Orchid & Onion and Iris Awards

Now accepting nomations for the 2019 Orchid and Onion and Iris Awards.

Click here to download our nomination form as a pdf or click here to download the Excel version. 

Keep Peoria Beautiful has been bestowing these honors for more than 60 years to Peoria businesses for their outstanding effort in improving the appearance of their property.

  • Orchid Awards are given to businesses that have done an excellent job in site beautification and/or landscaping of their property.
  • Beautification Awards are given to businesses that have done an outstanding job of landscaping and maintaining their property; a runner up to the Orchid Award.
  • Orchid Maintenance Awards are presented to businesses that have previously won an Orchid Award and they continue to maintain their property in excellent condition.
  • Building Beautification Awards are presented to businesses that have done an outstanding job in renovation and restoration of older buildings.
  • Property Maintenance Awards are given to a business that has done an outstanding job in keeping their property and landscaping very neat, clean, and well maintained.

  • Sustainability Awards are given to businesses that are taking steps to protect the environment by using environmentally friendly landscaping and hardscape material.

  • Onion Awards are given to business properties that are a visual blight in the community. The goal of this award is to encourage businesses to improve the appearance of their property thereby ensuring a cleaner and more beautiful city.
  • Iris Awards are given to recognize neighborhood associations and individual homeowners for outstanding landscaping and beautification of their homes and gardens. The awards are presented at a City Council meeting in August. Nominations can be made by an individual himself or by other interested parties. Judging will take place in mid-July and will be based exclusively on the exterior appearance of the neighborhood or individual property.

The winners are announced each September at the Annual Awards Banquet. This event helps to elevate community awareness of the importance of beautification and environmental stewardship. Anyone can nominate properties for these awards. 

Congratulations to the 2018 Orchid and Onion Award Winners! 

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2018 Sponsors: 

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Nomination Form

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Orchid and Onion and Iris Awards! Awards will be announced in September.




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  • Sep 10, 2019 | 20:23 pm

    Thank you to the City of Peoria Illinois - Government for allowing us to present the 2019 Iris Award winners at tonight’s city council meeting.Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners! 🌻 ‪Let’s hear it for the Keep Peoria[…]



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