Coshocton is Blooming
America In Bloom
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. To accomplish this purpose America in Bloom organizes an annual community gardening competition that involves communities of all sizes across the country. It began here in the United States more than a decade ago, but its origins were in Europe in the nineteenth century. America in Bloom serves as a catalyst for building community pride and participation through a focus on plants, gardens and shared work.
Coshocton participated in America in Bloom. First, in 2010 as a “non-compete” entrant and then full competition in 2011 as a part of the city’s Bi-centennial Celebration. In 2011 we were awarded a 3 Bloom rating with special mention for Historic Preservation and were nominated in the Community Involvement category. Coshocton won the AIB YouTube contest as well as the Best Community Garden, both as Best in The Nation!
In 2017 Coshocton will again participate in the America in Bloom competition when the focus will be on six categories:
FLORAL DISPLAY - flower beds, containers, baskets and window boxes.
LANDSCAPED AREAS - included here will be community gardens, children’s gardens, public gardens and parks.
URBAN FORESTRY - a well defined and strongly implemented urban forestry program supported by policies, ordinances and planning.
ENVIRONMENTAL EFFORTS - sustainability practices, recycling of all kinds and strongly enforced policies and ordinances.
HERITAGE PRESERVATION - the preservation and restoration of buildings, homes, churches and cemeteries. Included here will be farmer’s markets, festivals and parades.
OVERALL IMPRESSION - cleanliness and maintenance of public open spaces. The use and placement of graphic elements such as banners, signs and murals.
In the fall of 2009, a small group gathered to consider how to effect a mood change for the whole community by focusing on the natural uplifting effect of gardens and gardening. Coshocton is unique among cities in its population range because it boasts four public gardens, an active Master Gardeners program, several garden clubs and many excellent private gardens.
The community’s response was an overwhelming YES!
We learned a lot in 2010 and in 2011, we were awarded a 3 Bloom rating with special mention for Historic Preservation and were nominated in the Community Involvement category. Coshocton won the AIB YouTube contest as well as the Best Community Garden, both as Best in The Nation!
Truly a magnificent first year effort.
Encouraged by strong community support, the committee determined to incorporate as Coshocton is Blooming and to seek 501(c)3 non-profit status. CIB is committed to continue to plant pride in our community by focusing on plants, gardens and trees; but also on environmental effort, historic preservation and overall impression.