America In Bloom
America in Bloom - "It is an honor for me to serve as the Honorary Chair of the America in Bloom initiative and to introduce the community to the potential benefits of the AIB program in our great city. I invite all of our residents to learn more and to become involved in creating a beautiful place for our families and visitors." - Mayor David Jackson
The City of Madisonville and the Community Improvement Foundation are proud to announce the organizing of a local Beautification Contest called "America in Bloom". America in Bloom is based on strategies and organizational models that have been tested and used successfully by municipalities across the country. By encouraging and contributing to the beautification of the city's landscape and environment, we strengthen pride in our community and increase the standard of living for our residents, businesses, and guests. For more information on America in Bloom, please visit www.AmericaInBloom.org.
Through this program, our city will compete with other cities of similar populations and be judged in eight categories. The judges will visit and review our city on June 9 & 10 and submit to us a detailed evaluation and list of suggestions. The eight categories are: Tidiness, Environmental Awareness, Community Involvement, Heritage Preservation, Urban Forestry, Landscaped Areas, Floral Displays, and Turf and Ground Cover Areas.
In addition, we also plan to have a local competition that will give recognition awards to local residents, businesses, and organizations that participate - more details to come!
This effort will require help from the entire community. Volunteer committees are currently being formed and interested participants should contact the Community Improvement Foundation www.cifoundation.net.
America in Bloom is a national awards program that provides a framework for improving overall quality of life. It is the only program of its kind that provides on-site, one-on-one mentoring and coaching by a team of expert judges.
What the Judges look for:
Experienced judges will visit our city once per year to evaluate Madisonville on the following areas:
Cleanliness, lack of litter and graffiti. Maintenance of public open spaces, medians and boulevard strips, streets, sidewalks, walking and biking trails, curbs, ditches, road shoulders, unattended and vacant lots, buildings, garbage receptacles; lack of weeds, dog waste policies and receptacles, notices/posters appropriately displayed, vandalism not evident. Maintenance of the hardscape: walls, lamp posts, benches, playgrounds, etc. Appropriate use and placement of graphic elements such as banners, signs and murals.
Historical, natural, agricultural, and cultural heritage. Preservation and restoration of buildings, homes, churches, cemeteries; heritage sites and/or monuments; heritage parks, historical gardens and heritage trees; artifacts; historical society; heritage advisory committee, museums, archives, history books, and interpretative programs; ordinances and policies. Resource availability. Farmers markets, festivals and parades.
Overall design and suitability of landscape, turf and ground covers. Use of native plants. Overall design and suitability for location/use; good use of design principles (i.e., balance of plant material and constructed elements, harmony, color, texture, shape, etc.). Sustainability. Integration of hardscapes, lighting, site features, sculpture. Maintenance (weeds, mulching practices, edging); site rejuvenation and rehabilitation. Efforts in strategic planning. Community gardens, children’s gardens, public gardens and zoos.
Sustainability practices. Recycling (paper, glass, metal, plastic, electronics, etc.), policies and by-laws, sustainable development strategies, waste reduction, hazardous waste minimization and collection (oil, paint, chemicals, used batteries, etc.), water quality and conservation, energy conservation, environmental cleanup activities, reducing carbon footprint, environmentally friendly transportation, LEED certification, air, noise and light pollution, rain gardens and rain barrels, composting, energy efficiency, youth programs, etc. Events such as Earth Day, Recycling Days, Bike to Work Days, etc.
Distribution, variety and suitability of trees; new plantings; urban tree program; qualified personnel or access to trained individual(s); inventory or database; frequency of tree surveys; care and maintenance programs; preservation of heritage trees and woodlots; scheduled succession plantings. Efforts in management, planning, maintenance, improvement, and innovation. Written policies, by-laws and regulations, long and short term plans.
Flower beds, containers, baskets, window boxes. Arrangement, originality, distribution, location, diversity, balance, harmony, quality of maintenance. Use and integration of annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, bulbs, and seasonal flowers.