Landscape Awards 2016

Landscape Awards 2016

List of Awardees

Award of Excellence

Owner:
Old Marsh HOA
Designer:
staff
Installation/Maintenance:
staff
Project Name:
Old Marsh Golf Club - Jog Road Extension
Project Location:
Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County
Project Description:

In 1984, Old Marsh Partners purchased the Lewis Ranch, a 456-acre parcel of pristine marshes and stately upland pines tucked away in the heart of Palm Beach County. 

In April 1998, Old Marsh proudly obtained the status of “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary”, which is a program of Audubon International.  Majestic pines, sawgrass vistas and pristine oak hammocks remain virtually undisturbed.  Every element of the course is uniquely compatible with the natural environment. Its drainage system allows no irrigation water to be drained into the adjacent environmentally pure marshes or wetlands.  Instead, all the water on the course is drained into canals or a series of retention lakes. This sensitivity to the unspoiled natural beauty of Old Marsh is symbolized by the presence of rare Florida sandhill cranes, whose trumpeting call can be heard echoing across the marshes, and whose nests stand along the fringes of the course.

Award of Honor

Owner:
Charlie Woodruff
Designer:
Florida Native Plants Nursery
Installation/Maintenance:
Florida Native Plants Nursery
Project Name:
Button's Garden
Project Location:
Port Charlotte
Project Description:

We bought our Florida home in 2010 and determined immediately that we wanted a native garden.  We lived in a wooded rural area in New York, with a garden filled with native plants for the area, and wanted a similar haven for wildlife.  We contacted Laurel Schiller at Florida Native Nursery in Sarasota—the nearest native nursery- and contracted with her to remove the grass (about 90% of the garden), and some exotic plants, and to plant natives specifically for birds and butterflies. We also wanted screening from the road.  An existing mature live oak and four sabal palms and red mangrove lining the canal-our southern boundary—were a beautiful head start for the project. 

The rewards have been wonderful! Our native plant garden has brought in a host of wildlife! Without feeding them except with our plants, we’ve had thrashers, great crested flycatchers, catbirds, robins, doves and Carolina wrens; among warblers have been palms, yellow-dumped, pine, and black and whites; and blue-gray flycatchers; hug flocks of swallows pounce on the large wax myrtle  in the lot next door—we’ll be next! The canal brings in various herons, cormorants, grebes, osprey and even cruising eagles.  Our butterflies have also been numerous and varied-gulf fritillary is the most numerous but we’ve had lots of monarchs (and caterpillars and chrysalis) and frequent sightings of nectaring zebra longwings, great Florida whites, blues, long-tailed skippers, giant swallowtails,  and orange-barred sulphurs. Rabbits, raccoons and a bob cat have been visitors as well.

Award of Excellence

Owner:
Stephen & Susan Turnipseed
Designer:
Marc Godts, Stephen & Susan Turnipseed
Installation/Maintenance:
self
Project Name:
Conversion of a Turfgrass Lawn into a Native Landscape
Project Location:
The Villages, Sumter County
Project Description:

Native landscape design concepts, goals and species diversity

The design goals were to:

1. Create a landscape that is both attractive and looks well maintained; It must fit in with the development’s tidy aesthetic.          People should be “wowed” by the look, want something similar, then find out that it is a native plant landscape later.

2. Remove the majority of the turf grass lawn and replace with landscape beds.

3. Plant with Real Florida Natives.

4. Dramatically reduce irrigation water use.

5. Maximize biodiversity in the yard, goal of 100 species without looking “random”

Watch the YouTube video with drone video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Eb7MIkYHM

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Award of Excellence

Owner:
City of Jacksonville
Designer:
Jake Ingram
Installation/Maintenance:
Ixia Chapter volunteers
Project Name:
Native Park
Project Location:
Jacksonville, Florida
Project Description:

The Ixia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society officially adopted Native Park in 2010 as part of the City's “Friends of the Park” program.  The intent was to carry out the Park's original purpose and to advance the mission of the FNPS as an on-going project for the Ixia Chapter.

GOAL:  Ixia’ s singular goal for the park was to educate the public about the importance of native plants in an urban environment and to educate our members in the horticultural requirements of our native flora.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE:  Ixia Chapter members and other volunteers have spent many Saturday mornings nurturing new plantings, weeding, pruning and keeping the park neat and tidy.  They have acquired, planted, established and labeled, over 130 native species to add to the 37 native species growing there when work began in 2011.  Approximately 40 additional species are slated to be planted as space and resources permit.  Individual plants are identified with metallic labels providing both botanical and common names. 97% of the plants in the park have been vouchered to exist in Duval County, all are native to northeast Florida. Native Park was the first COJ Park to receive an Outstanding Park Award presented by the Riverside Avondale Preservation Society and St. Johns Riverkeeper organizations.  It was also featured for the first time in the 2012 Riverside Avondale Home Tour and is scheduled to be on the 2016 tour as well during which time an all-day native plant sale will be conducted.  The park has been used as an outdoor workshop venue for dozens of OLLI (life-long learning) classes given by Ixia members at UNF and has been featured in “First Coast Magazine: http://firstcoastmagazine.com/news/native-gardening/

Award of Excellence

Owner:
Manatee County
Designer:
Stantec Consulting
Installation/Maintenance:
Creative Wetlands, HRWP, Manatee Co. staff & volunteers
Project Name:
Perico Preserve Restoration
Project Location:
Bradenton
Project Description:

Primary Restoration Goals:

•Restore and re-create a diversity of high quality upland habitats on the site, which could feasibly be managed by County staff.
•Create wetland habitats on the site with a focus on supporting wading birds.
•Provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and passive recreation.
 
Site Background:
 
•176 Acre Parcel
•56 Acres of Upland (pre-restoration)
•98 Acres of Wetland (pre-restoration)
•22 Acres of Bay Bottom (Submerged Land)
•Acquired by Manatee County on 11/26/2007
•Purchase price for property was $6,000,000 

 

Award of Excellence

Owner:
The Shores of Long Bayou Condominiums
Designer:
Ernie Franke
Installation/Maintenance:
n/a
Project Name:
Back- to-Basics at the Shores of Long Bayou Nature Reserve
Project Location:
City of Seminole, County of Pinellas
Project Description:

The 77-acre campus of The Shores of Long Bayou Condominiums is situated in a Nature Reserve, a trust delegated to a volunteer committee for restoration and maintenance. The Wetlands Committee has successfully restored most of the eleven stormwater ponds and the wooded nature areas with Florida-native vegetation. This has been accomplished using a three-pronged approach (3-R's):  Removal of invasive species, Restoration of stormwater retention ponds and Regional community education. We have successfully used networking of restoration funds and volunteer adoption, both of which help guarantee maintenance. When visitors come, volunteers beam with pride to show off their part of the Nature Reserve. Finally we have propagated our experience through Conservation Modules, presentations at FLMS (Florida Lake Management Society) and FNPS (Florida Native Plant Society) conferences, County Education Days, workshops and On-the-Job training.