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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.

WINNERS

 


RESIDENTIAL

Craftsmanship

Grand Award

Colao-Modern

Colao & Peter Luxury Outdoor Living

Modern Farmhouse

The client hired us to design and build an outdoor environment that would complement their newly renovated modern farmhouse. They wanted to use traditional materials in modern applications that would blend with the unique style of the house and would flow with the natural views of the vineyards surrounding their property.


Colao-Shenandoah

Colao & Peter Luxury Outdoor Living

Shenandoah Retreat

We were contracted by the client to create a complete outdoor living and recreation area for a weekend home in the Shenandoah Valley. The large wish list required a design that would harmoniously blend the desired entertainment space with the natural environment ensuring the project would not detract from the stunning view of the blue hill mountains. The client wanted to use natural materials as much possible while ensuring the project incorporated color and “fun” for the family and friends to enjoy. The project included a pool with 70 feet of infinity edge, an all-glass spillover spa, a full amenity pool house, plenty of terrace and entertainment space, and gas fire features. We were able to design and deliver the client a dream outdoor living space with all their desired amenities that complements the picturesque mountains.


McHale-Arlington

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Arlington Residence

Although the sloping backyard hillside featured a "Builder Quality" deck, the space was not suitable for family gatherings or outdoor events. Our role as landscape contractor was to build a new, multilevel outdoor living space with the highest quality material and craftsmanship available. Our scope of work included a curved IPE deck with a dry deck system for the space beneath it, stucco walls, stained concrete terraces and a pool featuring a stucco wall water feature with sheer descent spillways.


McHale-SpringHill

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Spring Hill Residence

This unique and luxurious outdoor living space features an outdoor kitchen, swimming pool, pool house, and pavilion. Our client lives outdoors as much as possible in the summer months and asked that we create an outdoor space that included all the amenities of indoor living. Upon completion of the project, the client said, "I can vacation in my own backyard all summer."


 

Distinction Award

McHale-Alexandria

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Alexandria Residence

Old Town Alexandria is home to many courtyard gardens and homes. Our team was asked to renovate an existing 20 x 25-foot courtyard that was outdated and in need of renovation. Our team replaced the tired flagstone with silver travertine and built a brick grill skirt with a honed flagstone countertop. The existing stone fire pit and wall were reconstructed with new 20-inch gauged flagstone caps. The superb craftsmanship is apparent to all who visit the property.


McHale-OldTown

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Old Town Residence

The existing courtyard brick patio was failing and unusable. The new owner asked us to demolish the existing patio and build a new, detailed brick courtyard space that was more interesting and suitable for outdoor entertainment. The new patio featured several intricate paving details, a grill counter with a brick skirt, and granite countertop and the client's statuary strategically placed in the planting spaces.


McHale-Southern

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Southern Maryland Residence

Our firm was asked to construct Phase 2 of the landscape plan, which featured a heavy timber framed pavilion, a travertine pool deck, and a small swimming pool. The outdoor living space highlights the craftsmanship of our carpenters and masons and provides a seamless additional entertainment space for the client.


 

Craftsmanship (Design/Build)

Grand Award

Colao-GreatFalls

Colao & Peter Luxury Outdoor Living

Great Falls Modern

Our company was hired by the client to create an outdoor entertainment area to coincide with the modern architecture of their home. The client wanted a creative design that would seamlessly blend the existing highly modern architecture. The client stressed the desire for ample entertainment space attached closely to the house while keeping with the extremely contemporary aesthetic of the home.


 

Distinction Award

Land-Water-Virginia

Land & Water Design

Virginia Resort Style Living

In April 2017, we received a call from a potential client wanting to meet and discuss design of a deck and porch combination. We discovered the existing custom home had nothing constructed in the backyard, giving us an open canvas for our ideas. By the time our walkabout consultation ended, we had created a vision of a custom open porch and composite deck with a 35-foot custom outdoor kitchen overlooking a natural, freeform custom pool, large tanning shelf, 25-foot waterslide, and raised stone, veneered oversized spa. For the cool evenings, we pictured a two-tier gas fire table outside of the spa where the family and friends could sit and enjoy a panoramic view of their entire future backyard. By creating a vision for them to experience, we walked away with a signed design/build contract for everything we had suggested and proposed a 6- to 8-month timeframe for project completion.


