Communities in Bloom judges Larry Hall and Berta Briggs toured Castlegar last week. Photo: Submitted

Communities in Bloom judges Larry Hall and Berta Briggs toured Castlegar last week. Photo: Submitted

Communities in Bloom judges tour Castlegar

CIB judges inspected everything from city signage to our amazing floral displays

The Communities in Bloom (CIB) judges made their way around town last week, inspecting everything from city signage and tree management to the amazing floral displays Castlegar is known for.

Pride and passion fuel the local Communities in Bloom organization and this year’s displays were sure to grab the judge’s attention.

Larry Hall, from Buena Vista, Saskatchewan, has been a provincial judge for seven years and an international judge for five years.

Berta Briggs, from Wetaskiwin, Alberta, has been a judge for over 23 years and an international judge for eight years.

Hall says the name Communities in Bloom is a bit misleading as the competition is about much more than flowers.

“Bloom is a metaphor for a healthy, vibrant and stable community where people want to live, work and play,” says Briggs.

Castlegar is competing for the National Grand Championship this year.

Judges spend at least eight hours touring the community, giving scores in six categories for a total of up to 1000 points.

The final product is a 25 page report that includes a minimum of five observations and five recommendations per category.

“As a community you are competing with yourself, based on recommendations from the two judges,” added Briggs.

The categories are:

• Community appearance ( city gateway, consistency throughout town, signage, litter)

• Environment (use of solar energy, recycling, water conservation)

• Heritage (natural such as waterways and soil, plus cultural such as buildings, festivals)

• Tree management (what is happening with the urban forest)

• Landscape (satellite view, benches, garbage cans, turf, cigarette containers, lawn care, parks, fields)

• Plants and flowers (diversity of plants and flowers, planters, art).

The results of the judging are expected in September.

With files from Etelka Mihaley

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Communities in Bloom volunteers and judges toured Castlegar last week. Photo: Submitted

Communities in Bloom volunteers and judges toured Castlegar last week. Photo: Submitted