Commercial Landscape Installation Category


Grand Award Winners


Ruppert Landscape
Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Gainesville

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is a 168-acre property that was given by philanthropists to preserve the acreage as green space. Approximately 12 acres were developed, including 5 acres of horticulturally intense and botanically significant display gardens, 2 miles of walking trails, a 2,000 seat amphitheater, a model train garden, and a visitor center. The landscape installation took approximately 16 months and included the installation of 4,000 tons of subgrade, gravel, and topsoil; a 400,000 LF irrigation system; 2,900 shrubs; 19,000 perennials/annuals/groundcover; and 625 trees.

Ruppert Landscape
A Corporate Campus in Atlanta

This 30-acre campus was created with the idea that employees would have an open space in which to collaborate and enjoy the site’s outdoor areas. The project’s scope included installing a waterproofing membrane, water storage cells, polystyrene, and a custom soil mix; grading; irrigation; subsurface drainage; laying out architectural concrete paving and pre-cast concrete walls; installing a custom Ipe radius bench, artwork, and bollards; sodding; and installing landscaping and large trees.

Ruppert Landscape
The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Occupying the last available space on the National Mall, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture was completed in spring 2016. The landscape links the 5-acre site into the larger composition of the National Mall, serving as a critical component of the museum experience. We were contracted to install over 100 trees; plant over 400,000 blue crocus bulbs, 4,000 shrubs, and 550 perennials, grasses, and groundcover; and install 12,000 square feet of mulch. Additionally, our scope of work included irrigation, soils, site amenities, stone curb, concrete flatwork, concrete walls, pavers, and water features. These and many other features of the site reinforce the overall theme of the museum and will encourage visitors to extend their experience outside.

Honorable Mention Award Winner


Inside Out Services, LLC
AEI Exterior Installation

In fall 2016, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) moved its headquarters to the historic Andrew Mellon building in Washington, D.C. The move required a complete interior and exterior renovation. AEI contracted with Inside Out Services to perform the installation of all trees, shrubs, and groundcover on all three sides of the building. AEI had already selected three magnolia trees to complement the historic façade of the building. Shrubbery, perennials, groundcover, and a drip-line irrigation system were also installed around the building to complete the exterior landscaping installation.