 

Honorable Mention

Colao-Annapolis

Colao & Peter Luxury Outdoor Living

Annapolis Wooded Oasis

The client, in a high-pressure career, wanted a quiet retreat in the back of his wooded lot in Annapolis, Maryland. We were hired to create a simple yet elegant aesthetic that would play off the surrounding wooded landscape.


 

Front Residential Planting & Entranceway

Grand Award

fine-earth-pino

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Pino Residence

A frantic call from this client came in wondering if this home and landscape on the auction block could be renovated. We were asked to overhaul the front foundation and gardens. The front entrance layout cut the property off, leaving a large portion of the house unseen. A plan was developed to create the gardens while redirecting water across the lawn to a much-needed drainage system. The major grade change was accomplished by adding a stone planter to the right of the door, allowing us to flatten and open up the front lawn and gardens. Moving the sidewalk thoroughly changed the access to the home and reoriented the gardens. The result was a stunning driveway carrying away excess water. The beauty of this home was completely hidden before.


fine-earth-potomac

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Potomac Entrance

The client requested a front entranceway with multiple levels that would allow the house to be the focal point. Our design team created flagstone walkways with bluestone steps and natural stone risers, stone retaining walls, stone curbing, flagstone edging, a paver parking court, and a front feature wall. The entry itself is delineated with parterre-style gardens laid out to frame the entry and give symmetry to the front of the house. Plantings such as boxwood, vinca, tree hydrangeas, and annuals create the space. Turf was used between the feature wall and the driveway to add green space and provide clean edges to the banding.


 

Distinction Award

McHale-Oak

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Oak Hill Residence

Although the landscape of this brick colonial home was adequate, the owner wanted a more colorful and welcoming entry. We transplanted some of the existing plant material and added new colorful ornamental plantings. Additionally, we rebuilt the existing flagstone walkway and created a flagstone entry with brick details. Simple, colorful, and inviting best describes this residential entry.


 

Outdoor Living Area

Grand Award

Land-Water-Running-Brooke

Land & Water Design

Running Brooke Contemporary Water Feature

The water feature is 2 feet deep and filled with 6 inches of black Mexican beach pebbles. Multiple raised masonry planters, each equipped with drip irrigation and automated LED lighting, have a variety of plantings. Six sheer descent waterfalls and multi-colored underwater lights are controlled from the client’s mobile phone or iPad. All the paving is Turkish travertine with a connecting floating bridge that leads to a more private sunken patio and pavilion area. The addition of this contemporary sculpture and a bubbling granite boulder completes this backyard transformation!


McHale-Hunting

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Hunting Crest Residence

The existing backyard outdoor space was recently completed by another landscape contractor. Although it was adequate and functional, the client felt it needed more detail. We were asked to enhance the existing backyard and improve circulation and flow for large outdoor events. Our suggestions to the client led to massive overhaul of the property that included removing and replacing the free-form pool with a new rectangular pool and pool house. Our scope of work included a new pool, pool house, and travertine pool deck and moving the existing pavilion to fit the new design.


 

Distinction Award

Rossen-Anderson

Rossen Landscape

The Anderson Residence

The client wanted to add interest as well as usable space in their previously undeveloped rear yard. They wanted both an outdoor oasis for relaxing as well as a space under the deck to appreciate the outdoors in an insect-free screened porch during summer nights and with a built-in fireplace for cooler evenings. Situated below the deck, this space brought the added challenge of waterproofing its guests from its secondary, overhead function. Requiring creative solutions in the use of watertight membranes and a gutter system disguised as a central rafter, everyone can stay dry in this space all year long. Their desire was for a naturalistic ambiance to the outdoor space gave rise to the concept of the stream, waterfall, and small terminal pond to help achieve this vision. Within the water feature, aquatic and riparian plants were used to reinforce the sense of a natural streambed flowing down the existing grade of the yard. The addition of a small rock bridge offers a change to interact with the feature as they pass over its meandering path from one side to another.


