Seven Evaluated Criteria

America in Bloom judges review and evaluate each participant in seven categories.


Flowering annuals, perennials, bulbs, tropical plants, flowering topiaries, and colorful foliage and/or cut plant material for season-round interest in containers, hanging baskets, window boxes, raised planters, trellises, and in-ground beds

Landscaped Areas

Plants and related programs for the leadership, design, installation, and maintenance of landscape (shrubs, ornamental grasses, vines, evergreen topiaries), turf, and groundcovers

Urban Forestry

Trees and related programs for the leadership, management, design, installation, and maintenance on public and private lands

Environmental Efforts

Environmental leadership, policies, plans and programs for resource conservation; pollution control; trash, recycling, and reuse; and alternative transportation

Celebrating Heritage

Recognition, designation, protection, commemoration, and celebration of historical, cultural, natural, agricultural, and industrial resources

Community Vitality

Policies, programs, and outdoor activities and facilities that lead to a vibrant community and a sense of well-being. Includes parks, playgrounds, dog parks, sports fields, water activities, trails, and other outdoor recreational opportunities

Overall Impression

Adequate and effective amenities are provided in good condition, and the community is welcoming and beautiful