IMAGINE THE IMPACT! Communities in Bloom is a Canadian beautification program that provides information and education, and awards Bloom Ratings for achievement in floral displays, landscapes, turf, urban forestry, community involvement, heritage conservation, environmental awareness and tidiness. This volunteer-based, non-profit organization is committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation and the challenge of provincial, national and international competition. What is Communities in Bloom? PROGRAM • Municipalities of All Sizes Across Canada • Provincial Editions • Elected Official Involvement • Creates Competition • Builds Pride What is Communities in Bloom? EVALUATIONS • Municipalities are Evaluated by the Judges on the Efforts of the Whole Community • Municipality, Citizens, Businesses, Service Organizations, Institutions • Consultancy Report What is Communities in Bloom? JUDGING CRITERIA • Entire Community is Evaluated • Residential, Commercial, Municipal Properties • Landscapes • Turf & Open Spaces • Floral Displays • Urban Forestry • Community Involvement • Heritage Preservation • Environmental Effort • Tidiness What is Communities in Bloom? JUDGING CRITERIA • Quantify A Community’s “Outer Beauty” • Quality of Life Landscaped Areas Includes: … efforts made by municipal, corporate and private citizens to create an environment where plants form an essential element of the whole community. … overall design and suitability for location and/or use, native plant materials or introduction of new materials, a balance of plant material and constructed elements, harmony (color, texture and shape), integration of art elements and high standards of maintenance and site rejuvenation and rehabilitation. Landscaped Areas Information and inspiration to help Canadians plan, plant and care for their landscapes Turf & Groundcovers Includes: … efforts made by municipal, corporate (all forms of local businesses) and private citizens. … the quality of naturalization, the use of ground covers and wild flowers, turf management (manicured to rough), maintenance (mowing height/frequency, Integrated Pest Management-IPM), fertilization programs, irrigation, water restrictions. … private homes, public buildings, municipal and private sports fields and athletic parks Turf & Groundcovers Information and inspiration to help Canadians enjoy their leisure time and open spaces Floral Displays Includes: … efforts made by municipal, corporate (all forms of local businesses) and private citizens … arrangements of flowers and plants, originality, distribution, location, diversity and balance, harmony, quality and maintenance. This pertains to flower beds, carpet bedding, containers, baskets, window boxes annuals, perennials, bulbs, ornamental grasses etc. Floral Displays Information and inspiration to help Canadians plant and care for their annual & perennial flowers Tree / Urban Forest Management Includes: … efforts made by municipal, corporate (all forms of local businesses) and private citizens in regards to urban forestry and tree management. … any written policies, by-laws and standards for tree planting and care. Long and short term plans. Inclusion of tree inventory; qualified/trained staff; Plant Health Care and Integrated Pest Management; heritage, memorial and commemorative trees; hardy species; variety; succession planting; suitability; planting and care of school grounds. Tree / Urban Forest Management Information and inspiration to help Canadians plant, protect and preserve their trees Community Involvement Includes: … citizens from the private, municipal and corporate sector (all forms of local businesses) and their involvement in various community projects. … volunteers involved in long and short-term projects (Marigolds on Main Street, Clean-Up Day etc.) and recreational programs (coaches, team managers, etc) all ages from children to seniors.