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Lexington receives top honors, national recognition for its beautification efforts


Lexington received top honors at the 2016 America in Bloom (AIB) symposium earlier this month in Arroyo Grande, Calif.

The city earned the highest rating of five blooms, and was named the population category winner for communities over 50,000. On the opening day of the symposium, Lexington was recognized for its exceptional efforts related to urban forestry.

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This is Lexington’s third year participating in the awards program, and its first year receiving five blooms.

Cities that participate in America in Bloom’s awards program are judged on six criteria: overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas and floral displays.

The city’s local AIB affiliate, America in Bloom Lexington, compiled a community profile which highlights public and private efforts related to each criterion. This document was reviewed by two judges from the national organization, who visited Lexington in April.

Ann Garrity, President of AIB Lexington, coordinated the judges’ tour.

After speaking to the judges and reviewing their report, Garrity shared that the judges, “felt Lexington’s pride showed throughout the community, with volunteers and partners working together to make our city a destination worth visiting and a special place to live.”

Lexington is the host city for the 2018 national America in Bloom symposium.

From LexingtonKy.com


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