Project EverGreen and America in Bloom Announce Winner of the Landscaped Areas Award

For its excellence in landscaping housing developments, office parks and municipal properties, the community of Westlake, Ohio, was rewarded with America in Bloom’s 2005 Landscaped Areas Award, sponsored by Project EverGreen. The fourth annual contest awards communities and institutions working to “Plant Pride in their Communities.”

“Westlake is very deserving of this honor,” says Delilah Onofrey, external relations chairman of America in Bloom. “The entire community sets high standards and has established ordinances to both control and enhance development. When you drive through Westlake, you can see it is a city that values landscapes and encourages residential and commercial properties to bloom. It leads by example with its public properties, too.”

The Project EverGreen Landscaped Areas Award is the second for Westlake, which placed first in the initial 2002 population (25,001-50,000) category.

America in Bloom is a national campaign and contest that promotes enhancing communities through beautification. Judges visited all of the nearly 50 communities from all regions of the country that participated this year. In the friendly competition, communities are evaluated on their efforts related to floral displays, urban forestry, landscaped areas, turf and groundcover, tidiness, environmental awareness, heritage conservation and community involvement.

“America in Bloom epitomizes what Project EverGreen is all about,” says Paul McDonough, president of the board of Project EverGreen. “Our mission is to promote the benefits of green spaces and America in Bloom literally implements a grass roots program designed to recognize the efforts of communities to beautify their cities through landscaping efforts on a residential and commercial basis. We are proud to be associated with this program.”

A non-profit organization, Project EverGreen is dedicated to promoting the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of green spaces. For more information on Project EverGreen, visit

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