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The Awards of Excellence, given annually, recognizes those firms that have enhanced the Indiana environment with creativity and beauty through landscaping and horticulture. At the annual Indiana Green Expo, companies are recognized for completing outstanding projects in each of the following categories.
  • Residential Landscape

Landscape projects for single family or duplex residences. (Apartment projects and similar multi-family buildings must be entered in the Commercial category.) Projects where the hardscaping exceeds 25% of the total price must be entered in the Hardscape Category.

  • Commercial Landscape

Includes commercial sites or institutional projects as well as multi-family residential projects. Projects where the hardscaping exceeds 25% of the total price must be entered in the Hardscape Category.

  • Hardscape

Hardscape projects can be residential or commercial. Examples: Paver or Natural stone application, wall systems, outdoor living spaces.

  • Landscape Maintenance

Open category. Winning company would have provided landscape maintenance to a previously installed landscape. Can be residential, commercial or industrial setting. No dollar amount tied to this category

  • Special Projects

Any non-conforming horticulture/landscape project of special merit or unusual character which does not belong in one of the other categories. Examples include: lighting, seasonal color & décor, water features, synthetic turf, erosion control, interiorscapes, restoration

Entry Format: 
Each project must include the following.
  1. Completed entry form (online form here) or download a paper copy here.
  2. Entry fee ($250), made payable to the Indiana Nursery & Landscape Association  (After October 31, 2023 Entry Fee increases to $350)
  3. Project submission in that includes a written description, photos, and if available, landscape plans of the project.
    1. Written description of project: A descriptive text (500 words maximum) which explains the background for the project and takes into account potential problems and solutions, cost considerations, budget, and any constraints. Text MUST list the client’s criteria for the project and budget considerations. Descriptive text should be saved as a Word document or a PDF with a filename that includes the project name only. Do not include your company name in the filename. Please include the project description in both the printed and digital submissions.
    2. Photos of project: Include up to 15 photos for the judges. These photos should include up to 5 photos of the site Before / During Construction and up to 10 photos of the finished project.  Please remove any company logos contained in the photos (such as on shirts or trucks) before submitting. If any photo contains your company logo that photo will not be forwarded to the judges
    3. Electronic submission:  Include a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 digital images, saved as JPEG files. Label images as 01_project name.jpg, 02_project name.jpg, etc. in the order you wish the judges to view your images. Do not list your company name in the filename. Please ensure photos are at high resolution (300 dpi or about 3 MB) for use in the INLA magazine and for display purposes. The complete electronic submission (photos and written description) may be submitted via or saved to a CD or thumb drive.
    4. Landscape plans: Please remove any company logos/names.
Note: Incomplete entries or nonconforming entries will not be considered for awards.
  • All INLA active members (except award committee members).
  • A previous winning project can NOT be re-entered in the same category.
  • Non-winning project may be re-entered in same category.
  • All projects must include a completed entry form, written description and photos of the project, and entry fee.


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