Communities in Bloom judges coming to Orangeville

July 14, 2022   ·   0 Comments

The Town of Orangeville is participating in the 28th edition of Communities in Bloom (CiB), in the Circle of Excellence Evaluated (non-competitive) category for 2022. 

The Communities in Bloom judges, Berta Briggs from Wetaskiwin, Alberta and Larry Hall from Buena Vista, Saskatchewan, will be evaluating the Town of Orangeville on July 12-14. The community will be rated from one to five blooms, based on the scoring obtained. The Town will also aim to obtain bronze, silver or gold levels in the CiB five-bloom rating.

This CiB evaluation follows a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic and a previous winning streak for the Town. The Town would like to remind businesses and residents to tidy up their properties before the judges arrive. 

The national and international results will be announced in Victoria, British Columbia from October 20-23, during the National Symposium on Parks & Grounds and the National & International Awards.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit volunteer and partnership-driven 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. 

In 2019, the Town of Orangeville opted to participate in the non-competitive “Circle of Excellence” evaluation in preparation for a future international competition. The Town received a five-bloom – bronze rating and a special mention for the Utility Box Art Program. Orangeville received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association’s Environmental Action Award.

In 2018, The Town won the 10,001-30,000 population category in the national Communities in Bloom (CiB) contest. Orangeville achieved a five-bloom silver rating and a special mention for the Friendship Gardens at the Headwaters Health Care Centre.

In 2017, the Town of Orangeville competed at the national level, achieving a five-bloom bronze rating and a special mention for collaborative partnerships. The Town was also a finalist for two Outstanding Achievement Awards — winning the national Community of Gardeners Award and being one of three finalists for the Canada 150 Award. 

In 2016, the Town of Orangeville was one of 10 Ontario municipalities to achieve a full five-bloom rating at the provincial level, allowing them to compete at the national level, in their population category. Provincially, the Town also received a special mention for the “Tranquil Gardens” and the dedicated volunteers at the Headwaters Health Care Centre. Plus, the Town picked up the criteria award for Heritage Conservation which takes in both built and natural heritage.

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