Got an award-winning landscape?
Each year, the Southern Nevada Water Authority seeks to find the best sustainable and water-efficient landscape designs in its annual Landscape Awards Contest. Winners receive an engraved sandstone for their yard and are honored at an awards breakfast. Additionally, many of the award winning landscapes end up in SNWA’s annual Water Smart calendar, which is distributed to every household in Southern Nevada. Winners are also featured on community television and in various media interviews throughout the year.
“It's more of an honor or claim to fame kind of an award,” says SNWA’s Kristen Howey. “It is quite fun.”
The SNWA’s Landscape Awards honor residential and professional water-efficient landscapes that are both attractive and functional. Entrants must have a working irrigation system appropriate to their design. Properly irrigated water-efficient landscapes, even those with a high volume of water-efficient plant life, can use up to 75 percent less water than traditional grass lawns.
In addition to the SNWA’s awards, program partners also honor contestants through specialized awards. This year, the Star Nursery Color Award will recognize one professional and one homeowner who display the best layout, variety of plants, theme and overall colorfulness. Those professional contestants who demonstrate exceptional water-smart designs will be eligible for other special awards presented by the Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Nevada Landscape Association and master gardener Linn Mills.
Eligible projects must be located within SNWA’s service area of Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Laughlin and unincorporated Clark County. Winners are announced at a special breakfast ceremony in June.
In addition, some Landscape Award winners may be invited to participate in the 2011 Open Days event. Presented nationally each spring by the Garden Conservancy, Open Days offers self-guided tours of local private gardens and landscapes for residents to learn and exchange gardening ideas.
The SNWA is a regional agency that manages water conservation, water quality and water resources.