Award Winning Gardens
The Parks and Recreation departments Parks and Horticulture division was recently awarded a Landscape Excellence Award by the Keep Virginia Beautiful organization.
The project we nominated was the first phase of the Ridgeview Park Botanical Garden plan, including the redesigned park pathway, playground plantings and the core gardens and patios around the renovated shelter. The purpose of the award is to encourage individuals, businesses, and governmental organizations to improve the environment through landscape excellence. Keep Virginia Beautiful selected winners in six categories including residential,commercial, institutional, municipal, public gardens, and design/installation. We took first place in the municipal category.
C. Dwayne Jones, Superintendent of Parks & Horticulture, also received the Urban Forestry Award for outstanding accomplishments in the conservations of soil, water and related resources. The award was one of only four awards given out by the Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District at their annual banquet in late October. He was recognized for his efforts to increase the tree canopy cover throughout Waynesboro as well as hosting the very successful Waynesboro Plant Health Care for Urban Trees Workshop each year for the past 10 years.