Communities in Bloom
The City of Charlottetown often participates in the National Communities In Bloom program each year. Communities in Bloom is a national program committed to fostering civic pride, environment responsibility, beautification, and improving the quality of life through community participation and the challenge of a national competition.
For information on Communities in Bloom and the National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies, please contact the Mayor's Office at 902-566-5548 or visit the national website at www.communitiesinbloom.ca
Check out the City of Charlottetown's 2015 Communities in Bloom Profile
Make Charlottetown Bloom
Check out the photos of our Capital City: The 2015 Communities in Bloom 2015 Slide Deck
Charlottetown recognized at 2012 Communities in Bloom national award ceremony
The City of Charlottetown, in partnership with Communities in Bloom, encourages residents each year to apply or nominate entrants for the Make Charlottetown Bloom program. The program is designed to reward those who maintain buildings and landscapes within City limits. Businesses and residents can enter themselves or nominate someone else. Entries are judged based on design, variety, colour, unique features and maintenance. For more information on Make Charlottetown Bloom, contact: 902-566-5548.
Make Charlottetown Bloom Categories:
All categories will be judged on design, variety, colour, unique features, and maintenance.
Commercial Properties - This category will be judged on the visual appeal the garden adds to the establishment.
Institutional Properties - This category includes schools, churches, nursing homes and daycare centres.
Birds & the Bees - This category includes garden features that specifically enhance the quality of habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects.
Flower Gardens - This category includes all types of residential flower gardens on the property.
Window Boxes, Planters & Hanging Baskets - This category focuses on creativity used in gardening outside of traditional flower beds.
Water Wise Property - A water wise garden includes properties that conserve water, collect water or retain water.
Irene Rogers Pocket Gardens - This category is designed for those City residents who have improved the small space of land between their property and the sidewalk.
Edible Gardens - This category will be judged on the number of edibles being grown, but will also take into consideration the aesthetics of the garden.
Curb Appeal - This category considers what the property looks like from the curb. It will include everything that can be seen in the front yard such as hardscaping, the look and design of the home and landscaping design (plantings of trees/shrubs, perennials and annuals).
Children and Youth Gardens - In this category we are looking for gardens that are planted, weeded and watered by children or youth, ages 18 or younger.
Adopt A Corner - Businesses in the downtown can adopt a corner and spruce it up with a garden. A program started by Downtown Charlottetown Inc.
Mayor's Award - This award will be presented by the Mayor of the City of Charlottetown to the owner of one city residential property in recognition of the overall improvement to their home and grounds.
Make Charlottetown Bloom Contest Rules:
- The property must be located within the city limits and all improvements must be in compliance with City Bylaws.
- Judges may redirect entries to a more appropriate category.
- Public nominations are welcome but nominators are asked to include their own names.
- No artificial flowers are permitted.
- Judges reserve the right not to award a prize in any category.
- The decision of the judges is final.
- Only work done since last year's program will be considered except where noted.
Awards will be presented at the Make Charlottetown Bloom Awards evening in the late summer. Citizens are encouraged to nominate a neighbour whom they consider worthy of an award in any of the categories.
Make Charlottetown Bloom Entry Form:
Make Charlottetown Bloom Entry Form (PDF Version)
Make Charlottetown Bloom Winners
Make Charlottetown Bloom Awards Night 2015 Presentation