Which Towns Won America in Bloom Awards?
The big annual America in Bloom Symposium was held in Mass-achusetts and the culmination of the event was, of course, the naming of the prize winners—what towns took home beautification awards? Without further ado, they are:
Town Population Category
Castle Rock, WA Under 3,500
Lewisburg, WV 3,500 – 10,000
Morro Bay, CA 10,000 – 13,000
Ottawa, IL 13,000 – 18,000
Madisonville, KY 18,000 – 25,000
St. Charles, IL 25,000 – 50,000
Lexington, KY Over 50,000
Gallipolis, OH Champions – Small*
Washington, MO Champions – Mid-Sized*
*The Champions categories are for towns that have a combination of any three: population category win and/or outstanding achievement awards.
Although we tend to be interested in America in Bloom for the flowers and plants that towns use, there are actually six criteria upon which participants are evaluated: overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas and floral displays. Additionally, communities were judged on their community involvement across municipal, residential and commercial sectors.
Congrats to the winners! GT