 

Honorable Mention

Fine-earth-Green

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Green Residence

This outdoor living area is complete with travertine terraces, pool deck, infinity pool, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, pool house, and structural retaining wall. The linear makeup of this yard is due to restrictions of a natural stream on the left and a tight property line on the right. The restrictions did not hinder us in developing a yard that has function both with green space and hardscape. The property has a very large turf and play area for the family's young children and is framed by lush plantings on all sides.


Michale-Nash-Broome

Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

Residential Exterior (Broome)

This secluded single-family home in a prominent Great Falls neighborhood had a beautiful backyard setting. The owners recently built a gorgeous pool and deck. A rundown deck sat off the kitchen patio doors. They researched and compared designs for several years before zeroing in on our designers and architects. Our staff put together a two-story outdoor living space that offers this couple and their children everything they want. Our plan was massive and required quite a bit of excavation to make their lower level patio both attractive and functional.


 

Outdoor Living Area (Design/Build)

Grand Award

Surrounds-Bress

Surrounds Landscape Architecture and Construction

Bress Residence

We completed a total overhaul of the backyard. The only element that was saved was the pool shell. We completely renovated the pool as part of the project, including new interior finish, auto-cover, tile, and coping. We reworked the raised beam wall by adding drainage behind and lowering the height of the wall. We designed and built a new screened porch, a rustic outdoor fireplace, a koi pond, and all new patios and walkways. All of the drainage work was redone to properly move water away from the patios and lawn areas. We installed a new sprinkler system and an extensive low-voltage lighting system. We built a BBQ grill area and used Pennsylvania bluestone slabs for walkways and step areas, Hanover® concrete pavers for the pool deck, and Carderock® building stone for the walls.


Surrounds-Bradmoor

Surrounds Landscape Architecture and Construction

Residence at Bradmoor

The purpose of this project was to facilitate a beautiful play area for the family, which included three children. The project consisted of an outdoor pool; a new addition to the home with fireplace and three-season room; new vegetable garden and sandbox for kids; decorative fencing with gates to match the architecture of the home; new hardscaping to include patios, retaining walls, steps, columns, fireplace, and structure foundation; all new landscaping, lighting, and drainage; and all grading and bed preparation associated with construction.


Surrounds-Meadow

Surrounds Landscape Architecture and Construction

Residence at Meadow Lane

The project consisted of building a new outdoor pool environment, including a covered porch with fireplace and grill, a raised bluestone patio, new paver patios around the pool area, a new pool with water features, cobble lawn steps leading up to garden, surrounding landscaping, lighting, irrigation, and drainage.


 

Distinction Award

Kane-Odeh

Kane Landscapes, Inc.

Odeh Residence

The goal of the homeowners was to create an amazing backyard entertaining and pool environment to enjoy wonderful memories with their growing children and friends. A 32-foot waterslide makes the biggest statement as you enter the backyard. The pool and patio hardscapes are constructed of travertine set at a 45-degree angle on a concrete slab. Sandblasted and hand chipped limestone caps were chosen to provide minor contrast to the color of the stony point walls and travertine flooring. Custom cast-iron covers provide detail to the drainage system, while a reclaimed barn post was selected to become the mantle on the fireplace. Petrous gold granite for the multiple kitchens and serving bars ties all the stonework together.


Wheats-Glenbrook

Wheat's Landscape Design + Construction

Glenbrook Road Family Retreat

Our clients wanted more out of their backyard and dove into a design/build process, which resulted in their ideal urban retreat. Initially, the vast majority of the existing outdoor space was occupied by a pool. The clients wanted to keep a pool while adding significant play space and a covered outdoor room. The new outdoor space is configured to link the family’s play, swim, and lounging activities. A roofed outdoor structure extends the house and provides areas for eating and lounging. The hardscape is faced with sandblasted marble paving, treads, caps, and veneer. The pool features marble tiles and coping. The rear play area is covered in durable synthetic turf. A zone-dimming LED lighting system extends playtime into the evening.


