Growing Great Places Together

Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented for:

  • Best Blooming Community, by Communities in Bloom
    2020 winner: Millet, AB
    Community initiatives by the municipal, business, institution, private sector and residents in various programs and projects to meet the challenges of 2020. Areas to be addressed include Community
    appearance (formerly Tidiness), Environmental Action, Natural Heritage, Cultural heritage, Floral Displays, Urban Forestry and Landscapes. 
  • Community Appearance, by Communities in Bloom
    2020 winner: Tignish, PE & Yarmouth, NS
    Community Appearance 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
    2020 winner: Coquitlam, BC
    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 Communities in Bloom
    2020 winners: Tignish, PE 
    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 Communities in Bloom
    2020 winner: Pincher Creek, AB
    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
    2020 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
    2020 winner: Pincher Creek, AB
    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.
  • Youth Involvement, by Scotts
    2020 winner: Coquitlam, 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
    2020 winner: Melfort, SK
    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
    2020 winner: Melfort, SK
    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 
  • WinterLife Award, by Municipal World
    2020 winner: Wood Buffalo, AB
    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.