​​​​​​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, composting).

Now Accepting 2024 Emerald Award Applications

​​​​If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Anthony Gross at NatureScape@broward.org​. Winners will be recognized at the 22nd Annual Water Matters Day​ event held March 9th, 2024 at Tree Tops Park.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION: Friday, Janu​ary 5, 2024 by 5 p.m

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 and rain gardens.

SPECIAL NOTE: Landscapes that have FLEPPC Category 1 or Category 2 invasive species are not eligible.


  • Homeowner

  • Business
  • Municipality/School/Government

  • Special Achievement

  • 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 UF/IFAS​ Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) Florida-Friendly principles for single-family residences, multi-family, new construction, large properties, and existing communities. See FYN Florida-Friendly resources and guidance for professionals HERE.

    ​In order to qualify, 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.


​​​2023 Emerald Award Winners


2022 Emerald Award Winners


​2021 Emerald Award Winners


Special Achievement and Landscape Architect​

2020 Emerald Award Winners Story Maps

Legacy, Special Achievement, ​Landscape Architect​​​​​