Communities in Bloom
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization that promotes civic pride, environmental responsibility, and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program. The program involves the evaluation of communities' efforts to enhance their environment through a variety of criteria, including community appearance, environmental action, heritage conservation, tree management, plant & floral displays and landscaping.
2023 Colour of the Year
This year's colour is purple, magenta, violet, lilac, or fuchsia. The colour purple stands for royalty and is often used in flower gardens as a symbol of majesty. It also can symbolize power, ambition, and luxury. Many flowers and plants have purple blooms, including lavender, iris, petunias, verbena, salvia, lisianthus, dianthus, cyclamen, celosia, calibrachoa, aquilegia, pansies, and allium. From lilacs to coneflowers, from coast to coast, let's paint the country purple!
Communities in Bloom's Purpose
Communities in Bloom has long harnessed the power of engaging, passionate people – community-minded people with a vested interest in making their communities a better place to live.
Climate change is affecting our cities, our communities, and our homes and is changing the way we must design and build our urban landscapes. Yes, climate change is a global problem, but the effects hit us locally, where we live. Each city, town and community must then seek solutions and develop initiatives that are specific to their needs – on their streets, in their parks, playgrounds and schools, at all their green spaces, at every opportunity. Never have our living landscapes been so crucial to our collective health and well-being – thriving, contributing, working green spaces and places for people to gather and enjoy.
Urban green spaces such as gardens, parks, transportation corridors and woodlands provide a multitude of benefits to urban human populations and a vital habitat for wildlife. Here are some of the benefits of our urban green infrastructure:
- improve air and water quality
- limit the impact of heat waves by reducing urban temperatures
- provide a place for physical fitness and reduce urban stress
- enhance the health and well-being of people living and working in cities
- filters air and water, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change in our cities and reducing the likelihood of flooding by slowing and storing excess rainwater
January's Favourite Purple Plants
We start this year with three of our favourite purple plants. These early spring bloomers look fantastic and will avoid the January Blues.
- Muscari: These tiny blue grape Hyacinths pop up from the ground in early spring and bloom for approximately three weeks. These lovely flowers are among the first flower bulb to bloom during spring. If you haven't planted them in the fall, you will find potted Muscari at your local garden centre.
- Snowdrops: This popular early-spring flower blooms from January to March, depending on the weather and your climate zone. In warmer winters, they may pop up in December. When it's icy, they will hold back a little longer. These flowers make the most significant impact, creating a blanket of tiny flowers in purple, lilac and white.
- Hellebore: January is still the month of Hellebore. These Christmas Roses are showstopping, while other plants are mainly dormant. Add this Queen of Winter flowers to your borders, containers or planters and enjoy its beauty during the colder months of the year.
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How to Participate in Communities in Bloom?
Many communities, organizations and groups can participate in a Communities in Bloom program, with recognition and awards to showcase their accomplishments and efforts in maintaining or improving the environmental and aesthetical quality of the location.
If you're looking to get involved in your community and make a positive impact on the environment, Communities in Bloom is the perfect opportunity. Join the effort to create beautiful and sustainable communities across Canada and add a touch of purple to your community's garden.