Editor’s note: Following is from the Greater Vernon Communities in Bloom Committee.
Winter is here and a great time to reflect on the past season and remember the long warm days of summer, once it finally arrived! July was a busy month for the Greater Vernon Communities in Bloom (CiB) committee. The judges arrived and were hosted to a few busy days in our community. To quote from the evaluation report, “From our first night in Vernon to the last moment the morning after the day of judging we were pleasantly surprised by all the little gems that popped up at every opportunity.”
Visits were made all over the community and just some of the highlights that were noted were the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, the Vernon Community Arts Centre, Polson Park, Spirit Square, Ukrainian Village, West Vernon Community Garden, Grey Canal Trails and the Farmers’ Market. Judges enjoyed the murals in downtown Vernon as well as the decorative covers on traffic signal controllers and a very special mention to Jade Freeman and her Trees Make a Difference program! If you are new to the area please make a point to visit these wonderful amenities and if you are already familiar with them, please take the time to revisit! We are very fortunate to live in an area with so much to offer.
CiB won the highest rating of Five Blooms after the evaluation July 20! Congratulations to all! The categories for judging are Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape, and Floral Displays.
In conjunction with the judges’ tour, CiB committee organized the Landscape and Garden Contest. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to those who won and were presented with plaques at the dinner. The gardens were amazing and one special one was done by a grandmother/granddaughter team, another with “found” garden items and the community garden at Ukrainian Village showed what can be accomplished in a garden in the North Okanagan!
Thank you to the sponsors, Food Action Society for the Edible Garden category, Art Knapp Plantland for Residential Garden, Swan Lake Nurseryland for Residential Patio, Caufields Engraving for Business/Commercial and Communities in Bloom for Residential Community category. We are planning another Garden Contest next summer, so start planning your garden now and enter!
This year’s winners: Business Commercial category, first place, The White House Wellness Centre; Residential Yard category, first place Marla and Aliyah Kelly; second place Jayne and Larry Hackman; third place George Yamada; Residential Community category, first place The Ukrainian Village, second place Coldstream Meadows; Residential Patio category, first place Margaret Nelson, second place Terry Kolmatycki, third place Fred Lyall; Edible Garden category, first place Elizabeth Moore.
To see some of the gardens, please visit YouTube, Vernon CiB.