Communities in bloom, celebrating home town pride
Communities In Bloom promotes well-landscaped streets, businesses and homes. It also helps to facilitate environmental action, heritage conservation, overall tidiness and community involvement on all levels.
There’s no doubt that Communities In Bloom (C.I.B.) fosters civic pride right across the country, but make no mistake – this is a competition. As it’s known by the people closest to the organization, C.I.B. functions at the provincial level first, then as a coalition from across Canada. To compete on the national level, a municipality must first win in a provincial category.
Through various programs and projects, towns, villages and cities of all sizes, encourage members of their community to showcase, and celebrate, their achievements.
In Ontario, at CFB Petawawa, the Department of National Defence has come up with a sustainable community program that involves young people planting trees throughout the town.
In Summerside, Prince Edward Island, a group of at-risk youths have access to a program that assists them with practical, personal and community-based skills. The Youth in Bloom project was involved in developing a tranquil space in the downtown area, through the Horticulture Revitalization Plan.
In Drayton Valley, Alberta, the local football team helps to maintain the high school garden during the summer, and also assisted with the harvest and distribution of food for families in need.
As Raymond Carrier, founding president of C.I.B. likes to say, “Everybody wins. Within the context of climate change and environmental concerns, all communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts.”
It’s in our best interest to pay attention to the appearance, and to the function, of our communities. As a result, we experience lower crime rates, slower vehicular traffic, and cooler and greener streets. Gardeners are active volunteers in many arenas of civic life, including historic preservation, service groups, conservation and environmental activities.
If travelling this season, research the locations of provincial and national winners on their website. Previous C.I.B. communities include Chatham-Kent, Stratford, Gravenhurst and Port Carling.