Awards 2019-03-27T18:47:42+00:00


Awards Fiesta for the TNLA Arp, Young Leader, Summit and Texas Excellence in Landscaping (TEIL) Award Winners

Save-the-Date to celebrate this year’s winners on Aug. 9, 2019, 6:45pm – 8:45pm!

Be inspired by the industry’s award-winning landscape firms and increase your company’s knowledge in the latest trends in landscaping by connecting with the industry’s top professionals! Take new ideas back to the workplace on how to raise the bar for your company by witnessing how these industry leaders earned their place at the front of the pack.

  • Date: Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Time: 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
  • Location: Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe

2019 Texas Excellence in Landscaping Award Winners

These top-notch landscaping firms are being recognized for their outstanding work on projects! Texas Excellence in Landscaping Awards are presented as model projects in the categories of Commercial Installation, Commercial Maintenance, Residential Installation, Residential Maintenance, Special Projects, Unique Features and Design. The TNLA Awards gives landscapers in Texas something to strive towards! This year’s top leading partners to be honored at this year’s EXPO.

Congratulations to the 2019 Texas Excellence in Landscaping Award Winners!

Presenting Sponsors

Gold Award Winners

Southern Botanical
Dallas Arboretum — A Tasteful Place
Commercial Installation over $500,000

The intent with the project was to transform a 3.5-acre lot from a storage area to a beautiful new space that would highlight the range of culinary plants thriving in North Texas. Southern Botanical drew inspiration for the project from the trend of growing and eating sustainable, fresh, local Dallas food. More than 34,000 plants were sourced from nine states. To keep the plants watered and healthy, a temporary nursery, complete with an irrigation system, was built.

Southern Botanical
Turtle Creek Offices
Commercial Installation over $500,000

This stately building is surrounded by native grasses and perennials. The client wanted the campus to be nestled on the site, with a low profile and low impact on the surrounding landscape. This makes the project look as though it were placed in the middle of a native Texas grassland. There are more than 20,000 plants located on the site and approximately 70 different varieties, and some of the plant material was collected from nearby ranches. This project is registered as a LEED Silver site.

Clean Scapes, LP
The Waterfront
Commercial Installation over $500,000

This new Austin complex is made up of 40 acres of Lady Bird Lake waterfront property. The client’s top priority was to have open outdoor spaces. The client wanted the office to feel like a giant outdoor space, which connected seamlessly to the 11-mile, lakefront hike-and-bike trail directly across the street. The property truly feels like an outdoor destination, rather than just another stuffy workplace. The property is home to more than 10,000 employees who requested plenty of terraces and patio space.

Southern Botanical
Dallas Museum of Art
Commercial Maintenance

The team created a fresh-looking environment for visitors. From weekly hand-pruning to eliminating the dwarf palmettos’ brown or tattered leaves to monitoring the drip irrigation closely to maintaining blooms in 100-degree temperatures, these lawn areas required high levels of attention to maintain their attractive, lush appearance. Alternating mowing patterns create uniform growth, aerated to minimize compaction from the constant crowds and top dressed regularly to level the depressions and settling over time.

AJ’s Landscaping & Design, Inc.
Heights Courtyard
Residential Installation under $50,000

This residence is in an exclusive Houston residential community. The tasks were to remodel the pool decking, provide a covered fireplace patio, and add an herb and flower garden. Travertine softens the rectangle pool orientation to the residence, raised covered patio, and the residence’s turf bands that accent the 45-degree pool decking. A 12-foot arched fireplace is trimmed in travertine and mimics the wrought iron roof framing. The wrought iron pattern detail connects the fireplace with the 10-foot travertine-clad columns.

Moss Landscaping
Modern Serenity Gardens
Residential Maintenance

It is a true joy to have designed, installed, and maintained a garden long enough to see the original vision come to life. Such is the case with the Modern Serenity Gardens in Houston’s prestigious Longwoods neighborhood. There are so many elements to this landscape that require painstaking maintenance to achieve, such as the transitional living walls of Japanese yews and the Eagleston holly privacy screen. To accomplish gardens like this requires a meticulous crew, a dedicated supervisor, and an extremely patient and committed client.

Majestic Outdoor Lighting
Casa Inn
Special Projects

Depth, width, and height were added to the front elevation of the property by layering the lighting throughout the landscape and home. Small, subtle LED fixtures were added to highlight features of the home, which added to the overall aesthetic of the property. An additional security element with indirect lighting throughout the property helps to deter potential intruders. Every light has a particular purpose.

Lanson B. Jones & Company, Inc.
Unique Features

The two white Estremoz marble pieces were imported from Portugal and were designed with special-order, custom-carved marble from Carrara. This piece was inspired by the client’s existing art pieces. The placement of the art piece was given special consideration so it was properly featured but would not compete with the garden features. The slabs were installed on the poured concrete to ensure a perfect level and hardiness so they could withstand hurricane-force winds.

