Ironton In Bloom judges to visit city this summer

Published 10:21 am Friday, May 14, 2010

It’s Ironton’s chance to show off.

America in Bloom judges will visit Ironton Wednesday, June 30, and Thursday, July 1, to view the city’s beautification efforts.

Carol Allen, co-chairperson of Ironton In Bloom, said judges will look at what has been done to improve the city and what could be improved.

“They’ll give a critical look — I don’t mean negative, but helpful look — and what we have achieved from a commercial standpoint, a government standpoint and a residential standpoint,” Allen said.

The judges will look at and then grade the city in eight areas: community involvement, floral displays, the city’s environmental condition, heritage, general tidiness, the presence of urban trees, presence of ground cover and landscape design.

Allen said she hopes everyone will get involved in making Ironton sparkle, starting with their own yard and expanding to the rest of the city as well.

“People need to look at their houses and alleys for tidiness,” Allen said. “Does your yard look crisp? If you love flowers, plant some. If you have shrubs, are they trimmed?”

A community event is being planned during the judges’ visit.

The time and date will be announced later on.

IIB members will get the judges’ comments when they attend the national America In Bloom conference in St. Louis, Mo., in October. The local organization won an award in 2008 for its beautification efforts.