Presented during a ceremony at City Hall on Nov. 20, Boca Raton’s annual Landscape Excellence Awards recognized seven properties. The award criteria included tree canopy, proper pruning, variety, color and texture, as well as how the property is fertilized, irrigated and maintained.
The winners were selected by the Boca Raton Beautification Committee, whose goal is to make Boca Raton the “most beautiful city in America.” Recipients were Por La Mar Park, 789 Palm Ave., in the city-park category; St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., place-of-worship category; Boca City Walk, 33 SE Eighth St., residential high-density category; Library Commons Apartments, 24-74 NW Seventh St., residential medium-density property category; the Sanctuary, which won in residential low-density gated property; Build Masters, 2420 NW First Ave., industrial small-property category; and the building at 1700 NW Second Ave., small commercial-property category.
The all-volunteer Beautification Committee, founded in 1983, first funded landscaping at South Federal Highway and Royal Palm Way. From this small project grew an effort that today includes 5 million square feet of landscaped medians and right of way throughout the city.

— Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

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