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On September 29th, the 24th Edition of the Communities in Bloom National & International Awards Ceremonies were held in Strathcona County, Alberta, honouring municipalities across Canada, the United States, Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Croatia, Italy and Wales, United Kingdom.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces in communities.

National Chair Bob Lewis – “On behalf of the National Committee, Judges and Sponsors – sincerely thanks and congratulates all those involved in the program: their efforts are making our communities better places to live in, to work in …and to visit.”


National & International Award Winners
Up to 1,500: Sainte-Pétronille, QC
1,501 – 5,000: Hanna, AB
5,001 – 10,000: South Huron, ON
10,001 – 30,000: Orangeville, ON
International Challenge (Small): Usk in Bloom, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
International Challenge: (Medium): Lewes, Delaware, USA
International Challenge (Large): Rosemère, QC
Class of Champions (Small): Castlegar, BC
Class of Champions (Large): Coquitlam, BC
Grand Champions: Lambton Shores, ON


Outstanding Achievement Awards Winners
Home Hardware Community Involvement Award: Essex, ON
Scotts Community of Gardeners Award: Stettler, AB
Communities in Bloom Urban Forestry Award: Yarmouth, NS
National Capital Commission Floral Displays Award: Barrie, ON
Home Hardware Beauti-Tone Heritage Conservation Award: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Scotts Turf Builder Landscape Award: Sarnia, ON
Natura Tidiness Award: Pincher Creek, AB
Municipal World WinterLife Award: Bruderheim, AB
Scotts Youth Involvement Award: Ashcroft, BC
The Butchart Gardens Land Reclamation Award: Killarney-Turtle Mountain, MB
Bees Matter Pollinator Friendly Community Award: Coquitlam, BC
Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association Environmental Action Award: Jasper, AB
Ball International Community Floral Displays Award: Birdhill, Co Tipperary, Ireland
Ball International Outstanding Floral Displays Award: Nieuwpoort, Belgium
CiB Foundation International Community Involvement Award: Tihany, Veszprém, Hungary

