Thoms Bros. earns Gold Award in the Environmental Improvement Awards by the Michigan Green Industry Association.

For Immediate Release


Thoms Bros. earns Gold Award in the Environmental Improvement Awards by the Michigan Green Industry Association. 

Bingham Farms, Michigan (October 17, 2019) – [Thoms Bros. Landscaping, Inc.],  an award winning landscape design, build, and management firm servicing the greater southeast Michigan area today announce that they have received an Gold Award in the Environmental Improvements Awards program by the Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) for its “Palm Residence” landscape in Sterling Heights, MI.  This “Residential Landscape Reconstruction $25,000-$50,000” project was completed in 2017.  This “gardener’s dream” job included new concrete driveway and front walkway, new interlocking concrete paver & segmental retaining wall (SRW) rear patios and walkways, and extensive new plantings and relocation of existing.


Steven D. Thoms, CGIP, FAPLD, LIC-M, Vice President and Chief Designer of Thoms Bros, worked closely with the homeowner for several months designing the landscape.  The homeowner is an avid gardener and the property already had some desirable plant material, so Thoms Bros. was called in to provide expert design to provide maximum enjoyment of this smaller size suburban lot.  Several 3D renderings were used to help the client visualize the different spaces.


A large diseased evergreen, blocking the view of front yard neighbor’s garbage cans was removed and replaced with an arborvitae hedge.  Another Emerald Green Arborvitae hedge was also used in the backyard to provide privacy on the upper and lower paver patios.  Extensive use of flowering shrubs and perennials were used throughout the property to provide color throughout the different seasons.   Fendt Products out of Ann Arbor, Michigan was chosen to be the manufacturer of the hardscape materials for this project.  Fendt’s Old World Stonegate wall in their Elite Color Seashell was used for the walls and Country Manor in Camel was used for the coping in the raised patio walls and steps.  Their Old World Vintage pavers in Seashell in a random pattern was used as the pavers with a Walnut color for the borders.

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The aim of the Michigan Green Industry Association Environmental Improvement Awards Program is as follows:

1. To increase public awareness and reflect MGIA’s commitment to environmental improvement through quality landscaping.

2. To recognize and encourage the landscape professional who executes superior landscaping through the use of quality materials, design, and workmanship.

3. To recognize the consumers.


To be eligible, the landscape projects for which the entrant is responsible for the major portion of the work may be entered for judging in the following categories listed below. All entries must have had the largest portion of the work completed within the last three years to be eligible. In addition, projects which have previously received an award in a particular category cannot be re-entered in the same category.  Projects will be judged by a group of green industry experts basing their cumulative decision on what they SEE.


The Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) is a statewide professional trade association serving the green industry for over 50 years. MGIA promotes education and certification to its members and has set high standards of professionalism and business integrity for Michigan’s green industry contractors. MGIA provides more than 800 members with the latest information on new methods, treatments and technologies that help the landscape thrive. Their members range in size and include franchise operations.


Thoms Bros. will be presented with the award at a Program Banquet and Holiday Celebration on December 5, 2019 at The Westin Southfield.  This is Thoms Bros’. 11th MGIA Award and 18th overall industry award.

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