AIB Judge Patrick Bones, APLD


History of the America in Bloom Program
June 4, 2009, 7:33 pm
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A short synopsis relating to how America in Bloom was birthed follows;

A movement was started in France after World War II to make towns and villages bloom again.  The movement was named “Villes Et Villages Fleuris” or France in Bloom.  The French movement was made official in 1959 and presently enjoys the involvment of over 11,000 local councils, villages and/or communities.  This program is run by the Department of Tourism and Agriculture and focuses on Trees, Shrubs and Flowers and its goals are Tidiness, Environment, Flowers and Tourism.  (www.villes-et-villages-fleuris.com/GB/thecompetition.htm)

There is a similar program operating in Ireland that is over 50 years old named Tidy Towns of Ireland.  It currently has over 700 communities involved and it is government run by the Department of Environment, Heritage, and local Government.  Its focus is on a broad criteria related to Tidiness and Litter Control.  Its goals are a Cleaner Environment and Tourism Investment.  (www.tidytowns.ie)

Britain in Bloomhas existed since 1963 and was started by “Tidy Britian Group”.  This program currently involves over 1,400 communities in different population categories and has regional as well as national competitions.  Their focus is on Landscape, Environment, and Community Involvement.  The goals are Pride, Volunteerism, Litter Control and Tourism.  (www.rhs.org.uk/britaininbloom)

Communities in Bloom began in Canadain 1995 and started with 29 communities.  It currently has over 500 communities involved and is a non-profit organization with participation by Parks and Recreation groups and there are provincial and national competitions.  They incorporate 8 different criteria in evaluating or judging the involved communities including the following: Tidiness, Environmental Awareness, Community Involvement, Heritage, Urban Foresty, Landscape, Floral Displays and Turf and Groundcover.  Their goals are the Environment, Heritage and Community Involvement.  (www.communitiesinbloom.ca)

America in Bloombegan in 2001 as a pilot project with Canada’s Communities in Bloom.  The American version of this program uses the same 8 criteria when judging a community;  Tidiness, Environmental Awareness, Community Involvement, Heritage, Urban Forestry, Landscape, Floral Displays and Turf and Groundcover.  The goals of the American program are the Environment, Heritage and Community Involvement. (www.americainbloom.org)

In the eight years the America in Bloom program has existed or been active in the US 172 cities have been judged in 38 states and over 32 million people have been affected.  In 2009 there are 29 cities being visited and judged by the volunteer AIB judges. 

America in Bloom won the Urban Beautification Award for 2009 from the American Horticultural Society.

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What is America In Bloom?
June 4, 2009, 7:08 pm
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America in Bloom is simply an independent, non-profit 501 (c) (3)  organization encouraing nationwide beautification programs, personal and community involvement, educational programs, and the challenge of a friendly competition among participating communities across the United States. 

America in Bloom is about:

Improving the Quality of Life

Inspiring Imagination

Unifying Community

Sharing Ideas

Creating Friendships

Beautifying Spaces

Learning and Leading

Enjoying Results

The Benefits of participation include: 

Civic pride, a cleanermore colorful community,  community involvement, cooperation between government, business, private citizens and communities, economic development, increased property values, decreased vandalism, valuable feedback from AIB judges, a new sense of “Pride of Place”, Increased Recycling, helps build a clearer heritage and legacy, safer environmental practices, sustainable development, “Best Practices” blueprint for action, increased tourism as the community becomes a destination and participation provides a purpose for community groups to gather together and work toward a worthy common goal.

The America in Bloom focus is on:  Floral Displays, Tidiness, Landscaped Areas, Urban Forestry, Heritage Conservation, Community Involvement, Turf and Groundcovers and Environmental Effort.

For more information about the America in Bloom program please look at www.AmericainBloom.org or call (614) 487-1117.