Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Program Awards Six Local Residents
FRESNO -- Six local residents will be awarded the Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Award for conserving our Valley’s natural resources with drought tolerant landscapes at an event at the Clovis Botanical Gardens on Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 10 a.m.

The 2012 winners are:
  • Steve and Pat Austin
  • Allen and Diane Barnes
  • Doug and Elizabeth Drynan
  • Brad Polzin
  • Romy Smit
  • Danny and Renn Takao

The Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Awards program is open to residential gardeners within the Fresno/Clovis metropolitan area. The goal of the program is to recognize residential landscapes as a community model, encouraging others to protect and conserve our water and other natural resources.

To qualify, applicants must use the required practices and landscape principles outlined in the garden checklist on the website (http://www.ucanr.org/sites/cvlandscape). There are seven Landscape Principles that are utilized in a Central Valley Friendly Landscape:
Conserve water and ensure water quality, conserve energy and air quality, nurture the soil, reduce garden waste, practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM), select appropriate plants, and create and protect wildlife habitat.

“We couldn’t be happier with all of this year’s applicants and our six 2012 winners,” said Nora Laikam, City of Fresno Water Conservation Program Supervisor. “One of the best things about the Central Valley Friendly Landscaping program is hearing each of our applicants’ journey to create or maintain a water-wise landscape. Each one is different, but they all have such positive endings that not only bring our applicants joy, but help save our water and other natural resources and provide an example for other gardeners.”

The October 27 awards program is open to the public. The winning recipients will receive an 18-inch Margaret Hudson quail sculpture, a recognition plaque and a Central Valley Friendly Landscaping yard sign. Photographs will be presented of each winner’s landscape during the event for media use and individual interviews are available. Photographs of all winning landscapes will be posted at: http://www.ucanr.org/sites/cvlandscape.

The Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Program is supported through a partnership of the cities of Fresno and Clovis, UCCE Master Gardener Program, Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District and Clovis Botanical Garden.

For more information, please visit http://www.ucanr.org/sites/cvlandscape or call the City of Fresno Water Conservation Program: (559) 621-5480.