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Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award (NBGYA)

The City of Pembroke Pines has renewed its yearly Great Yards Award contest to be monthly nominations by each district, (i.e., January – District 1, February – District 2, March – District 3, April – District 4, etc.) This award was created in memory of Natalie Belmonte, a well-known resident, businesswoman, and nature-lover, who tragically lost her life in July of 2011. This award helps capture the love Natalie had for gardening.  

The City wants to recognize the hard work that each resident puts into maintaining a beautiful front yard thaNatalie Belmonte Great Yards Award Picturet displays Florida-friendly landscape practices. We would like to cordially invite residents within the city boundaries to enter and/or nominate their front yard area for the Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award contest.

This contest is designed to promote quality, Florida-friendly landscaping within the City of Pembroke Pines and is intended not only to recognize these residents but also to inspire others to improve curb appeal in our City. Interested residential property owners may enter their properties for award consideration or nominate a property (with the property owners' consent).

Applications must be received by the 1st of the selection month the resident is applying for. If an application is submitted past the date allowed for that district a resubmittal will be required during the month allowed. If there are no applicants to choose from, or if applications fall below the minimum score required, no award will be offered until the next award cycle. 

Awarding Cycle 
(Applications will be accepted the month prior to each award cycle.) 
District 1JanuaryMaySeptember
District 2FebruaryJuneOctober
District 3MarchJulyNovember
District 4AprilAugustDecember

Award Guidelines

  • The nominated home must be located within City limits.
  • Only residential properties.
  • Anyone may nominate a home, whether they live in the City or outside the City.
  • City Code Enforcement Officers will also offer nominations for the award.
  • Applications with open code violations will not be considered.
  • Each home is limited to winning the award once in any two consecutive calendar years.

All properties will be judged based on the following five components: 

Each applicant should identify what areas of their front yards promote each of the components when submitting their application. Areas featured in the rear yard may be open for consideration.  

1. Design and function: This area judges the overall design, use of texture, compatibility of materials, continuity, balance, and the overall function of the landscape in correlation to the use of the property. 

2. Maintenance: The focus of this section will be the overall view of the property’s landscape maintenance. We will be looking to see that the planter beds are kept weed-free, and edged and that mulching and fertilization are kept up. 

3. Florida Friendly Value: The use of low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Mulching techniques will also be observed, checking to see if the mulch is deep enough to retain moisture in the soil. 

4. Use of Hardscapes: Pertaining to the use of non-living additions to finish a landscape, such as fountains, ponds, statues, boulders, decks, mulch, stones, etc. 

5. Butterfly component: This area judges the preservation of all stages of a butterfly’s life. It should supply food and shelter with the proper selection of plants. (for example; Sage, Lavender, Milkweed, Goldenrod, Firebush, Penta, etc.). 

Learn more on Florida-Friendly landscape practices.

Residents who are National Wildlife Federation Certified (NWF) or have signed the Florida-Friendly Landscaping pledge will receive additional recognition for their dedication to enhancing their local environment.

All winners will be honored at a City Commission Meeting as well as the following:

  • A Beautiful Home Award yard sign will be provided by the City to the award recipient for one month following the award, to be placed in the front of the house.
  • A picture of the home, with the award recipient’s permission, will be placed on the City’s social media pages, including the City’s website.

Should you have any questions please contact the Planning and Economic Development Department (Landscape Division) or call  954.392.2100.

Natalie Belmonte Nomination Form

  1. Nominate a Great Yard!

    Anyone may nominate a yard, whether they live in the city or outside of city limits, but the yard must be located within city limits to qualify.

  2. Please enter the Neighborhood or Subdivision where the Property is located. (If Known)

  3. Nominator Information (Person completing this form):
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  5. This field is not part of the form submission.