‘Communities in Bloom is a provincial and national program that recognizes community participation in projects involving beautification, heritage, and environmental awareness. This is a great opportunity for communities to generate civic pride and local participation, while gaining recognition across the country.’ Read more.
Gardening with Native Plants & Planting Civic Pride Report:
Outlook, Sk – January 16, 2020
Community Host/Partner- Outlook & District Arts Council & Outlook Rec Department
I think my face still hurts from smiling! Despite the cold weather we had an amazing turn out and time in Outlook on a chilly January night! Thank you to our community partners the Outlook Recreation Department, the Outlook and District Arts Council and Broderick Garden Centre for making this event come to fruition. Our 40+ guests sure did appreciate a night out full of inspiration, education and community socializing!
To start the night, Andrew Exelby shared his passion for the Communities in Bloom (CiB) program. He is the Program Coordinator with the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association. He spoke on the different areas of adjudication and how different communities go about reaching these goals. One of my favourite examples was a community that distributed copies of pages of a children’s book alongside walking and bike paths! Families traveled along reading the book and wandering through the paths to find the next page. A great way to celebrate active movement, the outdoors and reading together! High fives all around!
The highlight of the evening was definitely Author, Entertainer, and Gardening Guru, Lyndon Penner. With great wit and enthusiasm he shared his love of gardening using native plants. One of my favourite quotes…
“When I am in Waterton I feel like Julie Andrews spinning around singing in a floral gown… but really friends if you want your native garden to look like that you have got to give it time… and lower your expectations. Waterton has been working on that look since like… the ice age, seriously!
All comedy aside, Lyndon really did encourage the use of natural plants, planted in their natural state. He wants us to look outside and use the colour palettes that mother- nature has put together so eloquently for us. He was also very keen to remind us not to head out with a shovel and grab plants from the wild. He suggests propagating stems, roots and seeds and/or purchasing from local greenhouses which will purchase from hardy climates.
Following the presentation we headed next door to the Outlook & District Arts Council Gallery to share in community fellowship, drink some beautiful punch and snack on lovely local appetizers while taking in the beautiful Saskatchewan travelling exhibition called “selfie”. A juried exhibition of works in ceramic that explore the concept of self.
We thank everyone who braved the cold to join us and hope you have fun planning and prepping for your spring garden! Remember, “If you aren’t having fun, you are doing it wrong.”
Thank You! – Aileen Martin, Community Consultant
2019 Provincial Communities in Bloom Award Winner:
Congratulations to the town of Outlook upon receiving the Communities in Bloom award for the population category of 2001-3000. Outlook received 3 blooms with special mention for the Highway 4-Way Stop Greenspace. Read more about it here.
Photo: L-R: Andrew Exelby, SPRA Consultant & Jordy Jones, Outlook Recreation Director
2019 National Communities in Bloom Award Winners:
This year, Saskatchewan was proudly represented by the communities of Indian Head, Kinistino, Maple Creek and Melfort. Their achievements were recognized at the Communities in Bloom National Symposium on Parks and Grounds, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on September 28, 2019. The results of Saskatchewan’s Communities in Bloom program will be announced on October 18, 2019 at the SPRA Awards Gala in North Battleford.