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On Thursday, October 19th, the Board of Directors of Gila Commu

Water-Wise Landscaping Contest

During 2009 and 2010, the High Country Xeriscape Council of Arizona sponsored a contest to reward local homeowners for their efforts to install and maintain water wise landscapes. A number of people have submitted applications and the Board of Directors selected a committee to go and judge the landscapes. Please see below for our winners and be sure to click on the links "More pictures" below for PowerPoint presentations of the winning yards.

The results of our 2010 Water-Wise Landscaping Contest:

Honorable Mention: Jan Owen

Honorable Mention: Christine Mercy

Jan Owen is a serious rock hound and has used a number of her treasured rocks in her landscape to add interest, color and accents. She has incorporated a rain water harvesting system by collecting run off water from her roof into a barrel. She uses the water she collects on her water wise plants. A drainage ditch runs along the east side of her property and by allowing native plants to grow along it, but keeping them trimmed low, it gives the illusion of a native lawn.  More pictures
Donna Hickman and Diane Frederick Bedsworth present Jan Owens, center, with a check and plaque for her achievement in planting her Xeriscape The Owen Xeriscape sits on a corner lot and is a work in progress. She has had to work around a bright yellow fire plug and a major drainage ditch that runs along the right side of her property.

The Mercy garden is new and still under construction. However, it is obvious that Christine is on the right track and will have an attractive and easy to maintain landscape. Along the stone lined drainage ditch that runs from the road to her house, she has planted succulents in between the rocks. These plants will spread and with their roots protected by the rocks, they will be very drought tolerant. Taking care of wildlife is one of her priorities and there are numerous feeders and water stations incorporated into her landscape. More pictures
Christine Mercy, on the right, received a check and plaque from Diane Frederick Bedsworth and Donna Hickman of the High Country Xeriscape Council The Mercy garden is a new garden and a work in progress. However, to establish the foundation for a self-sustaining landscape, Christine has built an amazing infrastructure using native stone.

The results of our 2009 Water-Wise Landscaping Contest:


1st Place: E. A. Hofstatter

2nd Place: Eileen Lawson

The Hofstatters did a remarkable job of channeling run off rain water throughout their yard. It is the only watering system they have besides a watering can that is seldom used, even in times without rain. They have also rescued many native plants such as cactus, succulents, and evergreens from construction sites that otherwise would have been lost. They designed their garden to be attractive to birds and provide safe nesting areas as well as food and watering stations. Unfortunately, the perennials were not blooming when our photographer went to take pictures, but there is still a lot to look at in this yard. More pictures
Mrs. Hoffstatter, center, receives her plaque and check from Diane Frederick-Bedsworth, on the left, and David Wise of the High Country Xeriscape Council The front yard showing the main water course the Hofstatters built to bring rain water from the street and the front part of their property. This wash carries water to their side and back yards.
The Lawson garden is in a contoured area that drains off the top of a hill. In the past this has caused a real erosion problem. For the last 3 years they have worked hard to retain the native soil and catch the water that comes off the hill. They have used rocks and gravel as mulch to retain moisture for the plants and keep the roots cool during hot times. "Soil Moist Granules" have been used for many of the plantings which also cut down on the amount of water required. The whole garden is on a timed drip system. More pictures
Eileen Lawson, center, receives her plaque and check from Lois Hurd, on the left, and Donna Hickman of the High Country Xeriscape Council The entry view to the Lawson garden in their back yard. The slope is held in place with a block retaining wall, native stone and a number of plants to control erosion

Honorable Mention: Ed & Mary Quigley and W. Jan Owen


Honorable Mention: Roger Kreimeyer, North Swiss Village



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