The City of Tampa Community Water Wise Award winner is Anni Ellis.

Does your landscape have what it takes to win? Enter today to find out.

The 2021 Community Water Wise Awards, sponsored by Tampa Bay Water, were created to recognize individuals and businesses committed to conserving our water resources and protecting the environment by using Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) principles.

There are nine FFL principles which include: right plant, right place; water efficiently; fertilize appropriately; mulch, attract wildlife; manage yard pests responsibly; recycle; reduce stormwater runoff; and protect the waterfront. Many of these principles are used as part of the landscape evaluation process for this awards program.

You can view photographs and watch short videos of past winners at The top photo on this link is the 2020 Unincorporated Hillsborough County Community Water Wise Award-winning landscape. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 30. You can complete your application now, which will take about five to 10 minutes, then submit it online at the link above. Attaching a photo or two is helpful.

On-site landscape evaluations will be scheduled and conducted in July and August, with homeowners and business owners available. Winning entries will receive a handmade mosaic stepping stone for homeowners or a plaque option for businesses. If you have questions regarding the Tampa Bay Water Community Water Wise Award program, please contact me at 744-5519, ext. 54105.

Today is a great time to complete and submit your application. For more information about the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, assistance with gardening and irrigation system-related questions, contact the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County at 744-5519, and visit our website at for upcoming workshops.

We hope to receive your entry soon. Thanks in advance for participating. Contact Lynn Barber at

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