Landscape Awards 2013

Landscape Awards 2013

Awards

Awards

  • Excellence – A landscape that exemplifies the use of native plants in unique and creative ways while using species primarily indigenous to their region.
  • Merit – A landscape worthy of praise and admiration; one that demonstrates that native plants can be used in an aesthetically pleasing manner and that promotes biological diversity.

Minimum Criteria

  1. 75% Florida native plant species
  2. Minimum 2-year grow-in period before submittal
  3. No plants listed on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s (FLEPPC) Category I and II lists (www.fleppc.org)

List of Awardees

Award of Merit

Owner:Cowie family
Project Name:Cowie Landscape
Project Location:Brevard County

Award of Excellence

Owner:Beaupre/Heitzman family
Project Name:Beaupre/Heitzman Residence
Project Location:Pinellas County

Award of Excellence

Owner:Louise and David King
Project Name:Louise and David King Residence
Project Location:Miami-Dade County
 

The property is located two miles from the edge of Everglades National Park in which we had lived and worked as naturalists/rangers for many years. The land had been farmed in row crops and was bare soil when we took possession; we had a clean canvas upon which we could restore conditions more favorable to wildlife and create our little Eden. Since minute changes in elevation in the wild bring plants of these communities in close proximity to each other, we believed this objective was attainable.  

To accomplish this we employed four strategies. (1) We added soil in some places to create higher, drier, more fertile areas, (2) we excavated soil and bedrock to create a pond and wetland conditions, (3) we installed low-volume micro-jet irrigation (hooked into our orchard’s system) to provide extra water to some plantings, and (4) we use mulch in some areas to change the soil’s chemistry and character. These practices have allowed us to successfully bring together more than 150 species of Florida native plants from throughout climatic zone 10.

Award of Merit

Owner:Lee County Port Authority
Project Name:Page Field General Aviation Terminal Landscaping
Project Location:Lee County
 

Designed to blend with the Southwest Florida environment, historic Page Field (FMY), operated by the Lee County Port Authority (LCPA), has a brand-new terminal complex, which opened for business in August 2011. The project lies in the western quadrant of the airfield. Prior to this project, there was only turf located in the footprint of this development (Photo 1). In addition to the new terminal building and aircraft hangar, the project included intersection improvements, a new entrance roadway at the Fowler Street intersection and a new parking lot.

Every detail of this newly designed terminal complex was carefully planned. The entrance to the facility and the terminal’s physical placement makes it very accessible to Southwest Florida tourists and visiting pilots.

Choosing landscaping for an airport is challenging because plants and trees selected should not attract birds or other wildlife. This is a difficult task, as most trees and shrubs produce seeds and flowers that can attract wildlife. The challenge was to choose native palms and trees, shrubs and flowers that not only add to the attractiveness of the site, but also don’t attract birds or insects. Additional challenges were to design a stormwater pond that didn’t attract wildlife but was aesthetically appealing and to have trees on-site that will not exceed FAA guidelines for safety.