Tuesday, October 6, 2009

America in Bloom(r) Awards Westfield a Four Bloom Rating

The votes are in...here is how Westfield did in the America in Bloom competition:

Westfield, NJ - Westfield recently competed for the first time in the
national America in Bloom(r) competition and was recognized at the eighth
annual America in Bloom (AIB) Symposium and Awards Program on Saturday,
October 3, 2009 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Westfield
was the only town in the state of New Jersey to compete in the 2009

AIB is a national campaign and contest that promotes enhancing communities
through beautification. In the friendly competition, communities are
matched by population and evaluated on their efforts related to floral
displays, urban forestry, landscaped areas, turf and groundcover, tidiness,
environmental awareness, heritage conservation, and community involvement.
Judges visited Westfield in early July.

Among 25 towns in the United States, Westfield was one of three finalists in
two of the eight criteria: Floral Displays and Urban Forestry with the
winning towns being Greendale, Indiana and Milwaukee, Wisconsin
respectively. Westfield also received a four-bloom rating out of a
possible five-bloom rating in recognition of its floral displays. Westfield
followed second in the population category with Collierville, Tennessee
winning the top prize in the 20,001 to 50,000 population category. In
addition, Westfield's efforts were mentioned many times in a new edition of
America in Bloom's Best Ideas book published in September 2009.

"Westfield in Bloom" was the name of the local program during the America in
Bloom competition held during the spring and summer. Through this effort
co-lead by Sherry Cronin, Executive Director, Downtown Westfield Corporation
and Dave Williams of Williams Nursery, many town departments, organizations,
businesses and residents joined the committee and continue to be part of an
ongoing effort. A WestfieldinBloom.com blog was created by Dave Williams to
garner support for the Westfield in Bloom program.

"We were pleased to receive this recognition. America in Bloom officials
and judges said that Westfield scored extremely well especially for a first
year community." stated Sherry Cronin. Dave Williams added "We are looking
forward to sharing the detailed report and judge's recommendations with the
Town and committee and to garner support to compete again next year."
Westfield received a total of 859 points of the possible 1000 points across
the eight criteria.

America in Bloom is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
encouraging nationwide beautification programs, personal and community
involvement, educational programs and the challenge of a friendly
competition among participating communities across the country. To date,
more than 170 communities in 38 states have participated in the AIB program.

Picture attached: Dave Williams of Williams Nursery, Sherry Cronin & Beth
Brenner of Downtown Westfield Corporation accept Westfield's Four Bloom
Rating from the recent America in Bloom competition.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

America in Bloom Awards Banquet

Its been a fun but exhausiting two days in Hershey PA. There was some great presentations today and we're at the home stretch. We got to meet lots of great people that we are competing against. Shown is Sherry, Katy (Judge),Patrick (Judge), Beth and Dave at the Awards banquet for America in Bloom.

The awards will be announced very soon!

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Westfield Welcomes Fall

In celebration of the start of Autumn, and continuing with bringing blooms and beauty in downtown Westfield. We spent the morning replacing the flowers in the planters downtown with mums.

Shown is the side of Brunner Opticians on the corner of Broad and Prospect Street. 
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hershey Hosts America in Bloom

We just received this email from Greenhouse Grower Magazine, and we wanted to share it. We are getting close to when we find out how well Westfield did in the America in bloom competition. Its been an exciting buildup, and we can't wait to see the results...

September 22, 2009

Next week will be a sweet one in Hershey, Pa., when America In Bloom (AIB) celebrates the shared victories of the communities participating in this year’s competition.

AIB is a national revitalization program and contest funded by our industry and managed by OFA. Hershey is a past AIB winner and considered one of the nation’s cleanest and greenest cities. Founder Milton S. Hershey dreamed of building the perfect town to live, work and play for the employees of his chocolate company. What began as a town that chocolate built has become a year-round, world-class resort destination with outstanding heritage, beautiful gardens and landscaped areas, community pride and environmental awareness.

The eighth annual symposium begins Thursday, Oct. 1, with an opening reception. Greenhouse Grower’s Editor Delilah Onofrey and Alex Pearl will present the criteria awards, recognizing the towns that really stood out in the eight judging criteria – floral displays, landscaped areas, urban forestry, turf and groundcover areas, environmental awareness, tidiness, heritage preservation and community involvement. Leading industry companies are supporting these special awards.

The next two days at the Hershey Lodge will be an educational symposium and tours, culminating with the big awards banquet Saturday night, Oct. 3, when AIB announces the population category winners based on the towns that scored the most points overall in their evaluations. A pair of judges visited the towns in each population group over the spring and summer.

Floriculture industry members have taken an active role in getting their communities involved. These include Dave Williams of Williams Nursery in Westfield, N.J.; Greenheart Farms and Arroyo Grande, Calif.; Dale Siems of Sherman Nurseries and Charles City, Iowa; Bob’s Market & Greenhouses and Point Pleasant, W.Va., and Gallipolis, Ohio; and flower breeder David Lemon and Lompoc Valley, Calif.Read the rest of the story...

