Communities in Bloom
In 2007, and again in 2008, Carleton Place received a 5-Bloom rating (the highest possible) from the Ontario Communities in Bloom program with special mention for the adaptive re-use of Heritage Buildings and a special award for receiving the highest score in Urban Forestry in the Province!
What makes Carleton Place a 5 Bloom community? Everything from floral displays, to environmental awareness, to landscaped areas, and of course, most importantly our community involvement. Not only does Communities in Bloom make Carleton Place a more beautiful town, it provides the foundation for community members to work together as a team in order to reach a common goal that benefits the entire town. Carleton Place was awarded the title of a 5-Bloom Community in 2008, the highest ranking possible in the Communities in Bloom contest. We can all help maintain our 5-Bloom status by mowing our lawns, tidying the curb side in front of your home, picking up litter and planting big, beautiful, colourful flowers in your garden.
What is Communities in Bloom?
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, beautification and to improving quality of life through community participation and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the protection and promotion of green spaces.
The program consists of communities receiving information and being evaluated either provincially or nationally by a volunteer jury of trained professionals on the accomplishments of their entire community (municipal, private, corporate and institutional sectors, citizens) on eight key criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Awareness, Community Involvement, Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscaped Areas, Floral Displays, and Turf & Groundcovers. (taken from the CIB website at http://www.communitiesinbloom.ca/
Special Programs initiated by the Carleton Place in Bloom Committee include:
In May, committee members visited Grade 1 classes in Carleton Place and planted sunflowers with the children. During the visit, Robynne Eagan read her story book, The Sunflower, to the children.
Victoria School Museum Garden
The garden is maintained with heritage period plantings by volunteer members of the Carleton Place and District Horticultural Society.
Sidewalk Chalk Drawings
During the Bridge Street Bazaar on the August long weekend, children will be invited to create their own chalk garden drawings on Bridge Street.
This is the first year for the Community Garden at the Victoria School Museum. Members of the community of all ages have expressed an interest in planting and maintaining vegetable and flower plots.
Carleton Place in Bloom designed and facilitated the planting of the concrete planters in partnership with the BIA, and the Carleton place and District Horticultural Society.
Carleton Place in Bloom Committee
c/o Wendy LeBlanc
Phone: (613) 253-0019