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Each year, landscape companies from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia submit their best projects for the LCA Excellence in Landscape Awards. The projects are judged by a group of leading landscape professionals who evaluate and acknowledge exceptional design, installation, and maintenance in residential and commercial projects.

Many award winning designs are featured in Home & Design magazine, LCA Groundwork, and LCA social media distribution. Awards are presented at the end-of-the-year annual Excellence in Landscape Awards Dinner.

Be inspired—scroll down to view the winners.

CATEGORIES


RESIDENTIAL

Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship Design/Build

Front Residential Planting and Entranceway

Front Residential Planting and Entranceway Design/Build

Outdoor Living Area

Outdoor Living Area Design/Build

Residential Maintenance

Total Residential Contracting

Total Residential Contracting Design/Build


COMMERCIAL

Commercial Landscape Installation

Commercial Maintenance

WINNERS



RESIDENTIAL

Craftsmanship

Grand Award

Colao & Peter Outdoor Environments

McLean—Modern

We were hired as the landscape contractor for this modern and technically complicated project in McLean, Virginia. The overall project consisted of a negative-edge pool, full tile spa with multiple weir walls, an aqua rain system, four fire features, and a complete kitchen incorporated within the pool pavilion. The pool has a swim jet and bubblers, and the entire project has color-changing LED lights to create a dramatic entertainment area. The project also incorporated custom imported limestone from Israel, which we finished in different textures to add further interest to the project.


Colao & Peter Outdoor Environments

Mclean—Tennis Court and Pavillion

Our clients wanted to expand their outdoor environment by adding a tennis court and tennis pavilion. They wanted an area that could function as a place to rest or watch ongoing matches, or just another destination to enjoy on their property.


Michael Nash Design & Build

Price Residence

This family of four with their young girls loved to spend time outdoors. They recently had a pool built in the backyard of their estate home in the heart of Clifton, Virginia. Behind their existing sun deck, they had a wooded area that was preventing sunlight from getting into the pool and deck area, and the landscaping was such that it created a disconnect with the lower level. The family wanted to have a bathhouse/changing area to connect the outside Jacuzzi and pool deck, as well as a screened porch, as they love to have their dinners outdoor. Planning was easy, but execution was a different story. Clearing the east side of the lot and excavating to the lower level to create the bathhouse area was a big challenge. We dug a 25' x 35' space four feet lower than pool deck, creating a walkway and stone staircase to a flagstone bathhouse patio. Overlooking all of this, we built a four-season screened porch/dining space, covered with a stone-like porcelain tile and incorporating a beaded panel cathedral ceiling and both recessed and hanging lights.


Craftsmanship Design/Build

Distinction Award

Colao & Peter Outdoor Environments

Alexandria Waterfront Modern

The owners of this stunning contemporary home located in Alexandria, Virginia, on the Potomac brought us in to renovate their existing pool and outdoor living area and continue the modern vision created by them and their architect. They wanted the creative use of material that mimicked what they had used on their house, while producing defined elegant spaces that were works of art.


Front Residential Planting and Entranceway

Decade Award

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

A Bethesda Residence

Our crews built this front residential entryway in 2005, and we have maintained the property since the installation was completed. The French chateau-style home is private yet inviting to guests and family. Our scope of work includes stone walls, stone curbing, granite pavers, and plantings throughout the front courtyard.


Grand Award

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Vienna Residence

The existing front entry of this Vienna, Virginia, home was adequate yet too informal for our client. He asked us to renovate the entry and make it more formal and with eye-catching curb appeal. Our landscape, carpentry, and masonry crews built a new front entry featuring a flagstone arrival court, radially curved stone stairs, an arched portico, a stone curbed driveway, and lush plantings throughout the front yard.


Front Residential Planting and Entranceway Design/Build

Grand Award

Surrounds Inc.

Difficult Run Residence

This project involved a redesign of the front and side area landscape to include a new security fence with automated gate and pedestrian gate; new front plantings; new stone walls to complement the entry gate and accent the home throughout the landscape; a new asphalt driveway with concrete paver parking area; a new entry walkway from the driveway to the home; outdoor lighting; drainage and irrigation; and improved parking along the street.


