Yarmouth to host 2019 Communities in Bloom symposium

Estimated 250-350 delegates from Canada, U.S., Europe and Asia to attend


Published on March 8, 2017

The Town of Yarmouth received an Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by Butchart Gardens, for a land reclamation project along Water Street in 2015.

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YARMOUTH - With two years to prepare, Yarmouth should be well positioned to host the 2019 Communities in Bloom symposium and awards ceremonies.

Yarmouth will be the smallest town to host the event, which typically attracts 250-350 delegates from all over Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. The event dates for 2019 are Sept. 25-28.

Sandy Dennis, chair of the Yarmouth Communities in Bloom (CIB) committee, says the event is a great opportunity to showcase Yarmouth on the world stage.

“The benefits of hosting this event from a tourism, economic development and marketing standpoint are significant,” she said.

“It's expected that the region will benefit from a lot of marketing from the event itself and the events leading up to it in particular this year in Ottawa where it will be held.”

Raymond Carrière, founding president for the national CIB, says Yarmouth was selected on the basis of its participation record in the annual competition, its   involvement of the community in the program and the partnership between the Town of Yarmouth and Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association.

“The annual national and international awards ceremonies along with the national symposium on parks and grounds are a unique opportunity for elected officials, parks and grounds professionals and community volunteers to learn and share about current issues, trends and challenges in horticulture and gardening, community tourism and projects, environmental awareness, and to showcase…and celebrate their achievements,” he said.

The symposium is designed for communities participating in the national edition and international challenge and also for any community/individuals wanting to learn about CIB and green spaces in general.

A Communities In Bloom judge stops for a photo in Sue Eldridge's garden.
Carla Allen

 

 

Yarmouth will be the smallest town to host the event, which typically attracts 250-350 delegates from all over Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

The Town of Yarmouth received an Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by Butchart Gardens, for a land reclamation project along Water Street in 2015. It also scored bronze in the Circle of Excellence (non-competitive) category for the streetscape upgrades on Hawthorn Street.
Carla Allen

Yarmouth’s past CIB wins

Yarmouth has been participating in Communities In Bloom competitions since 2006. In 2008, it was the provincial winner in its population category.  In 2010, it won the National Heritage Conservation Award.  In 2013 it was awarded the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association Environmental Action award, in addition to receiving the maximum rating of five blooms.

The Town of Yarmouth also received special mention/recognition for the Lost to the Sea Memorial.