Keep Henrico Beautiful recognizes owners of exceptional residential, business properties

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee has selected the winners of its annual awards program that recognizes properties that are beautifully landscaped and highlight best practices for soil and water conservation and garden habitats.

In its 26th year, the awards program is honoring each magisterial district’s recipient of the Land Lover Award and a countywide winner of the Clean Business Award.

The winners of the Land Lover award for residential properties are Matt Hughes of the Brookland District, José Napky of the Fairfield District, the Dunn family of the Three Chopt District, Nick and Susan Kappel of the Tuckahoe District and Ashleigh Gerber and Shannon Davis of the Varina District. Whole Foods Market, at 11173 W. Broad St., is the recipient of the Clean Business Award.

The awards, presented annually since 1995, recognize residential and business properties that are attractively landscaped, well-maintained and litter-free.

To be eligible for a Land Lover Award, residents must perform their own landscaping and lawn care. Nominees for a Land Lover or Clean Business award must participate in an ongoing recycling program, such as composting, curbside pickup or drop-off service.

This year’s Land Lover recipients promote sustainability, water quality and soil health by following a variety of best practices that involve native plant species, rain barrels, self-sustaining water features, conservation landscaping, permeable pavers, pollinator gardens, composting and pesticide elimination. As the Clean Business honoree, Whole Foods Market offers in-store recycling options, compostable cutlery, local produce, products in bulk and a 5-cent rebate when customers have reusable shopping bags.

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