Amherstburg receives “Five Blooms” from Communities in Bloom judges

 

The Town of Amherstburg received a 5 Blooms – Bronze rating and a special mention for Educational Value of Plantings during the 2017 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Ottawa-Gatineau, National Capital Region.

The community also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Communities in Bloom Canada 150 Award (large community).

The Town of Amherstburg participated in the 15,001 – 50,000 population category along with Ontario municipalities such as Cobourg, Leamington and Orangeville as well as Mission, British Columbia and Dorval, Quebec.

Over the summer, trained volunteer judges travelled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector – including volunteer efforts – in regards to the following criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays.

Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Lorna McIlroy and Normand Fleury wrote: “As one of the oldest and prettiest communities in south-west Ontario, Amherstburg is home to 3 National Historic Sites, unique Boblo Island, impressive architecture and spectacular floral displays and plantings.  Visitors to the information centre at the town’s north entrance are greeted with names on all the plantings and this practice of horticultural labelling continues throughout the town.  Herbs are named and more than 225 varieties of hostas are clearly labelled.   The rhododendron garden has an additional educational component as it is a partnership between the Amherstburg Rhododendron Committee and St. Clair College.  In addition, six free guided garden tours are scheduled by the Parks Manager each year in the Kings Navy Yard Park to share information and tips with attendees.”

Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.

“It is an honor for Amherstburg to be recognized on a National level for the efforts of our residents and staff to be good stewards in our communities. We need to continue to work towards keeping our spaces healthy and viable for future generations. Especially rewarding was the Canada 150 Award. It was an exceptional year for programming in celebrating this very special anniversary,” commented Mayor Aldo DiCarlo.

For a complete list of the results and the electronic copy of the Communities in Bloom magazine, please visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca

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