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For Immediate Release: 12/2/2013
Ceremony Honors Award Winners of the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Annual Beautification and Amateur Photography Competitions

At this year’s 27th annual Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) awards ceremony, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) honored 66 beautification award winners and 55 amateur photographers. In addition, two people received the Clean Sweep Awards for the Adopt a Road program and one award was presented for the Governor’s Proclamation of the Largest Tree in the State of Maryland.

The beautification competition is open to community groups, businesses, public institutions and other organizations undertaking landscaping projects that enhance the appearance of commonly owned sections of commercial or residential properties. Landscaping can also take place along County roadsides, medians or other public locations.

More than 20 years ago, concerned volunteers formed the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Task Force to work with the County to develop beautification projects and anti-litter and recycling programs. The group also conducts public education to change resident attitudes about littering and graffiti. Business and organization sponsors for the ceremony included the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Florist.

Awards are listed below. Awards labeled “New” are recently established projects initiated between Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. Awards labeled “Environmental” are projects that contribute to environmental sustainability, such as planned wildlife habitats, conservation plantings or rainscapes.

CITYSCAPE for municipal street plantings in median strips, near traffic ramps and next to sidewalks:

Award of Distinction: Mattie J. T. Stepanek Park Peace Garden, City of Rockville

Award of Excellence: East Rockville Greenway, City of Rockville

Award of Excellence: Pump House at Croyden Park, City of Rockville

Award of Excellence: The Ponds at Fallsgrove, City of Rockville

Award of Excellence: Veterans Park, City of Rockville

COMMUNITY NON-PROFESSIONAL for plantings maintained by community residents through homeowner associations, garden clubs or civic associations:

Award of Merit: The Betty West English Garden, Garden Club of Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase

Award of Distinction - Environmental: Woodland Hills Homeowners Association Hillside, Gaithersburg

Award of Distinction: Woodmoor Community Garden, The Point, Woodmoor Garden Club, Silver Spring

Award of Excellence: Bauer Park Butterfly Garden, Residents Committee, Rockville

Award of Excellence: Westmoreland Hills Corner Garden, Westmoreland Hills Garden Club, Rockville

Award of Excellence - Environmental: Jamestown Creek Wild Plant Sanctuary, Westmoreland Hills Garden Club, Bethesda

COMMUNITY PROFESSIONAL
for community landscaping projects designed and maintained by professional landscape architects or contractors:

Award of Merit: Bethesda Overlook Townhouse Condominium, Potts Consulting and Greenlink, Inc., Bethesda

Award of Merit: Grosvenor Park Townhouse Condominium, Lancaster Landscapes, North Bethesda

Award of Merit: Montgomery Arms Apartment, Complete Landscaping Service, Silver Spring

Award of Distinction: Georgian Court, Green Scene Landscaping, Silver Spring

Award of Distinction - New: Stewartown Homes, Green Scene Landscaping, Gaithersburg

Award of Distinction: The Oaks at Four Corners, My Bloom and Green Scene Landscaping, Silver Spring

Award of Distinction - New: Woodside Community Gardens, American Plant Landscape Division, Silver Spring

Award of Excellence: The Blairs, The Brickman Group, Silver Spring

Award of Excellence: Bonifant Homeowners Association, Custom Cuts Lawn and Landscape, Silver Spring

Award of Excellence: The Forum, Rosetta Investments, LLC, Rockville

Award of Excellence: Grosvenor Park MTA Monument, Lancaster Landscapes, North Bethesda

Award of Excellence: Kensington Park Retirement Community, The Brickman Group, Kensington

Award of Excellence: Key West Condominiums, AW Landscapes, Inc., Rockville

Award of Excellence: Leisure World Cascade, McFall & Berry Landscape, Silver Spring

Award of Excellence: Leisure World Globe, McFall & Berry Landscape, Silver Spring

Award of Excellence: Londonderry Towers, Green Scene Landscaping, Gaithersburg

Award of Excellence: Shady Grove Apartments, Green Scene Landscaping, Gaithersburg

