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Description of Pictures: 2021 Golden Streets
After a brief hiatus in 2020, Golden Streets is back in 2021!
Once again, we are collaborating with Smithsonian Gardens to expand its horticulture program into the central business district. This year’s theme, “Happy Habitats,” will be 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 Architectur ...More...
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2021 photos: This year was filled with hope. Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us but it was hoped that restoring sanity to the White House. the rapid vaccine role-out, and a government that finally cared would put things back to normal again. But the force was strong in the evil anti-vaxxer movement and the virus variants made quick use of that so we're still dealing with this crap.
Trips this year:
after getting fully vaccinated, I made a trip down to Asheville, NC in May to visit my dad and his wife Dixie,
in mid-July, I made a quick trip up to Stockbridge, MA to see the Norman Rockwell Museum again as well as Daniel Chester French's place @ Chesterwood.