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What the America In Bloom Judges Saw in Holliston - part 1

by The Publisher
October 15, 2018

General Observations and Recommendations (recommendations are indicated in italics):

Holliston first participated in America in Bloom in 2012. Holliston in Bloom has created a successful coalition of many organizations; to include businesses, other community-based volunteer groups, as well as the Town of Holliston administration and staff. Working together, they have achieved the AIB Circle of Champions status in five years. This is an impressive achievement. 

Some of Holliston’s accomplishments are: Welcome signs at three gateways to the town, attractive benches downtown, new pedestrian access from public parking to downtown, an outside patio at Town Hall, a secret garden and pollinator garden at the library, a community farm with a fenced bee apiary, and a community garden

at the public golf course with bee garden and butterfly aviary. The Big Bed landscaping feature along the main thoroughfare on either side of Town Hall has been greatly enlarged and improved by the addition of white flowering hydrangeas. The main street itself was recently upgraded and improved with a signaled intersection, new lights and numerous crosswalks throughout downtown. In addition, we discovered that many of the Rail Trail improvements had been implemented.

Having visited Holliston last year, we were amazed at the number of improvements the Town has made. We commend Holliston for their willingness to host the 2017 AIB Symposium. The Symposium was a huge success, largely due to the herculean effort that involved all of the numerous volunteer organizations in the community. More information can be found on the Town’s website: www.townofholliston.us/.


Holliston’s town government is a combination of volunteer committees working in conjunction with paid staff. Town decisions are made at semiannual Town Meetings, where every resident has a say and vote. Holliston operates a volunteer fire department that consists of certified volunteers from the community who have taken time to participate in fire suppression training. Businesses and residents have donated to the Community Fund to help families in need, and the local food pantry is funded and operated strictly by volunteers. The town recently completed a business & community guide describing the many attributes of Holliston. Holliston has good reason to celebrate its tremendous volunteer spirit throughout the year.


We greatly appreciate the warm welcome and the hospitality of the many volunteers who made our visit to Holliston so enjoyable. We wish you continued future success as you move forward with your efforts to improve the quality of life for all who reside in the Town of Holliston. 

We also enjoyed the addition in the Community Profile of “NEW” aspects, and “AIB Judges Recommendations” that have been added to the Holliston in Bloom campaign.

Respectfully, your 2018 America in Bloom Judges, Douglas Airhart and Shannon Beatty

 

 

 

 

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