Wisescape photos on display at Co-op in May

We are very happy to welcome Wisescape back to the Co-op, with a display of photographs of nominees for the program's top honors.

There will be an opening for the exhibit from 5 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. on Friday, May 13, when you can meet Nichole Baker, City of Moscow Water Conversation Program Coordinator, and ask her questions about the program, the photographs, and how you too can save resources in your landscaping, be it big or small.

This successful program has been running for quite a few years now. It was initiated to recognize those individuals, businesses, public buildings, and indeed anyone who has set a great example of aesthetics and resource conservation.

Judgments are made in the following categories: 1) Design. Is it aesthetically pleasing? Does it limit traditional turf? Does it use efficient irrigation? 2) Reduction of resources. Does it save water? Does it require less mowing? Is there a reduction of yard waste? Is there a reduced use of labor, pesticides, and fertilizer use? 3) Soil. Are soil enhancements such as compost and mulches used? 4) Plant selection. Are the plants suitably selected and placed within the landscape?

Nominees must be Moscow water customers, must follow Moscow water ordinances and resolutions, and may be self-nominated or nominated by someone else. I love looking at this display each year, admiring choices made by conscientious gardeners and landscapers who still manage to produce fantastic and appealing landscapes.

Come and enjoy the show here at the Co-op through Wednesday, June 15. Meet Nichole Baker at the opening from 5 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. on Friday, May 13.