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Hao Residence by Fine Earth Landscape, Inc. Photo: Hilary Schwab

Shades of Blue Garden by Xtra Care Landscaping & Design, Inc. Photo: Chris Moraes

Hydes Residence by Lehnhoff’s Landscaping. Photo: Leslie Steppe

Schmidt Residence by Kane Landscapes, Inc. Photo: Morgan Howarth

The McLean Residence by McHale Landscape Design won a Distinction award for Total Residential Contracting. Photo: Bob Narod

Best in Show

The Excellence in Landscape Awards celebrate the region’s extraordinary outdoor spaces

The Excellence in Landscape Awards, sponsored by the Landscape Contractors Association of Maryland, DC and Virginia, recognizes exceptional garden design throughout the region. This annual competition is judged by industry experts who vote in more than a dozen residential and commercial categories. All winners of the 2021 residential awards are listed below and four projects are covered in-depth:

MODERN MAKEOVER
Inviting gardens and gathering areas complement an Alexandria abode
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BAYFRONT RETREAT
An eco-friendly escape in St. Michaels promotes laid-back living retreat
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FAMILY OASIS
A clever design makes the most of a compact Palisades garden
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PARTY CENTRAL
A welcoming terrace, pool, spa and cabana elevate a Virginia landscape
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The Excellence in Landscape Awards

DECADE AWARDS
McHale Landscape Design, Inc.—Bethesda Property for Total Residential Contracting; Spring Hill Residence for Total Residential Contracting

HERITAGE AWARD
Fine Earth Landscaping, Inc.—Linnartz Residence for Residential Maintenance

GRAND AWARDS
Colao & Peter—Elegant Entryway for Front Residential Planting and Entranceway/Design Build; Palisades Oasis for Outdoor Living Area/Design Build

Fine Earth Landscaping, Inc.—Shady Retreat for Outdoor Living Area; Geros Residence for Outdoor Living Area; Glazer Residence for Outdoor Living Area; Hao Residence for Residential Maintenance; Landy Residence for Residential Maintenance and Outdoor Living Area

JCLD | Jennifer Connoley Landscape Design—Country Waterfront Estate for Outdoor Living Area/Design Build

Lehnhoff’s Landscaping—Phoenix Residence for Craftsmanship/Design Build

McHale Landscape Design, Inc—Centreville Residence for Craftsmanship; Kensington Residence for Outdoor Living Area; Alexandria Residence for Outdoor Living Area; Annapolis Residence for Residential Maintenance; Great Falls Property for Front Residential Planting and Entranceway; McLean Property for Outdoor Living Area; St. Michaels Residence for Total Residential Contracting; River View Property for Total Residential Contracting

Planted Earth Landscaping Incorporated—Alexandria West Residence for Total Residential Contracting; Bethesda Modern Residence for Total Residential Contracting; Ellicott City Residence for Residential Maintenance

Surrounds, Inc.—Residence at Shallow Creek for Outdoor Living Area/Design Build

Xtra Care Landscaping & Design, Inc. —Shades of Blue Garden for Outdoor Living Area/Design Build

DISTINCTION AWARDS
Colao & Peter—Sanctuary in Triangle for Craftsmanship/Design Build

Fine Earth Landscaping, Inc.—Drescher Residence for Residential Maintenance; Kemper Residence for Residential Maintenance; Linnartz Residence for Total Residential Contracting

Greensweep, LLC —Garden in Northwest Washington, DC, for Total Residential Contracting/Design Build

Kane Landscapes, Inc. —Long Residence for Outdoor Living Area/Design Build; Schmidt Residence for Outdoor Living Area/Design Build

Lehnhoff’s Landscaping—Cockeysville Residence for Total Residential Contracting/Design Build; Hydes Residence for Outdoor Living Area

Live Green Landscape Associates—Bastinelli Residence for Front Residential Planting and Entranceway/Design Build; Carnaggio for Craftsmanship

McHale Landscape Design, Inc—Takoma Park Bungalow for Total Residential Contracting/Design Build; Vienna Property for Total Residential Contracting; Arlington Residence for Total Residential Contracting; Great Falls Residence for Outdoor Living Area; McLean Residence for Total Residential Contracting

Rossen Landscape—Contemporary Oasis for Outdoor Living Area/Design Build

Surrounds, Inc..—Johnson Residence for Outdoor Living Area/Design Build

HONORABLE MENTION AWARD
Planted Earth Landscaping Incorporated.—Kalorama Heights Residence for Residential Maintenance

DECADE AWARDS
McHale Landscape Design, Inc.—Swinks Mill
 Residence for Outdoor Living Area—Vienna Residence for Residential Maintenance—Bodkin Point Residence for Residential Maintenance—A Bethesda Residence for Residential Maintenance

HERITAGE AWARDS
D.A. Dunlevy—Historic Kensington Residence for
 Outdoor Living Area/Design-Build
Pinehurst Landscape Company—Historic Guilford Renovation for Total Residential Contracting

GRAND AWARDS
Chapel Valley Landscape Company—Private 
Residence in Fairfax, Virginia, for Outdoor Living Area
D.A. Dunlevy—Georgetown Secret Garden for Outdoor
 Living Area/Design-Build
Lehnhoff’s Landscaping—Phoenix Residence 
for Outdoor Living Area
McHale Landscape Design, Inc.—A Broomes Island Residence for Total Residential Contracting
Planted Earth Landscaping Incorporated—A McLean Residence for Residential Maintenance—A Baltimore County Residence for Total 
Residential Contracting
Surrounds, Inc.—Munsun Place for Total 
Residential Contracting/Design-Build

DISTINCTION AWARDS
Maxalea—Bass Residence for 
Craftsmanship/Design-Build—Reitberger Residence for Total Residential
 Contracting/Design-Build
McHale Landscape Design, Inc.—Alexandria Residence for Outdoor Living Area—Potomac Residence for Total Residential Contracting—Hunting Cross Residence for Residential Maintenance—Centreville Residen

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