Communities in Bloom Blog
Communities in Bloom Blog #1: Who We Are
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization that is committed to improving environmental responsibility, and beautification in communities across the country. Even more than that, Communities in Bloom is about strengthening all aspects of the communities who take part in it. Many people hear Communities in Bloom and assume it’s about flowers and other plants, but it is so much more than that, it encompasses all aspects of the community, and works to showcase each asset the competitors have. There are six main sectors of evaluation for each community which include: Environmental Action, Floral Displays, Heritage Conservation, Landscaped Areas, Tidiness, and Urban Forestry & Trails. Each of these sectors has a Municipal, Business & Institution, Residential, and Community Involvement subsection, to help the judges further evaluate each community.
Brockville’s Communities in Bloom committee is formed of a group of dedicated volunteers who are committed to improving our community, whether it is going out at 9:00am for a clean-up, or ensuring that the plants and displays are in tip-top shape, the committee members are there to get the job done. Last year was Brockville’s first year back competing in Communities in Bloom in over a decade, and we started out strong, coming in with a solid 4-Bloom score, a mere 3% away from scoring 5 Blooms. This year we are back, and doing everything we can to get that 5-Bloom rating, and our committee is working tirelessly to achieve our goals for 2018.
Some of the work our committee has worked on already this year include:
- The John Street Parkette
- Donated from the Local Green Things Garden Centre, the beautiful wooden framed beds look incredible in the newly renovated Parkette and they will be the home to different kinds of produce, since the parkette is being transitioned into a culinary garden in 2018. We had received many compliments on the Canada 150 logo planter last year, however we believe we’ve improved the area even more with the addition of the beds and produce since they can be used to help further local produce consumption in town.
- The “Aqua Garden” on Water Street
- The Communities in Bloom Committee, along with additional volunteers transformed a weeded strip of sidewalk on Water Street into a cleaned up garden, weeding and cleaning the whole strip, while adding in 10 turquoise/aqua coloured planters that contain Cyperus Papyrus, (also known as King Tut Papyrus plants). The plants add a bit of life into an otherwise plant-less area, giving Water Street a bit more colour and flair along the way.
Brockville has many jewels that not many people know about, things like the Underwater Sculpture Park, the Brock trail additions, and other significant feats that are accomplished can sometimes be forgotten, but they are great pieces that our community has added over the years that need to be acknowledged throughout our community. What the Communities in Bloom committee aims to do is highlight all of the assets that Brockville has, while still working to improve areas that need it. While things like the new raised beds in the parkette, or new cigarette receptacles located downtown seem small, they have a large impact on our city and need to be acknowledged.
Communities in Bloom is always looking for more dedicated volunteers who are passionate about the improvement of our community, so if you are interested, or know of others who may fit this criteria, join our committee. Joining the Communities in Bloom committee is an easy process, but if you are looking for more information about Brockville’s Communities in Bloom before you sign up, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CIBBrockville/ or email us at email@example.com
Communities in Bloom Blog #2: Ways to Get Involved
Now that you know more about Communities in Bloom, it’s time to get educated on what you can do get more involved with the program. Of the programs that run in Brockville to improve our community, we stand out due to the fact that Communities in Bloom focuses more on pride, involvement, and improvement rather than judging success based solely on the numbers. There are many ways to get involved and help improve our city, and we believe that becoming involved with Communities in Bloom is an excellent way to give back to our community. Some of the program you can participate in to get involved with Communities in Bloom include;
- Adopt-A-Planter Program
This program was started this year by the DBIA in an attempt to liven up the King St. planters, the premise was to get volunteers to sign up and take care of a planter of their choice to further beautify the downtown area. The participants were able to choose from a variety of different plants types and colours, so that they could put their own twist on their planter to make it unique and fun. There are many volunteers who signed up, and are taking care of planters downtown, however there are still spots available who are looking for someone to take care of them.
- Community Clean-Ups
The community clean-ups are a great way to get involved and help out our community, as they are based around tidying our streets and improving areas that need extra attention. Each clean-up focuses on a different area to improve, whether it’s converting a stretch of empty sidewalk into a planter garden, or walking each side of King St. picking up waste, the clean-ups cover all of the bases throughout the year. It is a very easy way to get involved with both the city of Brockville and the Communities in Bloom initiative as all it takes is volunteering some time, a bit of effort, and a passion to want to improve your community. The next clean-up date will be held at 9:00 am on Wednesday, June 20th, for more details on the clean-ups visit our Facebook page.
- Communities in Bloom Committee
Joining the Communities in Bloom committee is a great way to become more involved in our community. As we stated in the last blog, Communities in Bloom is about much more than just flowers, it’s about the growth and improvement in all aspects of communities, whether that is improved landscaping, better waste/recycling initiatives, or more heritage acknowledgment, becoming a member of our committee can serve a purpose for anyone.
There are also other ways to get involved that aren’t programs or volunteer opportunities, such as simply being a committee member or contributing advice or resources for the rest of the committee to use. The bottom line is that nobody wants to live in a community with poor conditions, so get involved with Communities in Bloom and help us improve our great city, one project at a time.
Communities in Bloom is always looking for more dedicated volunteers who are passionate about the improvement of our community, so if you are interested, or know of others who may fit this criteria, get involved. Joining the Communities in Bloom committee is an easy process, but if you are looking for more information about Brockville’s Communities in Bloom before you sign up, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CIBBrockville/ or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org