The Norman Transcript

November 3, 2013

Award recognizes landscape excellence

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NORMAN — The Norman Park Foundation will present its first Landscape Excellence Award to a Norman private business at the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau 2014 Annual Tourism luncheon in May.

Nominations will be accepted at Legend’s Restaurant, 1313 W. Lindsey St., from now until April 25. Nominees for the award may submit photos of their property taken this fall, winter and/or spring.

Last May, the Norman Park Foundation launched the business award program by presenting the unique Landscape Inspiration Award to the University of Oklahoma.

Molly Shi Boren accepted the bronze sculpture honoring the Borens’ leadership in campus beautification with architecturally harmonious buildings and fine outdoor art, as well as planting hundreds of trees and installing teak benches and seasonal flowers.

With the OU model in mind, Norman Park Foundation members want to highlight the impact of well-planned and maintained landscaping on community pride and visitors’ impressions.

A panel of independent judges will evaluate nominees, visit sites and determine the winner. Evaluation criteria will include aesthetic appeal, diversity of plant material (trees, shrubs, plants,etc.) and year-round interest.

Award requirements are that the business is within Norman’s city limits and the landscape has been maintained for at least three years.

Photographs of the property (5x7 minimum and 8x10 maximum), a brief narrative description of the landscape plan, the business address and contact information for the business may be delivered to Legend’s Restaurant, Attn: Joe Sparks, NPF board member. For more information, visit