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Something's Blooming in Warrenville

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What happens when a group of resident volunteers get together and join a national initiative? Well, in Warrenville’s case, the results are beautiful surroundings, increased environmental efforts, and a growing sense of teamwork and community.

In 2006, a group of people from Warrenville did the preparatory work needed to join the national organization America in Bloom (AIB).

AIB has been in existence since 2001, and has worked with over 130 communities nationwide, supporting and encouraging them as they work toward improving their surroundings and environment.

The AIB program is also a contest, where the community is judged by the organization, competing with other cities and towns of comparable size. In its first year in the program (2007), Warrenville received a score of three out of five blooms; a very respectable effort. The city was also given a special recognition for environmental awareness, which Warrenville had addressed by installing some permeable pavement and working on maintenance of the river.

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Some of the beautification efforts Warrenville put forth in 2007 included:

hanging baskets, planters on bridges, plantings around city signs and on the grounds of city facilities and a garden contest for residents. Efforts were also made to use plants and flowers that are native to the area and that would naturally grow on prairie land.

Dorothy Deer is the Manager for the 2008 AIB initiative and she says, “We’re very into the native plants and will go in that direction in this year’s planting as well.” Deer mentions that Warrenville has a city flower, the Black-Eyed Susan; packets of seeds were given out in the community with the encouragement to plant them as part of the effort.

In 2008, the library and park district are both collaborating with the AIB team to host a series of gardening workshops, and the city will be adding more in-ground plantings and hanging baskets.

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