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America in Bloom - St. Charles: Planting Pride in Our Community

What is America in Bloom – St. Charles?

America in Bloom - St. Charles is a collaborative effort between the City of St. Charles, St. Charles Park District, local organizations, and volunteers to improve St. Charles through landscaping, environmental, and heritage preservation initiatives. The committee enters St. Charles in the America in Bloom national program each year. St. Charles took home top honors, winning its population category in 2017 and 2018. Become a volunteer. Contact Marcia Koenen, Volunteer Coordinator at 630.205.2868 or mkoenen@att.net. And follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/americainbloom.stc.il

Learn about the America in Bloom national program at www.americainbloom.org


Holiday Lights Recycling Program

Nov. 1, 2018 to Feb. 1, 2019

Do you have strings of holiday lights that don’t work, are hopelessly tangled, or are no longer wanted? Don’t throw them out where they’ll sit for years in a landfill—recycle them! America in Bloom - St. Charles, Elgin Recycling and the City of St. Charles have teamed up to offer a holiday lights recycling program to reduce the amount of lights that end up in landfills. Beginning November 1, St. Charles residents and businesses are welcome to drop off holiday lights (working or non-working) and electrical cords at convenient locations around town. Elgin Recycling will haul them away at no cost.

Acceptable Items

Traditional Holiday Lights
LED Holiday Lights
Italian Mini Holiday Lights
Rope Lights
Extension Cords

Not Accepted

Holiday string lights that are attached to garland, live greens, wreaths, Christmas trees, lawn decorations/ornaments or other non-recyclables. These do not qualify for the program and will contaminate the collections. 

Drop-Off Locations

Collection bins are located inside the buildings listed below. More locations coming soon. Items dropped-off are only to be put in designated bins. If a facility is closed, do not leave items anywhere outside the building.

Ace Hardware
2650 E. Main St, St. Charles
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
St. Charles History Museum
215 E Main Street, St. Charles
Tuesday – Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Blue Goose Market
300 S. 2nd Street, St. Charles
Monday – Sunday
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
St. Charles Public Works
1405 S. 7th Avenue, St. Charles
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.    
Deposit them inside the street-level lobby.There is no drop off when the gates are closed.
Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center
2010 E. Main Street, St. Charles
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
St. Charles Township Offices
1725 Dean Street, St. Charles
Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Hickory Knolls Discover Center
3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles
Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday 4 - 8 p.m.
Sunday noon - 4 p.m.
Village of Campton Hills
V40W270 LaFox Road, Suite B, Campton Hills
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m
Pottawatomie Community Center
8 North Avenue, St. Charles
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday noon - 5 p.m.
 

For more information, call City of St. Charles Public Works Department at 630-377-4405 or e-mail alwaysrecycle@yahoo.com. Elgin Recycling is providing the bins and will donate any net proceeds from recycling the items to the America in Bloom - St. Charles effort.


St. Charles Named ‘Best of the Best’ in America in Bloom Awards Program

We're Gearing Up to Host the 2019 America in Bloom Symposium

St. Charles took home top honors in the America in Bloom National Awards Program, winning the Circle of Champions award for its population category, 25,000-75,000. The competition was all other former champion cities that, like St. Charles, had previously won in this population category.

The award was presented at the annual America in Bloom National Conference in Lexington, Kentucky Sept. 27-28. Next year, St. Charles will be the host city for the Symposium and Awards Program.

Two America in Bloom judges visited St. Charles July 16 and 17, and toured floral displays, landscaped areas and environmental project sites. The judges also reviewed St. Charles’ heritage preservation and urban forestry efforts, in addition to noting community involvement and overall community impression. St. Charles received 9 starts out of 10 in the judges’ final evaluation.

“The judges were extremely impressed with the level of community participation and the collaborative effort of several of our community groups,” said America in Bloom - St. Charles Committee Co-Chair Diane Cullen. “We look forward to 2019 when representatives from participating cities will come to St. Charles for the Symposium and Awards Program. It offers another chance to showcase our beautiful city to the entire America in Bloom community.”      

America in Bloom - St. Charles Committee Co-Chair & Ward 5 Alderman Maureen Lewis is looking forward to welcoming America in Bloom visitors to St. Charles, “300 to 400 attendees from cities around the country will gather right here in St. Charles to hear the results of the 2019 program judging. We’re excited to have them come to our community.”