Honorable Mention Award

Colao & Peter Outdoor Environments

Great Falls—European Entry

For this magnificent home in Great Falls, Virginia, we were contracted to do a full site renovation, including creating a prominent entry that was in line with the scale and style of the house. The client wanted a French country aesthetic, using similar materials and styles as you would see in that part of the world.


Outdoor Living Area

Decade Award

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

A Davidsonville Residence

Our design build and maintenance teams have been caring for this luxury outdoor living space since 2004. The property features a beautiful free-form pool—enhanced by a spa and waterfall—and a pool house with all of the amenities for gracious outdoor living. Fine craftsmanship by our carpenters and masons accent the design details that make this Annapolis backyard a true oasis.


Grand Award

Live Green Landscape Associates

Pollokoff Residence

This client began their project with the goal of designing and building their "forever home" on a lot that had an existing home due to be demolished. The outdoor living space of the new home would play a critical role in the functionality and appeal of the new property. Many of the home's details had already been decided by the time the landscape team was brought on board, but the backyard was an open canvas, which allowed input from the landscape architect and landscape contractor to create a space that would fulfill the owner's goals for the new home. The clients planned to entertain a lot in their new home, so they wanted room for guests both inside and outside. Wish list items included a water feature, an outdoor dining space, and a large area for entertaining with an outdoor fireplace. The builder salvaged several hundred square feet of bluestone from a patio at the original home, which the landscape contractor acid and pressure washed and mixed with new stone for the 2,000-square-foot patio.


McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Great Falls Residence

The backyard and pool terrace of this Great Falls, Virginia, home were outdated, poorly constructed, and disconnected. Our team created a new outdoor pool terrace featuring a newly renovated pool, new and extended flagstone pool deck, an outdoor fireplace, a grill counter, and detailed brick inlays that showcase the craftsmanship of our masons. The existing pergola structure was rebuilt with synthetic material.


Disctinction Award

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Oakton Residence

The existing backyard of this residence featured random overgrown plantings and a poorly built flagstone patio. Our scope of work included constructing new brick and flagstone patios and walkways, a stone grill counter, a water feature, a raised stone gas firepit, and ornamental plantings throughout the backyard. The transformation of an outdated, poorly built garden space into a beautiful outdoor living area has dramatically improved the quality of outdoor gatherings for the client.


Scapes, Inc.

Whitehall Creek Residence

This homeowner on Whitehall Creek in Annapolis was looking to convert an overgrown and unusable part of their property into a functional outdoor living space. The kitchen and bar area includes everything you would need to entertain in style. Appliances include a pizza oven, grill, refrigerator, ice maker, and sink! The bar is set in a way that you can look out to the creek and enjoy the beautiful sunsets. Once you are done with dinner, you can move over to the fireplace to relax. The angle of the fireplace was set in a way to take advantage of the beautiful structure from inside the home as well as the view of the creek from the patio.


Scapes, Inc.

Resort Style Living!!!

This homeowner was looking to create a resort-style pool and outdoor living space in their backyard. They have three young children and wanted to be able to enjoy it with them as well as entertain family and friends. The pool has a large sundeck, an expanded shallow end, and a deep end large enough to have multiple waterfalls, a dive rock, and 40-foot-long slide. Palm trees, grasses, and annual plantings bring this space to life, along with over 40 lights and Sonos speakers.

Outdoor Living Area Design/Build

Grand Award

Surrounds Inc.

Lakefront Living Residence

The client desired to improve the aesthetic and functionality of the waterfront space. We used Corten steel to construct retaining walls to bring the modern feel from the inside of the home to the outside. A retaining wall along the shoreline was installed to clean up the waterline and hold back the soil. The pea gravel area was created to allow the client to furnish this outdoor living space and a firepit. The retaining walls improved usable space. The overall intent of the project was to beautify the space. Clean lines and a simple plant palette create a big effect.