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Beautiful Beginning

Bruce and Billie Baron live on Boulevard. A gorgeous and delightful Spring Sunrise. This photo was taken right after we started our Westfield in Bloom program.
Thanks to them both for Sharing this photo!
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Garden Oasis

Arlene Romeo of Dudley Court Submitted these pictures of her yard. I particularly liked the pink rose in bloom. It would be a delight to see her garden in bloom. A great space to be!

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Gardening Italian Style

We received these great pictures from the Peruzzo family on Pensylvania Ave.

They provided these comments to their photos:
"We moved from Italy almost two years ago, and we LOVE our new town as much as we love gardening! "

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Rory Ruhl's Park Project

Rory Ruhl was very proud in this project that he created on his own in Brightwood Park.
Rory took the initiative to create a picnic space in Brightwood. He cleared the brush, and dragged a large tree to create a natural embankment. This space opened up the area adjacent to the bridge and creates a great spot to view the 2pm turtles.

Rory is a longterm department of public works employee and a Westfield Resident who truly cares about Brightwood park.

Thanks Rory!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fragrant, Reliable, and Beautiful

The photos continue to roll in. This one is from Millicent Brody's Garden.

These lilacs are our signature signal for warm weather. Purchased from Williams Nursery. Guaranteed to bloom every year.
Millicent K. Brody: Sandra Circle, Westfield, New Jersey

Saturday, June 20, 2009

16 Prospect - Flowers and Music too!

16 Prospect - Wine Bar and Bistro has created an amazing outdoor space in front of their restaurant. Flowers cascade from planters that create a welcoming awning. Large Fig Trees and vines surround have been placed to the sides to create a great cafe' space.

They also have great live music that complements their food offerings seven nights a week.
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Call for Pictures! - Win a $100 Gift Card

The deadline is approaching for photos to be included in our entry for America in bloom.
All pictures must be submitted by Saturday June 26th.
  • Pictures need to be taken in Westfield.
  • Pictures can be of flowers, gardens, working on the garden, children in your garden.
  • Include Name, and address with pictures.
  • A Sentence describing the photo.
So get out the camera, or take your cell phone and take a picture. Send your entry to info@westfieldinbloom.com

One person will be chosen at random to win a $100 Gift Card to Williams Nursery.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Westfield in Bloom Concert

Welcome the America in Bloom Judges and Kick of the Summer with some Sweet Sounds Downtown!
Michael Craig Band
Thursday July 2nd 6:30 PM - 9 PM
North Ave Train Station,
Westfield NJ

Newcomer's Club - Adding Blooms and Remembering

September 11th was a tragic event, and our town lost twelve of its members on that day. The Newcomers club of Westfield recently added some color to the September 11th memorial last weekend and weeded and cleaned the beds around the memorial. Make sure that you click on the slideshow below to see all of their great effort.

Since 1944, the Westfield Newcomers Club has served as a vehicle for new residents to get to know one another and feel at home in their new town. A non-profit volunteer organization for women and their families, the club also welcomes those who have had a recent lifestyle change, such as marriage, adoption, birth of a child, etc. - you don't have to be new in town to join Newcomers!

They also mentioned that they would like to thank Williams Nursery, who donated all the flowers, and Sorrento's Pizza, who generously donated lunch.

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Photo Credit goes to Marc and the Newcomer's Group

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Elm Street Restaurant Row

Many Elm Street restaurants are adorned with beautiful hanging floral arrangements from Williams Nursery purchased by Robert Scalera, owner of Theresa's Isabella's, and Mojave Grille. Such generous efforts of downtown businessess will help Westfield in competing for the America in Bloom award.
Photo by Nick Mondi, Downtown Westfield Corporation Intern.< 
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Well Manicured Lawns and Gardens

Westfield has lots of well manicured lawns and gardens. This house has great flowers with hostas and dark astilbes. Lots of annuals too. 
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143 Dahlias in Bloom - The Caruana House

Jane Curtis from the Garden Club of Westfield told me that she counted the dahlias that were planted in front of this house on Dudley. I believe she said there were one hundred and forty three. They filled in quite a bit, and I couldn't verify their count.  
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Lovely Victorian on Historic Dudley Avenue

Westfield has quite a few Victorian Homes with Grand Porches. This house is completely landscaped with great flowers in the front and impatiens baskets on the porch.  
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Fight SMA Duck Race at Mindowaskin Park

The Town of Westfield Hosted its annual fight SMA duck race in Mindowaskin Park. Shown is Department of Public Works removing the ducks after the race.  
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The Chelmsford Condominums

The residents of Chelmsford Condominums did an adaptive reuse of planters that were being used as a sidewalk barricade at a downtown construction project. They are now used to create a unique and beautiful barbeque area. Its great that they could extend the use of the wood, and keep them from being added to the landfill.  
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Downtown Westfield Corporation Entrance

The Downtown Westfield Corporation Office is located 105 Elm St.
Matching floral urns match the 36 planter boxes that adorn many of the local businesses.  
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Garden Club of Westfield - In our Corner of Westfield

The Garden Club of Westfield maintains the 7 planters at the center point of town. They change them out several times in the course of the year. Plants have been donated by Williams Nursery. 
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