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Liz Hoffman named winner of Best Bloomin' Tree contest

May. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Liz Hoffman is the latest winner in the Huntington in Bloom's photo contest.

Hoffman was named the winner in the Best Bloomin' Tree contest and will receive a gift certificate to Savannah's Restaurant. The winning photo was taken in the 300 block of 12th Avenue and features a blooming tree and shrubbery, along with a manicured lawn.

Best Bloomin' Tree is part of a series of photo contests that are part of Huntington in Bloom, a local effort to spruce up Huntington for judging in the national America in Bloom competition. Huntington in Bloom aims to improve the quality of life in Huntington; promote community involvement and unity; identify opportunities for improvement; and preserve Huntington's heritage by embracing its culture.

The next photo contest is Places of Worship in Bloom, which ends Thursday, June 6. Contestants are encouraged to submit photos of flower plantings, landscaping and trees at Huntington's places of worship or photos of congregation members volunteering to beautify Huntington. The winner of that contest will be announced on June 7. To be eligible, photos must be submitted to the Huntington in Bloom Facebook page, www.facebook.com/huntingtoninbloom. Photos will be judged based on how well they illustrate the goals of Huntington in Bloom. Photos must be taken in Huntington.

Several local businesses have donated prizes for photo contest winners, including: 21 at the Frederick, Bottle and Wedge, Common Ground, Savannah's Restaurant and The Red Caboose.

Upcoming contest categories include photos of gardens, landscaping and beautification efforts at people's homes for the Best Bloomin' Yard category between June 7 and 20. Between June 22 and July 5, the focus turns to businesses in the Best Bloomin' Business category. The contest wraps up with the Best Bloomin' Public Space category showcasing plantings, landscaping, and cleanup efforts of public parking lots and other public spaces.

For information about Huntington in Bloom, visit the organization's website at www.huntingtoninbloom.com or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/huntingtoninbloom. To volunteer on any Huntington in Bloom project, go to www.unitedwevolunteer.org or www.huntingtoninbloom.com/get-involved.