Surrounds Inc.

Falconhurst Residence

This project involved removing an existing outdated swimming pool and installing something of a more contemporary nature for the homeowners. Additionally, we installed multiple travertine patio areas areas, stone walls, a spiral staircase, fencing, lawn steps, landscaping, drainage, and lighting throughout the rear space.


Wheat's Landscape

McLean Residence

This landscape project began as a request for a swimming pool; however, after reviewing the property plot plan, we quickly realized that a pool was not feasible. A sewer easement ran directly through our client's backyard. The owners did not want to give up on the idea of a water element, and after some diligent research, we decided on a custom stainless steel therapy spa for the water element. Along with the spa, our project element wish list included a firepit, outdoor dining space, and a usable backyard. Additionally, the client was an enthusiastic cook and wanted to explore Argentinian wood-fired cooking. The existing builder-grade deck needed to be upgraded to fit with the rest of the project. A pergola frames the outdoor living area and softens the blank wall of the garage. A walkway leads down from the dining patio to a central lounge space with a firepit. The lounge space then leads into the jewel of the project—a custom therapy spa. Initially disappointed that they could not build a pool, our clients have never looked back and cannot believe how their backyard has been transformed.


Wheat's Landscape

Falls Church Oasis

The owners of this project began interviewing a range of landscape architects and designers back in late 2015. While their list of programmatic requirements was short, their desire for a highly designed unique space to entertain was at the top of their list. Other requirements included a small pool and water feature, an architecturally interesting screened porch, a lounge space, at least one fire feature, screening of all neighboring homes, lush but low maintenance plantings, and multiple water features to screen sounds from neighboring properties. Given the density of surrounding homes, maintaining existing drainage patterns would be important. Small river stone channels were used throughout the design to provide a path for stormwater.


Distinction Award

Surrounds Inc.

Red Barn Residence

Initially, the client had big ideas for their backyard living environment. After a few design iterations, they decided to simplify the space. A breath of fresh air was given to the outdoor patio terrace by expanding the usable entertainment area and incorporating a built-in grill station and comfortable dining area. Both the pea gravel walkway on the right side of the home and the pea gravel dining area utilize the same pea gravel and design elements as the driveway of the home. All of the new retaining walls match the stone of the home.


Residential Maintenance

Decade Award

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Easton Waterfront Estate

We have maintained and installed many enhancements on this waterfront estate since 2000. Our crews have worked for two different owners over the years with a seamless transition. We perform every maintenance service available, including mowing, annual rotation, lawn care, and weekly detail visits from May to November. Additionally, we manage the pool service company and maintain the water feature.


Heritage Award

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Avenel Residence

Avenel is a community of fine homes and beautiful gardens. Our role as garden managers is to enhance the design build project our firm installed at this home several years prior. Weekly duties include plant health care, perennial detailing, watering, prepping for weekend gatherings, and ensuring there is always something colorful during the summer months.


Grand Award

Planted Earth Landscaping, Inc

Potomac Residence

From inside the house standing at the front doorway, you can see an Allee of Hawthornes in the rear yard, in perfect alignment with the entranceway. The garden consists of thousands of perennials. In addition to weekly mowing of the lawn, our team of gardeners and horticulturists perform weekly garden management and IPM and turf care. Garden management includes the taxus hedging, pruning of boxwood and the Allee of Hawthornes, dead heading, and weeding. Additionally, we manage a pond on the property.


Total Residential Contracting

Decade Award

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Eastern Shore Waterfront Estate

The landscape project for the Eastern Shore waterfront estate was completed in 2001. Our team of horticulturists, masons, and carpenters have made improvements and cared for the property for 17 years. The property features a naturalistic planting scheme, a waterfront gazebo, and a grand outdoor terrace featuring a raised stone waterfront spa. Our crews installed all plantings, stone walls, walks, and woodwork.


McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Severn River Residence

This woodland waterfront Annapolis home is nestled into a beautiful, secluded, and natural point overlooking the Severn River. We collaborated with the owner to create a natural woodland water garden that surrounds the home and flows in and out of the home. The garden is enhanced with bronze statuary of children playing, which reflects the values of the owner, who is a pediatric surgeon. Our crews built the water features, installed all the plantings, and set all the statuary.


McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Oxon Pond Residence

This beautiful brick, colonial-style home sits on a unique 2-acre property that overlooks a small pond and protected woodland area. Our role as landscape contractor was to create a front entry with luxurious curb appeal, a vanishing edge pool, an outdoor living terrace, and a naturalized pergola and patio that overlooks Oxon Pond. Additionally, we constructed a children's dream playhouse that also provides functional storage. We completed the project in 2007 and have maintained the property since.


Grand Award

Fine Earth Landscape Inc.

The White Flower Garden

Many features of this garden combine to make it a joy, but the spectacular displays of white flowers set this garden apart. Whether it is the Natchez crapemyrtles, the Annabelle hydrangeas, or the Zumi calicarpa crabapples and pleasant white azaleas, it is just amazing that a garden can be so beautiful with just one flower color. Of course, we did not want to have just "bare branches" in the winter, so we planted hundreds of boxwoods of all shapes and sizes. All of the construction elements were designed with crisp clean lines. The crushed stone driveway is lined with Belgian granite blocks. The flagstone terraces are all rectangular and symmetrical. The fountain is set in the center of a symmetrical flagstone patio. The owners wanted that crisp, clean look for their rectangular pool as well. The dark-colored plaster and bluestone coping are softened by the cool lush turf that surrounds it. Several sitting areas in the front and back yards give the owners private places to enjoy their beautiful white garden.


Fine Earth Landscape Inc.

Swett Residence

This is a gardener's garden—tiered with essential stone retaining walls, creating vignettes throughout. The entire property consists of a series of steep hills, and the unusual narrow length breaks the garden into areas. There are four terraces and associated paths, steps, and plantings. The micro climates from dry to wet call for specific plant requirements. Over the last 15 years we have progressed via large and small increments together to call this a garden. We used plant material to mask the unsightly neighboring walls and recently built a lattice gate and screen to hide the mass of drain pipes hanging over the walls. There are many hidden drainage solutions throughout our garden.


McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Peninsula Point

Peninsula Point is a unique property overlooking the Severn River. It is a low-lying tidal property occasionally inundated with brackish water. Our role as landscape contractor was to replace the existing pool and pool cabana with a new modern-style vanishing edge pool and pool house complete with kitchen and guest bedroom. Additionally, we built Ipe decks, pergolas, gates, and all the stonework in the landscape and on the house facade. We planted the entire property with wetland, native, and ornamental plantings.


McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Kenwood Project

The existing landscape was incomplete and installed by the builder who remodeled the home. Our role as landscape contractor was to install a new, functional, and colorful landscape throughout the entire property. Our scope of work included stone entry walls and walkways, new ornamental plantings, a swimming pool and waterwall, and a flagstone banded travertine patio.


McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Galesville Residence

This waterfront home was being completely remodeled inside and out. Our scope of work included all exterior decks, the front portico, stone patios, and plantings throughout the property. The before and after illustrates a true transformation of an outdated, unattractive home into a beautiful waterfront home surrounded by functional spaces and lush plantings.


McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

American Meadow Garden

Our client, who is a landscape architect, contracted with us to install "her vision" for this beautiful, waterfront, Eastern Shore property. We installed trees, shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses throughout the property to reflect the style of "The American Meadow Garden." Our stone masons crafted beautiful hand-chiseled stone garden walls and a stone mosaic garden ornament. Additionally, we built stone pathways and walkways throughout the property. This collaborative effort between contractor and landscape architect is truly a success.


