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Water-Smart Landscape Photo Contest – Less is more when it comes to outdoor water use!

By Lindsay Wochnick 0 Comments

Landscape photo at hydroparkWinter is a great time for gardeners to sit back with a cup of tea, reflect on their most recent growing season and plan for the next year. This year, as you look back, you are invited to share beautiful pictures of your water-smart landscape and submit them to the Water-Smart Landscape Photo Contest.  Help us show other gardeners just how beautiful and efficient low water-using landscapes can be!

The EPA WaterSense program’s Water-Smart Landscape Photo Contest is open to the public, and multiple submissions are welcome. Photos can depict landscapes from any time of the year, including those from years past. Submissions illustrating water-smart landscapes in an attractive way will be featured on the WaterSense website, the best of which will advance to WaterSense’s Facebook page whereAmerica’s favorite water-smart landscape will be selected through a public online voting process.

WaterSense will give priority to photos presenting landscapes with:

  • Drought tolerant, low water-using, or native plants
  • Mulch around shrubs and garden plants
  • Limited or functional use of turfgrass
  • Water-efficient irrigation design and components (e.g., micro or drip irritation, weather-based irrigation controllers, etc.)

The deadline to enter is February 15, 2013. Visit the contest website for more details and instructions.

We plan to submit photos of our water-wise demonstration garden at the Hazelwood HydroPark. We look forward to seeing your examples of water-smart landscapes!

Sabrina Litton
Portland Water Bureau Efficiency Program


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