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America in Bloom & Washington in Bloom

America in Bloom (AIB) promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. We envision communities across the country as welcoming and vibrant places to live, work, and play – benefiting from colorful plants and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage; and planting pride through volunteerism. AIB was founded in 2001 by a group of horticulture industry professionals who developed the organization to connect people to the benefits of plants, trees, and flowers. It quickly became apparent that real community development went beyond horticulture to include community vitality, heritage preservation, environmental efforts, and overall impression – all quality of life issues as well as economic drivers for communities.

Washington in Bloom:
In 2011, Washington in Bloom (WIB) was established from a group of individuals drawn from a variety of entities and clubs.  The Washington Garden Club, Franklin County Master Gardeners, City employees and a host of other volunteers came together to maintain developed areas of vegetation and plantings and establish many new projects.  America in Bloom judges advise communities on the beauty of their landscaping, gardens and environmental and lifestyle enhancements, which includes historic preservation and volunteerism.  WIB finds all these characteristics at the heart of Washington, Missouri.

The City of Washington is honored to host the 2022 America in Bloom Symposium.  This three (3) day event provides educational sessions, learning tours, awards and celebrations.
AIB Symposium Information

2022 Washington in Bloom Flower Colors:
Blue, Yellow, Orange and Pink
Plants that prefer sun:
•Blue – Salvia, Petunia, Verbena
•Yellow- Zinnia, Lantana, Marigold, Petunia
•Orange – Zinnia, Lantana, Marigold
•Pink – Begonia, Zinnia, Lantana, Verbena

Plants that prefer shade:
•Blue – Torenia, Lobelia, Browallia
•Yellow – Coleus, Begonia
•Orange – Impatiens, Coleus, Begonia
•Pink – Impatiens, Begonia, Coleus

Yard of the Month Contest:
The Yard of the Month Contest was created to get more community and residential involvement.  Garden Club members and Franklin County Master Gardeners serve as judges.  Contest entrants are judged on the appearance of their yards and plantings. Judges assess any area on the property visible from the street and are looking for the best curb appeal.  In addition, judges also look for overall impression, neatness, and design, including use of color, plant material and focal point.  To be eligible the property must be within the corporate limits of the City of Washington.

Entries can be mailed to the postal address below, dropped off at the Parks & Recreation Department in City Hall or emailed to  You will then be eligible for the contest.
City of Washington
Washington in Bloom
Yard of the Month Contest
405 Jefferson Street
Washington, MO  63090
Yard of the Month Contest Flyer 2022

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