Landscape Programs and Events
The City is working on two landscape related programs: (1) The Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award and (2) National Wildlife Certification. For information on these items, please read below.
1. Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award (NBGYA)
This commemorative award is to honor Natalie Belmonte, a longtime resident of the City of Pembroke Pines who lost her life much too soon. This award will help capture the beauty of butterflies and in the same spirit, remind us all of the true essence of Natalie, who had a love of gardening and butterflies.
To promote quality landscaping within Pembroke Pines, the City invites you to enter our annual Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award Opens a New Window. contest. Interested property owners may enter their properties for award consideration or nominate a property (with their consent). A separate application should be submitted for each nomination along with up to 10 color photos (or cd) that reflect how their property meets the goals of the award.
A yard, balcony, school, commercial property or HOA common area can entered and will be judged on the five components below. Each component will be worth 20 points. These areas will be added together to reach the final score for the property. The highest score per district will win the award. All entries must attain a minimum score of 70 to be eligible for an award. There will be one award for each Commission district and one overall winner.
Judging will be performed by the City's Environmental Advisory Board (EAB), and their decision shall be final. Awards will be presented at a City Commission Meeting by the Mayor and City Commission in the month of May, in the spirit of Mother’s Day and to honor Natalie Belmonte on her birthday month.
The five scoring components for each property are:
- Butterfly component: This area judges the preservation of all stages of a butterfly’s life. It should supply food and shelter with the proper selection of plants which should include: host plants, caterpillar food plants, butterfly nectar plants and an area that provides about half a day’s worth of sunlight. (sage, lavender, milkweed, goldenrod, firebush, penta… are some suggested plants).
- Design and function: This area judges the overall design, use of texture, compatibility of materials, continuity, balance, and the overall function of the landscape in correlation to the use of the property.
- Maintenance: The focus on this section will be the overall view of the property’s landscape maintenance. The judges will be looking to see that the turf areas are mowed. They will also see that the planter beds are kept weed free, edged, and that mulching and fertilization is kept up.
- Florida Friendly Value: This section judges the selection and use of plants that have similar water demands. Mulching techniques will also be observed, checking to see if the mulch is deep enough to retain moisture in the soils.
- Use of Hardscapes: This section judges the use of non-living additions to finish a landscape, such as fountains, ponds, statues, boulders, decks, mulch, stones, etc. The judging will be determined by implementation of these items into the landscape and how they fit into the overall property.
2. National Wildlife Certification
The City of Pembroke Pines is working towards being certified as a National Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation Opens a New Window. . To achieve this certification, the City needs its residents to certify their homes as National Wildlife Habitats. Whether you have a single family home, a condominium balcony or a 20 acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts wildlife and certify your home as a Wildlife Habitat Opens a New Window. .
A wildlife friendly garden provides food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young. To learn how to create a Wildlife-Friendly Garden Opens a New Window. follow these four steps: