America in Bloom, Get Involved!

"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

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.

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:

Overall Impression
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.

Heritage Preservation
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.

Landscaped Areas
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.

Environmental Efforts
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.

Urban Forestry
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.

Floral Display
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.

If you would like more information about the AIB program or would like to volunteer, please contact Leslie Curneal at 270-824-2101

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