Award-Winning Landscape Designs of 2020

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Winner: Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes

Dreaming of Spring? You’re in luck. The Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC), an organization dedicated to serving as a high-quality resource for Colorado’s ever-evolving landscaping community, awarded top landscape design projects this month, and we’ve rounded them up here. 

With their The Elevating the Landscape Industry through Excellence Awards (ELITE), the ALCC  honors those who uphold the same values as the association, rewarding businesses who exhibit high-quality professionalism, integrity, innovative practices and elements of sustainability. 

On March 12, the 2020 ELITE awards, sponsored by Colorado Materials, gathered over 100 landscape experts at Stonebrook Manor in Thornton, Colorado. 11 companies received top awards, with thirteen finalists and two individual professionals also recognized for their submissions. 

“Our finalists and award winners reflect the key values of our Colorado landscape industry,” said ALCC Executive Director John McMahon. “This includes a commitment to environmental stewardship as well as sound business practices and community service.”

The 11 categories include: Community Stewardship, Customer Service, Design/Build of projects $150K and under, Design/Build of projects $150K and over, Innovation, Irrigation, Landscape Construction, Maintenance, Use of Color, Most Valuable Player and Volunteer Service. 

The 2020 ALCC ELITE Awards Winners and Finalists 

Community Stewardship

Award Recipient: Phase One Landscapes – outdoor memorial garden for Sawyer Dow at Mullen High School, Denver, CO


Customer Service

Award Recipient: BrightView Landscape – customer service in Parker and offices across metro Denver, CO


Design/Build Over $150K

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Award Recipient: Lifescape Colorado – revitalized grounds at Richthofen Castle in Denver, CO

Finalist: Environmental Designs Inc. and Marpa Design Studio – outdoor entertainment space, fire feature and courtyard in Boulder, CO

Finalist: TLC Gardens LLC – native, low-maintenance landscape for residence in Longmont, CO


Design/Build Under $150K

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Award Recipient: Native Edge Landscapes – innovative raised garden and landscape in Boulder, CO

Finalist: LID Landscapes – modern, sustainable yard renovation in Boulder, CO

Finalist: Tree of Life Landscapes – low-water, Japanese Zen garden in Westminster, CO



Award Recipient: Scythe Robotics – self-driving robotic mower used at Tom Watson Park in Boulder, CO

Finalist: – retail holiday lighting store in Centennial, CO


Landscape Construction

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Award Recipient: Singing Hills Landscape – innovative residential landscape and entertainment area in Denver, CO

Finalist: Western States Reclamation – stream and wetland restoration at Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project in Littleton, CO

Finalist: Changing Landscapes – transformed residential landscape in Boulder, CO



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Award Recipient: Lifescape Colorado – revitalized grounds at Richthofen Castle in Denver, CO

Finalist: Terracare Associates – extensive upkeep of Arapahoe Parks and Recreation District, Centennial, CO

Finalist: Designscapes Colorado – meticulous maintenance at Cherry Hills Park HOA, Cherry Hills Village, CO



Award Recipient: Western States Reclamation – stream and wetland restoration at Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project in Littleton, CO

Finalist: Rocky Mountain Trees & Landscaping – Cement Creek Hugelkultur in Crested Butte, CO

Finalist: Designscapes Colorado – nature discovery zone for kids in Lafayette, CO


Use of Color

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Judge’s Choice Award Recipient: Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes – vibrant and productive gardens in Vail, CO

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People’s Choice Award Recipient: Environmental Designs Inc. – seasonal color beds and containers for Hilltop Club in Aurora, CO

Finalist: Tree of Life Landscapes – low-water and low-maintenance, colorful garden in Longmont



Award Recipients: Nicolas Caballero, Colorado Stoneworks, Colorado Springs, CO | Anthony Velazquez, Phase One Landscapes, Denver, CO


Volunteer Service Awards

Outlook Emerging Leader: Anne Campbell, Colorado Stoneworks Landscaping

The Outlook Award recognizes acknowledges landscape professionals who are less than 40 years old and have made a significant contribution to their company, industry and ALCC.


Stan Brown Distinguished Associate Member of the Year: Leo Degenstein, The L.L. Johnson Distributing Company

This award was first presented to Stan Brown in 2008 and recognizes acknowledges landscape professionals who foster solidarity, partnership and goodwill among those in his/her company and the industry.


Bob Cannon Lifetime Achievement: Marie Peacock, previously with Gardenz

This award honors individuals who have given loyal, dedicated service to the landscape industry and contributed ideas, programs and other endeavors to benefit ALCC members.


John Garvey Person of the Year: Patrick O’Meara, High Country Landscape

This Award recognizes an individual who has provided outstanding volunteer service to/through the industry during the past year.


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