Keep Knoxville Beautiful hosted the annual Orchids Beautification Awards at the Standard this week. The event honored Knoxville’s most beautiful properties by presenting awards in six categories: outdoor space, public art, new architecture, restaurant/café/bar/brewery, redesign/reuse and environmental stewardship. Additionally, the Mary Lou Horner Award was presented to a former winner who remains “Orchid worthy,” and the Felicia Harris Hoehne Award was presented for the first time.
The winner for outdoor space was Suttree Landing Park, and the winner for public art was the Locust Street pedestrian bridge. For new architecture, the winner was the Natalie Haslam Music Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The winners for restaurant/café/bar/brewery were Balter Beerworks and K Brew. For redesign/reuse, the winners were the Daniel and Patricia Nash Designs. Finally, the winner for environmental stewardship was the Joint Institute of Advanced Materials. The Mary Lou Horner Award was presented to the Tennessee Theatre.
This year’s newest award was created to honor a person who exemplifies KKB’s mission of making Knoxville a “clean, green, and beautiful” city. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero presented Ms. Felicia Harris Hoehne with the inaugural Felicia Harris Hoehne Award.
Harris Hoehne joined the Keep Knoxville Beautiful board in 2009, and is an active member of the Spring Place Neighborhood Association. She is dedicated to the KKB mission and hires crews to pick up litter in her own and other people’s neighborhoods.
Over 200 people attended the event, and guests enjoyed live music from the Old City Buskers, a live mural painting by Perry Hodson, a silent auction, and a specially brewed beer called “the Good Neighbor Orchid” provided by Balter Beerworks. The night’s guest speaker was Gale Fulton, who is the director of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Keep Knoxville Beautiful announced that the 2017-2018 “Community of the Year” will be East Knoxville. The 2016-2017 “Community of the Year” was South Knoxville, where KKB will continue to focus their efforts until June of 2017.
All proceeds from the Orchids Beautification Awards will go to benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s education and beautification programs.