Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Colorful Planters and Baskets Emerge in Downtown Westfield

Westfield, NJ – The Town of Westfield is gearing up for the annual “America in Bloom” competition as the Downtown Westfield Corporation and Williams Nursery co-lead the effort for Westfield to be considered for the 2010 "America in Bloom" award. Westfield is among 28 towns nationwide to compete this year. Westfield has the distinction of being the only town in the state of NJ to participate in the 2009 and 2010 competition.

The Downtown Westfield Corporation and Williams Nursery will be working with the Town of Westfield and its residents, as well as local businesses and organizations in order to hopefully nab the grand prize in their population category. Decorative planters containing an assortment of flowers will be adorning storefronts and an array of colorful hanging flower baskets have emerged outside many restaurants and shops. Flowering baskets are being installed on the historic utility poles by Town of Westfield Department of Public Works personnel to welcome patrons and visitors to downtown.

Judges will be heading to Westfield on July 12 and 13 to view and critique various landscapes, homes and business fronts for the annual America in Bloom Competition. Final results will be announced in October at the national symposium. In 2009, Westfield received a four-bloom rating out of a possible five bloom rating (a significant achievement for a first-year competing community) and special mention for the Floral Displays category.

For local information about Westfield's involvement, to volunteer or to participate by submitting stories and photos of your Westfield residence, businesses or outdoor environment contact Sherry Cronin at the DWC or Dave Williams at Williams Nursery at To inquire about the national program, contact America in Bloom at 614-487-1117 or visit Awards, including gift certificates to Downtown Businesses and Williams Nursery, will be given in the following categories: Best Window Boxes, Best Planters, Best Storefronts, Best of Westfield, Best Gardens, and Best Kid’s Gardens.

Photo caption: Flowering planters are being placed around downtown storefronts by the businesses and Downtown Westfield Corporation as part of the annual America in Bloom competition.

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