America in Bloom – St. Charles Committee would like to extend its gratitude to all the volunteers and sponsors that made this year’s entry in the awards program a success. It is truly a community effort that could not have taken place without, the generosity of our sponsors, the support of local businesses, or the dedication of our many volunteers.

Front row: Marcia Koenen, America in Bloom – St. Charles Volunteer Coordinator; Maureen Lewis, America in Bloom - St. Charles Committee Co-Chair & Ward 5 Alderman; Diane Cullen, America in Bloom - St. Charles Committee Co-Chair; Christa Bormann, Heinz Brothers Green House and Garden Center. Back row: Chris Adesso, City of St. Charles; and John Thornhill, resident.


Thank You from America in Bloom – St. Charles!

A Special Thank You

The America in Bloom - St. Charles Committee works closely all year long with many businesses, community organizations and volunteers to prepare St. Charles for its time in the spotlight. The Committee would like to thank the dedicated efforts of our local organizations, volunteers, residents and sponsors.

 Businesses:

AHC Advisors, Event Sponsor
Aquascape, Inc.
Arcada Theatre/Club Arcada
Ball Seed
Blue Goose
Clarke
Fox Valley Volkswagen
Global Brew Tap House
Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center
The Hotel Baker
Nuova Italia Ristorante
Pizzeria Neo
Romano Mercato Italiano
Townhouse Books Café

 Organizations:

City of St. Charles
Davis Primary,  Lincoln Elementary, and Wredling Middle School
Downtown St. Charles Partnership
Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Pottawatomie Garden Club
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce
St. Charles History Museum
St. Charles Park District
St. Charles Public Library
St. Charles Township
University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners


2018 America in Bloom - St. Charles Committee 

Maureen Lewis, Ward 5 Alderman & Committee Co-Chair; Diane Cullen, Committee Co-Chair; Barbara Campbell, resident; Frank Esposito, resident; Heather Goudreau, resident; Marcia Koenen, Volunteer Coordinator; Nona Koivula, resident; John Thornhill, resident; Steve Martin, First State Bank; Jim Nau, Ball Seed; Christa Bormann, Heinz Brothers Green House and Garden Center; Holly Cabel, St. Charles Park District; Pam Otto, St. Charles Park District; Jenna Sawicki, Downtown St. Charles Partnership; Michelle Cianferri, Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau; Pam Salomone, St. Charles Public Library; Tim Kirsininkas, St. Charles Public Library; Chris Adesso, City of St. Charles; Lisa Garhan, City of St. Charles;  Kyle Paup, City of St. Charles; AJ Reineking, City of St. Charles; and Isabel Soderlind, City of St. Charles.

For more information about America in Bloom – St Charles, contact Diane Cullen at dianelcullen@gmail.com or Maureen Lewis at mlewis@stcharlesil.gov or 630.584.4622. If you would like to get involved, please contact Marcia Koenen, Volunteer Coordinator at 630.205.2868 or mkoenen@att.net.

Some members of the America in Bloom Committee pose with the Mayor and City Administrator. Front Row: Tim Kirsininkas, St. Charles Public Library; Chris Adesso, City of St. Charles; Barbara Campbell, resident; Diane Cullen, Committee Co-Chair; Maureen Lewis, Ward 5 Alderman & Committee Co-Chair; Pam Salomone, St. Charles Public Library. Back Row: Mayor Raymond Rogina; Pam Otto, St. Charles Park District; Michelle Cianferri, Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau; Marcia Koenen, resident; Holly Cabel, St. Charles Park District; Frank Esposito, resident; John Thornhill, resident; Jenna Sawicki, Downtown St. Charles Partnership; Steve Martin, First State Bank; Christa Bormann, Heinz Brothers Green House and Garden Center; Mark Koenen, City Administrator, City of St. Charles;  Lisa Garhan, City of St. Charles.

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updated Nov 06, 2018

What is America in Bloom - St. Charles?

America in Bloom celebrates many of the same values of the City of St. Charles mission:Heritage. Community. Service. Opportunity. This video highlights all the wonderful reasons St. Charles is part of the America in Bloom. Watch it at: https://youtu.be/9zc7m7AusdY


Take a Virtual Tour of the 2018 Judges Route

Click here to find out more about the sites the America in Bloom judges visited July 16-18.