Award Categories

All entries will be judged on their attention to detail, degree of difficulty, and overall appearance.

The panel of review and recognize exceptional design, installation, and maintenance in residential and commercial categories below. More than one award of equal value may be given in each category.

Total Residential Contracting

Front and backyard of a single-family residence.
Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


 

Outdoor Living Area

Backyard or special area of a single-family residence.
Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


 

Front Residential Planting and Entranceway

Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


 

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.

Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


 

Commercial Landscape Installation

Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


 

Commercial Maintenance

Programmed care 12 months prior to entry.

Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


 

Interior Landscape Installation

Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


   

Interior Landscape Maintenance

Programmed care 12 months prior to entry.

Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


   

Interior Containerized Plantings

Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


 

Craftsmanship

Outstanding examples of craftsmanship in landscape construction (e.g., walls, decks, gazebos, waterfalls).

Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


   

Ecological Plantings

Projects that involve the restoration, reclamation, or creation of natural landscapes that include function and value similar to native landscapes.

Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


 

Green Roof Installation

  • 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.

Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


   

Special Events

Short-term projects (both interior and exterior) that exhibit creativity in displays (e.g., Christmas planting, banquet, showroom, exhibit).

Grand, Distinction, and Honorable Mention Awards may be given in this category.


   

 Heritage and Decade

  • Indicates the highest level of achievement over time in award categories 1–10 listed above.
  • Project must be of Grand Award-winning quality in its main award category but need not have won an Excellence in Landscape Award in a previous year to qualify.
  • Select the Heritage Award category in addition to the project’s main award category (1–10 listed above) if your project was installed more than five years ago and is being entered by the original installer, or it has been continuously maintained by a maintenance firm for more than five years.
  • Select the Decade Award category in addition to the project’s main award category (1–10 listed above) if your project was installed more than 10 years ago and is being entered by the original installer, or it has been continuously maintained by a maintenance firm for more than 10 years.

 

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