I ❤ my Garden

Show us your gorgeous garden! Enter your photos for a chance to win prizes! Submit photos by May 15.

Do you HEART your WaterSmart garden? If you’re an EBMUD customer who has traded a thirsty lawn for a low-water landscape, it’s time to flaunt your flora for a chance to win great prizes.

Prizes include: 

  • Our award-winning book, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates
  • A feature on EBMUD.com
  • An irrigation consultation with EBMUD’s landscape genius Dave Langridge
  • A $100 gift certificate to Orchard Supply Hardware
  • Free admission to the Ruth Bancroft Garden

To enter, upload before and after images of your landscape and tell us what makes your garden special. This contest is for those that have converted their yard from grass to a low-water use garden.

Getting started is easy

  1. Upload a before and matching after high resolution photo of your landscape. Submit 2 photos.
  2. Fill out the form.
  3. Vote for your favorites to select the People’s Choice winner.
  4. Follow EBMUD on Facebook and Twitter! Be sure to share your submission on social media to rally for votes!  
  5. Check out our top tips for saving water and learn about our Landscape Rebate Program.

Tips on taking the best shots

  • Take your before and after picture from the same angle.
  • Lighting is everything! We recommend photos after sunrise and an hour before sunset.
  • Minimize background clutter like cars and trash cans.

Contest details, rules and prizes

One winner will be chosen from 5 categories. A People’s Choice Award will be selected by the highest number of online votes received from March 1 to May 15. Final decision is at the discretion of EBMUD.

For each of the categories, photos will be judged on the garden’s water conservation properties, aesthetics, and sustainable landscaping principals.

WaterSmart categories will be judged by EBMUD’s conservation gurus, who will select winners based on the following water conservation related categories. This decision is final.

  • Most Inspiring DIY design
  • Most Colorful
  • Most Bountiful Edible Landscape
  • Most Dramatic Change
  • Most in Harmony with Nature

Prizes

People’s Choice Winner (chosen by you!) receives:

  • Our award-winning book, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates
  • A feature on the EBMUD Website
  • A gift certificate to Orchard Hardware valued at $100
  • An irrigation consultation with EBMUD’s landscape genius Dave Langridge
  • Free admission to the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Winners in WaterSmart categories will receive:

  • Our award-winning book, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates
  • A feature on the EBMUD Website
  • Free admission to the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Terms

Entries for the I HEART my garden contest begins on April 1, 2018 and closes at midnight on May 15, 2018. The contest is open to residents in the EBMUD service area only. Before and after pictures showing the transformation from a lawn to a low-water garden are required. Employees of EBMUD are unable to win prizes but may submit their photos. Photos may be submitted by homeowners, renters or landscape designers with the homeowner’s consent. All decisions are at the discretion of EBMUD and decisions are final.

Notification

If your photos are chosen for the EBMUD website, you will be notified by email and the announcement will be public on social media. Prizes will be mailed to the address you provide.

Confidentiality

All personally identifying information and contact information for contest submission will be kept confidential. The applicant agrees to allow EBMUD the right to share photos with the public and use all submission material to promote landscape water conservation.

Agreement

As the owner of the property or designer of this landscape with permission of the owner, I hereby authorize the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to use my photographs on the EBMUD website. I realize that any such photographs will be the property of EBMUD and may be used for any purpose that East Bay Municipal Utility District in its sole discretion deems proper.