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America in Bloom Celebrates Five Years

of Planting Pride with Annual Awards Program
by Press Release
July 16, 2006

Enjoy “Life in the Past Lane” at the fifth annual America in Bloom (AIB) symposium and awards program, September 28-30 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. AIB encourages nationwide beautification programs, personal and community involvement, educational programs, and the challenge of a friendly competition among participating communities across the country.

Anyone interested in building civic pride in their community is invited to attend the symposium. Speakers and learning tours will provide take-home ideas on how to bring together the municipal, commercial, and residential sectors in a united manner to improve communities.

The three-day program begins on Thursday, September 28 with the announcement of the eight “best of the best” awards in each of the eight AIB criteria: community involvement, floral displays, landscaped areas, environmental awareness, urban forestry, heritage preservation, turf and groundcover areas, and tidiness.

Friday features three education sessions, including a litter fashion show presented by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission; getting your state highway department to work with you; and how a city can improve its AIB scores.

Attendees will then meet with teams of judges on Friday afternoon to share and learn what cities of their size are doing to improve their communities. This unique opportunity is one of the most popular events during the symposium.

Author, photographer, and international consultant Steve Foster will present the keynote presentation on Saturday. Foster will share examples of outstanding community beautification efforts he has witnessed across the world. Inspiration guaranteed!

Additional sessions on Saturday will cover such topics as urban greenspace planning pitfalls, heritage preservation tool kit, anticipating the future, student-made digital films as community promotion tools, synergy for successful community projects, and how to motivate volunteers.

Afternoon tours will provide on-site visits that use Eureka Springs as a laboratory to discuss the AIB criteria. Tour participants will learn about curbside plantings, promoting a city’s heritage and architecture, public art, pocket gardening, tree funding, entryway enhancement, and recycling.

The symposium ends on a high note with the gala banquet and awards program in which all cities are recognized and winners are announced in each of the population categories.

One of America’s most distinctive destinations, Eureka Springs is an authentic 19th century Victorian resort tucked away in the Ozarks Mountains of northwest Arkansas. It is a magical place filled with old-world charm and European flavor. Eureka Springs is the only city in the country whose entire downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The deadline to register for the America in Bloom symposium is September 15. For more information about AIB and the symposium, visit the web site at

America in Bloom is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3)
organization headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
It is dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification programs and both personal and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements, and to providing educational programs and resources to that end.


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