COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM
The City of Barrie received a rating of 5 Blooms - Gold and a special mention for Plants and Floral Displays during the 2023 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo, Alberta. The City of Barrie participated in the Circle of Excellence - Evaluated category.
Over the summer, trained volunteer judges travelled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector – including volunteer efforts – regarding the following criteria: Community Appearance, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Tree Management, Landscape and Plant & Floral Displays.
Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Susan Ellis and Tina Liu wrote:
“The vast variety of floral displays helped to create a welcoming atmosphere in the City. The diversity of plant material is impressive from the parks, the community gardens, and the CiB participating projects, to the naturalized areas by the waterfront. The experienced horticultural staff at the municipal greenhouse facility produce high-quality plant materials for the city parks which is essential to the successful floral program.”
Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.
For a complete list of the results, please visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca
About Communities in Bloom
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian volunteer and partnership-driven non-profit organization that uses a multi-tiered competitive evaluation process to foster community strength, involvement and continuous improvement. This is accomplished by nurturing environmental sustainability, enhancements of green spaces, and heritage conservation, in cultural and natural environments encompassing municipal, residential, commercial, and institutional spaces. For more information about Communities in Bloom, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca
Communities are evaluated using a “bloom” rating determined by the total score of the evaluation:
0 to 55 %=1 Bloom 56 to 63 %=2 Blooms 64 to 72 %=3 Blooms 73 to 81 %=4 Blooms 82 % and over=5 Blooms
There are four (4) levels of 5 Blooms exclusive to the National and International Edition:
5 Blooms: 82 to 83.9% Bronze: 84 to 86.9% Silver: 87 to 89.9% Gold: 90% and over