Golden Triangle BID fetes tree-box displays

"Oasis in the Concrete Jungle," located at 1900 K St. NW, won the contest's Best in Design award. (photo courtesy of the Golden Triangle BID)

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District recently named two winners of its 2017 Golden Streets competition, picked from 19 landscaped tree boxes in the Golden Triangle section of downtown.

This year’s contest asked businesses to respond to the theme “Hot, Hot, Hot” with original landscape displays on the sidewalks in front of their properties.

The Best in Design winner — 1900 K St. NW, which is owned by TH Real Estate — created a display called “Oasis in the Concrete Jungle,” with its vibrant landscaping done by Chapel Valley Landscape Co.

“Flight of the Bumblebees,” located at 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, won the contest’s Best in Sustainability award. (photo courtesy of the Golden Triangle BID)

The Best in Sustainability winner — 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, owned and managed by Blake Real Estate — enlisted the landscaping company Rolling Greens to build its display, “Flight of the Bumblebees.” Judges noted its use of plants native to the D.C. climate, thus demanding fewer resources for upkeep, according to a news release.

The BID works to boost economic development in the business district roughly between the White House and Dupont Circle. The Golden Streets judging panel — which included employees of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington Gardener Magazine and Dumbarton House, as well as NBC4 meteorologist Chuck Bell — walked the streets of the BID’s area to choose winners in the two categories.