Tuesday, June 15, 2010

2010 Conservation Landscaping Contest Open

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council is pleased to sponsor the 2010 Conservation Landscaping Contest. Healthy, beautiful landscapes in the Chesapeake Bay region demonstrate elements of conservation landscaping, and we hope to see many of them documented on contest applications this summer.

Novice gardeners, students, schools, businesses and professionals are all invited to enter.

Each applicant may submit up to three locations. A separate application should be submitted for each site.

Sites may be residential or non-residential, and must be located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. A USGS map of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed can be viewed at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs12497/fig1.html.

Applicants will complete check-off and long answer portions of the application to demonstrate how their site meets the Eight Elements of Conservation Landscaping. For a detailed description, see Conservation Landscaping Guidelines: The Eight Essential Elements of Conservation Landscaping (pdf file) here. New this year is a portion of the application that includes EPA’s WaterSense Program “Water Budget Tool.”

An entry fee of $10 is required for each site application submitted by adults (18 and older), and is payable online by clicking below, or by check payable to CCLC mailed to the address at right. Entry fee is not required for applicants under 18 years of age. Please do not send cash.

Winners will be selected in four categories:

Student (new category!)
Non-profit/garden group

Entries may be chosen as a 2010 or future field day location (submit early!), with the permission of the property owner. Winning sites will be featured on the CCLC website and the EPA WaterSense Program website. One applicant for each winning site, with the exception of CCLC Board Member organizations, will receive a complimentary registration to the 2011 Turning a New Leaf Conference.

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