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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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