Rockford In Bloom contest

The City of Gardens, a program of the Rockford Park District Foundation, announces the third annual Rockford in Bloom Community Beautification Awards Contest.

Beautification of public and private spaces enhances the attractiveness of the Rockford area for its citizens and visitors. The Community Beautification Awards are designed to recognize exemplary efforts of businesses, groups and individuals that make a positive difference in our community through gardening.

Community Beautification Awards will be given in the following categories:

l Small business/Non Profit (City lot size up to 1 acre)

l Large business (Larger than 1 acre)

l Institution (School, house of worship, hospital, governmental building)

l Public Space (Green space, monument, median, park, entrance to a city, etc.)

l Neighborhood (Boulevards, community gardens, etc.)

l Limited Space (any garden with very limited space, container gardens)

l New or Improved (First-year garden or area which has undergone transformation)

l Adopted Spot (An area cared for by a person or organization other than the owner)

l Youth Garden (Work done by youth)

To be eligible, garden nominations must be within the Rockford Park District service area (east of Meridian Road and south of Route 173) and visible from a right of way (street, sidewalk or path) or have public access.

Nomination forms are available at Rockford Park District offices, city halls (Rockford, Loves Park and Cherry Valley), Winnebago County Courthouse, chambers of commerce, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Klehm Arboretum, all branches of the Rockford Public Library and Loves Park Library.

Nominations will be judged on design and layout, plant selection and variety, plant health, maintenance, color theme, originality and visual impact. The judges are volunteers who are chosen for their competence in gardening.

Winning gardeners will be presented awards at a gala event to be held Oct. 9 at Cliffbreakers.

Rockford in Bloom 2002 is supported by a grant from the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

For more information on nominating a garden or to volunteer to be a judge, call City of Gardens, 987-1689. For TTY Service, call 963-DEAF.

Residential properties will not be considered in this contest, but will be acknowledged with “Good Neighbor Awards.” These awards are for neighbors to give to neighbors and are designed to recognize those that make a positive difference in their neighborhood. They are available at the same locations as the nomination forms. A “good neighbor” will be featured weekly in the Rockford Register Star.

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