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2016 Award Winners
Water Wise PDF 

Douglas and Sally York spent several years planning and building the hardscape for their yard at 2305 Harvest Vista Lane. The cement edged DG paths meander through their many plantings, most of which are under a year old. A huge Canary Island palm, planted years ago, catches the eye in front. With the help of Landscape Architect Megan Boone, Sally and Doug used Elephant Food plant as both ground cover and upright sharing the space with lantanas, Palo Verde trees, salvia hot lips and crown of thorns.

The Yorks have taken many day trips to a wide variety of water wise nurseries to find just the right plants for their landscape. Their entire yard is on a drip system. As a special touch, they have also set up a potting bench so they can propagate plants for their own garden and to share with friends and neighbors.

From left, FBA board members Joan Sucher and Kären Feyler present homeowners Sally and Douglas York with the water-wise landscape award.

Non-profit PDF 

The Fallbrook School of the Arts won the Non-Profit Award category by combining art with draught tolerant plants. The red, orange and blue sculpture in the front of the building is an eye-catcher, complementing the little gem aloe, agave, and Mexican sage.

Jim and Marjorie Claborn accepted the award for the school, located at 310 E. Alvarado St. The Fallbrook School of the Arts provides arts education to every age and skill level with classes and workshops in a variety of disciplines.


Taking part in the best non-profit landscape award presentation are, from left, Judi Buffone, awards committee; Marjorie Claborn and Jim Claborn, Fallbrook Arts Inc.; FBA board members Joan Sucher and Kären Feyler.

Residential PDF 

The winner in the Residential Award category is Debbie Payne, 1573 Malaga Way. Her self-designed landscape features California oaks, which were removed from the ground and boxed years before they were ready to be replanted in her yard. The strategically-placed giant rocks that fill the landscape were procured when Payne approached workers involved in the widening of Highway 76.

This talented homeowner has chosen mixed flowering plants, golden sage, Russian sage, salvias and verbena, among many others. She has added a dry creek bed and pathways with benches and wonderful rustic accents, including barrels, crates, logs, wooden chairs and repurposed cement steps. Payne is looking to add an original buckboard to finish off her design, and has the spot ready!


Homeowner Debbie Payne, left, accepts the best residential landscape award from FBA board member Kären Feyler, center, and awards committee member Judi Buffone.

omeowner Debbie Payne, left, accepts the best residential landscape award from FBA board member Kären Feyler, center, and awards committee member Judi Buffon
Commercial PDF 

The Good Earth Nursery is the winner of the Commercial Award. Father and daughter Steve and Jennifer Gaggero have nurtured a show-case entrance to Fallbrook when heading to their nursery from the Mission Road exit of the I-15 highway.

The nursery landscape includes many varieties of palms, aloe, agave, and flowering trees, among the vast variety of succulents, tropical and exotics. Their selection is well suited for the many micro-climates of Fallbrook and perfect for the Southern California landscape. Steve, Jennifer and the staff strive to provide friendly helpful service.


From left, Steve Gaggero and daughter Jennifer Gaggero, owners of The Good Earth Nursery, accept their best commercial landscape award from Kären Feyler, FBA board; Joan Sucher, FBA board; and Judi Buffone, awards committee.