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City Seeks Entries for 2017 Sustainable Landscape Competition
For Immediate Release
 
April 25, 2017
 
Contact: Lee Porter
Urban Forester
Parks and Recreation Department
479-444-3486
lporter@fayetteville-ar.gov


City Seeks Entries for 2017 Sustainable Landscape Competition
 
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Every year, the City of Fayetteville Urban Forestry Advisory Board recognizes the best examples of local landscapes by presenting awards for Best Edible Residential Garden and Best Sustainable Commercial/Civic Property.     
 
Applications will be accepted from addresses located within the Fayetteville city limits. The three winning participants in each category will receive a landscape recognition sign that may be displayed for the following year at the winning property, as well as a certificate of award and a prize.  A tour of the winning gardens will be open to the public (the date and time are to be decided).
 
Categories for Awards
  1. Best Edible Residential Garden - Residential gardens producing vegetable, fruits, herbs, or spices.
  2. Best Sustainable Commercial/Civic Property - Commercial/civic gardens with landscaping using native plants, low watering needs, and other environmental and/or social benefits. (Restaurants, schools, nonprofit organizations, farms, churches, businesses, etc. are eligible.)
Competition Timeline
  • Friday, May 26: Applications due
  • June 5 – 19 : Judges visit submitted properties
  • June 30: Winners notified and announced
  • TBD: Tour (open to the public) of winning gardens
Entry forms for the 2017 Sustainable Landscape Competition are located on the City’s website, at the Saturday Farmers’ Market on the Fayetteville Square at the managers/information table, and the Parks and Recreation Department office (1455 S. Happy Hollow Road).
 
The Urban Forestry Advisory Board (comprised of knowledgeable and City Council appointed volunteers who are City of Fayetteville residents and registered voters) advises the City Council on urban forestry and arboricultural-related issues as part of the City’s green infrastructure. Sustainable landscapes help to keep a healthy environmental patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, and ponds all providing habitat for wildlife in our communities.

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