Making Alberta beautiful: It’s a blooming good idea

Dozens of volunteers, such as Audrey Petruk (left) and Claudette Stetsko in Redwater, help make Communities in Bloom a success.
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Drought or not, Alberta’s Communities in Bloom must go on and earlier this month, a host of communities was recognized for their efforts to brighten up their towns and villages.

Earlier this summer, volunteer judges toured participating Alberta communities to evaluate them on six criteria: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape, and floral displays.

Each category is worth 150 to 200 points (for a total of 1,000 points), but evaluated communities are assigned a “bloom rating.” It takes a score of 55 per cent just to get one bloom, and hitting the 5 Bloom level requires a score of 82 per cent or better.

The village of Delia won 5 Bloom honours and first place for communities of 500 or fewer residents. Glenwood and Rosalind each scored 4 Blooms.

x photo: Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

Coronation, Bon Accord, and Spirit River all earned 5 Blooms for towns of 501 to 2,000 residents, with Coronation earning the title of category winner. Irricana had 4 Blooms.

In the 2,001- to 6,000-resident category, Provost edged St. Paul, with both earning 5 Blooms. Barrhead had 4 Blooms and Fox Creek had 3 Blooms.

Cold Lake had 5 Blooms and won the 6,001- to 15,000-resident category.

Several communities wanted to be evaluated — which means paying the judges’ travelling expenses — but didn’t want to compete. Redwater had 5 Blooms while Morinville, Ponoka, and Wabamun all earned 4 Blooms.

For more information about the Communities in Bloom program, visit

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