Three runners-up were awarded honorable mention, along with receiving a gift card to a local Nursery. Gerold Wharton was inspired to bring back livable habitat for native flora and fauna when creating his drought tolerant garden. The more his plants become acclimated and established, they have less irrigation needs—to the point where they will not need any irrigation in the near future.
A homeowner on Stanley Street, Kim Wascher first removed her lawn in order to reduce her water costs as well as the heavy maintenance that her lawn required. Her idea turned into a plan and she exchanged her water-thirsty grass for a wildlife habitat that now attracts butterflies, lizards, bugs and a plethora of birds. On summer evenings, she’ll even enjoy bats flying through the yard.
Congratulations to all participants! The annual WaterSmart Landscape Contest runs from January through April each year. For more information, please visit the Green Oceanside website and select the water conservation icon.