 

Honorable Mention

Live-Green-Clarksville-Res

Live Green Landscape Associates

Clarksville Residence

This client reached out to us because their backyard consisted of a large slope that was unusable, and they wanted to create a space for outdoor entertaining and living. The design included a large number of stairs and retaining walls to create a space with a fireplace, outdoor kitchen, covered and uncovered seating, and storage. The fireplace is a custom-built structure with stone veneer, and the wood mantle started life in the 1800s as a barn beam. The husband wanted a small workshop as well as storage space outside. This led to the creation of the small shed that shares the roof with the cabana. The shared wall of the shed and covered patio includes provisions for an outdoor television on the exterior wall, plus controls for all the lighting on the patio.


 

Residential Maintenance

Grand Award

Fine-Earth-Dahut

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Dahut Residence

The Dahut residence landscape was first installed in 2016 and has been maintained by us ever since. The property is professionally manicured on a biweekly basis throughout the growing season, including tending to the beds (weeding), cleanup and removal of debris from the property, and proper pruning of all plant material. On opposing weeks, the property is thoroughly inspected and notes are taken to address any issues. The turf is trimmed and edged on a weekly basis throughout the growing season to maintain its health.


Fine-earth-Heller

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Heller Residence

The Heller residence is professionally manicured on a biweekly basis throughout the growing season, including weeding, cleanup and removal of all debris from the property, and proper pruning of all plant material. Care is taken to prune flowering shrubs at the appropriate time of year. On opposing weeks, the property is thoroughly inspected and notes are taken to address any issues. We ensure the health of all plant material and stay ahead of any foreseeable issues. The turf is trimmed and edged on a weekly basis throughout the growing season to maintain its health. Turf is treated for weeds throughout the growing season, fertilized in both the spring and fall, and core-aerated and overseeded every September.


Planted-Earth-Leesburg

Planted Earth Landscaping, Inc.

Leesburg Residence

This colonial home in historic Leesburg, Virginia, features a fresh landscape design while incorporating centuries old boxwood to create an exceptional outdoor living space. Regular care and attention to detail keep this garden looking its best throughout the changing seasons, beginning with meticulous pruning of the 100-year-old boxwood hedge in the winter. Leading up to spring, beds are edged and perennials cut back, providing clean definition between lawn and garden sections of the property. Regular thinning, separating, and deadheading follows throughout the growing season. Careful monitoring of the irrigation programs helps to keep everything healthy.


Planted-Earth-NW-DC

Planted Earth Landscaping, Inc.

NW DC Residence

This modern home in Northwest Washington, D.C., features a fresh landscape design that utilizes native grasses and perennials to continue the theme of straight lines and square corners while softening the hard edges of the structure at the same time. Regular care and attention to detail keep this garden looking its best throughout the changing seasons, beginning with meticulous pruning of boxwood hedges in the winter. As spring approaches, beds are edged and perennials cut back, providing clean definition between lawn and garden sections of the property. Regular thinning, separating, and deadheading follows throughout the growing season. Careful monitoring of the irrigation programs helps to keep everything healthy.


Planted-Earth-NW-residence

Planted Earth Landscaping, Inc.

NW Residence

The gardens surrounding this Tudor-style home in Northwest Washington, D.C., seek to provide usable space to the homeowner while providing year-round interest that complements the home. Dividing the perennial grasses along the bed edges allows us to maintain the distinct bed lines without losing the effect of the grasses themselves. Pruning and shearing the boxwood at the appropriate times of year offers them the air circulation they need while keeping them shaped in their intended forms. Maintaining separation between plant types provides definition while adding depth to the gardens. Careful pruning of the hydrangea in the early spring encourages them to put on a graceful show with their blooms throughout the summer. And by meticulously deadheading the perennials throughout the garden, we prolong the splashes of color they offer. Alternating mow patterns and cutting at the appropriate height yields a weed free lawn that is thick and inviting.


Rossen-Altman

Rossen Landscape

The Altman Residence

This project represents one of the oldest maintenance contracts for our company and encompasses both established and new areas of interest, ranging from 20 years to as recent as last year. The sequence of outdoor rooms leads guests through a series of spaces with a variety of uses and micro-climates requiring unique specialty care. The large annuals rotation in both spring and fall continuously offer variety and seasonal color to the spaces, while requiring constant upkeep, maintenance, and care. The waterfall and pond water feature that brings the butterfly garden space serenity, white noise, and ambiance also requires constant maintenance to ensure clean water, happy fish, and healthy plants. This project requires both a large quantity of time for successful maintenance and a level of detail in quality that makes us very proud to serve as its caretakers.


