Sesquicentennial celebrations in Bloom
By Dave Harrison
July 19, 2017 – In 2017, hundreds of Canadian communities will be participating in the national and provincial editions of Communities in Bloom (CiB), along with municipalities from the United States, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Croatia and Northern Ireland in the International Challenge.
There are three levels of competition: Provincial, National, and International.
In July and August, volunteer judges will visit participating communities and evaluate each one on its overall performance within the following criteria: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays.
As community involvement is the essence of the program, the evaluation, which provides guidance on further steps of improvement, is based on the local conditions and achievements of citizens, businesses, organizations, institutions and the municipal government working together towards common objectives.
The communities will be rated from 1 to 5 Blooms, based on the scoring obtained. Also, the National and International Communities will aim to obtain Bronze, Silver or Gold levels in their 5-Bloom rating.
For a complete list of National & International Finalists, please click here.
The National and International results will be announced in Ottawa/Gatineau, National Capital Region from Sept. 13-16 during the Symposium and Awards Ceremonies with the theme of “Communities and Green Spaces … Celebrating Canada’s 150 Anniversary.”
COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM
CIB is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces in communities.