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TAG: Ross NW Watergardens

Better efficiency with detailed planning

October 13, 2019By
Before crews members step foot on a site, they know what materials will be needed. (Photo: Ross NW Watergardens)

Ross NW Watergardens in Portland, Ore., significantly upped its efficiency just by going back to the basics in terms of planning. The new policy has alleviated a lot of pressure on the crew leaders and crew manager of the $925,000 company. It all started in early 2018 when the residential landscape design/build company designated one of its employees as a... read more

Backstory: Ben Bowen

December 27, 2017By
Photos: Ben Bowen; ©

Ben Bowen Landscape Designer & Manager Ross NW Watergardens Portland, Ore. Education Home-school Portland, Ore. Class of 1996 “My family moved to Portland when I was 17. Rather than start fresh in a new school, I finished out high school using a correspondence course.” Work Experience 1992-1996 Summer Laborer Bowen’s Inc. Phoenix, Ariz. “I worked summers for my grandfather, installing... read more

Case study: Scheduling solutions

June 13, 2015By

As design/build business picked up, one company found a better way to manage and communicate its installation schedule. The Problem: As the housing market rebounded and business picked up for Ross NW Watergardens, the Portland-based company found itself scheduling jobs as far as 10 to 14 weeks in advance. Managing this kind of demand was no simple feat. If a... read more

Certified Wildlife Landscaping Professional program launches

January 14, 2014By

The National Wildlife Federation aims to certify 300 Green Industry pros by the end of the year. National Wildlife Federation (NWF) launched its Certified Wildlife Landscaping Professional (CWLP) designation late last year as an offshoot of its Certified Wildlife Habitat, Schoolyard Habitat and Community Wildlife Habitat programs. The new program certifies landscape professionals who commit to supporting ecologically sound and... read more