Community Water Wise Awards

Community Water Wise Awards

Saving water isn't just good for the environment - it makes good "cents." Homeowners and businesses across the Tampa Bay area are discovering that a few simple changes can help significantly lower water bills, and improve the health and beauty of their landscapes while helping to preserve Florida's natural environment. The Community Water Wise Awards were created to recognize those who have committed to conserving our water resources and protecting the environment by using attractive Florida-friendly landscaping.

Allen Gray Landscape

2013 Residential Winner 

Allen Gray

Allen Gray's landscape exhibits several elements that are positive examples of Florida-Friendly Landscaping TM practices.  These include the planting of drought tolerant trees and plants, self mulching areas under trees, purposeful and minimal turf-grass, plants that are appropriate for the site conditions, grouping of plants with similar water and maintenance needs, use of organic and alternative mulch, a raised bed that was created to retain storm-water runoff, rainwater harvesting was evident and pervious materials were used for paths, walks and other areas.  His aesthetically pleasing landscape thrives on rainfall and the use of micro-irrigation.

  

WMNF Landscape

2012 Business Winner 

WMNF Community Radio  

The WMNF team creatively used Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM practices at their Southeast Seminole Heights radio station, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally-friendly addition to their neighborhood. These include native plants and non-native adaptive plants, drought-tolerant trees and plants, grouping of plants with similar water and maintenance needs and the use of alternative mulches that are environmentally-friendly. They also utilized the parking lots and roof drains to create a swale, and  landscape beds serve to retain stormwater runoff on the property. Volunteers created a  sun/shade diagram and irrigation plan which makes it much easier to maintain. A drip irrigation system with a rain sensor provides well for the plants and bird bath.

 

Steve Toenes Landscape

2012 Residential Winner

Steve Toenes  

Steve Toenes incorporated positive examples of Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM practices at his Tampa Palms home to create a beautiful and inviting landscape that thrives on rainfall. These include the planting of drought-tolerant trees and plants, groupings of plants with similar water and maintenance needs, use of alternative mulches that are environmentally-friendly and creation of landscape beds that serve to retain stormwater runoff on the property. 

 

 

Barber Landscape

2011 Residential Winner

Laura and Steve Barber  

The Barber's used Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM practices for their 1920s New Suburb Beautiful home to create great curb appeal. These include the planting of drought-tolerant trees and plants, self-mulching areas located under trees, plants appropriate for the site conditions and grouped by maintenance and water requirements, irrigation via low volume, multiple rain barrels for rainwater harvesting, organic mulch applied 2-3 inches in depth, and alternative organic mulch was used.

    

Nannette and Rick O'Hara Landscape

2010 Residential Winner

Nanette and Rick O'Hara   

This Seminole Heights landscape features many examples of Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM practices. These include drought-tolerant trees and plants, self-mulching areas under trees, pervious materials for paths and walkways, grouping of plants with similar water and maintenance needs, use of alternative mulches that are environmentally-friendly, downspouts directed into mulched or planted areas or into rain harvesting devices, and creation of landscape beds to retain stormwater runoff on the property.