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America in Bloom & Washington in Bloom

America in Bloom envisions 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.  America in Bloom promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements.  Participating communities experience better cooperation among municipal, commercial and residential sectors because everyone works toward a common goal. They enjoy visible results. Via the national symposium and awards, they have information and cultural exchanges with neighboring, national and international communities.

The Washington In Bloom Committee has selected pink, white, yellow, purple & lime for the 2020 color scheme. These colors will be on display in the planters & hanging baskets downtown.  Washington will be hosting the National America in Bloom Symposium this coming October and would love for the community to participate by planting with these colors!
The Committee came up with some suggestions of flowers and corresponding colors for the homeowners:
Sun Annuals:
•Pink-Begonia, Vinca, Petunia, Sunpatiens, Lantana.
•White-Bicopa, Vinca, Petunia, Sunpatiens, Lantana
•Yellow-Marigold, Zinnia, Lantana
•Purple-Vinca, Petunia, Sunpatiens
•Lime-Coleus, Sweet Potato
Shade Annuals:
•Pink-Begonia, Impatiens, Coleus, Caladiums
•White-Begonia, Impatiens, Caladiums
•Yellow-Coleus, Torenia
•Purple-Impatiens, Torenia
•Lime-Colieus, Heuchera

Washington, MO’s America in Bloom Award Results Announced:
Top honors for the prestigious 2019 America in Bloom National Awards Program were announced at the Annual Symposium and Awards Celebration held in St. Charles, Illinois on October 5.
Washington Missouri 2019 AIB Awards Press Release

Yard of the Month Contest:
Contest runs May through September.  Judges will assess any area on the property visible from the street and are looking for the best curb appeal based on 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.

All entries should be mailed to the below address, dropped off at the Parks and Recreation Department in City Hall or submit online at  You will then be eligible for the 2020 contest season.
City of Washington
Washington In Bloom
Yard of the Month Contest
405 Jefferson Street
Washington, MO 63090
Yard of the Month Contest Flyer

Beautification Management Plan
Integrated Pest Management Plan
Turf Grass Management Plan
Tree Management Plan
Natural Resource & Environmental Management Plan
Urban Forestry Management Plan
Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan
Individual Park Inventory Report
Tree Inventory Summary Report

Basic Mulching
Basic Pruning & Planting
Perennial Plant List
Tree Information Chart
Right Tree, Right Place
Missouri Tree Guide

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