 

Distinction Award

Fine-earth-Mansfield

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Mansfield Residence

The Mansfield residence is professionally manicured on a biweekly basis throughout the growing season. Care is taken to prune flowering shrubs at the appropriate time of year to preserve flowering buds for next season. On opposing weeks, the property is thoroughly inspected, and notes are taken to address any issues. All plant material is addressed on a monthly basis throughout the growing season, allowing us to ensure the health of all plant material. The turf is treated for weeds throughout the growing season, fertilized in both spring and fall, and core-aerated and overseeded every September. Turf is trimmed and edged on a weekly basis throughout the growing season to maintain its health and well-manicured look.


Fine-earth-Shapiro

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Shapiro Residence

The Shapiro residence property is professionally manicured on a biweekly basis throughout the growing season, including weeding of the beds, cleanup and removal of all debris from the property, and proper pruning of all plant material. Care is taken to prune flowering shrubs at the appropriate time of year to preserve flowering buds for next season. On opposing weeks, the property is thoroughly inspected, and notes are kept to address any issues, ensuring that the property looks and feels its best at all times. The turf is cut and trimmed on a weekly basis, allowing the turf to grow and prosper. Turf is fertilized in both spring and fall as well as core-aerated and overseeded in the fall to maintain proper lawn health and a well-manicured look.


 

Honorable Mention

Fine-Earth-Astrove

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Astrove Residence

The Astrove residence is professionally manicured on a biweekly basis throughout the growing season. This includes weeding, cleanup and removal of debris from the property, and proper pruning of all plant material at the correct time of year. The turf is professionally trimmed and edged on a weekly basis throughout the growing season to maintain its health and well-manicured look. The roses and hydrangeas that welcome you to the property are among the clients’ favorites. A plant health care program ensures the health of all plant material on the property so that the property can always look and feel its best. The turf is cut and trimmed, allowing it to grow and prosper. Turf is fertilized in both spring and fall as well as core-aerated and overseeded in the fall to maintain proper lawn health and a well-manicured look.


Fine-earth-Glazer

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Glazer Residence

The Glazer residence landscape was first installed in 2015 and has been maintained by us ever since. The property is professionally manicured on a biweekly basis throughout the growing season. This includes weeding of the beds, cleanup and removal of all debris from the property, and proper pruning of all plant material. Care is taken to prune flowering shrubs at the appropriate time of year to preserve flowering buds for next season. On opposing weeks, the property is thoroughly inspected, and notes are kept to address any issues. The turf is trimmed and edged on a weekly basis throughout the growing season to maintain its health and a well-manicured look. Seasonal annuals are added in the summer to give the property a burst of radiant, abstract color.


Fine-earth-Madigan

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Madigan Residence

The Madigan residence is professionally manicured on a biweekly basis throughout the growing season. This includes weeding, cleanup and removal of debris from the property, and proper pruning of all plant material. We take special care to prune the roses at the end of the growing season as well as deadheading them throughout the spring and summer to keep the beautiful blooms coming. Hydrangeas are carefully pruned towards the end of the summer to ensure next year’s buds will not be cut off. A plant health care program ensures the health of all plant material on the property. The turf is cut and trimmed, allowing it to grow and prosper. Our turf care program keeps the lawn clear of weeds and disease throughout the season. The turf is fertilized in both spring and fall as well as core-aerated and overseeded in the fall.


Fine-earth-Siegel

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Siegel Residence

The Siegel residence is professionally manicured on a biweekly basis throughout the growing season. This includes weeding, cleanup and removal of debris from the property, and proper pruning of all plant material. The turf is professionally trimmed and edged on a weekly basis throughout the growing season to maintain its health and well-manicured appearance. We are sure to prune roses down to the proper height at the end of the growing season as well as deadheading them throughout the summer to keep the beautiful blooms coming. Perennials are maintained and deadheaded in the summer to allow more blooms to follow. A plant health care program ensures the health of all plant material. Our turf care program keeps the lawn clear of weeds and disease throughout the season. Turf is fertilized in both spring and fall as well as core-aerated and overseeded in the fall.


