Green Works Industry Awards Program




Charlie Proutt – Distinctive Landscaping

Charlotte, VT

Large Scale Residential Design/Build – A Modernist Oasis

Excellence Award

Cynthia Knauf, ASLA-Cynthia Knauf Landscape Design, Inc

Burlington, VT

Large Scale Residential Design – Traditional Urban Home

Excellence Award

Caroline Dudek – Landshapes

Richmond, VT

Small Scale Residential Design/Build – Poolside Living

Merit Award

Nate Carr – Church Hill Landscapes, Inc.

Charlotte, VT

Small Scale Residential Design/Build – Outdoor Kitchen & Pool Patio

Honor Award

Brian Pellerin – Distinctive Landscaping

Charlotte, VT

Small Scale Residential Design/Build – Small Space, Bold Terrace

Excellence Award


Richmond, VT

Commercial Build – Champlain College

Honor Award

Josh Cohen – The Grass Gauchos, LLC.

Burlington, VT 

Commercial Build – Essex Family Dental

Merit Award

Christian D’Andrea – Distinctive Landscaping

Charlotte, VT

Commercial Design/Build – Dining in Nature

Excellence Award

Jack Rossi Landscape Architecture

Woodstock, VT

Commercial Design – Woodstock Elementary School

Honor Award




Guidelines and Entry Forms – 2016VNLA_Industry_Award_Choice


The purpose of the Green Works Industry Awards Program is to bring recognition to outstanding examples of landscape design, installation, and management. The objective of the program is to promote excellence and encourage greater public awareness of the aesthetic and environmental benefits of landscaping.


The Industry Awards Program is open to current Green Works members actively offering professional  landscape services.  Individual members may submit one project per year.  Member businesses may submit one project per designer and/or project manager per year.  Eligible projects will have been completed within the last 7 years.


Return completed entry forms with a $110 processing fee for each submission postmarked by, Saturday, December 31, 2016.  The mailing address is PO Box 92, N. Ferrisburgh, VT  05473.  Contact Ed Burke, Program Coordinator at 802-453-2782 or the Green Works office with any questions.  Projects that do not meet entry guidelines will be disqualified.


Landscape Plan  – The landscape plan shall indicate plant material, hardscaping elements, buildings, roads, ponds and other pertinent features.   Please Include north orientation and scale. Photos submitted with the entry must be located numerically on the plan. Submit your landscape plan on 11” x 17” paper or smaller and exclude any reference to the name of your client or your business.  Include a jpeg of your plan with your photos. Entries will not be accepted without a copy of the landscape plan.

Project Goals/Description – Be clear and concise when stating the project’s goals and objectives.  Emphasize any notable attributes and challenges of the project.  Include the budget for the project, what parts were completed by subcontractors or other parties, client involvement, and any special needs or concerns. Convey your project’s story and uniqueness.   Submit on plain, non-letterhead paper not to exceed one page in 12 pt. font. A digital version of the project description must be included with your photos.

Photos – Be aware of the importance of good photographs.  Submit a minimum of 12 and up to 20 jpeg photos.  This digital component of your entry must be submitted on a CD, usb device, or through the on-line Green Works Dropbox (contact the office for instructions; note the deadline to submit on-line is also December 31, 2016).  Label your submission with your company and project names.  No other file formats, no photo-in-photo images and no power point presentations.  Photos must be at least 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. Make sure that each photo corresponds with the photo descriptions on the entry form and with the number on the landscape plan.  The entrant assumes all responsibility for copyrights, photographic fees, and client permission for further use of photos by Green Works. No limitations can be placed on photos.
Client Permission/Signature Release – Obtain the property owner’s signed permission on the entry form; we cannot accept entries without this signature release.   All entry materials become the property of Green Works and will not be returned.


  • Entries must be postmarked and received by December 31, 2016. Entires and/or any related materials submitted on-line (photos), must also be received in the Green Works Dropbox by December 31, 2016.
  • Entrant must be a Green Works member in good standing.
  • All design, installation and management work by Green Works members is eligible.
  • Projects must have been completed within the last seven years.
  • If submitting a project completed out-of-state, please provide applicable horticultural factors such as hardiness zone, climate and cultural conditions.
  • All entries will be reviewed from the photos the entrant submits.  There are no site visits.
  • If applicable, all contractors who worked on the project should be listed on the entry form.
  • Each project should be submitted with the entry form, work responsibility chart, a landscape plan, the project description, photos and descriptions, the entry fee and client release signature.
  • Each project submitted must be free of identifying names, people or logos.
  • The Industry Awards Judging Committee Chairperson will make decisions when eligibility criteria that are not covered in the rules become an issue.


A panel of industry professionals that includes landscape designers, nursery workers, and horticultural educators is assembled to judge the entries.  The judging process is blind: the identity of your business and the client is not revealed to the judges. All reference to your business name, identifiable people,  and client name will not appear on your entry during the review process.

Projects are judged on many factors including the degree of difficulty, aesthetic quality, proper horticultural practices, craftsmanship, environmental sustainability and the creative use of resources. Thus, judges consider the implementation of the design, choice of plants and hardscaping materials, the design’s integration into its surroundings and how it fits the client’s budget and goals.

Submissions are judged on their own merits: they are reviewed and judged by their landscape plan, description, photos and photo descriptions.  Each entry is scored individually.


