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Locals win water friendly landscape contest

SAN MARCOS — A beautiful yard doesn’t have to use a lot of water, and three Vallecitos Water District customers recently displayed this as finalists in the San Diego County California Friendly Landscape Contest. They were recognized for their achievements by the district’s board of directors at a recent regular meeting. The three finalists effectively met all of the judging criteria for overall attractiveness, plant selection, design and efficient methods of irrigation.
First place, receiving “Best in District,” went to San Marcos resident Gisela Gelbing. This landscape featured an art theme of succulents and cacti, which come from areas in the world that are dry and hot with minimum rain.
The second-place winners were San Marcos residents Dennis and Nancy Williams. Their original lawn area of 2,185 square feet was replaced by vegetable gardens, low maintenance native plants, succulents, herbs and synthetic turf.
Third place was awarded to Margarette Morgan of Vista. Her half-acre property featured the purple leaves of Synadenium or African Milk Bush that serve as her landscape’s backdrop for most of the year.
All winners received a gift certificate to an area nursery. The first-place winner will also be recognized with an honorary paver at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College.
The regional sixth annual San Diego County California Friendly contest is a collaboration among the Vallecitos Water District, the San Diego County Water Authority, or SDCWA, and SDCWA’s other member agencies. SDCWA, Ewing Irrigation and the San Diego Horticultural Society served as sponsors for 2009.