City councilor Arry Dhillon (left) and mayor Lawrence Chernoff worked hard at creating their floral masterpiece. (Nel Vandergaag/Special to Castlegar News)

Communities in Bloom judges tour Castlegar

The Communities in Bloom judges toured Castlegar last week including stops at Zuckerberg Island.

The Communities in Bloom (CIB) judges toured Castlegar last week including stops at Zuckerberg Island, Millennium Park, City Hall, Spirit Square, Sculpture Walk, the Doukhobour Discovery Centre and the Garden of Hope along with drive-bys of the numerous floral displays around town.

The judges got to meet many local Communities in Bloom supporters and volunteers at a BBQ at Millennium Park. A highlight of the BBQ was a floral planter chop-box competition featuring some of Castlegar’s public figures including city staff, councillors and Chamber of Commerce members.

Judge Evelyn Alemanni is a writer and photographer whose garden was named by Good Morning America as one of the top five gardens in the United States, it has also been featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. She has been an international judge with CIB for 12 years and served with America in Bloom for 15 years. Alemanni has already judged 162 towns in 11 countries.

Judge Jim Baird retired from the position of commissioner of planning and development for the City of Saint John in 2008. He has a degree in environmental science and a background in community planning. He worked on a steering committee that developed a plan for the use of the city’s inner harbour that won an award of excellence from the Canadian Institute of Planners. He is currently chair of the Heritage Development Board in Rothesay, NB.

 

Judge Jim Baird. (Nel Vandergaag/Special to Castlegar News)

Judge Evelyn Alemanni. (Nel Vandergaag/Special to Castlegar News)

Volunteers gather for a team photo. (Nel Vandergaag/Special to Castlegar News)

Communities in Bloom leader Darlene Kalawsky (left) shows this year’s judges Evelyn Alemanni (center) and Jim Baird (right) around Zuckerberg Island. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Heritage Credit Union CEO Georg Oberprieler works on his floral planter at the CIB community appreciation BBQ. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Communities in Bloom volunteers enjoyed a brief rest after all of their hard work preparing for the arrival of this year’s judges. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Castlegar Chamber of Commerce board member Stuart Ady concentrates on placing a butterfly in his floral planter during the chop-box competition at the Communities in Bloom community appreciation BBQ. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

This squirrel was checking out the Communities in Bloom judges while they were checking out Zuckerberg Island. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

The Heritage Credit Union team created the crowd’s favourite floral planter design during an intense chop-box competition. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

City councillor Dan Rye (right) and Stuart Ady (left) wcame in second place with their floral planter during the chop-box competition. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Darlene Kalawsky welcomed everyone to the Communities in Bloom community and volunteer appreciation BBQ. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

City councilor Arry Dhillon (right) and mayor Lawrence Chernoff (left) worked hard at creating their floral masterpiece. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Long-time Communities in Bloom supporters Inga and Jim Lamont were recognized with a life time supporter plaque. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

The Castlegar Rotary Interact Club was recognized with a life time supporter plaque at the CIB community BBQ. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

City councilor Deb McIntosh shared some of the history of Zuckerberg Island with the Communities in Bloom judges. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Communities in Bloom volunteers keep the many floral displays around Castlegar looking beautiful. (Betsy Kine/Castlegar News)