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The Growing Together newsletter celebrates people, plants and pride!
Communities in Bloom is an annual recognition and bloom award program for municipalities of all sizes. Since 1995 over 100 British Columbia communities have participated, enhancing their tidiness and green spaces through an evaluated set of criteria. Participants value the networking and civic pride that results. Find out your communities last evaluated year. The Novice program is a great way to build a new group of 'in Bloom' volunteers. Register early to win a pair of tickets to the provincial awards, registration closes March 31, 2018.
Communities in Bloom participants from the past few years are encouraged to promote their Bloom rating with a customized 'Bloom Badge'. BC's Blooming Best Communities are:
Community spirit is alive and well in our Communities in Bloom participants. Whether they are starting at the novice level, working up to a 5-bloom rating or competing with other communities across Canada, these communities are excellent representatives of 'People, Plants and Pride...Growing Together'.
Scattered throughout British Columbia there are many excellent examples and they are not all located in typical tourist areas! CiB is a community enhancement program to inspire pride in one’s hometown; to celebrate uniqueness and galvanize residents to be part of the solution.
Assessing a community on its tidiness effort, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, floral displays and landscape areas with community involvement as the thread that runs through each criterion, is what makes this program valuable to our participants. Having the unique CiB criteria to follow creates a focus and deadline to affect real change.
Local committees will build a team of volunteers with varied backgrounds: landscape design professional, urban planner, master gardener, media, economic development, chamber of commerce or business owner, parks and recreation, public works, Mayor or Councillor all working together to help their community. It also provides recognition for local volunteers that go under the radar: garden clubs, trail groups, cemetery historians, or the local that picks up litter while walking his dog. Every community has champions that contribute to making their hometown better. The Communities in Bloom program provides a place to recognize these efforts.
There are three participation levels to the Communities in Bloom program: Provincial, National and International. At the provincial level: municipal participants are assessed against themselves to improve their bloom score through the annual evaluation. It may take 3 to 5 years to achieve 5-Blooms. Once a community has achieved this level, they may choose to enter the National CiB program to compete against other 5-Bloom communities of similar population size from across Canada. Some have gone onto International competition.
Each province has their own Provincial Edition and in 2005, BC Communities in Bloom (BC CiB) was formed as a society to support our volunteers who give their time as specialists in horticulture, parks and recreation, municipal management and community engagement. At the heart of our organization is our team of dedicated volunteers who bring a wealth of experience to our society as facilitators, board and committee members in addition to representing their geographical region.
Our provincial program (BC CiB) focuses on three main events:
The CiB program works at its absolute best when it is a collaborative effort made up of a variety of key stakeholders.
After almost 20 years of Communities in Bloom in Canada, we are encouraged to see former 5-Bloom national participants registering back in the provincial program to engage a new group of volunteers in
People, Plants & Pride…Growing Together!