America In Bloom Announces Awards
America In Bloom (AIB) recently presented nine population category and eight criteria award winners at its fifth annual symposium and awards program in Eureka Springs, Ark. More than 200 people participated in this year’s conference that offered two days of educational sessions and learning tours.
AIB is a national campaign and contest that promotes enhancing communities through beautification. In the competition, communities are matched by population and evaluated on their efforts related to floral displays, urban forestry, landscaped areas, turf and groundcover, tidiness, environmental awareness, heritage conservation and community involvement.
During this past summer, a team of judges evaluated each city on the efforts of the entire community including residential neighborhoods, business and commercial areas, and municipal parks/grounds. Thirty cities took part in this year’s competition.
The 2006 population category winners are:
- 5,000 or less — Eureka Springs, Ark.
- 5,001-10,000 — Oberlin, Ohio
- 10,001-15,000 — Wickliffe, Ohio
- 15,001-20,000 — Greenfield, Ind.
- 25,001-50,000 — Columbus, Ind.
- 50,001-100,000 — Fayetteville, Ark.
- University Campus — University of Missouri-Columbia
- Small Business District — Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, New York City, N.Y.
- Medium Business District — Lincoln Square Business Improvement District, New York City, N.Y.
Eight special awards were presented to the “best of the best” in all population categories and include:
- Project Evergreen Landscaped Areas Award — Columbus, Ind.
- American Horticultural Society Community Involvement Award — Columbus, Ind.
- The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. Turf & Groundcover Areas Award — Tipp City, Fla.
- Gardens Alive! Environmental Awareness Award — Buffalo, Minn.
- J. Frank Schmidt & Son Urban Forestry Award — Ocala, Fla.
- AIB Tidiness Award — Bartlett, Tenn.
- Ball Horticultural Co. Floral Display Award — Gallipolis, Ohio
- Meister Media Worldwide Heritage Preservation Award — Eureka Springs, Ark.
For more information on America in Bloom or the 2007 competition, go to www.americainbloom.org.