Planted Earth Landscaping, Inc

Alexandria Residence

The clients required a total garden renovation due to the extensive construction and remodeling of their home and pool area. The clients enjoy the outdoors, and they have an active dog and two sons who play soccer and lacrosse. The outdoor living area also needed to accomodate the mom's love for gardens and entertaining. A peaceful pool and hot tub area was separated from the soccer/lacrosse lawn by the pool house and soft plantings.


Scapes, Inc.

Old Man Creek Residence

The client had purchased this property with plans to conduct a full renovation of the home and landscape. We were brought in handle everything on the property, with the exception of the house itself. The scope of work included the installation of multiple retaining walls, steps, patios, and walkways.


Shorb Landscaping, Inc.

A Residence in Bethesda

When the clients moved into this home, it had very bland, builder-grade landscaping. They wanted to create a more gracious entry and welcoming approach to the house but still retain the expansiveness of the lawn. While they had good screening in the rear, they needed additional evergreen screening along the left side of the front yard. In the backyard, they wanted to create a larger area for entertaining and relaxing with the family. Paving around the existing pool was in bad shape and needed to be completely replaced. To get respite from the sun, the project also included a generous pergola with a shade cloth. Numerous pots with colorful annuals add seasonal interest, and more robust plantings throughout were better suited to the scale of the house.


Total Residential Contracting Design/Build

Grand Award

Surrounds Inc.

Foxhall Residence

The project is a contemporary design which involved maximizing a small space in the D.C. area. The project elements included new front and rear landscaping to accent the home and environment; a new paver driveway for additional parking and turnaround space and trash can storage; new fencing to privatize the area; new patios and walkways consisting of Travertine and gravel; a new outdoor covered structure with Ipe TV wall and Ipe/stone firepit area and outdoor grill with leather countertop; a new Ipe/composite deck with built-in prefabricated spa and stainless steel cable rails; and outdoor lighting, drainage, irrigation.


Surrounds Inc.

Hunting Crest Residence

The project entailed a full design of all elements outside of the home. These elements included a new front walkway, landscaping, lighting, and drainage in the front yard area; new rear walkways; patios; an outdoor grill; a stone firepit with gas insert; a covered structure with stone columns and seatwall; rear landscaping; lighting; and drainage.


Surrounds Inc.

Wessynton Residence

This project was a three-phase project. The front yard project, phase one, was implemented to improve the curb appeal of the home and bring a more modern design to the landscape to echo the design of the home. We used flagstone to create the walkways. Shenandoah split-Carderock was used to create retaining walls, as well as special cubical boulders from Pennsylvania. Phase two was the side walkway, in which a bad deck was removed and replaced with improved access to the backyard, and the overgrown landscaping was simplified. Phase three involved improving access to the dock and improving the entertainment space leading out from the basement. The three phases occurred over the course of three years.


Wheat's Landscape

Bethesda Outdoor Living

The client was experiencing some drainage problems and also wanted a more comprehensive outdoor living area. The owner was not very specific, other than that he wanted a grilling station and a fireplace with a TV for outdoor entertaining. The family was active in sports and previously installed a sport court. They also had two very energetic yellow labs and needed some open green space. The objective of our design was to develop a connection to all of the spaces—proposed and existing. We created a unique walkway that presented an inviting approach from the house out into the backyard. Flanking the walkway was the fireplace and TV viewing area on one side and the outdoor dining space on the other. A custom cedar pergola was designed to frame the TV viewing space and provide much needed shade from the hot afternoon sun. The outdoor dining area comprised a space for the client's dining table and chairs plus a table bar and grilling station for entertaining. Artificial turf was installed to create an upper "lawn" area for the sports activity and a place for the dogs to play. Lush plantings provide seasonal color. Green giant arborvitae line the property behind the fireplace to form a backdrop and create some privacy. Landscape lighting keeps the party going into the evening and provides a wonderful ambience for entertaining.


Honorable Mention Award

Rossen Landscape

Clifton Residence

This project began in the rear yard and transitioned to the front. We created a formal landing with natural elements to connect the two spaces. After the rear yard was completed, it was time to update the front yard with a dramatic front entry. The existing hillside presented an opportunity for a more formal entry. The client had been interested in a circular driveway but was unsure how to go about the process. Working with the existing grades, we were able to alter the terrain to allow for a grand staircase, inviting guests directly to the front of the home. This design created an opportunity for meandering dry stack walls with beautiful plantings to soften the hillside.



