America in Bloom Program Coming to St. Louis

St. Louis has been selected as the site for the 2010 America in Bloom Symposium & Awards Program. This national conference, to be held at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark September 30-October 2, will draw hundreds of community leaders and active citizens from across the United States.
As a way to give St. Louis-area communities an introduction to the America in Bloom program, a special series of three sessions will be held on Friday morning, September 30. They can be attended at no cost. Sessions include:

–”What is America in Bloom”–an overview of AIB and how the program works;
–”What AIB Participation Does for My Town”–a panel of mayors and civic leaders discussing the program’s benefits;
–”How to Get Started with AIB”–a panel discussion offering advice to first-time participants.

To register for these free sessions, call America in Bloom at 614-487-1117. Attendees must pre-register for the complementary sessions. Space is limited.
The symposium is open to anyone interested in attending. Registration and cost information is available at Attending provides a great opportunity to learn more about topics regarding urban forestry, environmental improvement trends, community gardens, beautification of commercial areas, marketing of community heritage and much more. Various packages are available, including a Friday-only option that includes breakfast and lunch, any three morning sessions, and the opportunity to hear Dr. Peter Raven’s keynote address entitled “Connecting a Botanical Institution with the Community.”
Anna Ball, president of Ball Horticultural Company, will present the Saturday keynote address, “The Power of Plants: Opportunities for Community Quality of Life.” Additionally, the two-day symposium will feature 18 educational sessions and three themed tours of the St. Louis area.
The event culminates with the presentation of national awards for participating towns scoring highest in evaluations that include community involvement, tidiness, urban forestry, heritage preservation, environmental awareness, turf and groundcovers, landscape, and floral displays.

Learn more at And considering attending the OFA Disease, Insect & Plant Growth Management Conference while you’re in St. Louis. It is being held September 28-29.

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