The third annual Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Awards event was hosted by the Clovis Botanical Garden on October 12, 2013. The eight gardens chosen were determined to best embody the seven guiding principles of the Central Valley Friendly Landscaping program, and serve as living teaching tools to all who see them. Event attendees got to see photo boards of the winning yards, and more importantly, got to hear from the homeowners themselves about the changes they have made in their yards and why doing so was important to them. Reasons ranged from a desire to see beautiful color all year round, reducing the amount of water used outside, attracting wildlife, and finding a natural resource-savvy and environmentally friendly way to put their personal stamp on their home landscaping.
Award recipients were John Hughes, David Boos, Manley J. Haltom, Donna K. Howard, Sue & Newton Seiden, Gene Richards, Karen L. Robinson, Rose & Ivan Rowe. Each of the six selected received a large Margaret Hudson quail with personalized plaque, a framed certificate, and a yard sign with the program’s quail logo.
In 2013, the first Commercial Central Valley Friendly Landscape awards were given to three wonderful examples of commercial landscapes. The general public or business owners can view these landscapes year round and follow in their footsteps. The award recipients were Grundfos Pumps, Les Schwab Tires on West Shaw Ave in Fresno, and Les Schwab Tires on East Kings Canyon Ave.