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Community leaders are seeking new ways to attract and retain residents, develop prosperous economies, add intellectual capital, and create jobs. The drivers that create emotional bonds between people and their community are consistent in virtually every community and can be reduced to just a few categories. People consistently give higher ratings for elements that relate directly to their daily quality of life, including such things as an area’s physical beauty, opportunities for socializing, and a community’s perceived level of openness to all.. And that’s where America in Bloom and its focus on flowers, plants, and trees, heritage preservation, environmental efforts, and community vitality come in.

Learn how using these impact areas has aesthetic, economic, environmental, and human health benefits.

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  • Discover the Surprising Side of Plants – They’re More Than Just Pretty

    Plants are among the hardest working living things on our planet. Plants are giving back to you, your family, your work, and your community. 

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  • Best Ideas from AIB Communities

    The Best Ideas series of books showcases the "best ideas" submitted by America in Bloom communities. Be inspired by the big and small ways communities are becoming more ...

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  • Benefits of Plants and Trees

    Adding Plants Increases Student Satisfaction Researchers have found that the presence of houseplants in homes and workplaces can reduce eye irritation and stress, motivate employees, improve concentration, and even ...

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  • Getting Started with Containers

    Decorative containers are a great way to add warmth, color, and interest along a street or broad sidewalk – especially ones that do not have any space for in-ground ...

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  • First Impressions: Gateways, Banners, Murals

    Is your community putting its best foot forward to project an image of a livable community? Learn how murals, banners, and gateways can help create a great first impression. ...

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  • Getting Your Business Community on Board with Your In Bloom Efforts

    Getting your business community involved in your local In Bloom efforts is critically important. Here are some tips.

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  • Turn Blight Into Right

    Every community has areas that need some attention. Get inspired on how to turn blight into right.

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  • Right Tree in the Right Place

    It is critically important that we choose the right tree when enhancing gardens, streetscapes, parks, and natural landscapes within our communities. Each climate and soil type requires different considerations. ...

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  • Preserving Grand Old Trees

    Many grand old trees survive in spite of us. We blame them for lifting pavement and cracking curbs. We remove them to widen streets and add new buildings. But ...

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  • Monetizing the Value of Your “In Bloom” Efforts

    Ever wondered what the dollar value is of local "In Bloom: efforts? Ever tried to put that into words that municipal leaders will respond to? Ever tried to make ...

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  • 21st Century Landscape Design Concepts for 22nd Century Gardeners

    America in Bloom communities are welcoming, engaging places that promote health and happiness and draw visitors to return again and again. The ecological design work of Terry Guen, FASLA ...

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  • Well-Being Benefits of Plants

    Consumers have historically shown an inclination to purchase plants that enhance their quality of life, meaning they will purchase items that positively influence their social, physical, psychological, cognitive, environmental, ...

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  • The Link Between Beauty and Health

    AIB Special Advisor Dr. Hall summarizes the mechanisms of improved landscapes that impact human health. The link between AIB community efforts and human health not only provide additional support ...

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    Kids Garden Activities

    Get fun activities that provide opportunities for families or informal groups to learn together, while encouraging love for nature and the environment. LEARN MORE

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  • Portsmouth, Ohio

    “Beautification is important because it says that someone cares. Plants and trees soften public spaces and give pleasure to people who crave a connection with nature in their lives. ...

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  • Lewisburg, West Virginia

    “AIB provided the cohesive framework to draw all the volunteer, civic and governmental organizations into the same room to better coordinate the beautification efforts.”

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  • Madisonville, Kentucky

    Learn how one Kentucky Community embraced change and saw transformation occur.

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  • Ironton, Ohio

    Ironton, Ohio embraced America in Bloom principles and ideas to generate programs that provide the motivation and energy to plant pride in their community.

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  • Morro Bay, California

    Morro Bay is along the Central Coast of California. Their In Bloom efforts are a story of cooperation and celebration.

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  • Belpre, Ohio

    Belpre, Ohio, has always claimed the name “Beautiful Prairie;” however, it’s only lately they reclaimed the spirit of their name.

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  • Brewton, Alabama

    Brewton, Alabama demonstrates that when it comes to making the America in Bloom program work for a community, “taking care of business” the AIB way provides opportunities for businesses to ...

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  • Ottawa, Illinois

    Wow! is the only word to describe the public/community art program in Ottawa, Illinois.

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  • Castle Rock, Washington

    Meet the Castle Rock "Water Wizards of Fertilizer Friday" fame.

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