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Tucson Annual Xeriscape Contest 2011: Winners

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Both homeowners and professionals alike have joined the running in this year's Tucson Xeriscape contest. Winners were announced at the awards ceremony at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2011 in the Warden Oasis Theater at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This marks the 11th anniversary of the Xeriscape contest and its message of wise water use in the landscape. The ceremony was the first Summer Saturday Evening of the season and was filled with fun, water-smart activities for the whole family.

The contest included categories for:

All winning landscapes are selected by the judges and may not be given in all categories. "Judges Awards" vary from year to year and may be given at the judges discretion.


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Residential Homeowners or Schools

The Annual Tucson Xeriscape Contest is designed to recognize and showcase homeowners who have implemented Xeriscape principles and used native plants in their landscapes. The Xeriscape Contest partners would like to increase awareness of innovations in landscaping and water-use efficiency (there is a separate category for entries professionally designed and installed).

This year, the Residential Homeowner category includes community projects that use students, teachers, volunteers, or parents to design and install landscape projects that are accomplished without a professional landscape designer or contractor. This includes schools, community gardens, and public spaces, such as medians or mini-parks. Entrants in this category will receive a group admission to one of the following locations: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tohono Chul Park, or Tucson Botanical Gardens. Please indicate on your entry form which location you would like to visit and the number of passes you would like for the participants of your project (maximum of 25).

Landscapes must have been substantially designed, installed and maintained by a homeowner. These may include single-family, condominium, town house, or manufactured home residences. Landscapes must be at least two years old, or have a mature look. Judges will consider all elements of water efficient Xeriscape design.

Residential Homeowner entrants will receive a subscription to the Tucson Lifestyle Home and Garden magazine.

Xeriscape Guidelines for Residential Homeowner or School Entries:


Eligibility: Any Xeriscape landscape in the greater Tucson area installed a minimum of 2 years, or has attained a mature look by using salvaged plants or larger nursery stock.

Xeriscape Guidelines for Professional Entries:

The following guidelines, based on the seven principles of Xeriscape, provide the criteria for judging the entered landscape in the 2011 Xeriscape Contest.

Special Awards:

The J.D. Di Meglio Artistry In Landscaping Award celebrates the unique beauty of desert landscaping. J.D. DiMeglio (1960—2001) made a lasting contribution to the community by sharing his his knowledge of plants, irrigation and design with a contagious smile and incredible enthusiasm. He inspired everyone he met to embrace the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, and to appreciate the natural artistry in the native landscape. His company, "Horizons West Landscaping", specialized in mixing native and traditional plants, and he left Tucson with a living legacy through his many private gardens and public landscapes.

The "J.D. Di Meglio Artistry in Landscaping Award" honors J.D.'s memory, and is given at the Judges discretion and may be given to either a Homeowner or Professional entry.

Community Xeriscape Leaders

In addition to the Homeowner and Professional categories, the Xeriscape Contest has an award that recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to the community, and a special award for landscape artistry.

The Community Xeriscape Leader Award recognizes an individual or organization that has been a driving force in promoting Xeriscape principles and/or the use of native and arid-adapted plants.