Communities in Bloom

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.

  • 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 practices
  • 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
Communities in Bloom Launches 2019 Programs -Media Release


Community Garden
A Community vegetable garden was initiated in 2019 by the Communities in Bloom committee in partnership with the local Library.  Local businesses provided funding and plant products.  Local volunteers planted, watered and weeded the garden throughout the season and then harvested the crops as they were ready.  The vegetables and herbs were distributed to the local community as well as the many migrant farm workers who come each year to work in our farming industry.

Garden of the Week 
In conjunction with the Horticultural Society, the popular Garden of the Week program will be running again over the summer months. Residents are encouraged to submit nominations of phenomenal front gardens and winners will receive a lawn sign recognizing the homeowners. Nomination forms will be available on Join the Conversation, please click the link below:
Nominate a location for Garden of the Week

2020 Garden of the Week Contest


Garden of the Week Winners Media Release Photos


This program will allow service groups to assist in maintaining parks. A trailer will be assembled to include all of the tools required to clean a park and loaned out to groups on an as-needed basis. There is a sponsorship opportunity for the trailer, and anyone interested in this prospect should contact Kevin Turcotte at

Click below for the following:
Parks Location Map
Volunteer Manual

Application - (click to submit an electronic application)

Hydro Box Beautification Project
The Hydro Box Beautification Project is a pilot project to have art pieces installed on three transformer boxes in the Heritage District with a vinyl wrap. This program is a partnership between the CIB Committee, NOTL Hydro, and the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre and a call for submission will be announced soon on the Town’s website.

Tulips for Trees
The NOTL Rotary Club and CIB Committee will be running the Tulips for Trees campaign. Volunteers will process the tulip bulbs from Town garden displays and sell them, with proceeds going to the Town Tree Fund. 
Link for more information: Bulb Sale

Voices of Freedom Park mobile Application

The Voices of Freedom Park mobile application is set to launch July 9, 2019, which is the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Act to Limit Slavery. The app will provide a walking tour of the black history sites in Town. In addition, a black history curriculum is being developed for school groups that visit the NOTL museum, please visit the following link for more information.

Seed Library 
Cathy Simpson, Chief Librarian spoke about the NOTL Library’s new initiative, a Seed Library. The public can visit the library and pick up packages of vegetable, herbs, and flower seeds. The goal is that during harvest, the new seeds will be collected and returned to the library for other patrons. A Community Garden will also be started behind the library with programming for the public. Visit the Library’s website for more information about both of these projects.

Tree Fund
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Tree Fund has been established to assist with the greening of our community. This fund, administered by the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, provides an opportunity for anyone who wants to donate towards the planting of trees. For more information please visit our Tree Fund Brochure, or visit the Town Tree page.

Kevin Turcotte, Manager of Parks and Recreation
905-468-3266 or


Communities in Bloom - Past Information