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Botanical Decorators Receives National Landscape Awards of Excellence

By Stephen H. Wlodarczyk
November 13, 2013

Olney, Maryland November 7, 2013 – Botanical Decorators is proud to announce that it has been awarded three Grand Awards in the Residential Design Build category of the 2013 National Landscape Awards of Excellence Program sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). Botanical Decorators was also the recipient of the highly coveted “Judges Choice” award.

“This property was a very tight back yard with the main house, a guesthouse, and garage that all had their own look and didn’t relate to each other. The house sits on a very busy road in Alexandria, VA and has virtually no access from the front, so day-to-day living, as well as formal entertaining, was approached from this perspective. It was critically important to get this one right. The lawn was framed with cobble stone featuring a center circle medallion which helps center the eye to the reconstructed arbor and screened porch. All the railings and trim were replaced with custom fabricated components for a unique look. On the opposite side of the yard, we converted a patio that sat too low, collected water and had a non-functioning fireplace into the extended entertainment portion of the yard with an oversized dining patio, and a sitting/conversational patio with a fireplace as a centerpiece. The sitting walls and grilling station hold back the grade in a very understated fashion that allows guests to feel nestled into the garden while regaining critical space from the hillside. This project has everything our estate properties have in a fourth of the space. All so enjoyable, and never thought possible by our client.”

“As president of Botanical Decorators, I am so proud of our team and honored to be receiving such a prestigious award,” said president and owner, Chris Cahill. “Brian Hahn proved once again that Botanical Decorators is indeed one of the premier Landscape Design-Build firms. Way to go!”

The client also wrote of the project, saying “Wow! Botanical Decorators transformed our backyard into a beautiful outdoor room. They are so creative and have the best installation team around. We love to entertain and our guests just love to gather by the fireplace—it is so cozy!!”


About Botanical Decorators

Botanical Decorators is a Maryland landscape design company that offers custom residential landscaping services throughout the D.C. Metropolitan Area. The award-winning design and build firm has been serving clients in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. for over 30 years, establishing a distinctive reputation in the area.

The landscaping team is unique in that each architect also serves as the project manager, acting as a single point of contact for the client and ensuring the highest quality service. Each landscape designer’s close attention to detail and strong support system results in the development of extraordinary residential properties and stunning outdoor structures that add beauty to the yard and home.

About the National Landscape Awards of Excellence Program

PLANET’s National Landscape Awards of Excellence Program reflects the association’s commitment to creating and preserving the beauty of our landscape. The program is designed to reward independent landscape, lawn care, and interior plantscaping professionals who execute superior projects. PLANET strives to increase public awareness of environmental improvement through contracted landscaping, lawn care, and interior plantscaping and encourages the consistent use of quality materials and workmanship.

Of the 118 projects entered in the landscape awards program, 105 were recognized with an award. The awards breakdown includes: 35 Grand Awards, 34 Merit Awards, and 36 Recognition Awards. Special thanks to the judges, Jason Cromley, Hidden Creek Landscaping, Inc.; Ryan Kolb, Columbus State Community College; Maria Sambuco, BRICKMAN-Great Lakes Division; and Tom Wood, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, Wood Landscaping,as well as to the Awards Subcommittee Chair Dennis Karem, Environmental Mgmt., Inc.

About the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)

PLANET, the Professional Landcare Network, is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices, and business professionalism. Many of PLANET’s professionals have attained the status of becoming Landscape Industry Certified, achieving the greatest level of industry expertise and knowledge. Visit PLANET at


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