 

Total Residential Contracting

Decade Award

McHale-Bethesda

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

A Bethesda Property

Our team added a dramatic front entry and arrival court to the stately colonial home in Potomac, Maryland, in 2008, as well as naturalistic steps leading to the backyard and additional hardscapes. The arrival court is a blend of brick, pavers, flagstone, and precast material that mirrors the architectural details of the home. We planted the property with a combination of large shade trees, evergreens, and ornamental shrubs and perennials. Our maintenance staff has cared for the property since 2007.


McHale-Easton

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Easton Residence

Our crew was contracted to design and build an outdoor living space that included a pool patio, wood deck, and arbor that maximized space and met the 100’ setback requirements of Talbot County. The plantings were to provide cut flowers and a lemon-lime color theme and provide succession of color throughout the spring and summer seasons. Our maintenance crews have kept this property in perfect condition with comprehensive year-round service since 2009.


McHale-Primavera

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Primavera Estate

Primavera is a small estate nestled into the Blue Ridge Mountains in Keswick, Virginia. We worked with the architect and builder to create this spectacular, elegant, walled courtyard garden, which is also the entry to this uniquely architectural home. Our scope of work included all masonry, carpentry, plantings, drainage, and soil preparation and management of the pool subcontractor. Additionally, our maintenance staff meets regularly with the client to perform enhancements and train the estate caretaker in proper maintenance management practices.


McHale-Swinks

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Swinks Mill Residence

This beautiful, colonial-style home features many diverse landscape elements. The front landscape is formal and structured to complement the architecture of the home, while the backyard features a custom tiled pool and an upper IPE deck and screened porch. The entire backyard is planted with a mix of mature evergreens, ornamental shrubs, and flowering perennials. Our appreciative client says, “I never need to go on a vacation—I just go outside and walk around my property.” The project was completed in 2007, and our maintenance crews have provided garden and turf care ever since.


 

Grand Award

Fine-Earth-Bethesda-Modern

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Bethesda Modern Garden

Our firm was hired to incorporate a design of a prominent landscape architect. The work included construction of an outdoor kitchen, terraces, fire pit, slab steps, porcelain paving, pergola, pool, spa, fireplace, and retaining walls. The garden is surrounded by screen plants since neighboring houses are within 8 feet of the property line, and houses are within 16 feet of each other. We installed all soil mixes and supplied and installed all plants, paving, turf barn steps, gravel, and seasonal color.


McHale-GreatFalls

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

Great Falls Residence

The existing landscape of this 20-year-old Great Falls, Virginia, home was outdated and boring. Our client asked us to give the entire property a facelift, with an emphasis on high-quality construction material and superb craftsmanship. Our carpenters, masons, and landscape technicians rejuvenated the estate property with travertine walks and patios; a solid cedar pergola; granite cobblestone; and lush, flowering ornamental plantings throughout the property. The existing pool and spa were removed and replaced with a larger lap pool, spa, and tiled waterwall.


Planted-Earth-Chesterfield

Planted Earth Landscaping, Inc.

Chesterfield Residence

Our clients had recently purchased this home and were looking for a new, modern feel. The existing plant material and worn stone pavings were removed, along with an outdated swimming pool in the rear of the garden. Additions to the home were constructed, and we were called in to rebuild the landscapes. This project consisted of swimming pool construction, new bluestone paving with oversized pieces of stone, IPE deck construction, major stormwater management installation (under the watchful eye of the D.C. government), a green roof on the pool house, and lots of new plantings.


 

Distinction Award

McHale-Reserve

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

A Reserve Residence

Our client purchased this Great Falls, Virginia, property with the intention of a major renovation to the home and landscape. We collaborated with the client to perform a complete makeover of the property. The existing landscape, including 10 mature canopy trees that blocked all sunlight to the property, was demolished. Our masons, carpenters, and landscape technicians worked as a team to create a new landscape featuring an arrival court, stone walkways, gazebo renovation, pool renovation, a new outdoor kitchen, and plantings throughout the entire property.


