THE BUSY SUMMER OF 2022! submitted by Norene Smiley, Pugwash Communities in Bloom Huge mulching work parties! Weeding planting up a storm! Preparing for national judges, joining a national garden campaign and planning a community art extravaganza! Pugwash Communities in Bloom volunteers, new and old, met the challenges this summer. Their energy and dedication resulted […]

Top Picks for Rabbit Resistance

Top Picks for Rabbit Resistance By Sarah Greenwood, Darwin Perennials Global Product Development Manager If your landscape designs are frequented by fluffy garden thieves, you might find yourself wondering what plants can coexist with these creatures so that your flowers can thrive in all their nibble-free glory. When talking about rabbit resistant plants, it’s worth […]

HUGS for Humboldt becomes a reality

HUGS for Humboldt becomes a reality Author : Karen Stephenson, Scotts Canada In April 2018 the Humboldt Broncos, a Canadian junior “A” ice hockey team from Humboldt, Saskatchewan were involved in a terrible tragedy in which 16 people lost their lives. People across Canada and the World were moved by the loss experienced by one […]

Community Gardens Winning Awards

Community Gardens Winning Awards By: Jeff Gibson, Ball Horticultural IGC, Landscape & University Trials Garden Manager For the past eight years I’ve had the pleasure to participate as a judge for the All-America Selections (AAS) Display Garden Contest. The theme for the 2021 contest was “Diversity in the Garden.” For those of you not familiar […]

A Garden for Every School!

A Garden for Every School! Scotts Canada Gro for Good – School Garden Edition helps Year of the Garden Achieve Its Goal By Karen Stephenson Director, Regulatory Affairs & Stakeholder Relations for Scotts Canada It’s the Year of the Garden! For many of us who are avid gardeners or subscribe to the belief that garden […]

Hot tips for the cool season

Hot tips for the cool season Freshen up spring with these pops of colour By Jeff Gibson, Ball Landscape Business Manager When the weather breaks and landscapes burst forth with renewed colour, it lifts our spirits and excites us for the spring season ahead. It’s unfortunate this time of year is so short-lived, but you […]

Fall Behind, Spring Forward

Fall Behind, Spring Forward By Jeff Gibson Ball Seed Landscape Business Manager No, the title of this article doesn’t have to do with changing your clocks back. I’m talking about having our scheduled Fall landscape plantings behind us, and taking the time now to think about your Spring and Summer plantings for 2021. But you […]

Gardening in the classroom!

Gardening in the classroom! In light of Covid-19, the Nutrient for Life Foundation is still reaching out to students in the classroom. In early October, Regional Manager Kent Lewarne was invited into Crystal City Early Years School, Manitoba. Kent worked with Mrs. Leadbeater to ensure all of the activities followed their Covid-19 school protocols to […]

Grazie mille a Cervia !

Grazie mille a Cervia ! Città Giardino – Maggio in Fiore The Comune di Cervia was, in 2015, the first community to be officially nominated by Comuni Fioriti to represent Italy in the Communities in Bloom International Challenge.  Cervia won its category and was awarded 5 Blooms Silver. Cervia is well known in Europe for […]

Town of Castor Benefits from Green Jobs Initiative

The Town of Castor, Alberta offers many outdoor spaces – including the community’s walking trails, fish pond, and creek. This summer, these spaces were maintained and beautified for residents and visitors to enjoy. Thanks to funding from the CPRA’s Green Jobs Initiative, which is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience […]

Parks, Trails and COVID 19

Well the year 2020 will be a year we will remember for a very long time. It feels like we went to bed and woke up to a completely different world. This new world we woke up to significantly changed how we managed our daily life. It didn’t just change our lives in Canada but […]

Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland – 2019 International Finalist

Malahide (Mullach Íde) is a beautiful, coastal Village situated approximately 18 km north-east of Dublin city, in Fingal, Ireland. Attractive shops, restaurants and cafes are centered on a crossroads, with extensive residential areas to the south, southeast and west. Beside the village is one of Fingal’s largest leisure facilities, a regional park comprising of the […]

Torbay – 2019 National Finalist

The beautiful Town of Torbay is located on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador, the most easterly Province of Canada. A vibrant, evolving Community of over 7000 people, Torbay has a long and colourful history that dates back to the 1500s. A unique, storied Community, with an exceptional quality of life, Torbay has so […]

Lexington, Kentucky USA – 2019 International Finalist

Founded in 1776, Lexington is located in the heart of the Bluegrass region of Central Kentucky.  Known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” it is Kentucky’s second largest city with a population of over 300,000 citizens.  In 1974 our city and county governments merged into one, non-partisan, entity, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG), […]

Nivelles, BW Belgium – 2019 International Finalist

The article in this section appears in its original language. Ville à la campagne, Nivelles compte près de 28.770 habitants (20 avril 2019) répartis sur une superficie de 6.060 hectares. Judicieusement placée à l’intersection d’un noeud autoroutier, elle est très facilement accessible. En plus de sa belle vitalité dans les domaines agricole, industriel, scolaire et […]

Spello, Perugia Italy – 2019 International Finalist

History Spello, of ancient Umbrian origins, it becomes important during the Roman period (confirmed by recent discovery of polychrome mosaics of the Roman villa and the already known rescript of Constantine): first Municipium Hispellum, then Splendidissima Colonia Iulia and finally with Constantine the colony Flavia Constans. In the Middle Ages it was a castrum under […]

Székesfehérvár, Fejér, Hungary – 2019 International Finalist

Székesfehérvár Landscape of History Székesfehérvár is one of the oldest Hungarian cities, a medieval royal court, a coronation city and one of Hungary’s must-see destinations. Today it is one of the strongest industrial cities in the country and a main traffic hub located between Budapest and Lake Balaton. The city centre which was restored in […]

Usk in Bloom, Wales, United Kingdom – 2018 International Finalist

The small picturesque town of Usk is located in the heart of the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside in South Wales. It sits on one of the finest salmon fishing rivers in the country, the River Usk, conveniently situated only 10 miles from the M4 yet feeling a whole world away. The streets of Usk are steeped […]