- Five private spaces that enhance County awarded
- 38 landscapes recognized to date
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board today recognized four outstanding Arlington properties for the quality of their landscaping and the serenity they bring to their neighborhoods. The 2014 Landscape Recognition Award winners are:
- Circa at Clarendon – 3010 Clarendon Boulevard
- Clarendon Square – 3033 Wilson Boulevard
- Avalon Arlington North – 2105 N. Glebe Road
- The Whitmore – 4301 Columbia Pike
“These awards recognize private property owners who have gone above and beyond to install and maintain unique and visually appealing landscapes that enhance Arlington’s streetscapes and our community’s quality of life,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “We hope that others will follow their example.”
- Circa Restaurant’s dine-in garden is the first-of-its-kind to be recognized. Small evergreen shrubs and decorative flowering trees arranged in curving brick-and-stone raised planters separate patrons from the street traffic, and are just the right height for creating an enjoyable dining experience.
- Clarendon Square’s garden plaza includes a two-faced garden providing a welcome respite in the center of Clarendon’s active urban corridor. There are semi-circles of grass, annual plantings for color and interest, and pathways that allow pedestrians to enjoy the garden as they pass through. The building face is more casual, planted with big leaf hostas; daylilies; astilbe; heuchera; oakleaf hydrangea and summer annuals for color. The large crape myrtles provide shade and color.
- Avalon Arlington North is planted almost exclusively with native plants. Each pocket-garden along the perimeter of the building is planted with a unique combination of perennials, shrubs and trees.
- The Whitmore’s attractive, mature entry is sheltered by graceful birch trees. The broad driveway garden is both gracious and well maintained, with wine-colored bayberry and heuchera that punctuate the predominately green and white garden. Huge, old willow oak trees tower above the building.
The Arlington Beautification Committee selected the four winners on the basis of various criteria, including landscape design, year-round maintenance and plant choices (including using native species and avoiding invasives).
“The awardees’ dedication to making Arlington a special place to live, work and play, shines through in their notable sceneries,” said Lola Rogers, the committee’s chair. “They are sure to inspire future landscape recognition nominees who share their commitment to beautify Arlington County.”
About the Beautification Committee
For more than 20 years, the Arlington Beautification Committee’s dedicated volunteers have worked with County staff, community groups and other volunteers to help enhance the appearance and environmental sustainability of Arlington through landscape initiatives. The committee also provides educational outreach on the importance of Arlington’s “green infrastructure” and manages Arlington’s Notable Tree Program. More information and nomination procedures for future Landscape Recognition awards can be found at www.arlingtonva.us, search Landscape Recognition Awards.