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2023 Countywide Garden Recognition Contest - WE'VE GOT WINNERS!

A special thanks to all who entered this year's WaterWise Garden Recognition Contest.

This Year's Regional Winner is the Cole / Dickinson Garden. Congratulations!

Ten years ago, Wendy began transforming her lawn into a waterwise landscape overflowing with native blooms. Spurred into action by Wendy's father, a water conservationist and early adopter of drought-tolerant landscapes, the two began creating a water-wise garden together. Wendy has maintained the garden over the years, and a gardener comes out once a week to help with bigger maintenance jobs. The mature garden does not have an irrigation system but does have a rain barrel. Wendy also does hand watering for not-yet-established plants, such as young transplants. Their greatest delight was receiving wood chips from a neighbor filled with California poppy seeds. Now, the Cole/Dickson household enjoys yearly natural recruitment of California’s signature golden blossoms. Low-maintenance and overflowing with color, this landscape is shining example of how beautiful water-wise gardening can be.

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WaterWise Garden Recognition Contest promotes attractive and water efficient gardens throughout Santa Barbara County. Residents of single-family homes served by Montecito Water District may apply for the contest to compete for an agency award and the countywide grand prize. Winners will have their landscapes featured online, receive a yard award, and more!

Past Winners:

2022 Countywide & District Winner, Waterwise Garden Recognition Contest

2021 District First Place Winner, Waterwise Garden Recognition Contest

2021 District First Place Winner, Waterwise Garden Recognition Contest

2020 Waterwise Garden Recognition Contest

2020 District First Place Winner, Waterwise Garden Recognition Contest

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District Partners With 18 Local Water Suppliers and County

Montecito Water District is an active member of Santa Barbara County’s Regional Water Efficiency Program (RWEP). Established by Santa Barbara County Water Agency in December 1990, this partnership among local water purveyors and the County promotes the efficient use of urban and agricultural water supplies countywide.

Through the RWEP, the County Water Agency coordinates cooperative water conservation efforts among purveyors, co-funds projects and programs, acts as a clearinghouse for information on water efficiency, manages specific projects and programs, and monitors local, state and national legislation related to efficient water use.


Please check again for future opportunities; the District is currently working on a new Water Efficiency Plan and anticipates having rebates available soon - likely before the end of 2022.