Communities in Bloom 2015
The City received the overall win in the Class of Champions, plus special recognition for the City's Growth Management Plan and another "Five Bloom" Rating in the 2014 Communities in Bloom competition.
The City of Barrie competed in 2015 in the Grand Champions category, a competition between past winners who have won in the Population International Challenge and Class of Champions category. The cities Barrie is competing against: Boissevain-Morton, MB and Strathcona County, AB.
International CIB judges toured Barrie on July 21 and 22, 2015. 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 was also extended to all commercial and industrial businesses.
Open to Children: Container Gardening Contest
Little gardeners were also encouraged to showcase their green thumbs! The “Little Bloomers” Container Gardening Contest is open annually for children ranging in age from from 2–5 and 6–10. Their unique and colourful efforts were showcased during the community luncheon with the visiting judges on Wednesday July 22.
2015 Communities in Bloom (CIB) Events
May 22, 2015, 11:00 am
City Hall - 70 Collier Street, Barrie, Ontario
June 6, 2015, 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 21 and 22, 2015
Meet n’ Greet with International CIB Judges
July 22, 2015, 12:00 noon - Invitations will be forwarded to all registered participants.
CIB International Awards
September 30, 2015 -
City of Barrie’s CIB Municipal Awards Night
October 21, 2015 - Invitations will be forwarded to all registered participants.