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Media Release: Town Wins Communities In Bloom Award

Niagara on-the-Lake Communities in Bloom

The Town’s Communities in Bloom (CIB) Committee is in its second year of competition and has officially launched its 2016 program in partnership with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society.

A few events have already taken place this spring, including a special Tulip Ceremony with the NOTL Horticultural Society to recognize the 700 tulips received last fall by the Dutch-Canadian Tulip Festival. As well, 300 tree saplings, donated by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, were planted by the St. Davids Scouts and other volunteers at Rye Heritage Park, Newark Park, and William Nassau Park.

Following the CIB panel assessment in summer 2015, the Town received a “5 Bloom” rating and was invited by CIB National to skip the provincial level and advance directly to the national competition. 

Two Communities in Bloom judges will visit Niagara-on-the-Lake from July 21-23 this year to review and score our community as we compete against three other municipalities across Canada.  The Town will be scored under the following criteria:

  • Tidiness - includes all parks and public spaces, boulevards, streets, sidewalks, ditches, roads and properties
  • Environmental Action - includes our policies and by-laws on waste reduction and reduce/reuse/recycle efforts, water conservation, naturalization and environmental stewardship and sustainable development in green spaces
  • Heritage Conservation - includes preservation of our natural heritage, as well as our cultural heritage (monuments, memorials, museums, events) and the integration of landscape and streetscapes with our built heritage
  • Urban Forestry - includes policies, by-laws and standards for tree management, tree placement, tree inventory and commemorative trees, as well as pest management preactices
  • Landscape  - includes how we create an environment to showcase our overall surroundings, looking at things such as the balance of plants, materials and construction
  • Floral Displays - includes all efforts to design, plan, execute, and maintain floral displays and takes into account originality, location, diversity, colour and harmony

What is Communities in Bloom?
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces in communities.

How Can You participate?
Communities in Bloom provides residents in all our neighborhoods - Old Town, Queenston, St. Davids, Glendale and Virgil - with an opportunity to showcase our many wonderful horticultural, environmental, and heritage preservation initiatives.  We need help from all our residents, business owners, community organizations, churches, schools and other institution to tidy up their properties and be creatively appealing with their gardens and yards. Please contact us if you would like to share your ideas or volunteer your time and expertise to help us compete in the CIB program.
Media Releases
Kevin Turcotte, Manager of Parks and Recreation
905-468-3266 or
Sponsors to Date:
 Two Sisters Winery
 NOTL Horticultural Society
 Vineland Research Centre
 Niagara College
 Mori Gardens
 Regal Florist and Garden Centre
 St. Davids Lions Club
 Richard Andrews Barrister & Solicitor
 Landscape Florida
 Farr Drainage
 Penner Lumber & Building Supplies 
 Lakeview Vineyard Equipment
 All Green Irrigation
 NOTL Golf Club
 Phil’s Valu Mart
 Greaves Jams & Marmalades Ltd.
 Niagara Physiotherapy
 Froese Construction
 Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
 TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Media Sponsors:
• Niagara Advance
 Niagara This Week (Town Crier)

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