Communities in Bloom
The City of Kelowna is proud to participate in Communities in Bloom, a national program designed to enhance the environment and beautification of Canadian municipalities.
Kelowna first competed in 1996, finishing second in the country. In 1998, we were selected as the winning city in our population category and have since gone on to win a number of national and international awards.
Annual participation is overseen by the Communities in Bloom Committee.
The City annually participates through a number of local programs:
Communities in Bloom
Participating cities choose to become involved in the annual competition that evaluates communities based on a series of environmental, aesthetic and community spirit criteria.
Kelowna was named national finalist in 1998 and 2003 and Canadian Classic national winner in 2006. The Canadian Classic Category pairs a national award-winning community with a first time community entrant in order to mentor them in the program.
Community in Bloom Awards
2009 - Mentor of the Year
2007 - Best Blooming Community
2007 - WinterLights
2006 - Canadian Classic
2003 - National Winner
2000 - International Challenge
1998 - National Winner
The Kelowna Beauty Spot program recognizes local individuals, businesses and communities that help make Kelowna beautiful through well thought-out and maintained private gardens. Gardens that have been recognized by the committee are marked with the Beauty Spot sign.
Green Thumb Awards
The Green Thumb Awards recognize individuals, neighbourhoods and businesses that beautify our community through their gardening and stewardship efforts. The Awards also raise awareness of the important role landscaping plays in our community and encourage others to participate.
List of 2015 Green Thumb Award winners
Kelowna has also seen success on the world stage:
- In 1999, Kelowna participated in the Worlds In Bloom competition as a member of Team Canada, placing second to England.
- In 2000, partnering with Solihull, England, Kelowna won the International Challenge team competition.
- In 2001, Kelowna placed second in the Nations In Bloom competition.
If you would like to help the Communities in Bloom Committee, please call 250 469-8503.