In 2019, hundreds of Canadian communities will be participating in the 25th Edition of Communities in Bloom. The national and provincial editions of Communities in Bloom (CiB), along with municipalities from Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, Slovenia and the United States of America in the International Challenge will be part of the celebrations.
Established with the guidance of Britain in Bloom, Tidy Towns of Ireland and Villes et Villages Fleuris de France, Communities in Bloom was “created” in 1994 and the first edition held in 1995. Since then over 1,200 communities have participated in the CiB Program from throughout Canada and in the international challenge involving communities from Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe.
The program has evolved over the years …but has always remained, pardon the pun, true to its roots of celebrating community involvement and the benefits of green spaces. Communities in Bloom is very proud that Environmental Awareness has been, since the very first edition, part of the evaluation.
In 2019, we will be recognizing special initiatives and sharing “blooming” memories of the past 25 years, showcasing and networking with communities …and, very proudly, celebrating all their achievements.
From June to August, qualified volunteer Canadian and International judges will evaluate participating communities on their overall performance on 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 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, along with the Alberta provincial results will be announced in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia from September 25th to 28th, during the Symposium and Awards Ceremonies with the theme of “Bloom by the Sea” Celebrating Excellence.
Communities in Bloom 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.