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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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.

2016 meeting information and schedule

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

View our calendar with all Commission monthly meetings, subcommittee meetings, and working group meetings. 

2016 Meeting Schedule 



  • 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


2016 Membership Roster

Denise Tennant, Chair
Monica Murphy, Vice Chair
Julie Moore, Secretary
Sharon Bucci
Cathleen Curtin
Patrick DeLeonibus
Nicole Hersch
Carol Maxwell
Cynthia Spoehr
Renata Stuebner
Erich Veitenheimer, III
Sylvia Winterling

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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 2016 awards are due May 27, 2016.

Awards are given in six categories:

  • Excellence in Architecture

  • Excellence in Sustainable Design

  • Sustainability Award

  • Community Beautification

  • Residential Beautification

  • Commercial Beautification

Click here for the Beautification Awards Criteria and Nomination Form

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