Waterwise Landscape Recognition Program 

Picture of the Waterwise Landscape Recognition Program PlaqueThe City of Brantford, in partnership with the Brantford Master Gardeners, and the Brantford Garden Club would like to recognize the efforts of Brantford residents who have converted a significant portion of their property to be Waterwise.

Do you know of a property in the City of Brantford that appears to be landscaped as waterwise? If so, this property may deserve special recognition!

Here are some clues:

  • More plants than grass
  • Property requires little to no watering
  • Most plants appear to be perennial, native or drought-tolerant species
  • Rainbarrels used
  • Well-mulched

If you or someone you know has a garden that may fit the above description, please submit your name, address and contact information by no later than August 22nd. Arrangements will then be made to determine eligibility and evaluate the property.

Those recognized will be awarded with an ornamental stoneware garden plaque, expert feedback, acknowledgement in the Brantford Expositor, the City of Brantford website and will be entered into a draw to receive prizes ranging in value up to $500.00. If you are given recognition you will become an example to follow for other residents who want to make this landscape transition. We look forward to receiving your application!

Before and after pictures would be appreciated!

Call the Water Conservation Hotline:  519-759-1511

Or email: waterconservation@brantford.ca

Application Form

Click to open the Waterwise Landscape Recognition Application Form in a new browser window.

Eligibility

  1. For a property to be considered eligible for consideration, not more than 50% of the available greenspace can be lawn. 
  2. Although backyards can be considered in the overall waterwise landscaping, a property will not be eligible for recognition if the front yard has not been landscaped to be waterwise.
  3. It is preferable that the waterwise portion of the landscaping be at least 3 years old in order to confidently assess the viability of this transformation, however recently landscaped properties will still be evaluated for consideration under this program. 

* Please note that the viability of newly landscaped properties will be at the judges’ discretion.

Properties nominated for recognition will be pre-screened for eligibility. Property owners will be contacted to arrange for an appointment time in early September when our gardening experts will come to evaluate your property. Where only the front yard of a property is being considered, an appointment may not be necessary.

Evaluation Criteria

Water Conservation – 50%

  • Use of native or low-water demand plants
  • Use of mulches and/or soil improvements to retain moisture and/or reduce evaporative losses
  • Efficient forms of irrigation used on all planted areas of property including grass – based on plant types, site conditions, etc., techniques used, ie. soaker hoses/drip irrigation, time of day
  • Incorporation of rainwater harvesting and/or greywater reuse, if required, based on watering needs of plants.

Waterwise Design – 30%

  • Has aesthetic appeal
  • Composition/layout, displays a good balance between hardscapes & plants
  • Sensitivity to site is shown, eg. lawn in shadier areas, plantings are appropriate for slopes, low areas, etc…
  • Hardscape (non-vegetative) materials are permeable and/or placed in such as way as to encourage rain to soak into the soil.
  • Biodiversity is evident in landscape with a variety of species

General Quality & Health – 20%

  • Landscape is "neat & clean" (in accordance with type of garden) with weeds under control 
  • Plants are healthy (not choked by invasive plants, disease & pest-free)
  • Best maintenance practices are used, ie. no chemical pesticides used, no leaking water features, etc…        

* In order for a garden to receive recognition, an overall score of 75% must be met.