Invitation to BC Communities
to BC Communities ...
Process & Criteria ...
is Communities in Bloom :
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People, Plants &
Pride ... growing together.
Communities that look successful are most likely to be successful.
Whether a community's specific goals are to increase tourism, generate
new economic development or simply to build civic pride, the appearance
presented to citizens and to others is a key factor in achieving those
goals. British Columbia Communities in Bloom is a program that inspires
communities to enhance and sustain the visual appeal of neighbourhoods,
public spaces, parks and streetscapes through the imaginative use
of regionally-appropriate plants and landscaping with attention to
environmental stewardship and to preserve heritage and cultural assets.
An integral component of this very popular program is the friendly
competition between communities, engaging citizens of all ages, service
groups, businesses and associations in a public-spirited effort to
succeed and be recognized. We invite communities of all sizes and
from every region of British Columbia to participate in the BC Communities
in Bloom program to reap the many social and economic benefits that
National beautification initiatives have flourished in Europe for
decades and it was from those successful programs that Communities
in Bloom took its inspiration. Beginning in Canada in 1995 with 29
Canadian communities, the national Communities in Bloom program has
grown to encompass hundreds of jurisdictions across the country with
most provinces hosting regional editions. Since 1997 BC has hosted
its own Provincial edition and in 2005, structured as a registered
not-for-profit society British Columbia Communities in Bloom (with
the help from the BC Landscape & Nursery Association) to administrate
the program within this province.
People and businesses want to be associated with an attractive looking
community, which is particularly important with respect to potential
residents, investors, visitors, developers, realtors and others. It
is also true that citizens want real environmental integrity and respect
for regional heritage built into their communities, in addition to
attractive seasonal plants and flowers. Achieving such integrity requires
good horticultural practices such as responsible pest management,
plant selection appropriate to the region, good soil nutrition, drainage
and water conservation and professional upkeep.
Additionally, a visible valuing of the community’s natural and architectural
heritage sends a reassuring message that the area honours its past
as a solid foundation for future growth and development. We believe
that the BC Communities in Bloom program can be the catalyst needed
to enhance the overall Garden Image of British Columbia with respect
to tourism and to general economic development. We are proud to be
an integral and founding proponent of this active initiative.
- Ignites Community Energy
- Encourages Tidiness & Beautification in Residential and Business
- Networks Various Organizations for a Common Good
- Promotes Excellence in Environmental Initiatives
- Catalyst to Inventory Community’s Assets
- Friendly Competition provides Focus & Deadline for Projects
- Judge’s Report is a Cost Effective Measurement of Success
And lastly, the rich mosaic of cultural diversity in British Columbia
brings with it opportunities to explore and enhance other garden traditions
from around the world.
During July and August of each year, on an agreed date, two BC CiB
judges assess the community on the accomplishments of their whole
team (4 sectors): municipal, private, corporate and institutional.
Communities in Bloom Judges look for results on 8 essential criteria:
- Environmental Action
- Community Involvement
- Heritage Conservation
- Urban Forestry
- Turf & Groundcovers
- Floral Displays
Communities In Bloom Has Refreshed Its Evaluation Form!
The evaluation form has been refined to better reflect the program’s
core guiding principles and criteria in the promotion of green spaces.
8 criteria | 6 sections | 4 sectors
off Evaluation Process & Criteria Guide ...
off the 2013 Evaluation Program Summary & Registration Form
ready for the Judges ... ( Coming Soon ).
All participating communities receive a rating of one to five ‘Blooms’
(unless entered as non-competitive). The community with a top five-bloom
score (one in each population category) may receive an invitation
to participate in the following year’s national program. All participants
are promoted within BC and nationally, and are invited to attend the
provincial Awards Ceremony which is hosted by a different community
A press release is sent to provincial media following the awards event.
In addition to their rating, each BC CiB participant receives a comprehensive
report, prepared by highly qualified judges. This report reviews the
particular features and projects in each of the criteria areas that
the community has undertaken and presented, and offers constructive
hints and recommendations for the following year.
Of course, all participants are winners with respect to their ability
to attract tourism, corporate relocations, new development, investment
and general economic activity based on being more attractive, liveable