What you can do to help
- Business owners can sweep and weed in front of their shop, and tidy up flower boxes. Any cigarette butts should be swept up.
can beautify their residence by mowing the lawn, tidying up floral
displays, and weeding the sidewalk in front of their homes.
In 2011, the Municipality of Jasper was a finalist in the National Communities in Bloom Competition in the 3,001 to 7,500 population category. Our community received a 4 Bloom rating and a special mention for the Student Banner Project.
CiB 2011 National Results
People, Plants and Pride... Growing Together
Each year, the organizing committee seeks public involvement for various
community programs and projects. It doesn’t happen without you!
In 2010, the Municipality of Jasper won the Alberta Provincial Winner title in the
2,001 to 6,000 residents category, earned 5 blooms and received a
special mention for Environmental Awareness.
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization promoting
civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification. The
program also provides an opportunity to improve quality of life,
encourage community participation, and protect and promote green spaces.
In Alberta, communities can participate in either the provincial or
national edition of the program. Communities are categorized by
population and are evaluated following eight criteria:
- Overall cleanliness of green spaces, medians, boulevards, sidewalks, streets, etc.
- Environmental Action
- Sustainable development, waste reduction measures, landfill sites, recycling initiatives, water source and treatment, etc.
- Community Involvement
- Horticulture and garden clubs, recreation and sports clubs, school children, teens, seniors, municipal workers, etc.
- Heritage Conservation
- Natural heritage management, preservation and restoration of buildings, homes, churches, monuments, artifacts, etc.
- Urban Forestry
- Distribution of trees, inventory, variety, suitability, new plantings, main street programs, etc.
- Location and use, balance of plants, materials and constructed elements, harmony, colour, texture, shapes, tasteful integration, maintenance, etc.
- Floral Displays
- Arrangements of flowers and plants, originality, distribution, location, diversity and balance, quality and maintenance of flower beds, etc.
- Turf and Groundcovers
- Quality, naturalization, use of groundcovers and wildflowers, turf management, fertilization programs, irrigation, water restrictions, etc.
The Communities in Bloom program offer multiple benefits, such as an increased sense of civic pride and a chance for community involvement. It is an opportunity for participants from all walks of life to work with and create relationships with local groups, organizations, businesses and municipal government.
For more information on the Communities in Bloom program, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.