Mona Boyd Parks Horticulture Foreperson (705) 739-4220 ext.4826
Communities in Bloom Hotline (705) 739-4294
Communities in Bloom Website
Communities in Bloom Photo Album
In 2019, the City received a 5 Blooms – Silver rating and a special mention for the Tall Trees Park Forestry Education Initiative."The City of Barrie can be truly congratulated for how it engages and celebrates forward-looking parks design, floral excellence and city events with its citizens.” ~ Judges Alex Pearl and John Lohuis
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and an annual national program that challenges communities to enhance green spaces.
Cancellation Notice Communities in Bloom will not be taking place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2019 was the City's 22nd year participating in the
Communities in Bloom competition. Barrie participated in the International Challenge Large Category. Participants showed community pride and kept Barrie blooming! All Barrie residents, community groups and interested partners were encouraged to register to participate. Projects could be any size, no project is too small!
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 2–5 and 6–10. Their unique and colourful efforts were showcased during the community luncheon with the visiting judges on Wednesday July 24th, 2019.
National CIB judges Alex Pearl and John Lohuis toured Barrie on July 23 and 24, 2019. They evaluated the accomplishments of the whole community (municipal, corporate and individual citizens) on the following criteria: landscaped areas; floral arrangements; tidiness effort; urban forestry development; environmental effort; and heritage conservation.
Alex Pearl, Educator in Centreville, Ohio USA Alex Pearl, Centerville, Ohio has been an America in Bloom judge since AIB's inception. He is among the founding individuals. Alex's affiliation began as a judge during AIB's 2001 pilot program under the tutelage of Communities in Bloom. Read MoreRead More
Regardless of whether you chose to register, below are tips for residents and businesses to help Barrie dazzle the judges on July 23 and 24, 2019:
Tidy Up: Pull those weeds, sweep your sidewalk and pick up litter in neighbourhood green spaces, vacant lots and local parks.
Show Off your Creativity: Spruce up your flowerbeds, baskets and planters. No project is too small!
Respect our Environment: From policies and by-laws to naturalization projects, any effort towards protecting and conserving the environment will help impress the judges!
Join the Community: Judges look for public involvement in the beautification and betterment of our community. Horticulture clubs, sports and recreation clubs, service groups, municipal staff, and local business involvement all score points.
Celebrate our Heritage: This category includes heritage policies, by-laws and management plans; preservation and restoration of buildings, structures and sites and
Support Urban Forestry Efforts: Judges also examine trees and woodlots, both young and old, for variety, suitability, planting, preservation and care.
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