News & Events

August 26, 2011
Contact:  Frankie Vigil

TMWA announces Water-Efficient Landscape Awards winners

Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA), with the Reno News & Review, announce the winners of the 2011 Water-Efficient Landscape Awards. Five winners have been rewarded with hundreds of dollars in materials and services to jumpstart their landscape makeover projects. Entries were evaluated based on their plans to create a water-efficient landscape using the seven xeriscape principles in TMWA’s Landscape Guide.

“We are very excited to reward these five homeowners on their hard work to create water-efficient landscapes in the Truckee Meadows,” Lora Rose Richards, TMWA Administrator of Conservation & Community Outreach, said. “They put in the time to come up with thoughtful landscape plans that will help save water. The prizes provided by our generous sponsors will make a big difference in helping these homeowners get started with the projects they submitted.”

Gift certificates to local garden shops and landscapers were awarded to David Ingersoll and Kathleen Fenn in Somersett; Liz Hemsley in Reno; Katie Eilers in Sparks; and Genie MontBlanc in Mogul. Tiffany Schweickert and Matt Albrecht in Reno won in the newly created edible garden category.

Judges included Marnie Brennan of Garden Shop Nursery, Steve Fine of Reno Lawn and Landscape, Scott Gescheider of Moana Nursery,  Zack Kelley of Dayton Valley Turf, Jason Perry of Western, Tom Stille of the River School and Richards, representing TMWA.

Special thanks to all who participated in the seventh-annual Water-Efficient Landscape Awards, especially to our sponsors: Reno News & Review, All Seasons Lawn and Landscaping, Dayton Valley Turf, Dry Creek Garden Co., Garden Shop Nursery, Moana Nursery, Reno Lawn & Landscape, Truckee Meadows Community Forestry Coalition and Western Turf & Hardscapes.

Please visit for more information about water-efficient landscaping.

Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) is a not-for-profit water utility, overseen by elected officials from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. TMWA employs a highly skilled team who ensure the treatment, delivery and availability of high-quality drinking water around the clock for more than 330,000 residents of the Truckee Meadows.