Feb 15 2013

Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association Celebrates Excellence in the Landscape Profession


February 1, 2013 -- Columbus, OH -- GreenScapes Landscape Co., Inc. is proud to announce it has achieved award-winning status from The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) in its prestigious 40th annual Landscape Awards Program.


GreenScapes Landscape Co., Inc. was presented with a coveted Grand Award in the Unique or Unusual Category for the “Live Fire Theatre” Project.


For this one-of-a-kind request, the client at the Franklin County Community Garden wanted a live fire theatre installed. The challenge was to create an area that allowed for demonstrations using five different methods for cooking with fire. The space had to be large enough for local gatherings and had to incorporate greenery, like the sedum roof visible on the top of the pizza oven. The Rumford insert and stone on the outdoor fireplace were constructed by hand, and includes a plaque identifying the fire theatre. Knockout roses add a simple beauty, while also working to keep visitors out of the garden beds. Copper beeches were chosen for their color in order to blend with the dark brick in the nearby buildings, and Kentucky coffee trees will provide shade in future years without outgrowing the space.


GreenScapes Landscape Co., Inc. was presented with a Merit Award in the Unique or Unusual Category for the “Columbus Museum of Art West Entry Garden” Project.


This project for the Columbus Museum of Art offered a unique opportunity to redesign the side entrance, which would later be used as the museum’s main entrance. Small working space proved challenging, especially since the museum remained open to the public during construction. The curved seating walls flanking the steps are made of heavy limestone block, which had to be precisely placed. The eye-catching result frames the space with the corresponding limestone perimeter. The materials for the walking paths were hand selected and leveled for functionality. This bluestone slab adds a natural feel that contrasts with the structure of the rest of the design. The iron fencing paired with the soft appearance of ornamental grasses creates an inviting, and seamless, entry from the street.


GreenScapes Landscape Co., Inc. was presented with a second Merit Award in the Theme Gardens, Show Gardens or Educational or Informative Display of Horticultural Products Category for the “Live Fire Theatre” Project.


The concept for this project was to teach community members how to cook using five different fire methods. The space is also designated for classes and events at the botanical garden. To create the kitchen appearance desired by the client, boardwalk pavers were installed, which mimic a wood floor. These pavers are also permeable and allow for efficient water drainage. Another green element, and teachable feature, is the pizza oven roof, which is layered in sedum. The living roof provides insulation and rainwater absorption for additional sustainability. Simple plant selections keep the focus on the educational lessons and demonstrations for which this area was crafted.


“The Landscape Awards Program encourages landscape contractors and landscape architects to continue their efforts to raise the industry’s image through consistent use of quality materials and skilled craftsmanship,” said ONLA President Jim Searcy, Hyde Park Hyde Park Landscaping, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH). “We are pleased to recognize our 40th annual program winners and help celebrate in their successes.”


The ONLA’s Landscape Awards Program also makes citizens aware of how quality landscaping can improve our environment and property values, recognizes citizens who have taken action through quality landscaping, and rewards skilled professionals who have executed quality workmanship. The program is open to both members and non-members of the ONLA. A jury of distinguished professionals in the fields of landscape architecture, education and horticulture evaluated entries and recommended recipients to the ONLA Landscape Awards Committee.


GreenScapes Landscape Co., Inc., one of only 17 winning companies in Ohio, was recognized during a ceremony and reception hosted by the ONLA on Monday, January 14, 2013 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.


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