Lexington took home a top honor in the 2016 America in Bloom awards, a national competition that focuses on beautification efforts.
Cities were judged on six criteria: overall impression, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas and floral displays. Lexington received the top rating of five blooms out of a five-bloom rating, a first for Lexington.
Lexington won in its population category and received a special commendation for its efforts to protect and expand Lexington’s tree canopy.
In addition to the 2016 awards, which were given Oct. 8 in Arroyo Grande, Calif., Lexington has received other awards from the nonprofit that focuses on civic beautification. In 2015, Lexington took the top honor in its population category and received a special award for most effective way-finding signage. In 2014 Lexington won for best commercial streetscape.
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The 2016 awards were presented by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray at Thursday night’s Urban County Council meeting.