Belgard Rolls Out Additions to the Mirage Porcelain Paver Line

Spring is approaching, meaning that homeowners across the country are chomping at the bit to get outside and get their yards in shape for another season of outdoor living. Those looking to makeover an existing outdoor living space, or create a new one, now have new contemporary hardscape options with Belgard’s release of new additions to the Mirage® porcelain paver line.

NEW Na.Me Collection

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A synthesis of the words “NAtural” and “tiME”, the new Na.Me Collection offers the look of natural materials with Mediterranean and Nordic influences. Na.Me pavers are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Check with your local Belgard dealer for availability.

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Additions to Ardesie Collection

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The Ardesie Collection offers the look and texture of natural cut slate. Two new colors of Ardesie slate-style pavers have be released: Shore and Black Reef.

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Additions to UNICO

The UNICO trim accessory, which can be used as a step or as pool coping, is now available in the Quarziti, Ardesie, Stones, and Sundeck styles to coordinate with the pavers in each of those collections. Availability varies by region.

Belgard Sponsors
Philadelphia Flower Show

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As the largest hardscapes manufacturer in the nation, Belgard has partnered with the largest horticultural event in the nation as the 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show’s official hardscapes sponsor at their event to be held March 5 – 13, 2016, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This year’s show, “Explore America,” will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service and America’s majestic landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture by showcasing stunning displays created by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. From Acadia and Cape Cod, to Valley Forge and Shenandoah, to Yellowstone, Yosemite and other iconic parks and historic sites, American beauty and glory will serve as inspiration for a variety of interactive exhibits.

In addition to the use of Belgard hardscapes throughout the entire show, Belgard will also exhibit a variety of hardscape products in their entrance display garden, which is titled “A Chesapeake Kind of Beautiful” and is a tribute to the Chesapeake Bay National Park.

Entrance sign to the Belgard display garden.

Entrance sign to the Belgard display garden.

The Belgard feature exhibit, which was designed by the Belgard Design Studio, will be constructed to emulate a home with an expansive backyard outdoor living space, which includes an Old World Paver™ driveway, a Mega-Lafitt™ paver patio, meandering gardens bordered with Anglia Edger®, a Bordeaux Belgard Elements outdoor kitchen and fireplace, and a Mirage® porcelain paver pavilion. Tandem™ Modular Grid will be used to create various structures throughout the feature display, included the pavilion posts, an arbor, end caps, and column wraps.

Rendering of the future Belgard display in the entrance garden of the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show.

Rendering of the future Belgard display in the entrance garden of the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and benefits a variety of year-round programs in the Philadelphia area that have become national models of urban greening. For more information on the show, visit theflowershow.com.

Prepare to Be Inspired!

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For the last several years, Belgard has offered FREE IDEA BOOKS to provide homeowners with inspiration for creating personalized outdoor living spaces. No two homeowners are alike. Why live in a cookie-cutter world when you can create an outdoor space that truly exhibits your unique personality? This season’s Belgard Idea Book has now been published and is ready for delivery to your home. Peruse over 50 spectacular pages displaying a variety of outdoor living designs — meandering walkways, inviting patios, dramatic fireplaces, gourmet outdoor kitchens, breathtaking poolscapes and grand entrances. The Idea Book showcases all of the latest trends in outdoor living design. Discover your style and begin planning your dream outdoor living space by ordering your free copy today. Get inspired by the Belgard Idea Book and get ready to make outside your kind of beautiful!

Order your free Belgard Idea Book now!

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Belgard Welcomes U.S. Troops Home with $100,000 Donation

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Soldier Roasting SmoresIn a giving initiative to support transitioning programs for U.S. servicemen and women, Belgard conducted a nationwide “Welcome Home” campaign that began in March and culminated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. To celebrate Welcome Home’s success, Belgard held a check presentation ceremony at Fort Carson, an army base in Colorado Springs, on Nov. 21.

In addition to cash donations, Belgard also installed a fire pit in the USO Colorado Springs at Fort Carson outdoor common space for service members to enjoy a touch of home with their loved ones. The new fire pit was dedicated during the presentation celebration, and attendees enjoyed gathering around the fire to enjoy refreshments from the s’mores and hot chocolate bars.

In total, Belgard raised $100,000 as part of our Welcome Home giving initiative for the USO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, connecting and comforting American service members and their families throughout every step of their military journey.

“We knew we had lofty goals in trying to raise this amount by Veterans Day, but we were confident our employees, customers and stakeholders shared our commitment to honoring the servicemen and women of this country,” said Erica Breazeale, consumer marketing manager for Belgard. “We are honored to have a partnership with such a significant organization and look forward to continuing to work with the USO to express our gratitude for those who have given so much for our nation.”

As part of the Welcome Home initiative conducted over the past eight months, Belgard has made individual donations in amounts ranging from $100 to $500 for every paver project installed during this time, as well as donations made for other trade partner actions. These funds will support USO programs focused on supporting service members as they transition from military to civilian life. These programs provide services ranging from helping troops create a strong resume to networking with employers to creating a more functional home environment.

“When service members and military families embark on transitioning into civilian life, it is important they know that America supports them,” said Michael Hoar, USO vice president of corporate alliances. “Partners like Belgard help the USO provide our nation’s military community with the resources they need to successfully reintegrate into civilian life.”

