Knoxville to name Orchid winners

Knoxville, TN. – On March 1, 2016 Keep Knoxville Beautiful will announce winners of its 34TH annual Orchids Awards Dinner, 6 p.m. at The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave.

The 2016 Orchids Awards will be presented to winners in three legacy categories (New Architecture, Redesign/Reuse, and Outdoor Space) and three new categories (Restaurant/Cafe/Bar/Brewery, Environmental Stewardship, and Public Art). The East Tennessee Community Design Center served as judges for the awards.

Additionally, The Mary Lou Horner Beautification Award will be granted to a former Orchids Award winner whose property remains Orchid-worthy. “As a founder of our organization, and a significant leader in improving the Knoxville community, Ms. Horner worked tirelessly to continue making Knoxville environmentally beautiful,” said Keep Knoxville Beautiful Executive Director Patience Melnik. “This award is a tribute to her pursuit of our mission.”

Also new in 2016 is the selection of a Community of the Year, which will be announced at the 2016 Orchid Awards Dinner. Keep Knoxville Beautiful supports all of Knoxville in its efforts but will provide enhanced beautification projects to the selected community in 2016.

Attendees will enjoy music by the Old City Buskers, a silent auction with complimentary beer and wine reception, dinner, and the awards ceremony.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes litter eradication, recycling, and beautification efforts in Knox County communities using education, events, and volunteer engagement.