Alberta’s capital is situated along the North Saskatchewan River with over 160 kilometres of multi-use trails and urban green space 22 times larger than the size of Central Park in New York City. Edmonton is located at the geographic centre of Alberta and is a three-hour drive north from Calgary and four hours east from Jasper National Park in the Rocky Mountains.
Edmonton has been an enthusiastic supporter of Communities in Bloom since the program began in 1995. The city has been a national winner and was an international winner in 2016, and has graciously hosted the National Communities in Bloom Awards in 2000 and 2012. Edmonton has excellent growing seasons and is always seeing more festivals, more volunteers, more projects, and more blooms than ever.
Edmonton engages with partners in a variety of strategies through the Edmonton in Bloom program – with businesses, community groups, institutions, residents, and our municipal government. The partnership between the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Horticultural Society (EHS) provides the foundation for our efforts – representing the municipality and residents. Both organizations deliver programs that engage community and enhance our green spaces. Examples of these include: Partners in Parks, Front Yards in Bloom, Edmonton in Bloom Awards, Communities in Bloom, and the gardens near the Muttart Conservatory. Other programs such as community gardens, Root for Trees, Capital City Clean Up, Bloomin’ Boulevards, Dogs Off Leash Strategy, and Partners in Parks involve Edmontonians and Edmonton businesses in helping to make Edmonton flourish. Hosting the national judges with Communities in Bloom allows local partners and groups to showcase their successes. The Edmonton in Bloom Awards brings these groups together to highlight their exceptional achievements. Strong partnerships are at the heart of Edmonton in Bloom – creating a movement across municipal departments, sectors, and our city – to make Edmonton more livable, sustainable, and beautiful.