Planning to make Plymouth bloom in 2012

PLYMOUTH — Last summer was the first year Plymouth was judged for a nationwide beautification contest called America in Bloom. Two judges visited and rated Plymouth in eight criteria: tidiness, community involvement, environmental awareness, heritage, urban forestry, landscape, floral displays and turf, and ground covers for municipal, residential, and commercial areas.
“They gave a lot of (areas) where they see (that) improvement is needed,” said Mike Woolfington, Marshall County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau director.
Some of the improvements suggested were new planters downtown and more plants and flowers for barren sections in town. Plymouth’s strongest point, according to Woolfington, was solid waste management. Plymouth is in the 10-15,000 population category, competing against other cities nationwide with the same population. The America in Bloom competition has been going on for 10 years. The smallest city that competes is Shipshewana, with a population of 600, and the largest is Chicago.
Woolfington and other members in the local group, America in Bloom Planting Pride, will be hosting an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Plymouth Public Library Laramore Room.
“We are going to give people an overview of what America in Bloom is, what we received in our evaluation last year, and what our plans are for 2012,” said Woolfington. “Lots of people have an interest in improving the appearance of the city, (and) this is how to get involved.”
The judges will visit Plymouth again this summer, spending three days touring the city and meeting with the community before a score is given. A report showing the city’s placing will be given in October.
For more information, contact Woolfington, 574-936-1882.