Essay Contest Winners 2018

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Eleven Landscape Tour participants submitted essays to our Contest this year - 4 more than the previous high of 7 essays! The voting was very close. All the judges were impressed with the quality of all the essays and the clear message of combining conservation with desert beauty. We thank the eleven writers for the time they spent portraying their Tour experience and the value of water-wise landscaping.

See a variety of photos from this year's Tour on our Landscape Tour Review page. (And for information on where to purchase native plants for your own landscape, see MBCA's Native Plant Nurseries page!)

Here are the three prize-winning Landscape Tour Essay Contest winners.  Click their name to read their essay.

1st place - Cynthia Heaton - $200 Unique Garden Center gift certificate
2nd place - Lisa Lafferty - $150 Cactus Mart gift certificate
3rd place - Cynthia Von Halle - $100 Cactus Mart gift certificate

Below are links to the other eight creative and thoughtful essays, in alphabetical order. 

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  • MBCA News posted about Essay Contest Winners 2018 on MBCA News' Facebook page 2018-06-03 08:34:19 -0700
    Eleven creative and engaging essays were submitted to the 2018 Desert-Wise Landscape Tour Essay Contest. The top three (a hard choice for the judges) received gift certificates. Each of the essays hit the mark on portraying the goals of the Tour - demonstrating colorful and comfortable desert landscapes created with low water usage. Enjoy reading them all and be inspired to improve your own desert garden!