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Communities in Bloom

People, plants and pride...  growing together

  • Strathcona in Bloom SocietyInternational Champion Banner
  • Pitch-in
  • Arbor Day
  • Garden competitions
  • Flower beds
  • Great Strathcona Exchange
  • Hazardous Waste Round-up
  • Composting and Recycling

Purpose of Communities in Bloom

The society endeavors to beautify Strathcona County and Sherwood Park through the efforts of County staff, volunteers, businesses and by encouraging the efforts of private home owners.

Help make your community bloom - become a VOLUNTEER with Strathcona in Bloom

  • Help plant and maintain a community flower bed 
  • Plant your own yard and watch our community bloom
  • Compost and recycle
  • Plant trees
  • Watch for new ways to help us work towards success in our ongoing involvement
  • Get involved in the Strathcona in Bloom Executive
  • Nominate a neighbour in the front yard competition

What we are judged on:

1. Tidiness

  • Pitch-in
  • Road side clean-up
  • Parks maintenance
  • Graffiti removal

2. The environmental actions in our community

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  • Backyard composter sales 
  • Recycling and Christmas tree pick-up
  • Curb side clear bag composting
  • Newspaper pick-up 
  • Great Strathcona Exchange
  • Hazardous waste drop-off
  • Naturalization of parks
  • Large item pick-up twice a year at curbside
  • Drought-tolerant plants
  • Reduced fertilizer and chemical use
  • Integrated pest management program

3. Community efforts to maintain and preserve the legacies of yesterday

  • Strathcona Heritage Museum
  • Sherwood Park Natural Area Stewards
  • Smeltzer House Historic Site preservation
  • The Heritage Mile Project
  • Ottewell House and Barn preservation
  • Heritage tree foundation
  • Bremner House

4. Urban Forestry

The management, planting and maintenance of trees and tree stands.

  • Dutch Elm Disease monitoring program
  • Naturalization of park areas
  • Volunteers In Parks plant trees
  • Tree seedlings planted by community groups
  • Inventory and replacement schedule
  • Memorial plantings

5. Landscaped Areas

The management, planting and maintenance of green spaces

  • Broadmoor Lake Park hosts major events
  • Smeltzer House is a historic site and botanic garden
  • Tree donation program - public donates mature trees to be relocated to public park areas
  • Over 60 km of Heritage Parkway Trails

 6. Turf Areas

The management, planting and maintenance of turf areas.

  • Sport fields and high profile areas fertilized for stronger turf
  • Variety of ground cover, grasses & perennials

7. Floral Displays

The management, planting and maintenance of planting beds and planters.

  • Garden beds and planters
  • Barrels of blooms program
  • Over 15,000 flowers annually planted in beds and planters by Community in Bloom volunteers & staff
  • Nominate Your Neighbour front garden competition
  • Floral beautification of public spaces

 8. Community Involvement

Non-profit groups, businesses and citizens involved in the Communities in Bloom program

  • Volunteers plant flowerbeds
  • Schools and youth groups planting
  • Arbor Day and the annual Pitch-in Campaign
  • Municipal support of non-profit groups
  • Business sponsorship

Additional information

Last updated: Monday, August 17, 2015
Page ID: 39565