Landscape Awards Program
ONLA Awards Excellence in the Green Industry
The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association’s Landscape Awards Program aims to:
- Make a concerned citizenry aware that quality landscaping improves our environment and property values.
- Recognize citizens who have taken action through quality landscaping to improve the environment.
- Reward skilled professionals who execute quality workmanship.
- Encourage landscape contractors and landscape architects to continue their efforts to raise the industry’s image by consistent use of quality materials and competent workmanship.
Two types of awards may be granted in any category, when warranted. All awards are given based on a 100-point system. Points are given by a panel of judges for each entry in a category. Points are then collected, tallied and averaged to reach the entry’s final score. Awards may not be given in a category if no entry is awarded an appropriate score.
Merit Awards will be given to entries scoring a minimum of 70 points. Grand Awards will be given to entries scoring a minimum of 85 points. Multiple Merit Awards and Grand Awards may be given in any category. A single Judges’ Choice: Project of the Year Award will be given to one award-winning entry at the discretion of the judges.
A jury of distinguished professionals in the fields of landscape architecture, education and horticulture evaluated entries and recommended recipients to the awards committee.
The judges determined the quality of materials (both plant and construction), design, completeness of installation, workmanship, and horticultural correctness in the landscape installation using the digital images, plans and descriptions submitted with each entry. To ensure that each project would be judged consistently over a two-day period, the same four judges reviewed every entry. Judges are chosen each year to examine the entries.