Castlegar Communities in Bloom has planted thousands of daffodils around Castlegar in recent years. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar Communities in Bloom has planted thousands of daffodils around Castlegar in recent years. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar Communities in Bloom encouraging yellow gardens this year

Garden of Hope campaign aims to encourage

Castlegar Communities in Bloom (CIB) is hoping to see the city flooded with yellow this year.

The group and its national counterparts is calling on people to create “Hope Gardens” for 2021.

“Across Canada and beyond, our goal is to see the land awash with gardens featuring yellow, the international colour of hope,” says CIB. “Whether it’s flowers, fruits, shrubs or vegetables – just plant the seeds!

“From parks to playgrounds, front yards, back yards, balconies, baskets, boulevards, barrels and planters, wherever there’s an empty space to grow, there is room for a plant.”

The callout is for everyone from individuals to municipalities, schools, churches and businesses.

Local organizer Darlene Kalawsky says she hopes the campaign will help bond the community together as it moves forward into better times.

Gardeners are encouraged to share photos of their Hope Gardens on CIB’s social media platforms with the hashtag #hopeisgrowing.

After entering, participants will become eligible for national and global recognition for their efforts. They will also receive a downloadable Hope Garden sign and information about hardy plants and growing tips for success.

“Just as people around the world took up gardening in record numbers in 2020, we expect to see a yellow wash of hope growing around every corner in 2021,” says CIB.

“After all, the garden is where Hope is Growing!”

For more information visit www.hopeisgrowing.ca or email communication@cib-cef.com

CIB is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with a focus on the enhancement of green spaces in communities.



betsy.kline@castlegarnews.com

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