Castlegar resident Darlene Kalawsky busy watering at the Community Complex on Sunday

Castlegar resident Darlene Kalawsky busy watering at the Community Complex on Sunday

Castlegar blooming with help of green thumbs and hard work

The annual blooming beautification of Castlegar is well underway

The 2013 Communities in bloom judging takes place soon and Darlene Kalawsky was one of several people working hard this long weekend to help beautify the city.

Last year, Castlegar retained its “five bloom status” and came first in the 6,501  – 10,000 population category.

Many of the expansive displays of colourful flowers throughout the city, such as those in the flower boxes surrounding the courthouse, are the result of hours of hard-work from Communities in Bloom volunteers.

“We’re mentoring Silverton and Salmo this year,” said Kalawsky. “So we’ll be going to those communities and presenting the program and integrating it into what they do.

“We’re excited to get others involved. It’s a great program, with things like Sculpture Walk coming from it since we started it. It’s wonderful to see people get involved.”

She added that a big goal is to have everyone in the community keep things tidy year-round and not just when the judges come to town.