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Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award (NBGYA)

Attention: We temporarily suspended this years Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award program due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  

Every year the City of Pembroke Pines hosts a great yards contest. This award was created to honor the memory of Ms.  Natalie Belmonte, a resident and business woman who lost her life too soon. This award will help capture the beauty of butterflies in your homes and in the same spirit, remind us all of the true essence of Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award PictureNatalie, who had a love of gardening and butterflies.

Properties can be nominated for the Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Awards in three different categories:  (1) residential, (2) commercial and (3) educational institutions. We would like to cordially invite everyone within the city boundaries to enter and/or nominate any landscape area for the Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award. 

This contest is designed to promote quality landscaping within the City of Pembroke Pines. Interested property owners may enter their properties for award consideration or nominate a property (with the property owners consent). A separate application should be submitted for each property along with up to 10 color photos (or CD) that reflect how the property meets the goals of the award. 

To nominate a property, download the Application for the Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award Contest. 

All properties will be judged based on five components for the aesthetics, design and maintenance of a butterfly garden detailed below.  There will be one winner for each district, one citywide winner, one commercial property winner, and educational institution winner.

All properties will be documented by City staff and judging will be performed by the City’s Environmental Advisory Board. All decision(s) of the Environmental Advisory Board and the City 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.

Should you have any questions please contact the Planning and Economic Development Department at 954.392.2100 or via email to

The five scoring components for each property are:

1. 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. (Sage, Lavender, Milkweed, Goldenrod, Firebush, Penta… are some suggested plants).

2. 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.

3. 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 planter beds are kept weed free, edged, and that mulching and fertilization is kept up.

4. Florida Friendly Value: The use of low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Mulching techniques will also be observed, checking to see if the mulch is deep enough to retain moisture in the soils. 

5. 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.

To learn about last years winners: 2018 Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award Contest Winners