From the Alexandria Beautification Commission
Alexandria, VA – Our 2023 Residential Beautification Award winners demonstrate how the creative use of non-invasive plants, native plants, sustainable approaches, and landscape architecture along with proactive maintenance delivers garden beauty, texture, and scale in an eco-friendly way. The winners inspire others to enhance the beauty of their properties and speak to the future of Alexandria’s neighborhoods as environmentally sound and dynamic. Presented here is a selection of the 2023 winners. To see more, go to alexandrava.gov/beautification.
Did You Know?
By Leah Bancheri, Beautification Commission Member
According to Hope Deferred: The Origin and Development of Alexandria’s Flounder House, published by Vernacular Architecture Forum in 1986, there was said to be as many as 75 Flounder houses in Alexandria, a term used to describe a type of house with a single slope, rather than a gable. It appears almost as a typical gable house cut in half along a vertical plane. Of those, 17 date between 1787 and 1877, and some people believe Alexandria to be the origin place of the Flounder house.