Bloom judges on the way

Castlegar's Communities in Bloom putting best foot forward

Val Field chips in for blooming effort

Castlegar Communities in Bloom is getting ready for this year’s big test. Acclaimed experts are on the way and virtually every petal is in place getting ready for them.

Judges Lucie Gagne from Boucherville, Quebec and Piet Boersma, from The Netherlands arrive on Sunday July 20. They’ll begin Castlegar’s evaluation for the International Challenge – which involves winners from Communities in Bloom, Britain in Bloom, America in Bloom, Tidy Towns of Ireland, Japan in Bloom, Entente Florale and other national programs competing against each other based on population categories.

The evaluation is based on the accomplishments of the entire community, municipality, businesses and institutions, citizens and community groups, and on the following criteria: Tidiness; Environmental Action; Heritage Conservation; Urban Forestry; Landscaped Areas; Turf and Groundcovers;  and Floral Display.

Community Involvement is taken into consideration in all criteria.

So we encourage businesses, institutions, and homeowners to tidy their property to add an impressive curb appeal. It is all about taking pride in our city.

Judges and volunteers will tour the city on Monday and Tuesday July 21 – 22, meeting various groups and individuals throughout the day. We’ll discuss our accomplishments for the past year, which support the areas of criteria. We will visit historical sites, municipal buildings, parks, schools, institutions, community gardens.

It only takes ONE to make a difference… to begin the process of sharing our Castlegar with the world.

Castlegar’s Communities in Bloom committee invites you to work together and showcase our Castlegar – weed whack, pick up litter, clean those business frontages, sweep those sidewalks all year round.

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