Beautification Commission

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About Us

The Alexandria Beautification Commission advises City Council, facilitates community beautification efforts, promulgates best practices, and recognizes important achievements in order to improve the appearance and experience of the City of Alexandria.

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What is Beautification?

Improvements to a community encompassing landscaping, architecture, and sustainable environmental practices creating a healthier community and higher quality of life.


The Alexandria Beautification Commission promotes beautification of the City through advocacy, education and the celebration of community beautification efforts.

Meeting Information & Schedule

The Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month, at 7:30 pm., Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St.  For additional information, call 703.746.4550.

2017 Meeting Schedule 

  • January 12, 2017
  • February 9, 2017
  • March 9, 2017
  • April 13, 2017
  • May 11, 2017
  • June 8, 2017

Past Meetings


  • Makes recommendations to City Council and City Departments concerning landscape aesthetic improvements to the City's right-of-ways and City Properties
  • Coordinates with City staff and community groups to organize clean-ups and invasive plant removal from public spaces
  • Coordinates with City staff to transform vacant lots in the City into usable community spaces
  • Sponsors a series of programs to education residents of Alexandria on matters of beautification
  • Sponsors the Alexandria Beautification Awards to recognize residences, businesses, institutions, and public properties that beautify their surroundings through landscaping, architecture, maintenance, and litter clean-up
  • Supports activities and policies to increase the City's Tree Canopy


2017 Membership Roster

Denise Tennant, Chair
Monica Murphy, Vice Chair
Julie Moore, Secretary
Seth Bishop
Cathleen Curtin
Patrick DeLeonibus
Archer Heinzen
Dana Holmstrand
Nicole Hersch
Carol Maxwell
Beth McElwain
Latreice Prince-Wheeler
Anna Smith Lacey
Renata Stuebner
Erich Veitenheimer, II

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Contact Us

If you would like to contact us about beautification issues and opportunities, please send your correspondence to:
The Alexandria Beautification Commission
2900-A Business Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22314

Alexandria Beautification Awards    

 2012Beautification Ceremony 

The Commission sponsors the annual Alexandria Beautification Awards each fall.  These awards recognize residents, businesses, and community efforts to contribute to the  beautification of their neighborhoods and public vistas.  Each year the Commission canvases the City in search of properties that have improved their surroundings through landscape, architecture, maintenance, and other efforts.  The Commission also actively solicits award nominations from the public. Nominations for the 2018 awards will open soon.

Awards are given in six categories:

  1. Excellence in Architecture
  2. Excellence in Suitable Design
  3. Green Practices
  4. Community Beautification
  5. Residential Beautification
  6. Commercial Beautification

    For additional information, view the Beautification Awrads Criteria applicable to all nominations.

    Commission members make the final decision on Award recipients.   Awards are presented by the Mayor and City Council. To view previous Beautification Award Winners click on the following:

2015 Beautification Award Winners
2014 Beautification Award Winners
2013 Beautification Award Winners
2012 Beautification Award Winners
2011 Beautification Award Winners
2010 Beautification Award Winners

2009 Beautification Award Winners  
2008 Beautification Award Winners