The City of Charlottetown, in partnership with Communities in Bloom, is encouraging residents to apply or nominate entrants for the 19th annual Make Charlottetown Bloom program.
The program is designed to reward those who maintain buildings and landscapes within City limits. Businesses and residents can self-nominate or nominate someone else.
"Charlottetown is a beautiful place to live and one of the reasons for that is because we have businesses, residents and organizations who invest time and effort into vibrant gardens and green spaces to enhance neighbourhoods and communities throughout the Capital City," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Make Charlottetown Bloom gives us an opportunity to acknowledge those who have put the work in and have helped us to better our community."
The prize for First Place is a Communities in Bloom decorative plaque stone. Second Place will receive a Communities in Bloom decorative shelf stone.
Entries are judged based on design, variety, colour, unique features and maintenance. Some of the categories include: commercial (business, institutional and apartment properties); flower gardens; edible gardens; neighbourhood pride; and environmentally friendly gardens, such as those requiring low maintenance and limited use of water.
First-place winners from 2013 are not eligible to enter that same category for a one-year period, but are eligible to enter other categories.
The Mayor’s Award will be presented by Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee to the property owner that demonstrates the best overall improvement to their home or grounds.
"Communities in Bloom is a fantastic national program and we’ve been so happy to work with the organization over the years. As part of that, we created the Make Charlottetown Bloom program to provide an opportunity to celebrate with our local community, " said Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadye. "We encourage everyone to consider submitting a nomination form either for themselves or someone else for Make Charlottetown Bloom, and we look forward to honouring the 2014 winners at the awards ceremony in September. We hope members of our community will join us."
The deadline for Make Charlottetown Bloom nominations is Friday, July 18. Judging will take place between August 2 and August 16. The results will be shared at an awards ceremony on September 11, 2014.
Registration forms can be picked up at City Hall and will also be available in The Guardian newspaper on June 28 and July 5. Contest rules are available at: Charlottetown.ca by clicking on the Communities in Bloom button.
For more information on Make Charlottetown Bloom, contact the Mayor’s Office at: 902-566-5548 or email Jill Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Communities in Bloom:
Communities in Bloom is a non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the promotion of green spaces in community settings. The City of Charlottetown often participates in the National Communities In Bloom program each year. In 2014, the City of Charlottetown is not entering the competition, but will be hosting the National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies from September 17 to September 20. The Mayor’s Welcome Reception and Flag Exchange Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
For information on Communities in Bloom and the National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 566-5548 or visit the national website at www.communitiesinbloom.ca
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