Garden Club Presents Landscape Award To PapiChulo Restaurant

(L-R) District Chair Stormi Bivin, Assistant Manager Haley Nochstine, Chef Rosa Villatoro and Wellington Garden Club President Carol Ralph.

The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs annually supports the Unsolicited Landscape Design Award program to recognize well-designed and maintained landscapes in the public or private sector in each district of the state. The meaning behind the “unsolicited” title is that the nominees are not applying for the award themselves, but someone else recognizes it is a landscape of merit and worthy of consideration.

This year, PapiChulo was nominated by the Wellington Garden Club to receive the Unsolicited Landscape Award in the Small Business category.

Candidates for this award are submitted each fall by garden club members, especially graduates of the National Garden Club Landscape Design School. Applications are sent to the district chair for eligibility and consideration. Judges who have completed NGC’s Landscape Design School visit and evaluate the nominated sites. The highest-scoring nominee in each category is the winner.

The selection of PapiChulo as the 2023 winner in the Small Business category was announced on April 27 at the FFGC District X spring meeting. Shortly thereafter, the award was presented to PapiChulo by Stormi Bivin, district award chair, and Wellington Garden Club President Carol Ralph.

PapiChulo, is a casual taco shop featuring street-style food, fresh juices, great tequila and cocktails with a laid-back, beach bar vibe. The restaurant is located at 1005 N. State Road 7, just south of Okeechobee Blvd. in the Regal Cinemas plaza. For more info., visit

The Wellington Garden Club, founded in 1981, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating its members and the public in the fields of gardening, horticulture, floral design and landscape design. For more information, visit