Napa Valley Business Wins Big at California Landscapers Contractors Association Awards Banquet

Lou Penning Landscapes, Inc. Wins Maintenance Sweepstakes Award for
Private-Home Garden in Saint Helena

Online PR News – 10-September-2022 – Napa, California – NAPA, CA. Napa-based Lou Penning Landscapes, Inc. recently won the coveted Maintenance Sweepstakes Award for its on-going landscaping work at a private home in Saint Helena. The award was presented during the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) North Coast Chapter’s Annual Achievement Awards Banquet at Foxtail Golf Country Club in Rohnert Park. The Maintenance Sweepstakes Award is one of the top awards a member can receive.

Lou Penning Landscapes also won First Place awards in the following categories: Medium Design Build, Sustainable Installation, and Large Residential Landscape. Each of the awards was presented for work completed on homes located in the Napa Valley.

“Gardens and landscapes are our passion,” shares Lou Penning, Owner of Lou Penning Landscapes. “To be recognized for the work we do is a special and humbling experience.”

Lou Penning Landscapes is an award-winning landscaping business making a difference in properties located throughout the north bay, including the Napa Valley. Committed to protecting the environment, they are recognized as a Certified Green Business by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Napa County Board of Supervisors.

Additionally, Lou Penning Landscapes is a Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional business, a Bay Area Green Business, and a partner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program.

Every day, the Lou Penning Landscapes Team incorporates Bay-Friendly landscape, organic gardening, and water conservation practices into their work. The team believes that thriving landscapes and gardens are especially helpful to the environment as they improve air and soil quality.

Furthermore, healthy landscapes reduce soil erosion, prevent wastewater runoff, and are more resistant to wildfires; hot topic issues that are in the forefront of our lives here in the Bay.

“In addition to making us feel good and increasing our property values, we believe that well-maintained landscapes serve a vital role in protecting our environment,” explains Penning. “We’re pleased that our business and our work continues to contribute in such a positive way.”

The Maintenance Teams at Lou Penning Landscapes are led by Katy Kabbe (Landscape Architect), Juan Lopez (Foreman) and Jorge Meija (Foreman). The Installation Team for the Sustainable Landscape Design and the Medium Design Build was led by Emmanuel Donval (Landscape Architect) and Gau Parra (Foreman). The teams would not be complete without Gemme VonKnopka, who designed and maintains the vegetable gardens attached to each of these properties.

“I’m so grateful for the honor we received,” states Katy Kabbe. “It’s such a pleasure to work on a team that takes creativity to another level, while staying true to our commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. I am sure I speak for the entire team when I say that we take great care in every property we have the opportunity to work on.”

The Annual Achievement Awards Banquet recognizes outstanding landscapes and the contractors who create, build, and maintain them. Members of the North Coast Chapter include landscape architects, designers, suppliers, and educators located in Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and counties to the Oregon border.

Gardens are our passion. Lou Penning Landscapes, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing outdoor living spaces in the Napa Valley and North Bay, one garden at a time. A local, family-owned and operated business, Lou Penning Landscapes, Inc. has served the northern Bay Area since 1988. Our project portfolio includes everything from organic raised-bed vegetable gardens to elaborate estate landscapes for both residential and commercial clients. We specialize in designing modern and highly efficient irrigation and lighting solutions. To find out more about us, visit our website at