A beloved tradition for gardeners, yard enthusiasts and community members, the Front Yards in Bloom program helps strengthen Edmonton’s community spirit and beautify our city.
A Front Yard in Bloom is a yard that showcases the best of nature, along with some human ingenuity! There have been so many beautiful gardens submitted over the years in each category, and the efforts of the gardeners are impressive.
A yard or garden with landscaping features and aesthetic appeal in front of a public building
This space can be located in front of a school, business, office building, multi-unit residence, church, community league, or volunteer association
Yards in the public spaces category must be accompanied by a street address to qualify - no city parks/parkettes, median gardens and trees, boulevard plantings or shrub beds. Exceptions can be made if the citizen gardener(s) can be named along with a mailing address (email email@example.com in these circumstances)
The Front Yards in Bloom Photo Contest is open to all Edmonton residents over 18, but anyone can participate in the voting process.
No purchase is necessary to vote for a nominee.
The chances of winning are based on the number of votes received via an online form in a certain period of time.
A yard must meet the criteria for the category (Natural, Edible, Tiny Yards, Balconies, Public Spaces, or General) for which it is nominated. A front yard must be visible from the street, which can include the yard in front of your residence, the piece of land in front of your school, or other public group meeting location.
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 a 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
Goals of the Program
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
History of the Program
Founded in 1999 by the Edmonton Horticultural Society, Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the City of Edmonton
Front Yards in Bloom was modelled after a similar program in Kitchener, Ontario
150 nominations received in the first year
Edmonton's Front Yards in Bloom is now the largest program of its kind in Canada