The judges will review and recognize exceptional design, installation, and maintenance in residential and commercial categories below. All entries will be judged on their attention to detail, degree of difficulty, and overall appearance. More than one award of equal value may be given in each category (Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention). Contractors who have designed and installed a project may enter it as Design/Build. Design/Build adds an additional level of judging criteria.


 

Residential


Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship Design/Build

Outstanding examples of craftsmanship in landscape construction (e.g., walls, decks, gazebos, waterfalls). Design/Build adds an additional level of judging criteria.

Front Residential Planting and Entranceway

Front Residential Planting and Entranceway Design/Build

Front yard and entranceway. Design/Build adds an additional level of judging criteria.

Outdoor Living Area

Outdoor Living Area Design/Build

Backyard or special area of a single-family residence. Design/Build adds an additional level of judging criteria.

Total Residential Contracting

Total Residential Contracting Design/Build

Front and backyard of a single-family residence. Design/Build adds an additional level of judging criteria.

Residential Maintenance

Single family residence. Programmed care 12 months prior to entry. Minor duties may be performed by owner. One-time projects are not considered maintenance.

 

 

Commercial


Commercial Landscape Installation

Commercial Landscape Installation Design/Build

Design/Build adds an additional level of judging criteria.

Commercial Maintenance

Programmed care 12 months prior to entry.

Ecological Plantings

Ecological Plantings Design/Build

Projects that involve the restoration, reclamation, or creation of natural landscapes that include function and value similar to native landscapes. Design/Build adds an additional level of judging criteria.

Green Roof

Green Roof Design/Build

  • An extension of the existing roof involving high-quality waterproofing and root repellant system, drainage system, filter cloth, lightweight growing medium, and plants.
  • Involves creating “contained” green space on top of a human-made structure. This green space could be below, at, or above grade, but in all cases, the plants are not planted in the ground.
  • Components may be modular (prepared in movable, interlocking grids) or installed separately.
  • Does not include rooftops utilizing free-standing containers or planters.

Design/Build adds an additional level of judging criteria.

 

 

Interior


Interior Containerized Plantings

Interior Containerized Plantings Design/Build

Design/Build adds an additional level of judging criteria.

Interior Landscape Installation

Interior Landscape Installation Design/Build

Design/Build adds an additional level of judging criteria.

Interior Landscape Maintenance

Programmed care 12 months prior to entry.

 

 

Special Events


Special Events

Special Events Design/Build

Short-term projects (both interior and exterior) that exhibit creativity in displays (e.g., Christmas planting, banquet, showroom, exhibit). Design/Build adds an additional level of judging criteria.