You’re invited to join us at our first America In Bloom readiness meeting. We’ll introduce you to downtown St. Louis’ guru for beautification, Bill Ruppert, who also headed up Kirkwood, Missouri’s entry in the 2007 competition. The meeting will be held Friday, June 20 at 10 am at Illinois National Bank’s downtown conference center at Fourth and Jackson Streets, just south of its branch on Capitol Street. For the City’s 2009 entry we’ll be judged in the 100,001 to 300,000 population category on: Tidiness; Environmental Effort; Heritage; Floral Displays; Landscaping; Community Participation; Turf & Groundcover & Urban Forestry.

Attendees will be able to join a committee or just share ideas. Plant lists and Springfield In Bloom entry forms and signs will also be available at this meeting.

America In Bloom is an organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification programs and both personal and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements, and to providing educational programs and resources to that end.

Last month Mayor Tim Davlin kicked off the campaign to enter the City of Springfield in America In Bloom and called on citizens to help him “plant the town red,” in preparation for the competition’s judges’ visit in summer 2009. The Mayor also named the campaign’s community chairperson, Lisa Ellis, Director of Marketing at Illinois National Bank, who will lead local committee efforts to prepare the city for its participation in the national beautification promotion.

Details for the city’s participation in America In Bloom as well as entry information for the local contest, Springfield In Bloom, can both be found at The city’s beautification initiative, Springfield Green, and committee members and volunteers associated with that effort, will assist in the fund-raising and promotion of America In Bloom readiness. Those who cannot attend the meeting on Friday, but would still like to help out should e-mail me your area of interest.

Amber Sabin
City of Springfield
Municipal Center East
800 E. Monroe St.
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 789-2116 ext. 2629

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