On Sept. 11, 2013 a celebration was held at Benvoulin Heritage Church to honour the winners of the “Green Thumb Garden Contest 2013”.
The Communities in Bloom Committee has been working hard on various projects over the years. One of them is the annual “Green Thumb Garden Contest” sponsored by Kelownaʼs Parks Services. They call for nominations from the public and send out Communities in Bloom judges (Master Gardeners and experienced gardeners from their committee) to look at all nominations, assess them and pick the winners.
Mayor Gray welcomed the guests warmly and spoke about our cityʼs involvement with Communities in Bloom. Communities in Bloom is a national, international and provincial non-profit organization rewarding outstanding efforts by cities in the horticultural field and community spirit. Kelowna has won many contests over the years and has been awarded “5 blooms”, the ultimate honour.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS:
Best Large Garden – Jacqueline and Richard Bullock
Best Small Garden – Kris and Ed Allan
Best Medium Sized Garden – Tony and Conni Goncalves
Best Xeriscape Garden – Frank and Sally Stariha
Best Vegetable Garden – Martin and Donna Cook
Best Large Commercial Landscaping – White Spot
Best Small Business Landscaping – Dr. Gregory McCloskey
Best Multi-Unit Residential Landscaping – Heritage Housing Society
Best Gated Community – Bennett Estates
Best Seniors’ Residence Landscaping – Northwood Retirement Resort
Best Church Garden – St. Michael’s Cathedral
Best School Garden – Spring Valley Middle School
Best Community Project – Cottonwoods Serenity Garden
Award for Urban Forestry – Bottega Co.
Gardener of the Year – Victor Good
Most Dedicated Gardener – Mike Boutin
Best Block – Rowcliffe Ave from Richter to Ethel St