Louisville, Ky.-New Holland Construction and Turf magazine named Brandon Vaughan of Toms Creek Nursery and Landscaping, Denton, N.C., as the winner of the "2011 Extreme Dream Contest." The grand prize, a New Holland L218 skid steer loader worth more than $35,000, was presented to Vaughan during an award ceremony on Wednesday, October 26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Ky.

Sponsored by New Holland Construction, the contest showcased the best landscape design/build projects of the year across the United States and Canada. Contest semi-finalists were Mike Dasilva of Paradise Views Landscaping, Etobicoke, Ont., Canada, and Brett Parks of Not Just a Garden Center, Mishawaka, Ind.

Vaughan, 29, said his winning project was one of the more challenging hardscape projects he has ever worked on. His company was tasked by their client to create a large outdoor entertainment space alongside a home undergoing a complete remodel. The challenge was that the area to the left of the house provided the sole access to a lake, and the property line on the other side of the house did not provide enough room for access. Vaughan and his team hauled in 150 yards of soil to level out the turf area, along with 25 triaxle loads of boulders and 5,000 feet of irrigation piping. Vaughan created a breath-taking area for entertaining and relaxing, complete with stone patios, a curved path leading down to the water’s edge, and a large, tiled fireplace.

One of North Carolina’s most experienced landscape installers, Toms Creek Nursery and Landscaping specializes in landscape design, plants, hardscaping, irrigation, lighting and water features. The company’s craftsmen have been creating stone patios for nearly 30 years.
Dasilva, 35, and his crew worked in a very tight back yard-approximately 30 feet by 25 feet-to create a paved patio, complete with pergola and a water feature. Dasilva also crafted a paved front entrance and driveway.

Parks, 27, and his team removed an old deck and landscaped are to create a backyard retreat, complete with new plantings, lighting and a custom designed pergola, outdoor kitchen and unique pondless waterfall and natural gas firepit. Parks brought in more than 40 tons of base material and 20 skids of block by hand with a wheelbarrow.

To participate in the 2011 Extreme Dream contest, landscape designers and contractors across North America were required to register online and provide a detailed summary of their biggest, best and/or most challenging landscape project, along with photography showing the project from start to finish. From March through September, the editors of Turf magazine and the moderators of LawnSite.com selected entries to be voted on by members of LawnSite.

Monthly winners were selected based on the most votes received by members of LawnSite. Each of the six monthly winners received a $100 gift card to use at their preferred New Holland dealer. Vaughan, Dasilva and Parks were selected as the three semi-finalists, and each received $500 in travel expenses to attend the award ceremony in Louisville.

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