Clarendon Road Garden, Fine Earth Landscape, Inc. Photo: Hilary Schwab
Bennett Point Residence, Walnut Hill Landscape Company
Alexandria Residence , Planted Earth Landscaping, Inc.  Photo: Thomas Walker
Bethesda Residence, Surrounds, Inc. Photo: Morgan Howarth
Cowperthwaite Residence, Through the Garden, Inc.
A Residence in Kalorama, John Shorb Landscaping, Inc. Photo: Melissa Clark

2017 LCA Awards

Award-winning gardens elevate outdoor living to an art form

The Excellence in Landscape Awards, sponsored by the Landscape Contractors Association (LCA) of Maryland, DC, and Virginia, recognize 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. In the articles listed below, we highlight four winning entries and list all the 2017 residential LCA award winners. These innovative projects reflect the finest in landscape design, with inviting outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, spectacular pools and lush plantscapes—in a range of styles and colors guaranteed to get you in the mood for spring.

 

River Vista

McHale Landscape Design enhances a grand yet welcoming estate on the Tred Avon River

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Zen Garden

Asian design elements and a serene sensibility refine a Bethesda property

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Backyard Bonanza

A small, mundane lot becomes a compelling destination for family-friendly fun

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Spare & Simple

Clean lines and a restrained plant palette distinguish a resort-like backyard retreat

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2017 Excellence in Landscape Awards

DECADE Award

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.  mchalelandscape.com
Great Falls Residence for Total Residential Contracting; Easton Residence for Residential Maintenance; Bethesda Residence for Residential Maintenance.

HERITAGE Awards

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.  mchalelandscape.com
Potomac Residence for Total Residential Contracting.

Surrounds, Inc.  surroundslandscaping.com
McLean Residence for Residential Maintenance.

GRAND Awards

Colao & Peter Outdoor Environments  colaostone.com
DC-Historic for Outdoor Living Area; Alexandria Townhouse for Craftsmanship.

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.  fineearth.com
A Bethesda Escape for Outdoor Living Area; Goodrich Residence for Total Residential Contracting; Dahut Residence for Outdoor Living Area; Clarendon Road Garden for Total Residential Contracting; Cowie Residence for Front Residential Planting and Entranceway; Brawner Residence for Total Residential Contracting.

Grow Landscapes  growlandscapes.com
Taylor for Total Residential Contracting; Copito for Craftsmanship.

John Shorb Landscaping, Inc.  jsli.com
A Residence in Kalorama for Total Residential Contracting.

Land & Water Design Inc.  landandwaterdesign.com
Family-Friendly Backyard for Outdoor Living Area.

Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC   livegreenlandscapes.com
Gaeger Residence for Craftsmanship.

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.  mchalelandscape.com
McLean Residence for Craftsmanship; Spring Hill Residence for Outdoor Living Area; Annapolis Residence for Outdoor Living Area; Hunting Crest Residence for Front Residential Planting and Entranceway; Vienna Estate for Total Residential Contracting; Ayr Hill Residence for Outdoor Living Area; Crownsville Residence for Craftsmanship.

Planted Earth Landscaping, Inc.  plantedearthlandscaping.com
Reston Garden for Residential Maintenance; Alexandria Residence for Residential Maintenance; Leesburg Residence for Total Residential Contracting.

Surrounds, Inc.  surroundslandscaping.com
Parkview Hills Residence for Outdoor Living Area; Bethesda Residence for Total Residential Contracting; Poburn Woods Residence for Total Residential Contracting; Meyer Woods Residence for Total Residential Contracting.

Walnut Hill Landscape Company, Inc.  walnuthilllandscape.com
Bennett Point Residence for Total Residential Contracting.

Wheat’s Lawn & Custom Landscape, Inc.  wheats.com
A Formal Potomac Estate Garden for Total Residential Contracting and Residential Maintenance; A Bethesda Outdoor Living Space for Outdoor Living Area; Lending Sanctuary for Residential Maintenance.

DISTINCTION Awards

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.  fineearth.com
Foster Residence for Outdoor Living Area.

McHale Landscape Design, Inc.  mchalelandscape.com
Vienna Residence for Front Residential Planting and Entranceway.

HONORABLE MENTION Awards

Colao & Peter Outdoor Environments  colaostone.com  
Aldie—Infinity Pool and Pavilion for Outdoor Living Area. 

Denison Landscaping  denisonlandscaping.com
Lothian Estate for Outdoor Living Area.

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.  fineearth.com
Belcher Residence for Craftsmanship.

Through the Garden, Inc.  throughthegardeninc.com
Cowperthwaite Residence for Total Residential Contracting.