The Judging Committee will review all submissions and notify the award winners by January 15, 2017.  The winners will be announced to the state and local media after winners are notified.  First (Exceeds Excellence), second (Honor), and third (Merit) place awards will be considered in each project type and category. Award winners will be honored/promoted in the following ways:

  • An exclusive full color newspaper insert in 2017.
  • At the Green Works Winter Meeting & Trade Show; winners will give a presentation of their project.
  • Display boards on view at the 2017 Vermont Flower Show.
  • Display boards on view at the Green Works Summer Meeting & Trade Show.
  • On the Green Works website and social media platforms.
  • In the The Dirt, Green Works quarterly newsletter.
  • In media press releases.
  • Award certificate provided for each winning entry.


Small Scale Residential

Small scale residential projects focus on a specific section of a residential property.  Submissions might include a front entry, a backyard entertainment area, a foundation planting, or any project within the property.  While the judging is on a specific section, the surrounding area should be included in the photos and plan to show its context within the entire residential property.

  • Design
  • Build
  • Design/Build

Large Scale Residential

Large scale residential projects are for an entire residential property, not just a specific section.  Please include the master plan and details for the entire property.   Projects developed in stages are eligible providing they have been fully completed.

  • Design
  • Build
  • Design/Build
  • Management


Commercial projects are for full or partial commercial properties.   Submissions will include landscape plans and details.  Projects developed in stages are eligible providing they have been fully completed.

  • Design
  • Build
  • Design/Build
  • Management

Special Project

Special projects are projects that do not fit into the project descriptions.  Submissions can include irrigation, pond building, strictly hardscaping projects, tree work, rainwater gardens, green roofs, environmental art, or other unique landscape challenges or features.  Be sure to demonstrate how these unique projects sit within the context of their surroundings.

  • Special Project

Note:  You may submit only one entry per project type and category.  If you have designed and built the project, select the Design/Build category.  Otherwise, choose the category that fits your project best.   Please review the judging criteria on page 3.  Each project is individually scored.



Mature projects make the best presentation.  Judges cannot always imagine a design’s intent in its early phases.  If submitting a newly completed project clearly state the project’s goals and be elaborative with the description.   Be sure to claim and/or disclaim all site work and features that the photos and landscape plan evidence. Distracting or unsightly elements may affect the impact of your project.  Be sure to include the project’s budget parameters and phases.  Expound upon restraints and restrictions and elaborate when siting the re-use of existing materials or materials gathered from the property or elsewhere.  Take actual work in progress photos.  This is especially important for build category submissions.  Be sure to address all the judging criteria throughout your submission.


It is very important that your photos be high quality and cover the scope of the entire project.  Photos should illustrate enough detail to allow the judges to determine the quality of the work and/or the intention of the design.  Here are some tips:

  • Take photos before, during,  and after from the same vantage point.
  • Take photos from overhead- from an upstairs window or balcony.
  • Take close-up photos of construction details.
  • Include people in photographs to give a sense of scale.
  • Take actual work-in-progress photos.
  • Some photos should be from a distance to allow judges to see how the project fits into its surroundings.
  • Do not include photos containing logos, company names, or identifiable people- such photos will be excluded from your entry.


Descriptions should be concise. The description on each photo should provide the Judging Committee with a clear understanding of what the photo depicts and where it was taken on the landscape plan.  Submit a minimum of 12 photos and up to 20 maximum.


It is important that the judges have a clear understanding of the client’s goals and concerns.  Create a client profile.

  • Are they full-time residents or part time?
  • How long have they lived on their property?
  • What were pre-existing conditions?  What kind of resources were they able to commit to the project and how long did the project take?

Weave this information into your project description.


Submissions are judged according to difficulty, aesthetics, proper horticultural practices, craftsmanship, and environmental sustainability. The following judging criteria will be used, however judges are not limited solely to the criteria listed below.  Each project is individually scored.


  • Overall design and design details.
  • Choice and location of plant material.
  • Choice and location of hardscaping features and materials, if applicable.
  • Harmony of design within its surroundings (architecture & landforms).
  • Degree of difficulty.
  • Sustainability/ecological impact.
  • Imagination and innovation.
  • Overall value – bang for your buck evaluation.


  • Overall impression of the project.
  • Quality/choice of plant material, if applicable.
  • Quality of hardscaping materials.
  • Degree of difficulty (i.e. access).
  • Execution of details/craftsmanship.
  • Sustainable/ecological impact or mitigation.
  • Proper horticultural practices.
  • Overall value – bang for your buck evaluation.


  • Overall design and design details.
  • Overall impression of the project
  • Choice and location of plant material.
  • Choice and location of hardscaping features and materials, if applicable.
  • Harmony of design within its surroundings (architecture & landforms).
  • Degree of difficulty.
  • Execution of details/craftsmanship.
  • Sustainability/ecological impact.
  • Imagination and innovation.
  • Overall value – bang for your buck evaluation.


  • Overall appearance of landscape & continuity.
  • Conditions of lawns, meadows and ground-cover beds.
  • Pruning & condition of trees & shrubs.
  • Condition of planting beds and containers.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Degree of difficulty.
  • Scope of responsibilities.
  • Proper horticultural practices.
  • Sustainable management systems.
  • Overall value – bang for your buck evaluation.


  • Overall impression of the project.
  • Choice and location of materials.
  • Relationship of project to its surroundings.
  • Overall project scope and degree of difficulty.
  • Quality and finish of work.
  • Quality of plant material, if applicable.
  • Sustainability/ecological impact and/or proper horticultural practices.
  • Overall value – bang for your buck evaluation.



2016 Application Fee – $110

Application Name:


Project Plan
Project Goals/Description Sheet
Project Category Form (p. 4)
Photos and descriptions.
Entry Form
Client Permission/Signature of Release
Work Responsibility Chart
Payment to Green Works/VNLA