Communities in Bloom — National Edition

Strathcona County has officially entered the 2023 Communities in Bloom National Edition and International Challenge!

The National Edition includes the categories of Population, Circle of Excellence, Class of Champions, Grand Champions, International Challenge, and Special Attractions.

The International Challenge involves winners from Communities in Bloom, Britain in Bloom, America in Bloom, Tidy Towns of Ireland, Japan in Bloom, Comuni Fioriti (Italy), Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, and other countries competing based on population categories. An international jury will evaluate communities based on the accomplishments of the municipality, its businesses and institutions, and citizens and community groups.

We can’t wait to get started and show how beautiful Strathcona County truly is!

Stay Up-to-Date with Strathcona in Bloom’s Newsletter

If you’re a fan of gardening and nature, you’ll love Strathcona in Bloom. Our organization is part of Communities in Bloom and is dedicated to making Strathcona County a beautiful and sustainable place to live. We work hard to promote community involvement in gardening, environmental stewardship, and beautification projects.

One of the best ways to stay in the loop with Strathcona in Bloom is by subscribing to our newsletter. Our quarterly newsletter is packed with updates on our activities and upcoming events as well as other gardening tips. Here are just a few reasons why you should sign up:

  1. Get the Latest News and Updates: Our newsletter is the best way to stay up-to-date on all of our activities. You’ll get the inside scoop on our latest projects, including our Front Yard, Public Spaces and Community Flowerbed programs as well as information about community gardens, tree planting initiatives, and more. Plus, you’ll be the first to know about upcoming events like plant sales, garden tours etc.
  2. Connect with Other Gardening Enthusiasts: When you subscribe to our newsletter, you’ll become part of a community of like-minded individuals who share your love of gardening and nature. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with other gardening enthusiasts, share your own tips and tricks, and learn from others.
  3. Be informed first of opportunities to volunteer with Strathcona in Bloom and contribute to the beauty across our community.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for Strathcona in Bloom’s newsletter today and stay in the loop on all of our activities. Together, we can make Strathcona County a more beautiful and sustainable place to live.

Board Members Needed

Strathcona in Bloom needs you!

Our Board is looking for some new members! As a Director of Strathcona in Bloom, you will participate in our monthly meetings (about eight per year with breaks over summer and Christmas) and help guide and direct the programs we offer. We have nearly 100 volunteers delivering our programs: our Front Yard recognition program, our Public Bed Planting program, and our Public Spaces program. We also participate in or conduct a few special events throughout the year.

As a Board member, you have a great opportunity to contribute to your community while developing contacts and friends. We are all about “Growing Community.”

Our Board page lists all the roles the board performs and provides links to more complete descriptions of the roles.

Currently, we are looking for a Treasurer as well as a Director at large.

If you’re interested or would like to find out more, please Contact Us.

Scotts Gro for Good Grants

Scott’s Canada has launched an initiative called the “Gro for Good Grants” in support of community gardens and green spaces across Canada. The initiative will provide grants to support the development and maintenance of community gardens and green spaces, as well as educational programs that promote sustainable gardening practices. The initiative is part of Scott’s Canada’s commitment to promoting sustainable gardening and to helping communities create vibrant green spaces that improve the health and well-being of residents. The Gro for Good Grants will be available to eligible organizations and community groups across Canada, and applications are now being accepted.

Only 200 applications will be accepted nationally for these $2500 grants.

Colour of the Year — 2023

Are you starting to dream about your garden this summer? Have you started pouring over seed catalogs looking for ideas for your plantings?

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Communities in Bloom nationally have chose PURPLE as the colour of the year for 2023.

Purple has a variety of effects on the mind and body, including uplifting spirits, calming the mind, enhanced feelings of spirituality and encouraging imagination and creativity.
From lilacs to coneflowers, from coast to coast, let’s paint the country purple!

We will all be watching for PURPLE across Strathcona County this summer. Let there be purple flowers but also purple cabbage, eggplant (can you grow it??), etc. etc. See what creative ways you can incorporate PURPLE in your garden this year.