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(07/15) America in Bloom judges to visit AG July 12 to14

(10/14) Arroyo Grande wins five blooms once again at the 2014 America in Bloom Symposium. (read more)


October 2014 - Arroyo Grande wins five blooms at the 2014 America in Bloom Symposium.

• Arroyo Grande received the highest five-bloom rating and also received the "Outstanding Achievement Award" in the "Landscaped Areas" criteria.   The objective of the Outstanding Achievement Awards is to recognize an overall winner of excellence in each of the six judging criteria plus community involvement. 

• Arroyo Grande also received special mention for “Community Involvement”, a special award for having the best water management program, and a special mention for the recently completed mural in the Village. 

September 2013 - Arroyo Grande wins five blooms once again at the 2013 America in Bloom Symposium.

• Arroyo Grande received the "Outstanding Achievement Award"   The objective of the Outstanding Achievement Awards is to recognize an overall winner of excellence in each of the six judging criteria plus community involvement.  The overall impression of Arroyo Grande is of a clean city where everyone-municipal government, businesses and residents – are all dedicated to creating beauty and proud of what they can accomplish when they work all together.  From elegant benches, planters and bike racks to bright flowers and healthy trees to lovely historic bridges and buildings, this city is an oasis of beauty.  Everything ties together aesthetically from the buildings, this city is an oasis of beauty.  Everything ties together aesthetically from the 3 welcome signs to the city to each nook and cranny where flowers are carefully tended.  Although surrounded by the golden parched grasses of the dry landscape of the Central Coast of California, a broad palette of drought tolerant bright green plants with the rich agricultural fields give the impression that Arroyo Grande is blessed.

• PLUS, Arroyo Grande received “The Best Historic Restoration Project Award”.  The historic Swinging Bridge across the Arroyo Grande Creek brings you to the Heritage Square Park and back to another era of time.  One steps back in time to the one room Santa Manuela Schoolhouse that has been saved, moved several times to save it, restored and furnished with period schoolhouse furnishings.  The Barn Museum which was built to hold an astounding collection of early artifacts from the area including a fire truck, model T-truck, and I bet no one could pick out that early lawn mower.  Two historic residences are also part of the complex.  A newly installed Victory Garden, an old millstone and a gazebo designed with historic architectural detail complete the complex.  It is all beautifully landscaped.  This is truly a model for other communities on how to revitalize an area of the city while celebrating the heritage of the community.

September 22, 2012 - Arroyo Grande wins its population category award at the America in Bloom symposium for the third straight year.
• Arroyo Grande received Population Category Award at this year's America In Bloom Symposium in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the third year in a row.
• Arroyo Grande also received the "The Ball Horticultural Company criteria award for floral displays".
• PLUS, Arroyo Grande achieved the rank of "Circle of Champions" which is for cities that have a combination of three population category wins and/or criteria awards.

September 19, 2012 - What's New in Arroyo Grande... Slide Show

August 15, 2012 - View the latest AGIB movie featuring the "Farm" at the Arroyo Grande Care Center on YouTube

June 30, 2012 - Visit the Arroyo Grande Village Victory Garden!... read more

September, 2011 - Arroyo Grande Wins Second Year in a Row at the 2011 America In Bloom Symposium!
• Arroyo Grande in Bloom received Population Category Award at this year's America In Bloom Symposium in Washington, DC for a second year in a row.
• Arroyo Grande also received the "Heritage Preservation Award" and was selected from 22 competing cities. This special recognition is given to the city that shows outstanding participation by its community in preserving its heritage.

Watch the AGIB Movie on YouTube!

Visit the Fire Resistive Demonstration Garden

October, 2010 - Arroyo Grande in Bloom wins multiple awards at this year's America In Bloom Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri.

• Bob Lund received the coveted "Community Champion Award" for his dedication and tireless work of bringing together our community members towards the common goal of beautifying our city.The America in Bloom John R. Holmes III Community Champion Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies community leadership through actions that reflect the mission of the organization.
• Arroyo Grande also won the "Population Category Award" for cities with 15,000 - 25,000 residents. This award is given to the city that best demonstrates exceptional efforts in the eight America in Bloom beautification categories. Special mention was noted in the "tidiness" category.
• Arroyo Grande received the "Community Involvement Criteria Award" and was selected from 26 competing cities. This special recognition is given to the city that shows outstanding participation by its community members towards the betterment of the city.
• The Arroyo Grande in Bloom video won the YouTube Video competition. AGIB received a $500 award.

2008 News

October 2008 - Arroyo Grande In Bloom Captures National Recognition for City Beautification for the 2nd Straight Year

October 4, 2008 - City Recognized for Outstanding Community Involvement

Columbus, Ohio. America In Bloom, a national beautification program designed to encourage cities across America to take pride in their communities, awarded the City of Arroyo Grande a special recognition plaque for Community Involvement.

Competing against other cities in the same population category, Arroyo Grande finished 2.6% points behind the overall winner, Stuart, Florida. At the ceremony held in Columbus, Ohio, Arroyo Grande received high marks for Historic Preservation and Turf & Groundcover, surpassing Stuart, Florida by 6% points. The South County Historical Society and the Arroyo Grande Tree Guild won the praise of the judges for their contribution to the categories of Historic Preservation and Urban Forestry.

September 2008 - Arroyo Grande Names Sweet Pea as Official City Flower!

2007 News

Arroyo Grande in Bloom competed against the following cities in 2007: Forest Park, Ohio, Frankfort, Indiana, and, RedWing, Minnesota

SEPTEMBER 29th, 2007

Arroyo Grande came in 2nd to Redwing, Minnesota. We received a special recognition for our "Community Involvement" and we received 3 blooms out of 5!

Congratulations to the community of Redwing and thank you to all those who participated and supported Arroyo Grande in Bloom.

 

 
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