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Posted on: October 2, 2018

Hawthorn Woods Wins America in Bloom National Award

Top honors for the prestigious 2018 America in Bloom National Awards Program were announced at the annual symposium and awards celebration held in Lexington, KY on September 29.

Hawthorn Woods was the winner of the 5,000 - 10,000 population category. Hawthorn Woods received an 8-star rating out of a possible 10 stars and received special recognition for its Community vitality. Linda Cromer and Rod Barnes, AIB judges, spent two days touring the community, meeting municipal officials, residents, and volunteers. Mayor Mancino stated, “Hawthorn Woods is honored to receive this prestigious community award. Our residents and businesses should take pride in this national recognition of our hometown.”

All participants were evaluated on seven criteria: overall impression, community vitality, environmental efforts, heritage celebration, urban forestry, landscaped area, and flowers. Additionally, they were judged on their community involvement across municipal, residential, and commercial sectors. America in Bloom is the only national awards program that sends specially trained judges to personally visit participants. In addition, each participant receives a detailed written evaluation that can be used as a guide for future improvements.

America in Bloom executive director, Laura Kunkle, said, “These communities are, without a doubt, some of the best places to live in America.” To date, more than 250 communities from 45 states have participated in the program.

America in Bloom is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification programs and personal and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. America in Bloom provides educational programs, resources, and the challenge of a friendly competition between participating communities across the country.

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