Are you a Coquitlam resident, institution, or business owner with a garden or planter display that you’re particularly proud of? In celebration of the City’s 125th anniversary, the community is invited to submit photographs of their gardens, landscaping, or flowers to be included in the 125 Coquitlam Gardens photo gallery.
“It can be your front garden, back garden, or a pot on the balcony bursting with flowers or herbs,” says Kathleen Reinheimer, the City’s Manager of Parks. “Through a library of 125 photos we can display the community and civic pride that people express through their gardens. And we can show how much our community values their growing environment.”
As well as highlighting the City’s 125th anniversary celebrations, the 125 Coquitlam Gardens initiative ties in nicely with Coquitlam’s entry into the Community in Bloom competition. This national contest will rank Coquitlam compared to similar cities across Canada.
“You can imagine the difficulty for the judges to decide between, say, a city in Nova Scotia, or Alberta, and Coquitlam,” Kathleen laughs. “But the competition is about the City, residents, businesses, institutions, and organizations working together to make the community a better place. It’s about civic pride.”
In 2015, Coquitlam entered the provincial Communities in Bloom competition and came away with a “Five Bloom Award” and an overall mark of 88%. The 125 Coquitlam Gardens initiative combines the community’s pride in their gardens with helping make sure the City is literally blooming when the judges arrive in mid-July.
To participate, snap a shot of your garden or planter looking its best and email the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for photo submissions is October 31st, 2016.
Photos of gardens growing the dahlia, Coquitlam’s flower of the year for the City’s 2016 entry in the Communities in Bloom competition,are encouraged—but don’t include people due to privacy concerns.
A limited supply of dahlias will be handed out at events such as Neighbourhood Night June 23 at Riverview Park, Neighbourhood Night June 30 at Bramblewood Elementary, and Canada Day July 1 at Town Centre Park. Gardeners can visit the Coquitlam in Bloom tent at these events to receive a free dahlia in a one-gallon pot, while supplies last.
For more information on the 125 Coquitlam Gardens and the Coquitlam in Bloom program, check out the City’s website at www.coquitlam.ca/cib or call 604.927.3046. The City of Coquitlam can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.