Communities in Bloom 2016
This was the City's 19th year participating in the Communities in Bloom competition. Barrie received a "Five Bloom Silver" rating in the Grand Champions category.
The City of Barrie competed in the 2016 Grand Champions category, a competition between past winners who have won in the Population International Challenge and Class of Champions category. Barrie competed against the Municipality of Boissevain-Morton, MB.
International CIB judges toured Barrie on July 26 and 27, 2016. The judges evaluated the city on the following criteria: floral displays, landscaped areas, urban forestry, tidiness, community involvement, heritage conservation, turf maintenance and environmental awareness projects, and any efforts towards protecting and conserving the environment.
Residents with gardens of all sizes were encouraged to register to participate in the competition. This invitation is also extended to all commercial and industrial businesses.
In the 2016 Communities in Bloom competition, the City received a "Five Bloom Silver" rating plus special mention for the Fruit Share Program. Barrie also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the CN Urban Forestry Award.
Little Bloomers Container Gardening Contest
Little gardeners are also encouraged to showcase their green thumbs! The “Little Bloomers” Container Gardening Contest is open annually for children ranging in age from 2–5 and 6–10. Their unique and colourful efforts are showcased during the community luncheon with the visiting judges on Wednesday July 27, 2016.
2016 Communities in Bloom (CIB) Events
Official Kick-Off: Flag Raising
June 3, 2016, 10:00 am
Centennial Park @ Lakeshore & Victoria St.
June 4, 2016, 10am–5pm
Kids of all ages will have an opportunity to plant a begonia and take it home to kick start their own garden.
International CIB Judges Barrie Tour
July 26 and 27, 2016
Meet n’ Greet with International CIB Judges
July 27, 2016, 12:00 noon - Invitations will be forwarded to all registered participants.
CIB International Awards
October 27-29, 2016 -
City of Barrie’s CIB Municipal Awards Night
September 21, 2016 - Invitations will be forwarded to all registered participants.