Volunteers with the city’s Urban Forestry Advisory Board last week announced the winners of the group’s 2017 Sustainable Landscape Competition.
Two awards were given, one for a residential property and one for a commercial property.
The home of Deb King and Jeanne Sievert, located at 228 E. Dickson Street, won the residential category.
Specialized Real Estate Group and Modus Studio won the commercial category for the garden at 200 W. Church Street next to Arsaga’s, Lululemon and MyPhones Unlimited.
Each year a team of judges uses a rubric system to observe applicant’s gardens.
Extra points are given to gardens focused on food production, management, and cultivation. Other areas of scoring include sustainable use of water, use of native species, responsible pest/invasive species control, on-site composting, biodiversity, design, maintenance, function, and overall health.
Public tours of each property are scheduled for Saturday, July 15. The King/Sievert tour begins at 9 a.m. (parking is available on neighborhood streets or at the Washington County Courthouse); and the Specialized/Modus tour begins at 10 a.m.
For more information about the event, contact urban foresters John Scott at 479-444-3470 or Lee Porter at 479-444-3486.