 

Total Residential Contracting (Design/Build)

Grand Award

Surrounds-Admirals

Surrounds Landscape Architecture and Construction

Admirals Hill

The project was a full site redesign of the front and rear areas. The project consisted of new front hardscape to include new driveway with paver motorcourt and aprons, new brick walls with steps, new front walkways, and new retaining wall along the front property line; new rear hardscapes to include pool, spa, new raised terrace with outdoor grill area, two firepit areas, a pool house with masonry fireplace, pool deck, gravel path to walk park area, and all walkways, steps, and walls throughout rear space; new landscaping throughout; new lighting throughout; new drainage throughout; and all grading and earthwork.


Surrounds-Ingleside

Surrounds Landscape Architecture and Construction

Ingleside

The Ingleside project involved a front and rear exterior renovation of the entire site. The idea was to enhance the beauty and usability of the site. The homeowner wanted more space to entertain and enjoy the lot. The scope of work from a design/build perspective included hardscaping front and rear, landscaping throughout front and rear, installing a stormwater management/infiltration trench per county ordinance, incorporating irrigation and lighting throughout, installing a decorative iron entry gate and outdoor audio in rear, and performing all grading and excavation.


Surrounds-Stout

Surrounds Landscape Architecture and Construction

Stout Residence

We sited the house on the property and worked closely with the civil engineer to provide the requirements by Fairfax County. It was a long process due to the extent of the project. We built all of the hardscapes and installed all the stone and over 4,000 sq. ft. of paving. The drainage system was very intensive. Every drop of water is treated on site via infiltration and biofiltration systems. We planted dozens of mature trees and installed hundreds of LED lights. We also built custom fences and IPE decks and worked with a swimming pool contractor to build the pool.


 

Honorable Mention

Rossen-Lach

Rossen Landscape

The Lach Residence

This project encompasses both a front yard entry sequence a rear yard patio, complete with pergola-covered outdoor kitchen and outdoor living and fire pit space. Upon entering the rear yard, you are greeted with a Gothic-style stone arch that mirrors those found just across the street at the National Cathedral. Very crisp lines define this property’s aesthetic and help to make use of the smaller urban yard setting while maintaining a sense of clarity, organization, and structure. Boxwood, laurel, and bamboo hedges all provide linearity and screening. A wraparound bar in the back houses the grill and other kitchen appliances as well as extra seating. A matching pergola and fence unite the spaces and outline the border. Plush seating also welcomes anyone to sit and take in the space as a garden oasis in the often-hectic city pace of life.


 

COMMERCIAL

Commercial Landscape Installation

Grand Award

JG-Derwood-Bioswale

J&G Landscape Design, Inc.

Neighborhood Bioswale

Sponsored by the Montgomery County Water Quality Protection Fund, we had the opportunity to create a 3,000-square-foot oasis in a local neighborhood. The linear garden is designed to catch, slow, and filter the stormwater runoff from the impermeable surfaces in the surrounding neighborhood. By contouring the earth, we were able to centralize and convey the excess water toward the natural drainage patterns. Combining that with native plantings, it is estimated that the landscape captures and filters almost 2 million gallons of rainwater and stops is from polluting Crabbs Branch, a tributary of Rock Creek and the Chesapeake Bay.


Ruppert-City-Springs

Ruppert Landscape

City Springs

City Springs is a 14-acre, multi-use city center. The City Green, a four-acre park within the project, includes an open lawn area, shade bosque, amphitheater, multiple plazas, and a network of fountains. When creating City Springs, the community requested that the design incorporate water and shade. Our scope included installing six water features, granite curbing, sub-slab and pavers, concrete flatwork, vehicular paving, joint caulking, planter walls, pre-cast stone veneer walls/caps and brickwork, an 86-zone irrigation system, drainage, turf, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, stainless steel handrails and guardrails, pine straw mulch, and numerous site amenities.


Ruppert-Mary-Elizabeth

Ruppert Landscape

Mary Elizabeth Branch Park

Mary Elizabeth Branch Park is located in a master-planned community that is a public/private partnership between the City of Austin and Catellus Development. We performed both traditional landscape work and general contracting work. Landscape construction work included excavating soil and installing topsoil, mulch, decomposed granite, sand, pavers, poured in place concrete walls, limestone veneer, concrete flatwork, fencing, a 25-zone irrigation system, drainage, a rain garden, a green roof, Bermuda sod, perennials and grasses, shrubs, trees, an interactive water feature, playground equipment, and all site amenities.


