Happy New Year fellow bloomers!
Although 2021 is looking hopeful, there are still too many uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Because the health and safety of our families, staff, volunteers and judges remains our highest priority, CiB National has made the difficult decision to cancel the judges' evaluation tours portion of the 2021 National Edition and International Challenge.

CiB will, however, continue its commitment to provide guidance, advice, and assistance to support all of “our” communities with a 2021 Virtual Edition. The 2021 Virtual Edition will focus on helping our communities prepare for judging in 2022. Your community's personal invitation will be sent in the next week...keep an eye out for it in your email inbox!
What is the Hope is Growing campaign and
how can YOU get involved?

CiB and its partners are working together to summon everyone across Canada, and beyond, to create Hope Gardens for 2021.

Most people associate hope with a situation that they wish would end and that they could move past. Desmond Tutu once said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness. Hope whispers that things will get better.”

CiB is inviting you to join us in planting the seeds of hope in 2021. Across Canada and beyond, our goal is to see the land awash with gardens featuring yellow, the international colour of hope. Whether it’s flowers, fruits, shrubs or vegetables - just plant the seeds! From parks to playgrounds, front yards, back yards, balconies, baskets, boulevards, barrels and planters, wherever there’s an empty space to grow, there is room for a plant. Together we can, and we will, make this happen!

Everyone can take part, including municipalities, organizations, schools, colleges and universities, churches, clubs, businesses large or small, and individuals can participate by planting a Hope Garden and sharing photos on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @CibCef and using the hashtag #hopeisgrowing. From there you will become eligible for national, and global recognition, for your efforts!

Just as people around the world took up gardening in record numbers in 2020, we expect to see a yellow wash of hope growing around every corner in 2021. After all, the garden is where Hope is Growing!
Scotts Canada launches
2021 Gro for good Grants initiative
in support of Community Gardens and Green Spaces across Canada

Scotts Canada Limited proudly announces the 2021 edition of the Gro for good program to keep the spirit of community and connection to nature alive in Canada. The program provides grants to deserving communities, schools and non-profit organizations seeking to develop sustainable community gardens and green spaces. 

Gro for good grants are valued at $2,500 (cash plus in-kind product donation) and will be awarded to selected projects across Canada based on community impact, youth involvement and sustainability. Each recipient of a grant will also have the opportunity to compete for one additional grant of $2,500 in cash that will be awarded based on a social media contest hosted by Scotts Canada.

Scotts Canada is pleased to be offering this exciting grant opportunity to Canadian communities in partnership with Communities in BloomPlant · Grow · Share a Row and Nutrients for Life.

For further details on the Gro for good program, please visit: 

Get Ready for Canada's
After a year of work and consultation, the Canadian Garden Council invites you to celebrate the centennial of the birth of Canada’s horticultural industry as part of the Year of the Garden 2022.

As a member of Canada’s Garden Family, you are invited to take part!
This national program is designed to engage all Canadians in a year-long celebration of our country’s vibrant garden culture and horticultural heritage.
As we approach our 25th Festival, it is interesting to point out that Canada Blooms itself was considered an Anniversary Gift. 
In 1997, our founders The Garden Club of Toronto and Landscape Ontario were both approaching important anniversaries. The Garden Club, with 500 members, had the accumulated knowledge of 50 years of experience, and Landscape Ontario, while 25 years younger, had the strength of 1,200 members companies across the province.
The two organizations decided to join forces and stage a world-class flower and garden show, one that would bring together the entire horticulture and floriculture communities, and showcase the best products, services designs and talent for the public.
The idea of Canada Blooms was born, and after three years of planning, the first festival took place. Canada Blooms was also a gift to Toronto, for as a non-profit event, the proceeds from Canada Blooms went to a number of community garden projects and horticultural scholarships.
We have had to put our 2021 festival on hold, but you can still see some beautiful colour when you look for the Canada Blooms Plant of the Year – Aurora Borealis™, the third addition to Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection of roses coming this year, visit 49throses.com for more info.

We hope you will come celebrate with us in 2022.
Join Maple Creek Communities in Bloom for an evening of fun and entertainment as we celebrate 10 years together with special guest speaker, Mark Cullen!

Mark Cullen is a Canadian horticulturalist who is best known for his work on developing horticulture education in Canada and for his ability to explain how Canadians can protect the environment. He delivers a message that is compelling, fun, informative, and inspirational – all based on his sustainable approach to gardening. Mark will talk on the topic, “Escape to Reality – How gardening is changing the world, and the world is changing gardening.” There will be opportunity to ask Mark questions following his presentation.

In addition to our guest speaker, we will reveal the Flower of the Year for 2021 and review 2020’s winners for Yard of the Week, Business of the Month, and more!

Please register in advance! By registering for the Virtual Soiree, you will have your name entered to win some wonderful door prizes! The winners will be drawn Live during the event.

While we can’t be physically together at this time, Communities in Bloom wants to make sure everyone has the same experience during our Virtual Soiree. If you do not have a Facebook account or would like assistance finding the Virtual Soiree on Wednesday, January 27, please ask when you phone or email to register for the event!

To register, contact Savannah at the Maple Creek Visitor Centre by calling (306) 662-4005 or email: tourism@maplecreek.ca
Do you have a great volunteer you'd like us to celebrate?
Send the information to bloom@cib-cef.com and we'll feature them in an upcoming e-News, or on Social Media!
If you have any questions, please contact: 
Sonia Parrino
Program Coordinator
Communities in Bloom is made possible by the generous support of our
sponsors and partners. We wish to thank them for their contribution
to the quality of life and civic pride in Canadian communities. 
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