Thursday, April 2, 2009

Greendale Competes in America in Bloom Again!

GREENDALE, WI. The Village of Greendale announced it will participate for the second straight year in America in Bloom, a national campaign and contest dedicated to promoting beautification and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements.

During the unique and friendly contest, Greendale will compete against communities of similar size located across the United States and will be evaluated on eight criteria: floral displays, environmental awareness, landscaped areas, tidiness, urban forestry, heritage preservation, turf and groundcovers, and community involvement. Judging by representatives of the national organization will occur on June 22 and June 23.

The community-wide effort is being coordinated by the Greendale Park and Recreation Department, the Greendale Community Education Council, and the Village of Greendale. Residents, business owners, school groups, church groups, environmental clubs, scout troops, and community organizations are participating in this initiative by cleaning, painting, weeding and planting throughout the community.

In 2008, representatives from America in Bloom visited Greendale during the competition and were highly impressed with “The Garden Community.” As a result, the Village received several awards including a national criteria award for urban forestry, recognition for its heritage preservation, recognition as ‘community of the year’ in its population category, and the prestigious 5-Bloom Award – Greendale was the only community in the competition to receive this overall award.

Greendale Village President John Hermes looks forward to the community’s participation in the event again this year. “Competing in America in Bloom allowed Greendale to showcase all of our great attributes on a national stage,” said Hermes. “The true value of participation in America in Bloom is seen when citizens, business owners and community organizations work together to enhance the quality of life in our village.”

Greendale is one of three “Greenbelt Communities” in the United States designed by the federal government under the Roosevelt Administration. The community was laid out with a "greenbelt" of parkland, garden areas and farms encircling the urban development. Throughout the past 71 years, Greendale has preserved its rich history and fostered pride in its community.
For more information on America in Bloom, please call the Greendale Park and Recreation Department at (414) 423-2790 or visit the America in Bloom website at