Ruppert-International-Spy

Ruppert Landscape

The International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum is a new, build-to-suit flagship location for one of DC’s most visited organizations. The project includes three floors of museum exhibits resting on a base of retail, education, and lobby spaces. The design positions the museum as a catalyst to reinvigorate 10th Street SW and to link the National Mall and the southwest waterfront. The design team was asked to create a lightweight design that would also improve how the added foot traffic would move through the space. Our scope of work included all concrete flatwork, all pavers, landscaping, an irrigation system, and site furnishings.


 

Commercial Landscape Installation (Design/Build)

Distinction Award

JG-Musically-Inspired-Play

J&G Landscape Design, Inc.

Musically Inspired Nature Playspace

Property owners wanted to retrofit the existing playground with natural play materials and musically inspired play elements. We designed a play area with a variety of play elements, including sand boxes, balance beams, a sliding hill, and tree houses to encourage exploration and play. A sensory path leads to a number of musical instruments located along the main path, creating opportunities for nontraditional play and to create music on the playground. Plantings are minimal to maximize play space, but the plants are strategically placed to create shade.


 

Commercial Maintenance

Grand Award

EG-Reinsch-Dorchester

E.G. Reinsch, Inc.

Dorchester Towers Roof Garden

In 1961, Arlington builder Emerson G. Reinsch opened an eight-story high-rise overlooking Washington, D.C., situated on Arlington's highest point. He included on this building the area's largest and best located roof garden, which has been rebuilt and improved several times over the past few decades. The current garden’s lightweight, soil-less planting medium and drip irrigation system have made plants and gardeners very happy. Mature Japanese red maples, pergolas with swings, a large lawn area, and lots of nooks for small groups to gather all provide residents with a quiet place above the urban fray. The continuing interest of the Reinsch-Pierce family in maintaining this area as a showplace and an in-house grounds crew with decades of experience have influenced lots of prospective residents to choose this building as their home.


Ruppert-DEKALB

Ruppert Landscape

251 DEKALB

251 Dekalb is a three-building, high-end residential community located just off Philadelphia’s Main Line. The campus was designed to provide an abundance of green space for luxurious living inside and out. Ultimately, the client wanted to mirror the high-class, full-service feeling that residents experience inside the buildings with the surrounding landscape. Weekly service includes maintenance of the walkways, beds, trees, pots, building entrances, and common grounds. Additionally, the contractor is responsible for snow removal on the property and has installed additional stone dust walkways and pet pads, performed safety and ornamental tree pruning, and renovated or replaced several prominent flower beds.


Ruppert-Global

Ruppert Landscape

A Global Financial Institution's Corporate Campus in McLean

Located in the heart of Tysons Corner, this financial institution’s corporate campus features two commercial office buildings—McLean One (M1) and McLean Two (M2)—plus ground-floor retail and restaurant space and three multi-level rooftop terraces adjacent to cafés or conference rooms. Lowered plant beds along the roads collect and filter rainwater, and mature trees line the rear of the property to block road noise. The landscape contractor adds new plant varieties, colors, and textures to create visual interest throughout the site. The scope of work includes maintaining 5 acres of turf, 100 yards of mulch, 800 annuals, 3,000 shrubs, 3,750 perennials, and 250 trees as well as irrigation management.


 

Distinction Award

Complete-Fair-Lakes

Complete Landscaping Service

Fair Lakes League

Fair Lakes League is the name given to the infrastructure that runs through a portion of the town of Fair Lakes, Virginia. This project is bordered by Stringfellow Road, Route 66, and West Ox Road and contains roadway care and maintenance along Fair Lakes Parkway, Fairfax County Parkway, Fair Lakes Circle, and Fair Lakes Boulevard. Often times, roadway maintenance is not very intensive and is made up predominantly of mowing; however, this contract includes a full range of maintenance services, including seasonal color installation, a full turf care program, and an irrigation service policy.