Communities in Bloom



Dear Friends,

Within all of our own organizations and communities, the health and safety of our family, staff, volunteers and judges remain our highest priority. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a truly unprecedented situation which affects us all. Our hearts go out to anyone who’s been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. The purpose of this letter is to reach out and update you on how we’re approaching the situation.

Due to this uncertainty, and to ensure the utmost safety for our communities and volunteers, Communities in Bloom has made the difficult decision to cancel the evaluation tours portion of the 2020 National Edition & International Challenge. Although we are deeply saddened to have to make these decisions, we believe we are doing what is best for everyone, given the current situation.

Communities in Bloom will continue its commitment to provide guidance, advice, and assistance to support all of “our” communities with a 2020 Special Edition that will include showcasing communities on social media, virtual Q&A opportunities with judges, special contests, Outstanding Achievement Awards and much more to follow.

Communities are still invited to participate in this 2020 Special Edition by registering in the Circle of Excellence: Non-Evaluated Category at the link below.


Communities in Bloom programs offered by provincial partners are also adapting to the current COVID-19 situation based on their local situations. For specific changes in each provincial program, please contact the Provincial Coordinator. The status of 2020 Symposium & Awards is currently being evaluated, in partnership with the wonderful team of staff and volunteers in Wood Buffalo.

In this time of physical distancing and self-isolation, we hope that you will take the opportunity to use technology to reach out to family, friends and colleagues and remember to keep in contact with those who are most vulnerable or feeling isolated. Spend some time in your gardens as the weather improves and please be sure to look after your own mental health during this difficult time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
We wish you all good health – please keep safe and be well.

Paul Brydges
Chair, Communities in Bloom
Thursday, April 9 th 2020


Greening is what Communities in Bloom is all about: 

Landscapes, Parks and Green Spaces 

Natural Heritage Conservation

Environmental  Actions


Thank you to all National and International Finalists
for your dedication to your communities!



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