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Town awards landscape honors

For the 25th year, Farragut’s Beautification Committee awarded landscape beautification awards to local businesses and churches.

This year, two categories were added: retail commercial complex and multi-family residential complex.

“For some time it has been difficult for the judges to judge, for instance, a freestanding retail entrance with an entrance to a retail commercial complex,” Beautification Committee Chair Linda Ford said.

“These two categories will make it much easier for us to get our awards spread out to the right places,” she added.

Winner of the commercial/

office category was Y-12 Federal Credit Union, 13128 Kingston Pike.

“Although this is a new office building, the landscape design is functional: there was color, mulch and the maintenance around this facility was very well done,” Ford said.

“This is a very competitive category this year,” she added.

Y-12 scored a 90 percent. Winner of the commercial/retail building was Weigel’s at the corner of Smith Road and Kingston Pike.

“May I personally say I am very proud of the Weigel’s at Smith Road. Your landscaping is beautiful and you are a definite asset to our community,” Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III said.

“The developers did an excellent job installing landscaping along two major streets,” Linda Ford said, mentioning plant selection, maintenance and the rose garden along the west side of the building.

Winner of the residential entrance category was Bridgemore, off McFee Road.

“The team awarded Bridgemore the maximum points in each of the award criteria. In other words, the team awarded Bridgemore a 100 percent rating,” Ford said.

“We have never done that in the past,” she added.

Ford called attention to the use of bridges and waterfalls “that cascade from the top to the lower entrance and walkways throughout the area. [They] are outstanding.”

“It’s been a real joy. We’re real proud of what we’ve done,” Jerry Whitehead said, recognizing designer Doug Arnold.

Ford expressed her appreciation of all Farragut subdivision residents and homeowners associations “who work to maintain their entrances.”

Winner of the religious institution category was Faith Lutheran Church, 239 Jamestowne Boulevard.

“You can see the beautiful entrance to their facility. Faith Lutheran Church scored well and was a very easy choice for the judges,” Linda Ford said.

Winner of the new retail commercial complex category was Renaissance | Farragut.

“This commercial complex is a popular destination in Farragut. The property is well maintained although the development is still growing,” Ford said.

She mentioned the rock walls and mature trees in front of the development that were left during construction.

“The judges were very impressed with the entire property,” Ford said.

Winner of the final category, multi-family residential complex, was NHC Healthcare, 120 Cavette Hill Lane.

“The color and landscaping as you approach the facility is well maintained,” Ford said of the 10-year-old facility.

“Good landscape design is evident in all areas,” she added.

Five members of the beautification team make up the judging committee, using criteria including landscape design, selection of plant material, maintenance and first and last impressions.

Awards were judged in September.


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