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 VolunteerMark.com 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