Fellow America in Bloom (AIB) judge Teresa Woodard and I want to extend our thanks and appreciation to all the Gallipolis in Bloom participants who made our visit to your community so memorable. We are truly inspired by the ongoing effort and dedication of so many individuals and groups to beautify your community. Thank you for putting together such an informative look at your town.
We enjoyed the wonderful floral displays all over town that really make your community shine at this time of year. We also commend Gallipolis in Bloom for establishing the pollinator garden across from your elementary school and filling it with an eye-catching mix of plants. The educational garden also serves as a source of healthy vegetables for local students to take home.
We enjoyed the glimpses into Gallipollis’ past at the Our House tavern building and the historic cemeteries. Other highlights of our broad ranging tour were the newly developed waterfront area and the lovingly restored Opera House.
Gallipolis was our third stop in this year’s round of AIB evaluations. Other contestants in the Circle of Champions (Small Communities category) include Greendale, IN; Logan, OH; and Belpre, OH. All of these communities were winners of three American in Bloom awards in the past. This is the requirement for placement in this higher level category. A winner in this category will be announced in early Oct. 2016 in Holliston, MA at the annual AIB symposium and awards ceremony. Results of our written review will be shared with Gallipolis n Bloom members and city officials after the awards ceremony.
Thanks again and congratulations on all your efforts to beautify your delightful city!
AIB judge 2014-2017