Golden Triangle BID Announces 2018 Golden Streets Contest Winners

June 28, 2018 (WASHINGTON, DC) – The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of its annual Golden Streets contest, a friendly competition among participating commercial properties for the best tree box landscaping displays within the 43-square-block neighborhood. Twenty-five participating buildings created landscaping displays this year in tree and flower boxes along sidewalks in front of their buildings. This year’s contest theme was “Gardens of the World.”

Winners were selected by a panel of expert judges including:

  • James Gagliardi, Smithsonian Institution
  • Bradford McKee,Landscape Architecture Magazine
  • Luis Marmol, Dumbarton Oaks

The 2018 Golden Streets winners are:

  • Best in Design:

PNC Place, 800 17th Street, NW: 800 17th Street Garden

Inspired by gardens in Mexico, France and Japan, these nine large tree boxes incorporate temperate tropical plants and aloes, light blue salvias, and bamboo-like plants and stones to mimic a zen garden.

  • Best in Sustainability:

Washington Square, 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW: Tapisseries de Trottoir

Inspired by the L’Enfant Plan, which laid out the urban design and streetscape for the nation’s capital, the thoughtful design included perennial plants that do not require much watering, as well as yellow lantana, an annual that does well in hot DC summers and attracts pollinators.

  • Best in Design Second Place:

1900 K Street: Arabian Daze

    • Best in Design Honorable Mention:

1730 Rhode Island Avenue: The Color Spectrum

The complete list of participating building entries and project titles for this year included:

  • 1120 Connecticut Avenue — Worldwide Gardening Connections II
  • 1050 Connecticut Avenue — Tapisseries de Trottoir
  • 1801 K Street — Zen Gardens of Japan
  • 1900 K Street — Arabian Daze: Shining, Shimmering, Splendid.
  • 2020 K Street — Inspiration
  • 1899 Pennsylvania Avenue — Indian Summer
  • 1776 G Street — The Garden of the Morning Calm
  • 800 17th Street — 17th Street Garden
  • 888 17th Street — The Royal Gardens
  • 901 17th Street — Bloom Where You Are Planted
  • 1025 Connecticut Avenue — “Welcome to our Garden,” Prince Harry & Princess Meghan
  • 1707 L Street — Green is Gold
  • 1100 17th Street — Intersection of L Street & the World
  • 1200 16th Street — Monticello on M Street
  • 1200 17th Street — Sustainable on Seventeenth
  • 1730 Rhode Island Avenue — The Color Spectrum
  • 1150 Connecticut Avenue — Worldwide Gardening Connections I
  • 1350 Connecticut Avenue — Paradise in the Circle
  • 1220 19th Street — Benvenito Nel Nosro Giardino
  • 1200 19th Street — Wild and Wonderful
  • 1900 M Street — Welcome to the Island of Capri
  • 1146 19th Street — Welcome to the Island of Eolie
  • 1140 19th Street — Welcome to the island of Pontines
  • 2055 L Street — Garden Party
  • 1899 L Street — What a Wonderful World!


More information about the 2018 Golden Streets contest can be found at

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About the Golden Triangle BID

The Golden Triangle BID is a non-profit corporation that works to enhance the Golden Triangle — the 43-square-block central business district that stretches from the White House to Dupont Circle. The primary focus of the BID is to provide a clean, safe, and vibrant environment within this remarkable neighborhood, and to retain and attract businesses to the Golden Triangle. Founded in 1997, the Golden Triangle BID encourages economic development through capital improvement projects, a variety of engaging events, and public art projects. The BID connects its members to numerous resources, events, and information in and around the neighborhood and strives to increase quality of life through public safety and maintenance services. Together with corporate and government partners, the BID develops and implements programs that strengthen the vitality of the Golden Triangle. Learn more at:


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