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Excellence in Landscape Tutorial


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Excellence in Landscape Tutorial

  1. 1. Prepare Your Entry
  2. 2. In this presentation <ul><li>Why you should submit a project </li></ul><ul><li>About the program </li></ul><ul><li>Entry form </li></ul><ul><li>Entry requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Useful tips </li></ul><ul><li>Scoring and judging procedures </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why submit a project <ul><li>Media exposure </li></ul><ul><li>At least 50% of the projects featured in ALCC’s media coverage are EIL Award recipients. </li></ul><ul><li>An article has three times more value than the cost of advertising space. </li></ul><ul><li>Peer recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Award recipients are recognized at ProGreen EXPO, the EIL Dinner and </li></ul>
  4. 4. About the program EIL Categories Revegetation Water Features Irrigation Special Areas Landscape Maintenance Use of Color Landscape Construction Design/Build Xeriscape Interior Landscape Renovation Wall Construction
  5. 5. About the program Types of awards Award of Excellence Grand Award President’s Award
  6. 6. About the program <ul><li>New this year! </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability category - Use the supplemental checklist to be considered for a sustainability award. </li></ul><ul><li>Entry form – The entry form is significantly more detailed and will replace the long description. </li></ul><ul><li>Entries may be submitted via Dropbox ( ). CDs are still acceptable. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Entry form <ul><li>Fill out entry form completely. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to sign the release – photos become the property of ALCC. </li></ul><ul><li>You can submit the project on CD or send us a Dropbox folder ( </li></ul>
  8. 8. Entry form <ul><li>The entry form has been revamped to guide you in presenting the project: </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us about the client’s goals. Judges want to know what the clients asked for and how you met their needs. </li></ul><ul><li>The work responsibility chart is new. It is intended to give the judges a clear explanation of items that were pre-existing or subcontracted. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Entry form <ul><li>Plant list is not applicable for maintenance, wall construction, irrigation or special areas. </li></ul><ul><li>The sustainability checklist only applies for projects in the sustainability category. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Entry requirements <ul><li>12 photos for all categories (provide 16 photos for renovation only). </li></ul><ul><li>Save photos in order, if possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Save each photo with project name, category and photo number (e.g. Jones Residence, 1C, 1-12). </li></ul>
  11. 11. Entry requirements <ul><li>Color Photos, continued </li></ul><ul><li>Photos must be provided in jpeg format, 300 dpi resolution. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not use Photoshop to alter image or color. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Useful tips You can enter different elements of the same project in more than one category. For example, the Smith residence can be entered in the design/build category and water feature category. You should have a different description and different photos for each category.
  13. 13. Useful tips <ul><li>Design is not considered in the landscape construction or landscape maintenance categories. </li></ul><ul><li>If your company designed the project, select design/build. If your company did not design the project, choose the landscape construction category. </li></ul><ul><li>Include facts, challenges, unique attributes and client needs and wants in the entry form. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Useful tips <ul><li>Immature plant material is the number one reason for a lower score. </li></ul><ul><li>Check your photos; you don’t want dead plant material to reflect your project. </li></ul><ul><li>Entries with company logos on trucks, uniforms or signage will be disqualified. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Useful tips <ul><li>Photography is an important element of your entry. Photos tell the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting for photos is best before 10 am and after 4 pm. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid clear blue days because it causes excessive shadowing. </li></ul><ul><li>Take several photos so that you can choose from the best. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Useful tips <ul><li>If possible, take work in progress photos. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider background and distance in each photo. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose photos carefully. Close-ups and “artsy” photos are neat, but not helpful in judging. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Useful tips <ul><li>Pay attention to any special requirements for the category that you enter. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to use proper horticultural practices (see GreenCO’s BMPs). </li></ul><ul><li>Mark photos, particularly renovations, “before” and “after.” Take the pictures from the same angle. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that plant material is healthy and mature. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Scoring and judging Choose the category to view the scoring criteria: Revegetation (11) Water Features (12) Irrigation (13-14) Special Areas (15) Maintenance (16-19) Use of Color (20-22) Sustainability (23) Construction (1-4) Design/Build (5) Xeriscape (6) Interior Landscape (7-8) Renovation (9) Wall Construction(10)
  19. 19. Scoring and judging <ul><li>Judges will rate the following 1-10: </li></ul><ul><li>Overall appeal – first and lasting impression </li></ul><ul><li>Plant material – appropriate use of shrubs, plants, turf and trees, plant selection, quality and placement </li></ul><ul><li>Unique features- hardscapes and special features, craftsmanship </li></ul><ul><li>Quality – Clearly met client goals, use of BMPs, quality of execution </li></ul>Categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14 Back to category list
  20. 20. Scoring and judging <ul><li>Judges will rate the following 1-10: </li></ul><ul><li>Overall appeal – first and lasting impression </li></ul><ul><li>Design/creativity – uniqueness, degree of difficulty, well-balanced with architecture and site (for Xeriscape: adherence to 7 principles of xeriscape) </li></ul><ul><li>Plant material – shrub/plant selection, quality and placement </li></ul><ul><li>Quality – Use of BMPs, hardscapes, special features, craftsmanship, clearly met client goals </li></ul>Categories 5, 6, 9, 20-22 Back to category list
  21. 21. Scoring and judging <ul><li>Judges will rate the following 1-10: </li></ul><ul><li>Overall appeal – first and lasting impression </li></ul><ul><li>Design/creativity – uniqueness, degree of difficulty, well-balanced with architecture and site </li></ul><ul><li>Materials – Appropriate use of materials, choice and quality </li></ul><ul><li>Quality – Clearly met client goals, use of BMPs, craftsmanship </li></ul>Categories 10, 12, 15 Back to category list
  22. 22. Scoring and judging <ul><li>Judges will rate the following 1-10: </li></ul><ul><li>Overall appeal – first impression </li></ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><li>Materials and documentation- irrigation components, appropriate use of materials </li></ul><ul><li>Quality – appropriate use of materials, use of BMPs, documentation that demonstrates system effectiveness and efficiency, clearly met client goals </li></ul>Categories 13 Back to category list
  23. 23. Scoring and judging <ul><li>Judges will rate the following 1-10: </li></ul><ul><li>Overall appeal – first and lasting impression </li></ul><ul><li>Plant material – quality of turf, trees, plants and shrubs; placement, selection and quality of plant material </li></ul><ul><li>Degree of difficulty – site challenges, environmental considerations, micro climates </li></ul><ul><li>Quality – clearly met client goals, craftsmanship, irrigation and fertilization, use of BMPs </li></ul>Categories 16, 17, 18, 19 Back to category list
  24. 24. Scoring and judging Judges will use the checklist to score the project. Category 23 Back to category list
  25. 25. Scoring and judging <ul><li>Entries are due November 1, 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>9-12 judges will review and score each project. </li></ul><ul><li>Every project is scored based on criteria previously noted. </li></ul><ul><li>Scoring is done by a blind review so that judges don’t know what company submitted the project. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Example Before
  27. 27. Example After
  28. 28. Example Larger, mature plants
  29. 29. Example Too close, over-exposed
  30. 30. Example No sunset shots- too many shadows
  31. 31. Example Too many shadows – can’t see plants and materials
  32. 32. Next steps ALCC is here to help. Call us at 303 757-5611 if you have any questions about the process or entry requirements.
  33. 33. Next steps <ul><li>Judges will convene in December. </li></ul><ul><li>ALCC will notify you in late December with the results. </li></ul><ul><li>EIL Awards Dinner is Wednesday, February 8, 2012. </li></ul><ul><li>Good Luck!! </li></ul>