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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, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, 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
  • In 2020, Front Yards in Bloom received 5,600 nominations.
  • Winners are announced at the annual Edmonton in Bloom Awards in August of each year
  • Funding for Front Yards in Bloom comes entirely from sponsorship and donors

Guidelines

  • Anyone can nominate a front yard.
  • You can't nominate your own yard, but you can ask a friend or neighbour to nominate your yard. For Balconies in Bloom, we accept self-nominations and third-party nominations in the form of photo submissions.
  • Yards and gardens should be connected or adjacent to a residence or building that has a mailing address.
  • Please consult Alberta's Regulated Weeds list before planning your garden or nominating a garden that may include these species. Yards with weeds may still receive a nomination sign, but volunteer judges use the presence of weeds as one of their criteria for considering a yard for an award.
  • Front yards in bloom will have "curb appeal", and so should be in full view from the sidewalk - not hidden with wooden fence or locked gates.
  • Yards should have easy access to the walkway of the yard for volunteers to place a sign and deliver a brochure (no locked fences or gates).
  • Yards must contain at least 25% non-turf plants. While green lawns are quite common in Edmonton, our volunteers are placing signs only in yards where other types of plants add beauty to the area.

2020 Nomination and Finalist Selection Process

  • From May 20 to June 30, nominations were received through online submissions.
  • From July 4-19, volunteers delivered signs and brochures to nominated yards:
    • Guidelines for sign delivery:
      • A sign with a stake inserted and a brochure were delivered to every nominated address on the list we provided to volunteers.
      • If a yard did not meet the 25% flower cover or non-turf plants requirement, volunteers were required to let the program assistant know and the address was removed from the list.
      • Yards must have direct access and no locked gates or high fences that block public view. Volunteers let the program assistant know which addresses they could not deliver a sign to.
      • Volunteers delivered signs to nominees in all categories.
      • At the end of the sign delivery and judging period, volunteers were asked to provide up to three of their favourite yards from each neighbourhood that they were assigned to.
  • From July 21 to August 2, the top finalists will be determined by a subset of volunteers from supporting groups of experts, and then the top three to six yards will be determined for each category.

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

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Telephone

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

TTY 780-944-5555

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