Belgard would like to extend a special thanks to local contractors Sunflower Landscapes and  DBC Irrigation for installing the USO fire pit and helping to organize the dedication celebration.

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For more information on the Welcome Home initiative, visit www.belgard.com/home.

In Honor of Our Nation’s
Servicemen and Women

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Throughout the year, Belgard has encouraged customers and industry partners to join us in honoring our nation’s servicemen and women through our “Welcome Home” campaign. At Belgard, we believe home’s truest meaning can be found in the people we share it with — especially in our loved ones who serve and defend our country. So, to all those returning from service on our behalf, we have proudly said… “welcome home.”

Throughout our “Welcome Home” campaign, Belgard made donations to the USO in support of our troops in the names of homeowners who purchased our products and our industry partners who delivered and installed them. We also donated hardscapes to build projects for some of our returning heroes in order to give them something special to come home to, with total monetary and in-kind donations nearing $100,000 over the course of the campaign.

We would like to thank all who partnered with us to help make this program a success; and we thank those of you who shared your own special “welcome home” stories on our Facebook page.

As our campaign comes to a close on this Veterans Day, it is with great pride and humble gratitude that we lower our flags to half-mast, remove our hats, and salute all of the veterans throughout the history of this great country who have sacrificed to create and defend the nation we all call home.

Belgard ‘Joins the Vision!’
to Honor War Dogs

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The War Dog Monument of the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Park in Cedar Hill, Texas, was built to honor police and military dogs. The design incorporates Holland Stone cobble pavers for the plaza and walkway and Castle Manor™ retaining wall block for the donor walls and monument pedestal.

Four years ago, a dedicated group of individuals led the charge to save the oldest pet cemetery in Texas from extinction. Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Park, located just south of Dallas, was in a state of disrepair and slated for the property tax auction block.

“There are no laws in the state of Texas that protect pet cemeteries,” said Theresa M. Brandon, founder of the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project, Inc., the non-profit created to save the property, renovate it, and maintain it in perpetuity. “This is prime property in an industrial zone, and it was a community asset that was in danger of being forgotten.”

Brandon took notice of the property’s plight following the untimely loss of her own two-year-old dog and formed the non-profit to save the final resting place of over 5,500 beloved animals, which includes a few “famous” residents, such as performance and circus animals, as well as the late actress Jane Mansfield’s dog, Wendy.  But it wasn’t enough to buy the property, Brandon needed a plan to maintain it long-term.

One of the group’s board of directors at the time, Nic Collins, developed the idea of the War Dog Monument as a way to generate awareness for the park, while at the same time honor the value that pets add to people’s lives.

“Nic was a former Air Force officer who flew missions in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Brandon said. “He often transported dogs and their military handlers and recognized the special bond between man and animal.”

Brandon then created the “Join the Vision!” campaign to market the War Dog project and raise the necessary funds needed.

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“Enduring Valor” was modeled after Titus, a Belgian Malinois in service with the K-9 unit of the Cedar Hill Police Department. The statue rests atop a Castle Manor™ Wall pedestal.

In 2013, the group contracted international artist Susan Bahary, sculptor for a number of war dog monuments around the world, to create “Enduring Valor,” a bronze statue in the likeness of Titus, a Belgian Malinois in service with the K-9 unit of the Cedar Hill Police Department.

“People really got on board with the War Dog project,” said Brandon, who helped garner donations of building materials from local businesses, as well as professional services from HRO Architects, Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers, E-W Associates MEP engineers, CWR Structural Engineering, and Berkenbile Landscape Architects. However, finding a hardscape contractor was a stumbling block for the project until Brandon discovered Belgard.

“We reached out to many companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and received lots of ‘yes, we’ll help you’ to only tell us later that they were sorry they couldn’t help,” said Brandon. “In desperation, I searched the internet and found Belgard and placed a call requesting information. I was told that, yes, they could help us and that their project manager would also help us locate a construction company to build the project and would stand with us until it was finished. That was music to my ears.”

Belgard production manager Chad Akin introduced the group to Josh Thomas, vice president of PavePro in Grand Prairie, Texas, and the project began to come to life in time to meet the looming deadline of the planned dedication ceremony.

“Belgard delivered exactly what they promised during a time when we needed nothing short of a miracle,” Brandon said.

The project was completed in two phases. The first phase, completed prior to the May 2014 dedication ceremony, included two arched Castle Manor™ freestanding walls that flank a Holland Stone cobble plaza, centered on the statue of “Enduring Valor.” The ceremony was quite the community event, attended by dignitaries from three surrounding cities and incorporating a parade of over 60 vehicles, live K-9 demonstrations, and a performance by the Brass Quintet from the Marine Corps Field Band stationed in New Orleans.

After additional fundraisers held by PETCO stores across Dallas/Fort Worth, the second phase was completed in September of 2015 to include a striking Holland Stone paver walkway, leading to the monument.

“The walkway, in the form of a cross, was designed to represent the hilt of a sword and travels up to the statue of the dog, which represents the blade that our police and military wield in our defense,” Brandon said.

In addition to the successful completion of their War Dog Monument, the Cedar Hill Memorial Project, Inc., also succeeded in having the park declared a historical landmark, to guarantee its protection in the future.