America in Bloom judges to visit

Katy Moss Warner and Barbara Vincentsen will give an informal presentation on the community impact of floral displays and landscaping from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 26 at the Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St. The presentation is hosted by the University of Findlay.
Anyone with an interest in gardening and improving quality of life in the community is invited to attend. There is no charge for the presentation, and dessert will be served. Reservations should be made to Barbara Lockard at lockard@findlay.edu or 419-434-5703 by Monday.
Warner and Vincentsen are visiting Findlay as judges for America in Bloom, a national awards program that provides a framework for improving overall quality of life. The University of Findlay, recognized by America in Bloom in 2013, is participating in the program again this year. Warner and Vincentsen will tour university property June 26 and 27.
Warner, president emeritus of the American Horticultural Society, has judged cities for America in Bloom since 2007. Prior to becoming the society’s president, she was director of Disney’s horticulture and environmental initiatives at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. She oversaw a staff of 700 to ensure Disney’s traditions of beautiful gardens and environmental responsibility were sustained in Disney parks around the world.
Warner started the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival in 1994 and co-authored the book “The Gardens of Walt Disney World Resort.” She speaks regularly on the importance of quality landscapes and sustainable maintenance practices.
Vincentsen grew up in a gardening family and has continued her family tradition in her own gardens, which have plantings shared from three generations of family and friends. She is a licensed architect in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, and a licensed professional planner and a certified interior designer in New Jersey. Her Westfield, New Jersey, gardens were featured in last year’s America in Bloom program in Westfield.

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