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, January 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.
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
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.