November 14, 2012 · 9:27 AM

Last year's planters added to the festive spirit in Castlegar. / Craig Lindsay

The Bloomin' Christmas Planter Affair is back for another year and they're looking for a few good men and women and children. That's right, Communities in Bloom (CIB) are looking for volunteers to help beautify planters in the downtown core just in time for the holiday season.

"We're creating an opportunity for the community to sparkle up these planters," said CIB volunteer Kari Burk. "They can put in whatever they'd like. They can do it as a group or as an individual or with their family."

There are 11 planters in total that are up for grabs. They are located in front of Castlewood Village.

"They can claim whichever planter they'd like," said Burk. "Come down and have some fun and put some sparkle into our community."

To claim a planter, contact Burk at 250-365-3071 or email

"There's a deadline of Nov. 26," she said. "You can built a structure on to it and add to that. But everything you put on has to be able to withstand the different weather it'll go through in the next little while. We'd like it to stay there after Christmas if it can. So come on down and put some love and life into these. Turn off the t.v. or XBox and come out and have some fun."

The planters will be recognized at the Castlegar Winterfest Celebration on Nov. 30 at City Hall Spirit Square.