucadendron does double duty as an accent in the landscape and in cut arrangements.

Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'

Safari Sunset Conebush
This is a vigorous evergreen shrub growing to 7'-9' tall and 6'-8' wide. Flower bracts start out coloring red in summer and by winter are a deep wine color. In late winter ‘Safari Sunset’ takes on a yellow coloring in the center of the bracts while still retaining the red on the outer surfaces. This is a tough cultivar that can handle frost, alkalinity, and clay soils. An excellent candidate for cut foliage harvesting. Prefers full sun and low water once established.

Leucadendron 'Ebony'

Ebony Conebush
Ebony is an evergreen shrub growing to 3-4' tall and 4-6' wide. Unique, black-purple foliage develops burgundy-colored flower bracts in the late winter to summer. It works great as a color contrast, does well in containers, and cut foliage is excellent for flower arrangements. Requires a well-drained soil, has low water needs once established, prefers full sun.

Leucadendron 'Safari Goldstrike'

Yellow Conebush
This is an evergreen shrub growing to 5’-6' tall and wide. This vigorous, compact variety is prized for its attractive foliage, developing light-yellow flower bracts in winter and spring. It looks great as a background, and cut foliage is excellent for flower arrangements. Requires a well-drained soil, has low water needs once established, and prefers full sun.

Leucadendron 'Jester'

Sunshine Conebush
Jester is an evergreen shrub to 4'-5' tall and wide. Its attractive, variegated foliage intensifies in color during cooler months of the year. Useful as an accent or color contrast, and does well in containers. Cut foliage is great for flower arrangements. Requires a well-drained soil, has low water needs once established, prefers full sun.

Leucadendron 'Crown Jubilee'

Crown Jubilee Leucadendron
Crown Jubilee is a stunning evergreen shrub growing to 4'-6' tall and 3'-4' wide. Lovely red upright stems feature rainbow foliage that changes from green to yellow or red. The stems and beautiful cones look great in a cut floral arrangement. Needs moderate water and prefers full sun.

Information provided by Village Nurseries.



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