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July 1, 2014

'Pella in Bloom'

The City of Pella, Iowa has always been known for its extraordinary spring tulips but the City takes equal pride in its annual flower program. This summer the City is planting over 27,000 annual flowers in 76 park flower beds and 121 street-side beds. If you are a flower lover you’ll want to visit Pella this summer! We’ve added new “garden creatures” to our beds in Central Park. Over the winter months staff from the Park’s Department crafted several garden sculptures to accent the flower beds. The larger than life hummingbird and dragonfly sculptures are just two of the many creatures now residing in our park. The sculptures are artistically crafted of largely recycled materials and the beds they are placed in were designed specifically for each creature.

To highlight our extensive flower program the City of Pella is participating in the “America in Bloom National Awards Program”. On July 14th and 15th our community will be evaluated in several categories by a panel of judges! The entire City is included: Residential, Commercial, Municipal, Schools, Institutions, and Historical Sites. The six categories include: Floral Displays, Landscaped Areas, Urban Forestry, Environmental Efforts, Heritage Preservation and Overall Impression.

America in Bloom was started by a group of floriculture businessmen in 2002. The program is patterned after French, British and Canadian programs. AIB is a non-profit organization run by volunteers (board, judges, staff and citizens). To date nearly 200 communities have participated in the program in 40 states. Visit www.americainbloom.org for more information on America in Bloom.

For more information on the City of Pella’s flower program please contact the Community Services Department at 641.628.4571 or visit www.cityofpella.com.

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