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Annual Arts & Letters Photo Show helps celebrate 30th anniversary of U City in Bloom

April 29, 2015
One of the beautiful U City in Bloom gardens, in this picture enhancing Rain Man by the post office.  (Photo courtesy of U City in Bloom.)

One of the beautiful U City in Bloom gardens, in this picture enhancing Rain Man by the post office. (Photo courtesy of U City in Bloom.)

For years, U City in Bloom—a community-based, volunteer, green-thumb brigade—has designed and nurtured eye-popping displays of natural beauty throughout University City. To celebrate the thirtieth year of U City in Bloom’s beautification efforts, University City’s Arts & Letters Commission will feature images of the group’s work in its 2015 photo show, themed “U City in Bloom: A Garden for All Seasons.”

“The Arts & Letters Commission is excited about our partnership with U City in Bloom for this project,” says Melcine Henderson, president of the commission, the purpose of which is to promote the arts in University City. “For years we have enjoyed the stunning, colorful gardens in our community. With the photo contest, we can share our appreciation for U City in Bloom’s 30 years of beautification.”

U City in Bloom currently tends more than 325 public gardens in University City, as well as planters in the Delmar Loop and hanging baskets on Olive St. Rd. Amateur camera buffs (adults and elementary through high school students) are invited to photograph the group’s handiwork and to enter their best images in the photo contest. A select number of contest photos will be used in the 2017 University City calendar.

Photos taken between September 1, 2014 and August 24, 2015—including fall and winter garden shots—are eligible for entry. Photos of private University City gardens may be submitted with the written permission of the garden’s owner. Photographs entered in previous University City photo contests are not eligible. Contest entries may be submitted between Monday, August 24 through Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Centennial Commons Recreation Facility, 7210 Olive Blvd.

Complete registration rules are available here and application forms are available here.

Direct questions about the photo show to  More information on U City in Bloom may be found at their website.

Photos will be displayed and winners announced at a special public reception on Sunday, September 20, 2015, in the lobby of the city hall in University City at 6801 Delmar Blvd. The photos will also be on display (from September 14-18) at the Green Center, 8025 Blackberry, and (from September 21-28) at Royal Bank, 8021 Olive Blvd.