AIB Judge Patrick Bones, APLD

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May 29, 2009, 12:02 am
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Hello World! 

My name is Patrick Bones, APLD and I am a professionally certified landscape designer. I am certified by the international organization named the Association of Professional Landscape Designers ( 

My purpose in creating this blog is to share my experiences  as I volunteer as a judge for the organization called “America In Bloom”. (www.americainbloom)  Last year was my first year traveling as a judge for AIB after receiving  training and it was a great adventure. I traveld with another judge,  Bruce Riggs from New York state  and we visited five cities within the 15,000 to 25,000 population range.  We started our judging trips in late April of 2008.  Our first visit was to Stuart, Florida for a couple of days then we traveled to Colleyville, Texas.  After a couple of days in Texas we flew to Artesia, California.  We then both flew back  to our respective homes to continue to write our Evaluation reports and prepare for the next AIB trip.

On the first of May, 2008 Bruce and I flew into Arroyo Grande, California via San Luis Obispo airport where we spent a couple of delightful days touring this lovely city.  We then each returned home.  At the end of July, 2008 we both flew into Northfield, Minnesota to tour and judge. 

Each one of the five cities Bruce and I visited in 2008 were unigue and certainly delightful in different ways.  Cities of this size are normally not visited by persons looking for a vacation spot to visit but I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent in each of these cities and the most enjoyable aspect is meeting the people who have worked hard in making improvements in the cities they love as these are the types of positive people one enjoys learning from and befriending.  Even though I would never have thought to visit any of these five cities before judging them I can honestly state they are most remarkable and I would be happy to return to each of them and to take my family with me to experience them as I did.  That in itself speaks highly of each of these cities.

This year (2009) I am scheduled to travel to four cities in the  20,000 to 50,000 population range.  I will be traveling with Katy Moss Warner.  The cities we are scheduled to tour and  judge are as follows; Junction City, Kansas, Collierville, Tennessee, Michigan City, Indiana and Westfield, New Jersey.  I am looking forward to traveling this year, touring some wonderful new cities and meeting some wonderful people.  This blog is intended to record and share some of the unique experiences a judge encounters when traveling for America In Bloom.


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