National Awards Program

America in Bloom is a national awards program unlike any other. It celebrates quality of life in communities of all types and provides a framework for further progress. AIB celebrates and recognizes the great things our participants are doing to "plant pride" in America.

Participants are grouped by population category which varies each year depending on the number of entries. America in Bloom sends a team of two specially trained judges to visit each entrant; typically the same two judges visit each town in a population category. They spend up to two days touring with you, meeting leaders and volunteers while you showcase your efforts. The coach and mentor onsite, then provide a detailed written evaluation. Evaluations written by the judges are emailed to all entrants on the Monday after the awards.

Who's Eligible?
  • Cities, towns, villages, etc. of all sizes.
  • Neighborhoods of large cities
  • Business districts
  • College and university campuses
  • Military installations
Awards

Awards are held in a different city each fall. Learn more about the annual Symposium and Awards program.

Bloom ratingEach entrant receives a bloom rating (1-5) based on their score.

Outstanding Achievement Awards - The “best of the best” awards in each of the six criteria: floral displays, landscaped areas, urban forestry, community involvement, environmental efforts. heritage preservation, and overall impression. These awards only go to one entrant among ALL the AIB entrants across ALL categories. Entrants may nominate themselves by July 31.

Population Category Awards - Population awards are bestowed upon only ONE entrant from each category.

John R. Holmes III Community Champion Award - This award recognizes an individual who exemplifies community leadership through actions that reflect the mission of the organization. The award recipient, who must be from a city that has participated or is currently participating in the program,will have demonstrated a vision and selfless commitment to moving the community forward. Nominate someone you think is deserving: the deadline is July 31.

YouTube Video Award - Many entrants use the power of YouTube to showcase how participating in America in Bloom has impacted them. The winning video will be announced and shown at the awards.

Circle of Champions Award - This very prestigious designation is given to entrants which have achieved a combination of three population category awards and/or three outstanding achievement awards.

Each year there are a number of additional special awards which change year to year. Entrants do not know what they are until the winners are announced.