Funding for Front Yards in Bloom comes entirely from sponsorship and donors
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.