2016 - 30th Annual Keep Montgomery County Clean and Green
Landscape Beautification Competition

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT), in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Keep Montgomery County Clean and Green (KMCCG) sponsored the 2016 Landscape Beautification competition, which helps educate County residents about environmentally sensitive landscapes and rewards those who have put them in place.  Contest entrants are encouraged to emphasize the use of native plants, ensure that plantings exclude non-native invasive species, and create sustainable landscapes that:

  • Support beauty without toxicity;
  • Help reduce stormwater runoff; 
  • Minimize water use;
  • Provide wildlife habitat; and
  • Keep pesticides and fertilizers out of local streams -- and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.

Landscape Beautification applications were accepted from individuals, professional landscapers, municipalities, garden clubs, civic and community organizations and businesses undertaking landscaping projects that enhanced the appearance of commonly-owned sections of commercial or residential properties in Montgomery County. 

Judges included members of the Landscape Design Council and DEP, who assessed the landscapes based on first impressions, design, plant selection and placement, and condition of the landscaping and maintenance.  



                          Landscape Winner Album                                                                       Landscape Winner Program



The Golden Trowel award is presented to triple winners of the Award of Excellence who have maintained their landscape at the Excellent level for an additional five years. Once a landscape has received the Golden Trowel, they are retired from the competition.  

               Brightview Landscape Services                                                Ruppert Landscape Services                                           Ruppert Landscape Services


A new, special award, the Carol Carter Exceptional Achievement Award, was created this year to honor the long-time volunteer who organized the competition. Mrs. Carter is a recognized leader in the horticultural field and a Master Gardener. She was the driving force behind the Landscape Beautification contest before her retirement from KMCCG this year. 

Backyard Bounty was honored for their RainScapes project on Meadow Lane in Chevy Chase.




DEP sponsors the RainScapes program, which promotes landscape design techniques that help reduce stormwater runoff.  Those on private residential, institutional, and/or commercial properties may be eligible for a RainScapes Rewards Rebate from DEP.  Read more.

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For information on the RainScapes program click here.  All other questions call the Community Outreach Hotline at 240-777-7155 or email  [email protected]