The Plant Exchange Community Landscaping Awards Program was created to promote Oakland as a committed center for innovative plant selection and activities. Each October, we recognize local garden makers and plant advocates whose creative use of vegetation enriches our environment and sense of place. See our archive of past honorees.
We accept nominations year-round. If there is a person and/or organization that you would like to recognize, please send us an email including their contact information (and website, if applicable) and a paragraph or two on why you feel they should be recognized. The submission deadline is one month before the October exchange date.
Your help is invaluable in this process. Thanks for participating!
Congratulations to our 2016 honorees!
Pablo and Maria Rodriguez
FOR CREATING AND SUSTAINING A REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL FRONT GARDEN IN WEST OAKLAND
Pablo and Maria have taken a modest concrete covered front yard and largely with the use of recycled containers, clustered them together and filled them with an inspiring array of roses, hedge and accent evergreens. This floral display is also enriched with benches, seats and a fountain.
Pablo, a landscape gardner by profession has created a striking family home which demonstrates tremendous design skill in its concept and execution.
This garden and historian house stand on one of the major pedestrian thoroughfares for pedestrians walking to BART and is the major landscape statement in the neighborhood.
Hayward Blake Jr.
FOR VOLUNTEERING OVER 25 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AS A COMMUNITY LANDSCAPER AND MAKING OAKLAND A MORE BEAUTIFUL PLACE
Hayward, both individually and as a part of wider community projects, has been a driving force behind the volunteer engagement and development of resources to beautify the City of Oakland’s public landscapes.
Highlights of his work include: Park Boulevard median strip, landscaping at Glenview School and Edna Brewer School, landscape renovation at various locations within Dimond Park, public median landscape development at 25th St. and San Pablo Ave.
Hayward is known for his infectious enthusiasm and commitment to volunteering, both which have inspired others to get involved themselves.