Nominations now open for Native Choice Award – Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Nominations are now open for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s third annual Native Choice Award for leadership and excellence in the use of California native plants in designed landscapes.  The award will be presented at the annual Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards Gala on September 25, 2016   Nominations will be accepted through May 20th through the Garden’s website at

“It is difficult to imagine our rolling hills without their iconic oaks and colorful wildflowers, or our mountain’s rocky foothills without their characteristic swathes of manzanita and ceanothus,” says Steve Windhager, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Garden, “Native plants define the look and feel of Santa Barbara as much as our distinctive architecture and art.  They are also a very practical landscaping choice, using less water and fertilizer while providing habitat for pollinators and wildlife.”

Madeline Ward, Water Conservation Coordinator at the City of Santa Barbara says,  “The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Native Choice Award inspires people to use native plants of our region to create beauty while conserving water. It is exciting to see so many residents switch to colorful, low maintenance native gardens that save water and money.”

Anyone can go to the Garden’s website to nominate as many properties as they like.  Eligible landscapes may be commercial, residential or government properties of any size that are composed primarily of California native plants.  They must be visible from the street or via public access to serve as inspiration.  Projects can be located anywhere in southern Santa Barbara County with preference to projects in and around the City of Santa Barbara.In 2014, the Garden created the Native Choice Award to recognize leadership in using native plants to inspire others in designing their own landscape choices.  Previous award winners include the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and Ms. Virginia Gardener’s residential property at 20154 Garden Street.

Please contact Rebecca Mordini at with any questions.

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