July 20, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC. Dear Editor:
Blowing Rock enthusiastically and successfully participated for the first time this past week in the America in Bloom awards program. We as the two judges you may have seen in your community, give thanks to Susan Sweet the committee chair, the Garden Club President Annie Tarbutton and all their members, city officials and staff, participants, sponsors, and volunteers. They participated in two days of fabulous tours, presentations, and meetings on July 16 and 17. We enjoyed meeting and spending time with all of you as you showcased all the reasons Blowing Rock is proud.
America in Bloom encourages communities to be welcoming and vibrant places to live, work, and play – benefitting from flowers, plants, and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage; community vitality and volunteerism.
We as judges are evaluating your efforts in areas that make communities great – Flowers, Landscaped Areas, Urban Forestry, Celebrating Heritage, Environmental Efforts, Community Vitality, Overall Impression, and Community Involvement across Blowing Rock. America in Bloom will provide the committee a written evaluation on October 1, 2018. We welcome everyone to attend our symposium, held in Lexington, Kentucky on September 27 – 29, 2018, where we will announce this year’s winners in six population categories and four Circle of Champions categories.
Sincerely, America in Bloom Judges
Winter Park, FL
Hortus Oasis, Inc. (FL26000315)
Stephen G. Pategas, RLA, ASLA
America in Bloom –Volunteer Community Judge
1425 Berkshire Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
O: 407.622.4886/ F: 407.622.4887