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FBA announces 2016 Outstanding Landscape Awards

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Beautification Alliance (FBA) has announced the winners of their ninth annual Fallbrook Outstanding Landscape Awards. Nominations were open to the entire Fallbrook community with numerous submissions received in each of the five award categories, making the winning selections a tough choice.

The Outstanding Landscape Award program is designed to recognize the efforts of individuals and organizations that contribute to Fallbrook community pride through excellence in landscape renovation, property beautification, preservation, new construction, and ongoing maintenance.

A panel of volunteer judges visited each nominated property to select one winner in each category. To be considered for an award, all submissions had to be visible to the public from the street. Judges considered the plants used, landscape design, and maintenance, as well as how the landscape complements the structural features of the location.

Each winner received a framed certificate, street signage acknowledging their award, and a ticket to Fallbrook’s annual Fourth of July celebration at Grand Tradition.

“The FBA would like to thank all of the community members who submitted nominations, and especially businesses and homeowners who have taken such care in designing and caring for their landscapes,” said Kären Feyler, award chairperson. “We hope that people get a chance to go out and see the winning landscapes and perhaps get some great ideas for things that might work in their own landscape.”

2016 Fallbrook Beautification Alliance Landscape Awards Winners


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.


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.


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 home owner 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!

Water Wise

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.

These award-winning sites may also be viewed at

The Fallbrook Beautification Alliance is a non-profit volunteer organization working with community partners to enhance Fallbrook's visual appeal. Founded in 2004, the organization is funded through donations and the Fourth of July annual fundraiser and fireworks display held at the Grand Tradition. Donations or tickets to the July 4th event may be made at


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