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Front Yards in Bloom

Program Goals

  • Recognize our friends and neighbours' efforts to create more beautiful communities
  • Highlight the front yards that make Edmonton beautiful
  • Encourage all Edmontonians to help keep their neighbourhoods attractive places to live, work, and play
  • Engage Edmontonians who want to make Edmonton more beautiful
  • Raise awareness of Edmonton's participation in Communities in Bloom

About Front Yards in Bloom

  • Founded in 1999 by the Edmonton Horticultural Society, Canada Post, and the City of Edmonton to celebrate attractive front yards in Edmonton
  • Front Yards in Bloom was modelled after a similar program in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 150 nominations were received in the first year
  • Edmonton's Front Yards in Bloom is now the largest program of its kind in Canada
  • Anyone can nominate a front yard, but you can't nominate your own
  • In 2017, Front Yards in Bloom received 6,148 nominations.
  • Winners are announced at the annual Edmonton in Bloom Awards in August of each year
  • Front Yards in Bloom is a partner program run by the Edmonton Horticultural Society, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the City of Edmonton
  • Funding for Front Yards in Bloom comes entirely from sponsorship and donors

Volunteer Sign Delivery and Judging Process

  • Any Edmonton resident over the age of 18 can volunteer with Front Yards in Bloom
  • Volunteers are split between those who are members of the Edmonton Horticultural Society and city-recruits, including community league participants
  • Volunteer recruitment is through our account and neighbourhood assignments are throughout April and May
  • Basic guidelines for sign delivery:
    • A sign with a stake inserted and a brochure is delivered to every nominated address on the list we provide to the volunteer
    • If a yard does not meet the 25% flower cover or non-turf plants requirement, volunteers are required to let the program assistant know and the address will be removed from the nominated list.
    • Yards must have access, no locked gates or high fences that block public view. Volunteers are encouraged to let the program assisant know the addresses they do not deliver a sign to.
    • Volunteers deliver signs to both General and Tiny Yard category addresses
    • Volunteers are required to deliver only to addresses provided in a list from the program assistant
    • Attendance to a training session led by the Edmonton Horticultural Society is highly recommended for first-time volunteers. An invitation to this training session is included in the volunteer package sent out.
    • Signs and brochures are delivered in two phases: Early Bird round (June 15-30) and final round (July 1-15). Early bird rounds typically account for 10% of the total yards nominated.
    • Volunteers will pick up their program supplies at a designated public location and time, and this pick-up will be organized by the program assistant
    • No nominations will be accepted past the June 30 deadline without explicit permission from the program coordinator
    • At the end of the sign delivery and judging period, volunteers will be asked to provide their top 2 favourite yards from each neighbourhood they've been assigned to do
  • From July 16-July 20, the top 24 yards are determined by the Edmonton Horticultural Society
  • From July 21-Aug 2, the top 6 finalists and winners are determined by the Edmonton Horticultural Society and a set of VIP judges
  • The edible, natural and public spaces category are managed by a subset of volunteers from distinct groups, and the top 3 yards are determined for each by these groups.
  • A volunteer package (pdf document) is shared with each volunteer with these details and more guildelines
  • Balconies in Bloom is a photo contest without volunteers with final judging on social media 

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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