Community of Barriere preparing to become ‘in-Bloom’ participant

Barriere residents ask, "What's an ‘in-Bloom’ participant?"

When the District of Barriere announced earlier this year they would be entering the Communities in Bloom competition for 2012, many residents of the town asked, “What’s this all about?”  and “What’s so special about it?”

In answer to “What makes ‘in Bloom’ Communities so special?” the BC Communities in Bloom organization has provided the following information.

From remote wilderness areas to bustling tourist havens, Communities in Bloom participants will celebrate their unique geography, history and horticultural assets by participating in this year’s evaluation program.

In mid-July six pairs of BC Communities in Bloom (BC CiB) judges will travel far and wide to meet with citizens who are eager to present their hometown’s best qualities.

First time participants will enhance their community’s liveability through their tidiness efforts, environmental actions, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas and floral displays. And, for the experienced reaching the four and five-bloom mark provides the impetus for further recognition and accomplishments.

Each community will receive an evaluation report that provides a benchmark of success and a bloom rating that is promoted as a symbol of excellence within the province, across Canada and to the rest of the world.

Good luck to all British Columbian ‘in Bloom’ communities participating in the provincial edition and to those competing in the national finals, they are all winners for connecting and engaging their commUnity pride.

We look forward to Celebrating CommUnity Success where bloom ratings and reports will be presented to our provincial participants at the 9th Annual BC Communities in Bloom Awards & Conference event to be hosted by the dynamic City of Kelowna on Sept. 21-23.

National Finalists results will be announced at the 15th edition of the Communities in Bloom National Symposium on Parks & Grounds, hosted by the Edmonton Capital Region, Alberta, on Oct. 11-13.

Go to www.BCcommunitiesinbloom.ca for more information.