Award of Excellence - Environmental: Strathmore Place, AW Landscapes, Inc., North Bethesda

Award of Excellence: Tuckerman Station HOA, AW Landscapes, Inc., Rockville

Award of Excellence: The Willows Apartments, Green Scene Landscaping, Rockville

Award of Excellence: Willows of Potomac, AW Landscapes, Inc., Rockville

COMMERCIAL/RETAIL
for outdoor projects at facilities such as shopping malls, restaurants, retail businesses, gas stations, etc:

Award of Merit: Lobsang Executive Shell, Rockville

Award of Merit: Twinbrook Sunoco, Rockville

Award of Excellence: Bethesda Row, Ruppert Landscaping, Bethesda

Award of Excellence: Landscape Design Center, American Plant Beltway, American Plant Landscape Division, Rockville

Award of Excellence - Environmental: Marshall Farm, Ruppert Landscape, Inc., Laytonsville

Award of Excellence: National Auto Body, Rockville

Award of Excellence: United Therapeutics, Ruppert Landscape, Inc., Silver Spring

PUBLIC INSTITUTIONAL for outdoor projects at schools, government buildings, hospitals, churches or libraries:

Award of Merit - Environmental: Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, American Plant Landscape, Rockville

Award of Merit - Environmental: Pine Crest Elementary School Rain Garden, Woodmoor Green Team, Girl Scout Troop 1549, Silver Spring

Award of Merit - Environmental: Seven Locks Elementary School Conversation Garden, SLES Building Services, Bethesda

Award of Distinction: The Jewish Community Center, Ruppert Landscaping, Inc., Rockville

Award of Excellence: Twinbrook Library Flagpole Garden, Twinbrook Citizens Association and Twinbrook Friends of the Library, Rockville

Award of Excellence: Aspen Hill Library Gardens and Rain Garden, Aspen Hill Garden Club, Rockville

Award of Excellence: Master Gardeners Farmers Triangle Demonstration Garden, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg

Award of Excellence: Master Gardeners Heritage Garden, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg

Award of Excellence: Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Grounds Management Personnel, Olney

Award of Excellence - Environmental: St. James Episcopal Church Vestry Gardens, American Plant Landscape Division, Rockville

Award of Excellence: Washington Episcopal School, Ruppert Landscape, Bethesda

YOUTH
for outdoor projects completed by those under the age of 19:

Award of Distinction - Environmental: Rockville High School Conservation Landscape, RHS Horticulture Students, Rockville

Award of Excellence - Environmental: Sherwood High School Environmental Horticulture Program, Sherwood Environmental and Horticulture Classes, Sandy Spring

SUSTAINED MAINTENANCE (THREE-TIME WINNERS TRANSITION TO THIS CATEGORY) for previous triple winners of the Award of Excellence:

First Year/ Community Non-Professional: HTCA Triangle Garden, Huntington Terrace Citizens Association, Bethesda

First Year/ Public-Institutional: Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardens, Derwood Agricultural Farm Park, Rockville

First Year/ Commercial/Retail: The Tower Building, The Brickman Group, Rockville

First Year/ Cityscape: Veirs Mill Road Landscape Enhancements, City of Rockville, Rockville

Second Year/ Cityscape: Rockville Town Square, Ruppert Landscaping, Rockville

Second Year/ Commercial/Retail: Silver Spring Metro Plaza, Ruppert Landscaping, Silver Spring

Third Year/ Community Non-Professional: Cambridge Walk II Homeowners Association, Rockville

Third Year/ Commercial/Retail: Capital Gateway, Ruppert Landscape, Bethesda

Third Year/ Community Professional: Maplewood Park Place, Valley Crest Landscape, Bethesda

Third Year/ Community Professional: Potomac Crest Homeowners Association, The Brickman Group, Potomac

Third Year/ Community Non-Professional: Rockshire Entranceway, Rockshire Garden Club, Rockville

Fourth Year/ Commercial/Retail: Human Genome Sciences, Ruppert Landscape, Bethesda

Fourth Year/ Community Non-Professional: Kenwood Pocket Park, Kenwood Garden Club, Chevy Chase

Fourth Year/ Public-Institutional: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Labyrinth, Bethesda

To see photographs of the winning landscape projects, visit MCDOT’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcdotcommunityoutreach.

