Southern Nevada Landscape Awards
The 2015 Southern Nevada Landscape Award entry period is now closed.
More than half of the water consumed in Southern Nevada is used for landscape watering, particularly sprinkler irrigation of grass lawns. In partnership with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), the Southern Nevada Landscape Awards contest proves that water-efficient landscapes can be lush and colorful outdoor living spaces.
Is your beautiful water-smart landscape the talk of the neighborhood? Share it with us and help spread the word that water-smart living has a style all its own.
Your Southern Nevada Landscape Awards entry may be for front yard, back yard or both front and back yards. The entries may be for a new landscape or an upgrade of a previous landscape.
The contest is split into the following categories:
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2015 Landscape Award winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Southern Nevada Landscape Awards!
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Awards of Excellence
The award of excellence is the highest honor earned in the Southern Nevada Landscape Awards. Winners of the award of excellence demonstrate superior design skill and a mastery of landscape and gardening best practices. These landscapes exceed judging standards.
- Bowles Residence, Design by Homeowner
This well-planned landscape serves as a perfect example of outdoor living space. One judge commented that this landscape is "what everyone hopes to achieve." With beautiful hardscapes and natural flow, this backyard leads visitors around attractive outdoor rooms and sitting areas. This property was also recognized for their Water Smart Landscape conversion.
- Mason Residence, Design by Schilling Horticulture Group
With an exceptional choice of plant material, the Mason Residence demonstrates outstanding spacing, cohesive grouping and superb texture within a water-efficient landscape. This property was also recognized for their Water Smart Landscape conversion and received an Award of Distinction for Maintenance by Schilling Horticulture Group.
- Lindi Residence, Design by Schilling Horticulture Group
The Lindi Residence creates an experience in a small space with wonderful vantage points and excellent maneuverability. The landscapes' trellises and water permeable pavers with unfinished edges added sophisticated detail to the design. This property was also recognized for Excellent Maintenance by Schilling Horticulture Group.
- Whitney Mesa Recreation Area, Design by JW Zunino Landscape Architecture
A stunning design that incorporates the natural beauty of the surrounding bluffs with usable park space, Whitney Mesa Park offers visitors a unique experience. The park includes hiking trails, an amphitheater, camp ground, recreation areas and an exploration playground that skillfully blend with the desert environment.
Linn Mills Community Garden Award
We are proud to name the Community Garden award after the late Linn Mills. Linn was a respected local horticulturist who worked with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Springs Preserve and the Las Vegas Valley Water District. Known as Doctor Green Thumb, Linn was devoted to the community and to the art of vegetable gardening. Linn retired from the Water District in 2012 after 15 years of service, but continued to share his vast gardening knowledge at the Springs Preserve, teaching gardening classes and offering advice at special events, until his passing in February 2014.
- Doolittle Senior Center
Featuring an impressive collection of well-organized mini-gardens, Doolittle Senior Center was described by judges as "big and beautiful" and "clearly a labor of love." From Asian gardens to a pizza garden, there's something for everyone in this learning facility and education center. The Doolittle Senior Center was also honored with the Wildlife Habitat Award.
Awards of Distinction
The award of distinction recognizes landscape designs that serve as excellent examples of attractive, water-efficient landscapes. These landscapes meet judging standards.
Judging standards include proper planting and irrigation methods, project creativity, water efficiency and value to end user.
- Labinsky Residence, Design by Homeowner
Judges enjoyed the creativity of the landscape and its Asian-inspired design. The hardscape was called "outstanding."
- Villas on the Green, HOA Design by Homeowners
Judges were impressed by the homeowners' commitment to converting their community to water-efficient landscaping. The homeowners themselves designed the conversion.
- Blue Heron Architecture 7 Hills Home, Professional design by Sage Design Studios, Inc.
This model home is an excellent example of how water-efficient landscaping not only complements but also highlights the architecture of a home.
- Marrs-Smith Residence, Professional Design by Schilling Horticulture Group
With meandering walking paths and a beautiful variety of water-efficient plants, trees and shrubs, the Marrs-Smith residence reflects a love of gardening and desert-adapted living.
- Hawk Ridge LLC, Professional Design by Sage Design Studios, Inc.
Judges noted the incredible attention to detail in this outdoor living space. The geometric design fit the architecture of the home and provided several areas of entertaining space.
- Bendorf Elementary School, Community Garden
- Green Thumb Kids of Mabel Hoggard Magnet School, Community Garden
- Celestial Gardens of Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, Community Garden
Professional Maintenance Awards
Maintenance awards reflect the quality of landscape maintenance practices including cleanliness, overall plant health and proper irrigation, pruning and integrated pest management. Awards of excellence exceed judging standards. Awards of distinction meet judging standards.
Award of Excellence - Schilling Horticulture Group for Lindi Residence
- Award of Excellence - Schilling Horticulture Group for Demain Residence
- Award of Distinction - SB Landscaping for Manhattan Condominiums
- Award of Distinction - Valley Green Landscaping for La Mancha HOA
- Award of Distinction - Schilling Horticulture Group for Mason Residence
- Award of Distinction - Schilling Horticulture Group for Karpa Residence
Bennet Residence, Professional Design by Schilling Horticulture Group
The Bennett Residence is an outstanding example of how a water-smart conversion can turn a boring turf landscape into an inviting outdoor living space with pockets of interest and charm.
Star Nursery Color Award
Bowles Residence, Design by Homeowner
- Solomon Residence, Design by Sage Design Studios, Inc.
NVASLA (Nevada Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects) Award
Whitney Mesa Recreation Area, Design by JW Zunino Landscape Architecture
- Hawk Ridge Residence, Professional Design by Sage Design Studios, Inc.