Edmonton in Bloom Awards Cultivate Community Spirit
August 09, 2012
Event recognizes residents who help beautify city neighbourhoods
At the annual Edmonton in Bloom Awards, the 2012 prize for best front yard went to a home in Edmonton’s northeast (12044-57 Street). Edmonton in Bloom celebrates residents, community groups and businesses that foster community spirit and engagement by making Edmonton beautiful.
In the front yard category, second place honours went to a home in the Rio Terrace community (7306-155 Street) and a yard in the Cloverdale community took third place (9603-96 Avenue). Textures, colours, landscape features and overall character were just some of the factors considered during judging. A common theme among this year’s nominated gardens was the large and diverse variety of flowers displayed.
“The Edmonton in Bloom awards are an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the exceptional people who help make Edmonton more beautiful,” said Heather McRae, Branch Manager of Neighbourhoods, Parks and Community Recreation. “These awards not only foster a sense of community spirit in our neighbourhoods, they also contribute to a more vibrant and liveable Edmonton.”
The Community Garden Award presented by Sustainable Food Edmonton went to Parkallen Community Garden while Dave Ward, owner of Spruce Up Tree Services, was awarded the Urban Forest Award for his work with community and trees.
Other winners include the following:
- Natural Front Yard:
Edmonton Naturalization Group (4830-114 Avenue and 4607-10 Avenue)
- Edible Front Yard:
Sustainable Food Edmonton (10635-147 Street)
- Naturescape Award:
St. Paul Catholic Elementary School (14410-96 Avenue)
- Tidiness Award:
Ursula Lautner, volunteer with Capital City Cleanup
Edmonton’s Front Yards in Bloom program recognizes residents for their beautiful front yards and contributions that make their communities more attractive, green and livable. This program is a partnership between the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Horticultural Society and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and is sponsored by the Realtors Association of Edmonton. For more information, please visit www.frontyardsinbloom.ca.
Edmonton in Bloom is part of the national Communities in Bloom program. Edmonton Capital Region will be hosting the national Communities in Bloom Symposium and Awards in October 2012. For details on the local and national program, please visit www.edmonton.ca/eib and www.cib2012.com.
Jill McKenzieCorporate Communications