Communities in Bloom 2016
The City received another "Five Bloom" rating plus special recognition for Excellence in Sports Field Maintenance in the 2016 Communities in Bloom competition.
The City of Barrie is competing 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 will be competing against the Municipality of Boissevain-Morton, MB.
International CIB judges will tour Barrie on July 26 and 27, 2016. The judges will evaluate 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 are encouraged to register to participate in the competition. This invitation is also extended to all commercial and industrial businesses.
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.