Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers and homeowners, Lakeside Chautauqua was honored last year with an America in Bloom award for its population category.
America in Bloom is a nationwide competition where judges visit communities to rate them in key areas, such as Floral Displays, Landscaping, Urban Forests, Environmental Sustainability, Historic Preservation and Volunteerism.
As a result of last year’s America in Bloom honor, Lakeside Chautauqua competed with an elite group of towns similar in size across the U.S., Canada and British Isles this summer. This competition was part of the International Challenge of the Communities in Bloom program, a Montreal-based organization.
The judges toured the historic Chautauqua community to critique and meet with organizational leaders, residents and volunteers. Communities were evaluated by an international jury on the accomplishments of their entire community on eight key criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape Turf & Groundcovers, Floral Displays and Community Involvement.
The 2013 National Symposium and Communities in Bloom Awards took place on October 26. The winner of the International Challenge was the Village of Abbeyshrule, Ireland. However, Lakeside Chautauqua was honored with 5 Blooms, the most Blooms a community can received. In addition, Lakeside Chautauqua received special recognition for Community Involvement and Residential Gardens.
Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Evelyn Alemanni and Steve Preston wrote: “Over the past 140 years, Lakeside Chautauqua has developed into one of the premier Chautauqua locations–communities dedicated to the improvement of mind, body, and spirit, by offering programs based on the four pillars of religion, education, cultural arts, and recreation. Four additional pillars are fellowship, friendship, health and wholeness. Today it is a destination for summer holidays and also a year-round residence for many families. Delightful residential gardens in the community are appropriate to the climate and feature many blooming shrubs such as hydrangeas, and a variety of hardy flowering perennials, creating a peaceful and relaxing environment”.
Lakeside Chautauqua wishes to thank the many wonderful volunteers, homeowners and businesses who helped beautify the community for this international competition.
Communities in Blooms is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities. Established with the guidance of Britain in Bloom, Tidy Towns of Ireland and Villes et Villages Fleuris de France, Communities in Bloom held its first competition in 1995 and 29 participating municipalities were honored at the first awards ceremonies on Parliament Hill.
The program now includes hundreds of communities across the country and an International Challenge involving communities from the U.S. Canada, Asia and several European countries.
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