COMMERCIAL

Commercial Landscape Installation

Grand Award

Live Green Landscape Associates

The Avenue at White Marsh

In the center of the Avenue at White Marsh, an outdoor mall in Maryland with restaurants and a movie theater, was an open space that we transformed into a public area for year-round use—a space that converts from a turf plaza in warmer months into an ice skating rink in the winter. The objective of this project was to transform part of the Avenue at White Marsh into a public park-like environment with dual-purpose features. Through the use of structural soils, soil mixes, irrigation, pavers, synthetic turf matting, and large caliper trees, we were able to construct a family-friendly, multipurpose gathering space. This area was updated and enhanced to become a multifunctional space for families to spend time together outdoors, whether it be playing games on the turf squares, relaxing under the large caliper trees on the peripheral, strolling along the intricately paved walkways, or catching sight of the constellation-inspired lighting installed around the fountain. The plaza we created is accessible and engaging for all ages.


Ruppert Landscape

Sagamore Pendry Hotel

The Sagamore Pendry Hotel in historic Fells Point, Maryland, is housed on what was a commercial pier that was originally built in 1914. The redevelopment of the pier with the goal of transforming it into a high-quality hospitality experience was a collaboration between Sagamore Development Co. and Montage Hotels & Resorts group. The project was designed as a focal point in a revitalization effort intended to attract high-end visitors to a historically significant area of the city. The challenge was to help create a sophisticated, luxurious hotel experience while still honoring the building's historical nature and its context within the vibrant Fells Point waterfront. Under general contractor Whiting-Turner, our job scope included installing 18,000 square feet of concrete sub-slab, 15,000 square feet of granite cobbles and natural stone pavers, 400 tons of gravel, 20 tons of beach pebbles, 6,500 square feet of Ipe decking, 500 linear feet of slot/trench drains, nearly 6,000 ground cover plantings, 500 annuals, 500 shrubs, a 2,800-square-foot greenscreen, and nearly 50 trees.


Ruppert Landscape

MGM National Harbor

MGM National Harbor, a 23-acre, $1.5 billion mixed-use resort, is the newest addition to the National Harbor development situated along the Potomac Riverfront. Our scope included the accurate fine grading of 10 acres; laser grading of a half acre; installation of 17,000 cubic yards of scientifically engineered soil, 1 acre of soil fabric, 500 tons of drainage stone, 2.5 acres of sod, 500 trees, 7,000 bulbs, 10,000 shrubs, 58,000 perennials, grasses, and groundcover; and addition of an irrigation system that included 10,000 feet of mainline, 35,000 feet of lateral lines, and nearly 20 miles of drip irrigation.

With the sheer size of the site—at nearly 10 acres of landscape alone—there was a lot of “A” time planning that eliminated production issues, minimized onsite storage, and enabled a seamless result. There was a critical need to sequence work to ensure all trades could proceed with their scope of work in a timely manner. Our work plan was altered frequently, requiring a constantly fluid approach that enabled responsiveness to the overall project’s needs while still ensuring that our team could divert to other tasks/areas that would allow us to meet our deadline.


Ruppert Landscape

Hanover Buckhead Village

Located in the center of one of the choicest neighborhoods in Atlanta, Hanover Buckhead Village is a high-rise luxury apartment building that caters to the city’s elite. The project involved installing 9,000 square feet of concrete flatwork, 3,000 square feet of concrete pavers, 12,000 square feet of sub slab, 23,000 square feet of Italian porcelain tile, 800 linear feet of granite curb, 10 tons of lightweight aggregate, 500 cubic yards of lightweight soil, 5,000 square feet of Ipe wood cladding, and 375 square feet of synthetic turf; adding an irrigation system that included 2,200 linear feet of mainline (the majority of which was suspended with brackets from the roof of a parking garage), 1,800 linear feet of laterals, and 4,700 linear feet of drip irrigation; and installing site furnishings ranging from eight planters (that weighed 1,500 lbs. each) to grills and a double-sided fireplace, 1,500 shrubs, 1,500 perennials, and more than 75 trees. The materials for 80 percent of this project were installed on a 6th floor amenity deck.


