The University of Findlay takes great pride in its beautiful, well-maintained campus, and others are taking notice. Judges from the America in Bloom national awards program will visit The University of Findlay July 8-9 to see how it ranks with landscapes in other areas of the country.
Susie Stratton, of Stratton Greenhouses, has worked with the University on its efforts to beautify campus and is the committee chair for UF’s America in Bloom contest entry. Stratton Greenhouses has been instrumental in the planning and planting of the beautiful landscapes around the 79-acre campus, which are maintained by UF staff.
The University takes great pride in the positive first impression it gives visitors, including prospective students and their parents. Findlay’s beautiful campus helps it stand out from other colleges and universities.
America in Bloom promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements.
Founded in 2001, America in Bloom is modeled after proven, successful programs in Europe and Canada. The organization offers a national awards program for cities, towns, townships, college and university campuses, business districts, military installations and identified sections of large cities. Since its founding, nearly 200 cities in 40 states have participated.
America in Bloom judges will consider six judging criteria when they arrive on campus: floral displays, landscaped areas, urban forestry, environmental effects, heritage preservation and overall impression.
Judges come from a cross-section of backgrounds, including horticultural, arborial, civic, business sector and others. After visiting campus, the judges will write a detailed evaluation highlighting strengths and listing areas for possible improvement.
Awards will be announced at the America in Bloom Symposium and Awards Program Sept. 19-21 in Orlando, Fla.