Calling All Gardeners! Your Landscape Could Win a Community Water-Wise Award!

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 June 30th is the deadline for submitting your residential or commercial landscape as a candidate for a Water-Wise Award. The Community Water Wise Awards were created more than a decade ago to recognize those of you who have committed to beautifying your landscape, conserving our water resources, and protecting the environment by applying Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM principles where you live and work. The City of Tampa Water Department supports the popular award program and its sponsors, Tampa Bay Water and the UF/IFAS Extension Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program.

Whether your landscape is residential, commercial, part of a subdivision or multi-family complex, a school, or a government facility, here is an opportunity for your water-efficient garden to be recognized regionally. We encourage Tampa homeowners and business owners to participate in this competition and show off their gardens exhibiting landscape success the Florida-Friendly way!

“By applying the principles of Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM, our customers can have award-winning landscapes without over-watering,” said Brad Baird, Tampa Water Department Director. “It’s important to the quality and legacy of our City to have healthy, water-wise landscapes.”

Fill out the easy application online and upload photographs of your “winning” landscape at While there, you can also view photographs of winning yards from previous years. For more information about the program call (813) 274-8121, option #5. Applications take just a few minutes to complete, and must be submitted by June 30.

Winners are determined by a panel of judges who visit each candidate landscape and tabulate scoring in four categories: retention of existing trees and vegetation; landscape design and plant selection; stormwater runoff protection; and efficient irrigation. Winners receive recognition from the City Council and an artful commemorative stepping stone.
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