We are excited to announce that the 2022 National Edition and International Challenge evaluation tour begins on June 18th in Ingria Italy, and will conclude on August 24th in Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada. CiB Judges look forward to learning more about the achievements of communities participating in this years CiB program as they develop civic pride, mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, enhance green spaces, strengthen neighborhoods, and increase investment opportunities and tourism. Safe travels to all!
Join us for our 2022 CiB Webinar Series! 
These webinars are open to all and no fee to attend but space is limited.
Register today!

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2022 Gro for Good

The results are in, and we are thrilled to announce our 2022 Gro for Good grant recipients!! Each of these deserving communities is being awarded a $2,500 grant to help them continue to develop sustainable gardens and greenspaces in their communities!
Congratulations to the following projects and organizations that are receiving a grant :
  • Educational Pollinator Indigenous Carbon Capture (EPICC) Garden, Lacombe Composite High School Ecovision, Lacombe, AB
  • Intergenerational Garden, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie, Seniors Network, Maple Ridge, BC
  • XPAND-XTEND, Fredericton Community Services-Greener Village/Fredericton Foodbank, Fredericton, NB 
  • Victory Garden, Western Fair District, London, ON
  • Legacy Goodwill Community, PEI Farm Centre, Charlottetown, PE
  • Mon coin du ciel, Nouveau Chapitre 18-35 ans du diocèse d’Edmundston, Edmundston, NB
We are also happy to announce that the 2022 Gro for Good Grant Winners School Garden Edition have been selected.

The following schools are receiving a $1,000 grant:
  • École Saint Famille/ Aux Trois Chemins, Thurso QC
  • Dr. Anne Anderson High School, Edmonton AB
  • Admiral Seymour Elementary School, Vancouver BC
  • Parkland Public School, Sault Ste.Marie ON
  • King Street Elementary, Miramichi NB
  • Maryfield School, Maryfield SK
The Gro for Good, School Garden Edition (for 2022 only) grants are part of Scotts Canada’s commitment to support green space solutions that improve and help our youth and communities connect outdoors and enjoy the benefits of gardening. Public greenspaces offer numerous life-changing benefits for the neighborhoods in which they are created. Thank you to all of the teachers and volunteers who make growing school gardens an educational, hands- on experience for your students. We look forward to watching all your school gardens grow.
Dear friends of Communities in Bloom,
In October we will be celebrating our annual Symposium in Victoria, BC from October 20th to the 23rd. We are incredibly excited about coming together in person again after a 2-year hiatus. We look forward to recognizing and celebrating all participants and learning how each community has thrived as a result of the Communities in Bloom (CiB) process.  
In addition to our Symposium, we will also coordinate a month-long online virtual auction that will start October 1st and conclude October 31st
The CiB Online Auction is a special fundraiser that provides a two-fold purpose: the opportunity to enhance the showcasing of your community and a chance to support the Communities in Bloom program. Proceeds will go to Communities in Bloom, which supports: student bursaries in post-secondary education programs; environmental youth and green initiatives, workshops, seminars, and other educational content on the value of green spaces in society. 
To make this fundraiser a memorable one, we’re asking for your support. We’re looking for items to include in the auction. Items could be garden related or they could be gift certificates to a favorite restaurant. They could be trees and shrubs or they could be a cottage rental for a week in one of Canada’s vacation destinations. We’re open to all of your creative ideas that will ensure great success for Communities in Bloom and the legacy it provides.
If this is something you would be able to help with or know someone who can help, we would ask you to please complete our auction donation form before September 15th so we can get your product and donation onto the CiB auction website as soon as possible.
We also have sponsorship opportunities through our auction. Our Online Auction in 2021 was a great success, and we anticipate even more guests and bidders from across the country bidding on great items supporting the Communities in Bloom program. Perusing the auction site takes time and sponsoring this auction will ensure your brand is recognized by many Communities in Bloom supporters and for a significant amount of time as well. If this is something you would be interested in getting involved with, send Rebecca a note about CiB Auction Sponsorship at rebecca@cib-cef.com to discuss.
Thank you for taking the time to consider our requests. We’re thrilled you are part of the CiB family and are looking forward to hearing back from you.
Susan Ellis, Chair, Communities in Bloom

Equinox Environmental is proud to partner with Communities in Bloom as the Official Supplier of planters and waste management containers. Equinox Environmental is offering all participants a 10% discount on all orders. Please visit their website for more information.
Communities in Bloom (CiB) and Mark’s have partnered to offer 10% off regular priced items to all National and Provincial Registered Communities, contact your provincial liaison or the CiB National Program Specialist to get your voucher!
CiB is busy preparing for our Symposium and Awards in Victoria BC this Fall, and looks forward to visiting Wood Buffalo AB in 2023.

Communities in Bloom would like to invite you to submit an application to host a future Communities in Bloom Symposium and Awards event. We have prepared the RFP for the 2024-2026 years. If your community is interested, please complete the RFP and return it to the Program Specialist at bloom@cib-cef.com before June 30th 2022.
Join us for the 2022 National Symposium on Parks & Grounds and
National & International Awards Ceremonies
in Victoria, British Columbia Canada from
October 20-23, 2022, celebrating the “Year of the Garden”
We would be pleased to showcase your achievements and
to celebrate your bloom rating and level.
 Host Hotel:  Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour

728 Humboldt Street Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3Z5  
Tel: 250-480-3800
Special Group Room Rate: $189.00 – $209.00 CAD per night
Cut-off date: September 22nd 2022
The registration form and final program will be available in June, stay tuned!
If not, we hope that YOU will invite your municipality to do so to demonstrate its support for its garden community and all the benefits that gardens and gardening bring to their communities. To help you, here is a link to an invitation, a proclamation template, and a presentation on the Year of the Garden 2022.
Send this to your councillor or mayor with an email explaining why you feel your municipality should celebrate the Year of the Garden 2022, National Garden Day and be a Garden-Friendly City.
This national program is designed to engage all Canadians in a year-long celebration of our country’s vibrant garden culture and horticultural heritage.
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 Specialist
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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