Landscape awards for keeping Boca beautiful

Five commercial and residential propoerties were selected for their curb appeal at the 2015 Lamndscaping Excellence Awards. There are usually 10 or 11 winners, said co-chairwoman Barbara Benefield, who presented the Boca Raton's Beautifician Committee's annual picks at the June 3 presentation and luncheon in City Hall.

"People are not landscaping as much, and that keeps Boca beautiful," she said.On the plus side, duplexes were added as a category for the first time, according to Richard Randall, co-chairman. The winner was 676 Hastings St., with a large Spanish bayonet, bromeliads and a Phoenix palm in the front yard.

"The canopy is left to grow naturally," Benefield said.

Erin Hopkins accepted the award from Mayor Susan Haynie on behalf of her mother Lauren Esnes, the owner. Each winner received a plaque with a photo of the property, also shown in a slide show in council chambers.

The full tree canopy, schefflera and red ti plants at the entrance, and ixora hedge with an island of ficus seen from the street won for Timbercreek. Valeri Bishop, a longtime board member, said she was thrilled for more than 300 homeowners who value the beauty of their community.

"We make landscaping a priority in our common areas and our homes," and work with their vendor to keep the neighborhood true to its name, she said. It was built in the late 1970s.

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Barbara Benefield, left, co-chairwoman, presented the 2015 Landscape Excellence Awards with Mayor Susan Haynie and Deputy Mayor Robert Weinroth, fifth and sixth from the left, to representatives of this year’s winners. (Photo/Marci Shatzman, FPG)

Marci Shatzman mshatzman@tribune.com

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