The votes are in, and it’s time to reveal the winners. Just recently, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) announced which tree boxes in the Golden Streets are the most well-designed, according to a panel of judges and members of the voting public. A total of 26 buildings participated in the contest with 31 tree boxes up for voting.
Borderstan reported that over 1,300 people voted for the submission, titled, "Stars and Stripes Forever." This tree box was decorated with red, white, and blue streamers. It is located at Jones Lang LaSalle, or 1801 K Street NW. To celebrate their win, the Golden Triangle BID will provide the building tenants an ice cream social.
A tree box, titled, "Island in the Sun," at 1901 L Street NW also won in the Best in Design category, while a tree box at 1200 19th Street NW, called "Pollinators’ Paradise," took home the Sustainability Award.
To decide the winners, the public was able to vote along with a panel of judges, which included Certified Landscaper and former HGTV Host Ahmed Hassan, NBC4 Meteorologist Chuck Bell, WUSA 9 Meteorologist Howard Bernstein, Smithsonian Institution Horticulturalist Alex Dencker, U.S. National Arboretum Horticulturalist Bradley Evans, U.S. National Park Service Chief of Partnerships Robin Nixon, and U.S. National Arboretum Horticulturalist Christopher Upton.
To complement this competition, the Golden Triangle BID plans on hosting an an urban gardening demonstration at Farragut Square Park. This demonstration will be located at 17th Street NW and Connecticut Avenue NW and will be held on June 24 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
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