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Category Rating Special Mention / Recognition
Up to 1,500
Village de Sainte-Pétronille, QC 5 Blooms – Bronze Town Hall…A Community Hub
Town of Alberton, PE ** non competitive 3 Blooms Revitalized Alley
Town of Bruderheim, AB 5 Blooms – Bronze Waterwise Planters
Village of Chipman, NB ** non competitive 4 Blooms Local CiB Committee Leadership
Village of Petitcodiac, NB ** non competitive 3 Blooms Waterfowl Trail
Hamlet of Valhalla Centre, AB 5 Blooms Water Conservation
1,501 – 5,000
Town of Hanna, AB 5 Blooms – Bronze Increased Emphasis on Trees
Township of Madawaska Valley, ON 5 Blooms Positive Community Partnerships
Village of Merrickville-Wolford, ON 5 Blooms – Bronze Business Community Support and Involvement
Town of Prescott, ON 5 Blooms – Bronze Rejuvenating the Arboretum
Community of Springhill, NS ** non competitive Lions Park
5,001 to 10,000
Municipality of South Huron, ON 5 Blooms – Bronze Rural Gardens
Town of Bay Roberts, NL 5 Blooms – Bronze Experiential Tourism with Green Spaces
Town of Coaldale, AB 5 Blooms CiB Participant Poster Project
10,001 to 30,000
Town of Orangeville, ON 5 Blooms – Silver Friendship Gardens at Headwaters Health Care Centre
Town of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL 5 Blooms Community Garden
Municipality of Leamington, ON 5 Blooms – Silver Waterfront Development
International Challenge (Small)
Usk in Bloom, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK 5 Blooms – Silver Open Garden Days
Village of Birdhill, Co Tipperary, Ireland 5 Blooms – Bronze Community Park
Community of Fogo, Fogo Island, NL 5 Blooms – Bronze Preservation of Natural Landscape
Comune di Pomaretto, Torino, Italia 5 Blooms – Silver Roundabouts Landscaping
Municipality of Tihany, Veszprém, Hungary 5 Blooms – Bronze Program of Renewal
International Challenge (Medium)
City of Lewes, Delaware, USA 5 Blooms – Silver Lewes in Bloom
Municipality of Jasper, AB 5 Blooms – Silver Friends of Jasper – Volunteerism
Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain, MB 5 Blooms – Bronze Rain Garden
Town of Novi Vinodolski, Croatia 5 Blooms – Bronze Roundabout – Floral Display
Town of Pincher Creek, AB 5 Blooms – Bronze Council Support for CiB Committee
Town of Stettler, AB 5 Blooms – Bronze Community Orchard
International Challenge (Large)
Ville de Rosemère, QC 5 Blooms – Gold Urban Forest – “Tree Celebration”
Town of Beaumont, AB 5 Blooms – Bronze Four Seasons Park…A Park for all Seasons
City of Brooks, AB 5 Blooms – Bronze Heritage Rose Garden
Llandudno in Bloom, Wales, UK 5 Blooms – Silver Ysgol San Sior’s Focus on Environmental Learning
City of Nieuwpoort, Belgium 5 Blooms – Gold Green Sculpture Festival 2018
Town of Szentes, Csongrad, Hungary 5 Blooms – Silver Waterways Protection Initiative
Class of Champions (Small)
City of Castlegar, BC 5 Blooms – Bronze Volunteer Involvement
Village of Ashcroft, BC 5 Blooms – Bronze Chinese Railway Workers’ Cemetery
Town of Kinistino, SK 5 Blooms – Bronze Community Involvement
City of Trail, BC 5 Blooms – Bronze Teck Environmental Stewardship and Financial Support
Class of Champions (Large)
City of Coquitlam, BC 5 Blooms – Silver Town Centre Park
City of Edmonton, AB 5 Blooms – Bronze Innovative Parks Maintenance Practices
City of Sarnia, ON 5 Blooms – Silver Veterans Park
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, AB 5 Blooms Fire Recovery Initiatives
Grand Champions
Municipality of Lambton Shores, ON 5 Blooms – Silver Forest Legion – Landscape and Tree Stump Carving
Municipality of Boissevain-Morton, MB 5 Blooms – Silver Petunia Trees – Unique Floral Displays
Special Attractions – Evaluated (non-competitive)
International Peace Garden, MB 5 Blooms Landscape Diversity
Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, QC 5 Blooms – Gold An Exceptional Learning Experience
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, AB 5 Blooms – Silver Stelmach House Learning Centre
Circle of Excellence – Evaluated (non-competitive)
City of Barrie, ON 5 Blooms – Gold Military Heritage Park
City of Calgary, AB 5 Blooms – Bronze Cultural Landscapes Strategic Plan
Town of Indian Head, SK 5 Blooms – Bronze DED Resistant Japanese Elms Initiatives
Town of Maple Creek, SK 5 Blooms – Bronze Downtown Retrofit and Tourism Promotion
Town of Millet, AB 5 Blooms – Silver Excellent Maintenance of Flowers & Turf
Town of Sussex, NB 5 Blooms – Silver Leonard’s Gate
Town of Yarmouth, NS 5 Blooms – Silver Urban Forestry: Tree Inventory
Circle of Excellence (non-evaluated)
Town of Antigonish, NS Village of Forestburg, AB Village of Pugwash, NS
Town of Aylmer, ON Town of Fort Erie, ON City of Stratford, ON
City of Brandon, MB Town of Gibbons, AB Strathcona County, AB
City of Charlottetown, PE Town of Goderich, ON Town of Stonewall, MB
Town of Cobourg, ON City of Leduc, AB Town of Tignish, PE
City of Dauphin, MB Town of Minto, ON City of Westmount, QC
Village of Denzil, SK Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Town of Windsor, NS
Town of Essex, ON City of Oshawa, ON

*Bold indicates winner

Communities are evaluated using a “bloom” rating determined by the total score of the evaluation:
0 to 55 %=1 Bloom 56 to 63 %=2 Blooms 64 to 72 %=3 Blooms 73 to 81 %=4 Blooms 82 % and over=5 Blooms

There are four (4) levels of 5 Blooms exclusive to the National and International Edition:
5 Blooms: 82 to 83.9% Bronze: 84 to 86.9% Silver: 87 to 89.9% Gold: 90% and over

Thank you to our Volunteer National & International Judges


Evelyn Alemanni

Jim Baird

Berta Briggs

Cynthia Boyd

Lucy Chang

Gaétan Deschênes

Susan Ellis

Larry Hall

Cliff Lacey

Gérald Lajeunesse

Bob Lewis

Tina Liu

John Lohuis

Lorna McIlroy

Mauro Paradisi

Anne-Marie Parent

Karin Rindal

Bernadette Solon


“Within the context of climate change and environmental concerns, communities
involved in the Communities in Bloom program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions
and benefit all of society.”

Communities in Bloom is made possible by
The commitment of local, provincial and national volunteers

The support of elected officials and of staff in municipalities
The dedication of our judges, staff and organizations
The contribution of our sponsors and partners


National Sponsors

National Partners