Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc. is pleased to report it won “Outstanding Project of the Year” for the State of Florida for 2021 from the Florida Urban Forestry Council. The award recognized Greenscape’s planting project at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, a city-owned equestrian and event facility that hosts more than 50 national and international events per year.
“We are so thankful to have been selected for such a prestigious award,” said Lisa Grubba, Executive Director. “The Florida Urban Forestry Council is an impressive advocate for our state’s urban forests. Their work is of critical importance in this fast-growing state.”
Greenscape planted 101 trees at the facility to beautify the property, add shade, and absorb excess storm water in low-lying areas. The species planted were Live Oak, Sabal Palm, Sycamore, Cedar, Bald Cypress and Winged Elm. The soil was amended prior to the planting, due to the highly compacted and poor quality soil on the site. The center’s irrigation was upgraded and drip bubblers were added for each new tree by subcontractor Allstar Irrigation.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the completion of the project and was attended by representatives from City Council, Public Works, the Parks Department, Duval County Public Schools, area advocacy groups, JEA, the boards of both organizations, and members of the master gardner program.