Outstanding Achievement Awards
Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented for:
- Tidiness, by Natura
2017 winner: Jasper, AB
Tidiness includes an overall tidiness effort. Elements for evaluation are parks and green spaces, medians, boulevards, sidewalks, streets; municipal, commercial, institutional and residential properties; ditches, road shoulders, vacant lots and buildings; weed control, litter clean-up (including cigarette butts and gum), graffiti and vandalism programs.
- Environmental Action, by the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association
2017 winner: Bruderheim, AB
Environmental action includes efforts and achievement with respect to: policies, by-laws, programs and best practices, diversion from landfill and waste reduction, composting sites, landfill sites, hazardous waste collections, water conservation, naturalization, and environmental stewardship activities under the guiding principles of sustainable development pertaining to green spaces.
- Heritage Conservation, by Home Hardware Beauti-Tone
2017 winner: Ashcroft, BC
Heritage Conservation includes efforts to preserve natural heritage within the community with focus on the integration of landscape and streetscapes in built heritage: preservation of natural heritage pertaining to monuments, memorials, artifacts, museums and history, archives, traditions, customs, festivals and celebrations in relation to parks and green spaces in the community. The participation of groups such as Historical Societies and Conservation Groups are considered.
- Urban Forestry, by CN
2017 winner: Coquitlam, BC
Urban Forestry includes the efforts, of the municipality, businesses, institutions and citizens with regards to written policies, by-laws, standards for tree management (selection, planting, and maintenance), long and short-term management plans, tree replacement policies, tree inventory, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), heritage, memorial and commemorative trees.
- Landscape, by Scotts Turf Builder
2017 winner: Castlegar, BC
Landscape includes planning, design, construction and maintenance of parks and green spaces suitable for the intended use on a year-round basis. Elements for evaluation include: native and introduced materials; balance of plants, materials and constructed elements; appropriate integration of hard surfaces and art elements, use of turf and groundcovers. Landscape design should harmonize the interests of all sectors of the community. Standards of execution and maintenance should demonstrate best practices, including quality of naturalization, use of groundcovers and wildflowers along with turf management.
- Floral Displays, by the National Capital Commission
2017 winner: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
- International Floral Displays,by Ball
2017 winner: Castlecaulfield, Northern Ireland UK
Floral Displays evaluates the efforts of the municipality, businesses, institutions and citizens to design, plan, execute, and maintain floral displays of high quality standards. Evaluation includes the design and arrangements of flowers and plants (annuals, perennials, bulbs, ornamental grasses) in the context of originality, distribution, location, diversity and balance, colour, and harmony. This pertains to flowerbeds, carpet bedding, containers, baskets and window boxes.
- Community Involvement, by Home Hardware
2017 winner: Pugwash, NS
- International Community Involvement,by Communities in Bloom Foundation
2017 winner: Grado, Gorizia, Italy
Public involvement in various community programs and projects, recognition of volunteers, and support, financial, in-kind or via participation toward community initiatives by the municipal, business and private sector. Participation in community, neighborhood or individual initiatives (including promotion, organization etc.) in tidiness initiatives; participation in public forums and policy development on environmental issues; cultural and natural heritage programs; tree planting and conservation programs; volunteer initiatives, outreach programs in floral displays etc.
- Youth Involvement, by Scotts
2017 winner: Trail, BC
The objective of this award is to recognize community involvement in projects which engage youth. Initiatives should demonstrate the relationship of youth involvement and Communities in Bloom community initiatives. Entries should relate the measurable impact of Youth Involvement on the community.
- Community of Gardeners, by Scotts
2017 winner: Orangeville, ON
The objective for the Community of Gardeners Award is to recognize broad Community Involvement in gardening and horticulture projects. To qualify for this Award, involvement from all stakeholders within the community must be quite evident and a success factor of the municipality’s participation in Communities in Bloom. It must also demonstrate how best practices in horticulture are an important part of the community involvement initiatives.
- The Butchart Gardens Land Reclamation Award
2017 winner: Cobourg, ON
Open to all Canadian communities that are participants of the National Edition and that have a park/garden/green space for which the community was looking for new perspectives. Such as, but not limited to:
– Reclaimed land such as a former quarry, dumpsite, or mine transformed to parkland for recreation or education purposes;
– Industrial land, such as brownfields, that have been decontaminated and developed as a park
– Waterfront park developed on industrial land
– Vacant wasteland or underutilized open space
- Pollinator Friendly Community Award, by Bees Matter
2017 winner: Essex, ON
We all know the importance of pollinators like honey bees in our gardens: that’s why it’s important to plant pollinator-friendly flowers that are nutritious food sources for pollinators like the honey bee. To support honey bee health, Canada’s agriculture community created Bees Matter, an initiative dedicated to honey bee health. We are interested in hearing about the pollinator-friendly initiatives within your community …and want to recognize your effort.
- CANADA 150 Award, by Communities in Bloom
Canada 150 Award (small community) winner: Champion, AB
Canada 150 Award (medium community) winner: Coaldale, AB
Canada 150 Award (large community) winner: Amherstburg, ON
Canada 150, includes all community activities celebrating the 150 Anniversary of Canadian Confederation.
Elements for evaluation include legacy projects, special events, festivals and activities, special green projects (floral displays, tree planting, landscapes) and special museum/heritage displays. Entries should address:
• Overall description of how the community demonstrates excellence in celebrating Canada 150
• Scope of programming and plan of action as distributed throughout the community
• Identification of stakeholder participation (municipal, business and institutional, residential, and community groups/organizations/clubs etc.)
• Examples of initiatives improved by or implemented as a result of participation in Communities in Bloom that have made a positive impact on the community
Open to all Canadian communities that are participants of the 2017 National Edition of Communities in Bloom.
- WinterLife Award, by Municipal World
2017 winner: Brandon, MB
The objective of this award is to recognize efforts and involvement in projects and initiatives which engage the community with indoor and outdoor activities from November through March.Submissions will be evaluated under 3 primary criteria:Holiday Celebrations (Nov/Dec), Winter Activities (Nov – Mar) and Community Outreach (Nov – Mar). Open to all Canadian communities that are participants of the National Edition or Provincial Edition of Communities in Bloom.