During the month of April 2017, America in Bloom-Lexington and Baptist Health are providing trees to every single baby born at Baptist Health. Trees, along with planting instructions (and an offer to plant in a park should parents desire) and congratulations are being housed at UK long-term, and provided to the maternity ward on a weekly basis.
Fayette County needs to ramp up its Urban Canopy due to losses in large and small trees over the last several years due to disease and aging of its trees. Getting more trees into the landscape, in municipal, corporate and residential areas is one of America in Bloom-Lexington’s major goals.
To prepare for the first week of Babies & Trees, program organizers Victoria Meyer and Nic Williamson were thrilled Tracy Durham-Beall and her young and enthusiastic Scouts got together with them to put tree packages together. 150 trees, enough for a couple of weeks, were assembled.
Another session is set for Monday, April 17th at 5pm.For more information, please contact Nic Williamson, UK Urban Forest Initiative, at 859-351-2369.
On March 9, Lexington’s leaders in making this a wonderful place to live, work and play will come together for breakfast. America in Bloom-Lexington brings together these organizations to expand everyone’s knowledge about the marvelous things already going on, enhance the collaborative possibilities and begin to create additional resources for everyone.
Focusing on public/private collaborations for the 2017 breakfast, AIB-Lexington invited five speakers to discuss their projects. Ryan Koch, Executive Director of Seedleaf talked about the composting program and youth program SEEDS. Susan Pleuger from LFUCG brought attention to the city’s beautification program on major corridors. A perennial favorite, Lexington in Bloom, was highlighted by Liz Pattengill with Lexington Garden Clubs. Dick DeCamp explained how Lexington’s historic places are being saved and reclaimed with partnerships through BlueGrass Trust and others. And Bridget Abernathy with Trees Lexington focused on bringing our urban canopy to the levels that will provide energy savings, beauty, healthy air and more.
A surprise is in store for one Lexington citizen who will be named AIB-Lexington’s first Community Champion. Mayor Gray will present the award to this deserving citizen.
Hopefully, this breakfast will be the first of annual events. Celebrating and collaborating are primary missions of AIB-Lexington, and bringing everyone together to meet, greet and facilitate is a fun and engaging way to make that happen.
At the recent 2016 America in Bloom National Symposium in California, Lexington was clearly a winner!
Judges named Lexington truly a model America in Bloom city, earning the top rating of 5 blooms this year as well as the winner in our population category! As a 3rd year participant in the AIB national awards program, Lexington clearly possesses the essence of Southern culture, charm, history and hospitality.
Judges Katy Moss Warner and Meg Whitmer felt they had received a warm welcome, gracious hospitality, and thorough, well-planned tour. They felt Lexington’s pride showed throughout the community with volunteers and partners working together to make our city a special and unique destination.
Lexington will host the America in Bloom Symposium in 2018, providing us with an exceptional opportunity to showcase and celebrate all of the wonderful things that make Lexington a 5-bloom city.
America in Bloom Lexington is now officially a nonprofit organization, thanks to the hard work and diligence of our fearless leader, Ann Garrity. So let those dollars flow!