Winners of the 22nd annual KMCB amateur photography awards are listed below.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY BY DAY – Any photo taken outdoors in Montgomery County that depicts something fun, beautiful or exciting during daytime hours:

First: “Northern Flicker Pair,” Alan Kolnik, North Bethesda

Second: “Lovely,” Patricia Benjamin, Montgomery Village

Third: “A Dusting, From the Deck,” Peter Reynolds, Rockville

MONTGOMERY COUNTY BY NIGHT
– Any photo taken outdoors in Montgomery County that depicts something fun, beautiful or exciting during nighttime:

First: “Rockville Town Square at Night,” Daniela Lueckerath, Potomac

Second: “Triple Whirl,” Elizabeth Koller, Silver Spring

Third: “Sunset at the Fun Fest, Montgomery County Agricultural Fair,” G.V. Suresh, Rockville

MONTGOMERY COUNTY LANDMARKS – Any photo taken outdoors in Montgomery County of a natural or manmade commonly recognized landmark or scene:

First: “Gaithersburg Train Station,” Cynthia Hunter, Montgomery Village

Second: “Canal Boat at Great Falls,” Scott Fauce, Clarksburg

Third: “Springtime at Brookside Gardens,” Stan Collyer, Potomac

MONTGOMERY COUNTY HER PEOPLE
– Any photo taken of one or more people involved in County activities, close-up or distant, showing leisure activity, productivity or community service:

First: “Wet and Fun,” Barry Webster, Germantown

Second: “Skipping into Summer,” Judith McArthur, Rockville

Third: “A Kiss of Sunshine,” Natalya Borisovna Parris, Gaithersburg

MONTGOMERY COUNTY AT WORK – Any photo taken of one or more people at work, contributing to the livability and splendor of Montgomery County:

First: “Building the Future,” Loretta Greenleaf, Bethesda

Second: “Montgomery Fire to the Rescue,” Sanford Shudnow, Silver Spring

Third: “Road Work,” Don Bandler, Bethesda

MONTGOMERY COUNTY YOUTH – For those younger than 19 years of age:

First: “Shadows and Lights,” Kalle Swinford, Damascus

Second: “That’s Close Enough,” Tatiana Harris, Gaithersburg

Third: “Iris,” Bethany Pereira, Rockville

To see the winning photographs, visit MCDOT’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcdotcommunityoutreach

ADOPT A ROAD CLEAN SWEEP AWARDS for fiscal year (FY) 2013 (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013) recognizes the highest number of reported cleanings by an individual or group and the highest number of bags of trash reported being picked up by an individual or group.

Award of Excellence for Most Cleanings Reported – Hallowell Homeowner’s Association, represented by Mary Haddow, cleaned Prince Philip Drive in Olney, from Georgia Avenue to Sandy Spring Road, 26 times in FY13. They have participated in Adopt a Road since 2005.

Award of Excellence for Most Trash Collected: Potomac Chapter of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (N.A.V.H.D.A), represented by Bill Valentine adopted the rustic West Willard Road from Izaak Walton Way to River Road in Poolesville. In FY13 they collected 80 lawn/leaf bags of trash, the equivalent of 57, 55-gallon bags. They have been with the Adopt a Road program since 2010.

GOVERNOR’S PROCLAMATION OF THE LARGEST KNOWN TREE IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND. The Montgomery County Forestry Board recognized the individual/resident with the largest tree in Montgomery County, Maryland. The FY 13 winner was Mary Bradford, Director of Montgomery Parks for the American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) at Dickerson Conservation Park (located on Montgomery Parks property). For more information, contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Service Office at 301-854-6060 or visit the website.

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