What is NatureScape Emerald Award?
The NatureScape Emerald Award recognizes businesses, municipalities, schools, government facilities (excluding Broward County agencies) and homeowners that have created and maintained model Florida-friendly landscapes or completed exceptional projects that demonstrate visible ecological practices (e.g., non-cypress mulch, rain barrels, composter.)
How It Works
Round One - Committee evaluates and scores landscapes for the following: overall design, plant selection, curb appeal, tree canopy, wildlife habitat/habitat value and other special features - smart irrigation for example. Highest scores advance to second round.
Round Two - Judges score landscapes and select award winners. Award-winning landscapes typically have mostly local-native vegetation supporting local and migratory wildlife, ecological features such as littoral planting at water's edge, rain gardens.
SPECIAL NOTE: Landscapes that have FLEPPC Category 1 or Category 2 invasive species are not eligible.
Legacy (for Emerald Award winners that have continued to maintain a sustainable landscape and/or have enhanced landscape for five or more years.)
Landscape Architects, architectural design firms and landscape designers are encouraged to submit projects that incorporate FYN* Florida-Friendly principles for single family residences, multi-family, new construction, large properties, existing communities. See FYN Florida-Friendly resources and guidance for professionals HERE. In order to quality, your project must be recognized by UF/IFAS FYN program and NWF Garden for Wildlife. Landscapes that exceed 50% native plant requirement will be awarded extra points by judges.
*UF/IFAS Florida Yards and Neighborhoods
Download either file (pdf 140kb) (MSWord 97kb) and return via email or US Mail by December 31st each year. The winners will receive their awards and trophies at a special ceremony during the Annual Water Matters Day.