Ottawa our Capital and Communities in Bloom 2013

Over the past 5 days I had the opportunity to travel to Ottawa to be part of the Communities in Bloom National Symposium. It is a national competition showcasing some of the most amazing communities in Canada and across the world. Bay Roberts won the Newfoundland Tidy Towns title for a few years back which permitted us the honor to become part of the CIB family. We have a long history with this organization as there was once a winter component, as a result, The Town of Bay Roberts were two times National Winterlights Champions, these trophies are still displayed proudly in my office. We do know that the Communities in Bloom movement is more competitive, the judging is very detailed, as a result we must take all the information the judges give us and use it, plan with it, let it empower us. This year we scored a 80%, which means 4 blooms, this is a good score for a community but honestly only sets a benchmark for the coming years. The town is working on many projects to help enhance our community, having the opportunity to travel to the CIB Symposium affords us the chance to learn, become empowered and motivated to make our community more beautiful, environmental, and functional. I am very proud of Bay Roberts and the many volunteers who help make our town our home and a place to be proud of. Upon returning to Bay Roberts, I look forward to working with these volunteers, and seeking new ones to help us move forward by using the judging comments and recommendations. (Thank you our CIB Judges, Berta and Jim)
Below are some pictures of some of the technical tours we took while here in Ottawa, they are a source of inspiration and motivation for the future.

Farms are part of our past and certainly our future, I was inspired by the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum

Farms are part of our past and certainly our future, I was inspired by the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum


Rideau Hall is a treasure, especially how it preserves history by the use of gardens, and plantings to celebrate history and those who visited over the years.

Rideau Hall is a treasure, especially how it preserves history by the use of gardens, and plantings to celebrate history and those who visited over the years.


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Some wonderful colors still remaining at the Governor Generals home. Rose garden is almost ready for winter it seems, but is still beautiful.
Trees have been commemorated with a plaque for years for visiting royalty and heads of state. This can certainly apply to any community, I think we will use it!!

Trees have been commemorated with a plaque for years for visiting royalty and heads of state. This can certainly apply to any community, I think we will use it!!


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