Fellow America in Bloom judge Douglas Airhart and I extend our thanks and appreciation to all the “Celebrate Lexington!” participants who made our visit to your community so memorable.
The level of cooperation on the part of dedicated residents in so many different groups in an ongoing effort to beautify your community is truly inspiring. Thank you for putting together such an informative look at your community and for being so welcoming. There is much to celebrate.
In particular, the downtown flowering container “test” was unique in our judging experience. This year the Lexington Parks Department has normal hanging baskets on one side of Main Street and 20 new water-saving containers on the other. So far there is no major difference, and in fact, a few of those that are receiving less water in their new containers look slightly better. See if you can tell the difference.
Another highlight of our broad-ranging tour was the Children’s Garden at the Arboretum, a truly creative play space to engage children in the outdoors.
Lexington has the largest population of this year’s America in Bloom participants. Awards will be announced in October at the annual AIB Symposium in Holliston, Mass.