Commercial Maintenance

Decade Award

McFall and Berry Landscape Management

Avenel Community Association

Avenel is a wooded community in Potomac, Maryland. The community is filled with very large, mature trees, including some of the oldest and biggest tulip poplar trees in the area. The community is a unique combination of about 300 acres of common areas and about 900 residential properties. The detail and high expectations of onsite services make it a challenge, to say the least.


Ruppert Landscape

Marine Barracks Washington at 8th & I

Located at the corners of 8th & I streets in Southeast Washington, D.C., Marine Barracks Washington is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps and supports both ceremonial and security missions in the nation’s capital. What distinguishes this site is the military precision with which it must be maintained—crisp lines, neat hedges, clean beds, and perfectly manicured turf are just a few of the details that make this formal landscape stand out. Over the past 12 years, the contractor has worked in close coordination with the Marines to maintain the site’s meticulous appearance and enhance the property’s visual appeal and functionality for its numerous residents and visitors.


Grand Award

Ruppert Landscape

One, Two, and Three Logan Square

One, Two, and Three Logan Square are a collection of high-rise trophy-office towers located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Central Business District. Ultimately the client wanted to mirror the high-class, full-service feeling that tenants experience inside the buildings in the surrounding urban landscape. The weekly service includes maintenance of the walkways, beds, trees, pots, building entrances, and common grounds, including care of 4,000 annuals, approximately 3,000 perennials/grasses/shrubs, 33 yards of mulch, and over 50 trees, as well as irrigation management and several significant enhancements.


Distinction Award

Complete Landscaping Service

National Harbor

National Harbor has become an icon in the D.C. metropolitan area and is a destination for many travelers and visitors. Within the harbor, there are numerous unique and upscale stores and restaurants in addition to luxury residential buildings, the Gaylord National Hotel, and the MGM Casino. The harbor is continually growing and changing as new buildings are constructed and new attractions are added, and it is so high profile that there is little room for error in the area of landscape management.


Ruppert Landscape

Ashby Ponds Retirement Community

Situated in the heart of Northern Virginia, Ashby Ponds is Loudoun County’s premier continuing care retirement community. The scenic 132-acre campus features numerous amenities, including eight restaurants, a pool, a theater, a medical center, a bocce court, and more. A variety of landscape features provides year-round visual interest for residents, blending a harmony of aesthetics, functionality, and peaceful respite. The weekly service includes maintaining 21 acres of turf, 4 miles of walkways, three ponds, 2.5 acres of perennial/shrub beds, 750+ trees, pots, building entrances, roadways, and parking and common grounds, as well as performing integrated pest management and irrigation management.

The sheer size of the site, along with ongoing construction, makes it challenging. The existing property was built in two phases, with a third phase currently underway. New buildings are turned over to the landscape maintenance contractor as construction is completed, so the scope of work is continuously increasing. Construction traffic on site necessitates constant cleanup of dust/debris from roadways, walkways, turf, and beds. Guidelines designed to prevent soil compaction—loosening existing soil and installing new compost—were not followed as strictly during phase two as in phase one, so the resulting soil quality was quite poor. To address compaction issues, the contractor performs turf renovations every fall to include core aerating, top-dressing with compost, and reseeding with fescue.


Honorable Mention Award

Complete Landscaping Service

Marlboro Ridge Community Association

Marlboro Ridge is a marketed as a resort-style community association located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The community comprises both single-family homes and townhomes and offers many amenities to its residents, including a pool, walking trails, playgrounds, hiking and biking trails, and a full equestrian center. Community residents host many gatherings and events throughout the year, so the appearance of the landscape is important.










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