Jason Osterberger Designs
Cherokee Trail Residence

The main aspects of the project are the outdoor living area addition, courtyard, firepit area, and pools. The team was involved with creating solutions for the client’s needs from conception to completion. Meetings with the client ensured design intent, material selection (plant and hardscape), crew schedules, on-site meetings with contractor, and all aspects of installation.

Lanson B. Jones & Co.
Contemporary Art Garden

This English-inspired home is the perfect contemporary art garden. Unique art pieces throughout the space make it feel like you’re walking through your very own art gallery. The client’s special request of an all-white garden gives it a clean and elegant feel. The team incorporated white seasonal color, white custom art pieces, and all white furniture, which blended seamlessly with the landscape. The design approach was to work around those elements and making them the highlight point in every corner, letting the client appreciate the garden for what it is, a contemporary art garden.

Silver Award Winners

Superscapes, Inc.
Children’s Medical Center Dallas
Commercial Installation under $100,000

This project exemplifies the mission of Children’s Medical, which is “to make life better for children.” The goal was to create a more inviting and whimsical space for patients, families, and medical professionals to get outside and take a breath from the often-tense situations inside the hospital walls. Efficiency was a top priority to avoid inconvenience to patients, families and employees of the hospital.

Lanson B. Jones & Company, Inc.
Texas Native Rooftop Oasis
Commercial Installation $100,000 to $500,000

The material was carefully chosen to evoke the feel of a natural Texas landscape. Steel edge was used to define the lines across over 2,000 square feet of bed space. An ivy wall, putt-putt course, and entertainment areas were installed throughout the inside of the former telephone museum turned upscale condominium midrise.

Southern Botanical
Texas Instruments — South Campus Phase 3
Commercial Installation over $500,000

This campus used to be a weapons manufacturing facility. The goal of this project was to restore it to the original plane’s grasses and wildflowers and to make the outdoors inviting to the brilliant minds who work inside all day. The project completely transformed the courtyards to an enticing landscape with ping-pong tables, bocce ball courts, volleyball courts, and other outdoor activities. Despite the 25 days of rain, the team managed to complete the six-month project with 20 days to spare.

Clean Scapes, LP — One Hanover Park
Commercial Maintenance

This commercial property is a Class A, multi-tenant office complex in the heart of Dallas. The property has a healthy mix of full sun and shade, with large seasonal color beds at both the East and West entries. Seasonal color is the focus throughout this property. Depending on sun or shade, flower change outs are frequent at this property. It’s extremely important for the property to look well-maintained and healthy year-round.

Clean Scapes, LP
Pearl Brewery
Commercial Maintenance

The Pearl Brewery was founded in 1881 and has been a San Antonio landmark ever since. The property is now home to an expansive multiuse development, including restaurants, retailers, public spaces and apartments.  Rainwater is collected and stored in recycled beer cisterns to supplement irrigation of the environmentally responsible, natural, low water use landscape. The landscape of attractive native and adapted plants embodies the natural character of San Antonio while requiring less water. The Pearl has also planted a total of 662 trees around the property.

Clean Scapes, LP
Domain Northside
Commercial Maintenance

This commercial property has quickly become a major hot spot in Austin. With hundreds of retailers, restaurants, residences, and office space, it strives to provide a live-and-play where you work atmosphere. Its focus on spectacular landscaping and attention to detail separate the property from other multiuse developments. The goal was to create and maintain beautiful landscapes while incorporating functionality.

Clean Scapes, LP
Galatyn Commons
Commercial Maintenance

This commercial property presents a unique offering of highly improved Class A office space, located in the heart of the Dallas Metroplex. It has an outdoor amphitheater that’s home to an annual three-day music festival boasting more than 70,000 people. This creates a unique challenge before and after the event to make sure the grounds are perfect. The property also features crushed granite trails that run throughout the complex, allowing tenants to stretch their legs and enjoy the outdoors.

Clean Scapes, LP
Research Park V
Commercial Maintenance

Located in Austin’s growing high-tech corridor, this property is designed around a beautifully landscaped courtyard that offers outdoor meeting space, outdoor grilling capabilities, and seating areas. This property sees a high amount of vehicle traffic. The City of Austin deemed one area as a “no-enter zone,” which forced the team to leave the space as natural as it possibly can be. Manual weeding is allowed, but no chemical or pesticide can be applied in the aquifer recharge zone.

Clean Scapes, LP
San Clemente at Davenport
Commercial Maintenance

Perched near the rim of one of Austin’s landmark canyons, this commercial property is composed of three five-story office buildings. Seasonal color has been expertly paired with native Texas perennials. The result is a happy partnership of rugged terrain and native landscaping with a polished approach.