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Shade garden, water-wise

Water-Wise Landscapes in Manatee County 2018

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 Water-Wise Landscape Program and helped make it a success!

drought tolerant plants in full sun garden

Drought tolerant garden

 

The Manatee County Water-Wise Landscape Awards, sponsored by Manatee County Utilities – Water Conservation Division, recognizes individuals and businesses committed to conserving water resources and protecting the environment by using water-conserving practices and Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles.

 

 

Butterfly plants in drought tolerant garden

Butterfly plants often do not require much water.

Entries were given points in areas including retention of existing trees and vegetation, landscape design and plant selection, stormwater runoff prevention, efficient irrigation and overall aesthetic appeal. Winning landscapes balance attractive design with plants, landscape elements and water efficient irrigation techniques that have a positive impact on our environment

 

 

garden path through caladiums

Curve paths add interest

This year’s winner, Norma Kisdia, does not have an irrigation system in her gardens or turf.  Norma utilizes her rain barrels in drought time to water her numerous butterfly plants.  Norma’s garden has Florida-friendly plants arranged in an aesthetically pleasing design.  Paths lead you to more color and butterfly attractors.

Garden in full sun, pool side.

Sunny Garden

 

 

 

If you would like to apply for next year’s Water-Wise Landscape Award Program complete this application. For more information about the Water-Wise Landscape Awards see this brochure.

For more information visit our website or contact Michelle Atkinson, Environmental Horticulture Agent, at the Manatee County UF/IFAS Extension office 941-722-45244 or michelleatkinson@ufl.edu