Golden Streets

Bringing beauty and sustainability to the neighborhood

After a brief hiatus in 2020, Golden Streets is back in 2021! Golden Streets is our annual landscaping design contest for buildings in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, providing vibrant landscaping for BID members and visitors. Golden Streets is one way we are welcoming the community back to the Golden Triangle.

2021 Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of the Judge’s Choice 2021 awards:

  • 1025 Connecticut Ave NW | Blake Real Estate | Landscaper: BrightView
  • 800 17th St NW | Jones Lang LaSalle | Landscaper: Superior Landscaping
  • 888 17th St NW (1706 Eye) |  Brawner Company | Landscaper: Fine Earth Landscape
  • 1999 K St NW | Cushman & Wakefield | Landscaper: Oasis Plant Escape
  • 1220 19th St NW | Wash REIT | Landscaper: Rolling Greens

Completed tree boxes were judged in mid-June. The winners receive a gift card to a Golden Triangle business.

Golden Streets showcases flowers and plants in beautifully-designed tree box displays

800 17th Street, NW

1220 19th Street, NW

1999 K Street, NW

888 17th Street, NW

1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Theme

Once again, we are collaborating with Smithsonian Gardens to expand its horticulture program into the central business district. This year’s theme, “Happy Habitats,” is an extension of the Smithsonian Gardens’ “Habitat” exhibition, a two-year Smithsonian-wide exhibition exploring one big idea: Protecting habitats protects life. The theme encourages creative, urban interpretations around the idea of habitats.

About Golden Streets

The Golden Triangle BID hosts the Golden Streets competition each year for neighborhood property owners to showcase flowers and plants in beautifully-designed tree box displays. As the summer heat rolls in, these special boxes enhance the neighborhood with color and creativity.

In addition to bringing more beauty to the neighborhood, these displays highlight and encourage urban sustainability. Over the years, they have supported native and pollinator-friendly flowers and plants to create urban habitats for birds, bees, and butterflies in the city. Tree boxes delight passersby with vibrant blooms, lush greenery, and whimsical decorations.

The competition encourages the buildings to bring out their best landscaping ideas. Each year, the best landscaping designs are recognized through the Golden Streets awards program. Winning creations are selected by a panel of expert judges, which have included:

  • Ahmed Hassan, Certified Landscaper and former HGTV Host
  • Chuck Bell, NBC4 Meteorologist
  • Amelia Draper, NBC4 Meteorologist
  • Howard Bernstein, WUSA 9 Meteorologist
  • Alex Dencker, Horticulturalist, Smithsonian Institution
  • Bradley Evans, Horticulturalist, U.S. National Arboretum
  • Robin Nixon, Chief of Partnerships, U.S. National Park Service
  • Christopher Upton, Horticulturalist, U.S. National Arboretum
  • James Gagliardi, Supervisory Horticulturist, Smithsonian Institution
  • Bradford McKee, Editor, Landscape Architecture Magazine
  • Luis Marmol, Horticulturist, Dumbarton Oaks

Golden Triangle BID and Sustainability

Golden Streets is a part of our efforts to create a bigger conversation around the importance of sustainability, biophilic design, and urban ecologies. It connects directly to our broader environmental sustainability initiative, which also includes important projects like:

Resources

  • Find this year’s list of recommended plants here
  • Fine this year’s full resource guide here