On any given day, members of the Castle Rock America in Bloom Team can be found planting and caring for the hanging baskets, planters and beautiful landscaping features for which it has become known nationally. As part of the town’s vision for its future, the Bloom Team has helped turn what many could describe as bare, muddy or ugly into beautifully landscaped areas alive with flowers, native plants, art and other features. Hanging baskets and planters line the streets and the effort is bringing visitors to the community. The flowers are definitely an effort embraced by the whole community. The businesses sponsor and water the baskets in front of their place of business, high school students built planter boxes and create the hanging baskets, volunteers turn out for clean up days and planting days no matter the weather and because with the flowers comes a sense of pride and ownership, everyone works together to keep the whole community looking nice. These efforts have not gone unnoticed by those outside the community. This past year, America in Bloom presented Castle Rock Bloom Team Leader, Nancy Chennault with its 2014 Community Champion Award at its national symposium in Philadelphia. The city also earned the Best Hanging Baskets/Containers Award and received Special Recognition for Floral Displays. Its Jackson Hole storm water retention pond renovation also received a Special Mention.