An “urban oasis” created by Lisa and Scott Freeman of Clearwater impressed the judges, winning the couple one of two 2015 Water Wise Awards in the single-family residence category.
CLEARWATER – Two more Pinellas County residences have bragging rights as good stewards of the environment.
Lisa and Scott Freeman of Clearwater and Dianne Fecteau of Crystal Beach are the winners of the 2015 Community Water Wise Awards sponsored by Tampa Bay Water, in partnership with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences County Extension Offices and Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program.
The winners in the single-family residence category were announced during the Dec. 15 Pinellas County Commission meeting.
The award program recognizes residents, businesses and community organizations that are committed to conserving water resources and protecting the environment by using the best in attractive, water-efficient landscaping practices.
Landscapes deemed water wise use less water, require minimal maintenance and protect the environment. Winners receive a custom-made, mosaic landscape stepping-stone to place in their yards.
The Freeman’s yard was described as an “urban oasis” with outdoor rooms and lots of trees and shrubs. While they have a sprinkler system, it is reserved for times of drought only.
The couple spent 18 years working on their landscape, slowing getting rid of the grass and incorporating the practices of Florida Friendly landscaping, Lisa said.
“Thank you so much for this award,” she said. “We really, really thank you.”
Fecteau was unable to attend the Dec. 15 meeting, but her yard was recognized for her Florida-friendly gardening practices, which include no use of pesticides, fertilizer or irrigation.
Top methods of gardeners who won this year and past Water Wise awards include choosing Florida-friendly plants suited to Florida’s natural environment that require less water, only minimum maintenance and are pest resistant.