America In Bloom Announces Spirit Award

September 30, 2011 - 10:03

Last week, America in Bloom announced that the National Garden Clubs has been awarded the inaugural “America in Bloom Spirit Award.” The award recognizes organizations whose missions and activities are consistent and complementary to the goals of America in Bloom.

Shirley Nicolai, National Garden Clubs president will accept the award this week at AIB’s 10th Anniversary Symposium & Awards Program in Washington, D.C.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by AIB for our more than 80 years of service,” said Nicolai. “Just like AIB, NGC promotes the value of plants in our lives, conservation, environmental protection, and beautification. It is wonderful to be acknowledged by another organization that is also helping to improve the quality of life in our country and around the world.”

AIB promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. The National Garden Club promotes and supports gardening, beautification efforts, and the improvement of public spaces. With nearly 200,000 members worldwide, it is considered to be the largest organization of its kind.

“NGC is a terrific organization and we are pleased to acknowledge them at our upcoming Symposium with our first-ever AIB Spirit Award,” said
Marvin Miller, AIB’s president. “As AIB celebrates its 10th anniversary it is fitting to acknowledge another organization that has been a leader in promoting gardening and the beautification of our nation.”

At the 2011 AIB Symposium, awards will be presented in five different areas: criteria awards; population category awards; John R. Holmes III Community Champion Award; Special Awards;, and the YouTube Video Award.

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