National judges with the America in Bloom program will be in Washington Monday and Tuesday to look over the city, and to see how it meets requirements in the annual competition.

The two judges are from North Carolina and Ohio.

The city will be judged in six categories: Flora displays, landscaped areas, urban forestry, environmental efforts, heritage preservation and commercial sectors.

The city appears ready to be judged in all categories. The city and volunteers have worked hard to prepare the city for judging.

There are more flora displays than we have ever seen before in Washington. Front Street in particular looks very good with the flora displays. The city should stack up well in the other categories.

We still have some unsightly locations that need to be condemned by the city. But overall “pride” is being expressed by making the city as appealing as possible.