Rockford In Bloom Community Beautification Awards
Rockford In Bloom, a program of City of Gardens, seeks to recognize those groups and individuals that, through their beautification of public and private spaces, enhance the attractiveness of the Rockford area for its citizens and visitors.
The notable efforts of these gardeners deserve our praise and support for increasing our civic pride and making our community a more pleasant place to live, work and visit.
Neighbors making a boulevard bloom, citizens turning a vacant lot into a park or garden, students planting a school garden, businesses or institutions that beautiful landscapethese are some of the contributions of dedicated gardeners we wish to recognize.
Nominations must be within the Rockford Park District service, which includes Rockford, Loves Park and parts of Cherry Valley, New Milford and adjacent and unincorporated areas of Winnebago County. Garden areas of nominees must be visible from a right of way (street, sidewalk, path, etc.) or have public access. Private residences are not considered for this contest, but are eligible for a City of Gardens Good Neighbor Award.
Nominations will be judged on the design and layout, plant selection and variety, plant health, maintenance, color theme, originality and visual impact. Significant features of a garden area will be taken into account, as well as any obstacles that had to be overcome.
Awards will be given in these categories:
l Small Business and Non-Profits (city lot up to approximately one acre)
l Large Business (more than one acre)
l Institution (school, place of worship, hospital, government building, etc.)
l Public Space (green space, monument, median, park, entrance to the city)
l Neighborhood (boulevards, community gardens, entrancesnot private residences)
l Limited Space (any garden with very limited space, container gardens)
l New or Improved (first-year garden or an area that has undergone transformation)
l Youth Garden (work done by youth with adult supervision)
l Adopted Spot (cared for by other than owner)
Judges are volunteers who are chosen for their competence in gardening. Each judge will attend an orientation session. Judges will be assigned to teams. Each team will judge three to five garden areas.
Winning gardeners will be recognized at a gala awards event in October. First-place winners in each category will be recognized for their exemplary accomplishment. Second- and third-place winners will also be recognized for their notable efforts.
Buy a Basket
One of the most visible and ambitious projects undertaken by the City of Gardens has been the hanging of flower baskets. This program started with 18 experimental baskets in the downtown area two years ago, and grew to 64 baskets last year.
The plan is for more than 100 hanging flower baskets this summer. The baskets will hang on downtown bridges, streets and in the newly redone North Main Street business area. They will be planted in color themes of red, white and blue; deep pink; and lavender. The cost of planting, hanging, maintenance and watering of each flower basket is $125.
People are invited to sponsor a basket. In supporting the Buy-a-Basket program, you will receive an attractive Certificate of Appreciation to display and the satisfaction of doing something to enhance the beauty of our community.
Make checks payable to: City of Gardens, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford, IL 61107-3086, or for more information, call (815) 987-1689.