IT IS ABOUT MORE THAN FLOWERS –The Criteria
Communities in Bloom is a national program involving hundreds of communities across Canada and abroad. In July and August, trained volunteer judges travel to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector - including volunteer efforts - in regards to the following eight criteria. Points are award for municipal, private, corporate and institutional, industrial and public/group participation.
If you, or your organization, are involved in a program or event which addresses one of the criteria below, please let us know. We can help promote your event and recognize your efforts by including it in our annual Judge’s tour and Municipal Information Summary.
Tidiness of green spaces, medians, boulevards, sidewalks, streets, ditches, road shoulders, signage, vacant lots and buildings with regards to garbage, weeds, maintenance and repair, dog droppings, notices/posters, graffiti and vandalism, etc.
Environmental Action - Sustainable development, policies and bylaws, waste reduction, landfill sites, hazardous waste collection, sewage disposal, transfer/recycle stations, recycling initiatives, Plant Health Care, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), water source, treatment and conservation, naturalization, environmental clean up activities, environmentally friendly transportation are all part of this criteria.
Community Involvement - Citizens’ involvement in projects for the betterment and enjoyment of the whole community include horticulture & garden clubs, service groups, recreation and sports clubs school children, teens, seniors, municipal workers and local businesses.
Heritage Conservation involves heritage policies, bylaws and natural heritage management plans; preservation and restoration of buildings, homes, churches, monuments, artifacts, sites, parks, heritage gardens, trees; preservation of traditions and customs, festivals/celebrations, heritage foods and the arts.
Urban Forestry includes written policies, bylaws and regulation plans both long and short term. The distribution of trees, inventory, variety, suitability, new plantings, main street programs, new survey developments, preservation of heritage trees, commemorative trees, woodlots and succession planting procedures are all important to this criteria. Having qualified personnel available (volunteer or on staff) for professional help with maintenance, pruning, Plant Health Care, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and trouble-shooting is valuable.
Landscape supports all efforts to create an environment where plants form an essential element of the overall surroundings: design and suitability for location and use; native and introduced materials, balance of plants, materials and constructed elements; harmony, (colour, texture, shape); tasteful integration of hard surfaces and art elements; high standards of maintenance.
Turf & Groundcovers includes quality, naturalization, use of groundcovers & wildflowers; turf management (manicured to rough), maintenance (mowing height and frequency), IPM (Integrated Pest Management); fertilization programs and irrigation and water restrictions. Areas include private homes, public buildings, municipal and private grounds, sports fields and athletic parks.
Floral Displays includes arrangements of flowers and plants (annuals, perennials, bulbs, ornamental grasses, etc.), originality, distribution, location, diversity and balance, colour, harmony, quality and maintenance of flowerbeds, carpet bedding, containers, baskets, planters and window boxes.