AIB judges tour Owen gardens and more

Nicole Rogers

AIB judges tour Owen gardens and more

2 min.
July 29, 2022

On July 18-19, the America in Bloom judges Laurie Waller of Las Vegas, NV and Jennifer Fidler of Fairhope, AL, toured the gardens, some businesses and historical areas in Owen via the Blackhawk Express Train and a tour guided by Growin’ Owen member Cindy Cardinal. They were treated to a stay at Owen’s historical Woodland Hotel which included home-made meals. They enjoyed local food at some favorite spots such as Cozy Corner, L.A.S.T. Ace and had a fresh taste of ice cream from Mauel’s Dairy. They also attended the Owen-Withee Area Chamber of Commerce picnic where they were given special mementos of Owen.

These two experienced gardener’s after touring the town and meeting it’s people, gave valuable advice on how to beautify and make the city welcoming to visitors and commerce. They shared the following regarding their visit to Owen.

“Our thanks and admiration goes to Owen, WI, for its participation in the America in Bloom awards program. Special thanks go to Tim Swiggum, Growin’ Owen, and all of their volunteers for organizing remarkable tours and meetings on July 18-19, 2022. We have enjoyed meeting and spending time with all of you as you showcased all of the reasons Owen has to be proud.

America in Bloom envisions communities as welcoming and vibrant places to live, work, and play – benefitting from colorful plants and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage; and planting pride through volunteerism.

America in Bloom is more than flowers. Your judges will evaluate your efforts in the six pillars that make communities great – floral display, landscaping, urban forestry, heritage preservation, environmental initiatives, community vitality, and overall impression with community involvement in the residential, commercial, and municipal sectors. We will provide a written evaluation immediately following our symposium. We welcome everyone to attend our symposium, held in St. Louis, Missouri, October 1-3 where we will announce this year’s award winners.”

The last in person symposium was held in 2019 at St. Charles, IL, At that time, Owen received an award for it’s beautiful hanging baskets.

This article was orginally reported by
Nicole Rogers

Nicole Rogers, lives in Owen, WI, and is the co-editor for the Sentinel & Rural News.