Holland in bloom, competes for international award

Holland in Bloom

HOLLAND, MICH. - Holland is known for its tulips and the annual Tulip Time festival in the spring. But the city’s summer flowers are in peak bloom this week, and the world is taking notice.

Judges from Communities in Bloom, a Canadian nonprofit dedicated to civic and environmental engagement, will grade Holland and three competing cities in the international category of its annual competition. Holland has received multiple national awards since 2011.

Tidiness and floral displays are important, but winning takes more than that, said Bob Ivison, a judge in the international category.

“[Display] is not the most important thing, but it is an important factor,” Ivison said. “But what impressed us the most, I think, is the general integration and people working together to actually produce a beautiful city."

Other categories include environmental action, landscaped areas, heritage conservation, urban forestry and involvement.

The cities challenging Holland are Bruges, Belgium, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada and Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada. Communities in Bloom will announce the winner at its September international symposium in Ottawa, Canada.

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