The City of Charlottetown will host the Communities in Bloom national judges from July 25 to 27, 2016.
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian 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 enhancement of green spaces. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada.
As a previous international winner, the City has entered the Class of Champions - Medium Category, and will be judged on qualities such as tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, and floral displays.
"The City of Charlottetown was honoured to be awarded with the Outstanding Achievement Award for the CN Urban Forestry in 2015," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "I am proud to live in a City where our residents demonstrate their civic pride and help us promote our green spaces, sustainable initiatives and beautification efforts."
The 2016 judges for the Class of Champions category are Lorna McIlroy and Mauro Paradisi. Lorna is a lifetime gardener and a retired teacher and Horticulturist from Grande Prairie, Alberta. She has been a national and international judge for the past twelve years. Mauro is Construction Manager for the City of Avigliana, Turin in Italy, currently managing the city’s floral displays, garden maintenance and pruning.
The judges evaluation of Charlottetown on July 26 and 27 with include a Heritage and Planning walking tour, presentation by IWMC, tour of Bell Aliant Centre, meeting with Associate Dean of the new UPEI School of Sustainable Engineering, visitation of natural areas and public gardens, meeting with Downtown Charlottetown Inc., as well as receive updates from city staff on urban forestry, sustainable initiatives, parks and recreation programming, etc.
"I want to extend a thank you to city staff and residents who help make the green spaces around Charlottetown so vibrant and colorful," said Councillor Terry Bernard, Chair of the City’s Public Works and Urban Beautification Committee. "We’re very pleased to continue to be part of the Communities in Bloom program this year, and encourage residents and visitors to take part in the Charlottetown Garden Tours in July and August to see the city in full bloom."
The results of the judging will be announced during the Communities in Bloom Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Regina, Saskatchewan between October 28 and 30, 2016
For more information, visit: www.communitiesinbloom.ca
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