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Jun 17, 2016 Return to Headlines

Sample and Learn at Coquitlam Munch Public Produce Gardens

by Caitlin Osborne |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 16, 2016 – Coquitlam residents can taste an edible flower, pick a pepper and see what other food they could grow at the Coquitlam Munch public produce gardens now open in Austin Heights. 

A partnership with the Austin Heights Business Improvement Association, Coquitlam Munch is the largest project of this year’s Coquitlam in Bloom program and part of the City’s entry in the national Communities in Bloom competition, which promotes community pride, beautification and environmental responsibility. 

The public is invited to tour the planters, taste the crops and learn about small-scale sustainable gardening. Signs on the planters explain what is growing, and what can be sampled. 

The current selection includes tomatoes, beans, lettuce, okra, hot and bell peppers, a variety of berries, and herbs such as mint, oregano, basil and trailing rosemary. Seasonal crops will be planted in the fall and winter.

The planters were installed in late May and are being watered and maintained by area businesses and volunteers.

Maps are available at select community events – including Daisy Days in Austin Heights, June 18 – and online.

About Coquitlam in Bloom

Coquitlam was B.C.’s Communities in Bloom winner in 2015, earning a “Five Bloom” award and an overall mark of over 88 per cent after being judged on tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays within four sectors: municipal, business and institution, residential and community involvement. A special recognition award was also received for excellence in heritage conservation. 

When the judges tour Coquitlam on July 20 and 21, they will receive a Community Profile Book, meet with community members, get a guided tour of the City and learn about other Coquitlam in Bloom projects, such as: 

  • Flower of the Year – gardeners are encouraged to plant dahlias this year and can pick up a free potted dahlia at select City events, while supplies last.
  • 125 Coquitlam Gardens photo gallery – to feature photos of 125 favourite Coquitlam gardens submitted by the public. 
  • Coquitlam Rose – A new variety of rose named “Coquitlam” will be unveiled June 3 in the Centennial Rose Garden during the 2016 Rose Show.
  • Little Toy Libraries – Free “libraries” of balls, Frisbees, jump ropes and other toys will be available for borrowing at a number of parks in June and July.

For more information on the 2016 Coquitlam in Bloom programs, visit www.coquitlam.ca/cib

About Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering community pride, environmental responsibility and beautification. It uses friendly competition between communities to bring together local businesses, service clubs, residents and civic government to focus on enhancing their community. 

Judges visit the City over a two-day period in the summer to assess the performance of four sectors: municipal, business and institutions, residential and community involvement. Each of these sectors is judged on their performance in six categories:

  • Tidiness
  • Environmental action
  • Heritage conservation
  • Urban forestry
  • Landscape
  • Floral displays 

For more information, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca. To learn more about Coquitlam’s 2016 entry, visit www.coquitlam.ca/cib.

About Coquitlam 125

Coquitlam is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016 with a year-long celebration that honours the community’s rich history and sets the stage for a dynamic future.

When Coquitlam was incorporated on July 25, 1891, it was a small agricultural community, with a state-of-the-art lumber mill – the future Fraser Mills – under construction near the Fraser River. French Canadians settled in the area in the early 1900s and established Maillardville, the largest Francophone centre west of the Rockies. Today, Coquitlam is home to over 140,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and over 6,200 businesses.

The Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force (CAST Force) is guided by the Coquitlam 125 vision – Stories told, stories to be created – as it engages the community through meaningful experiences that celebrate our heritage, create strong connections and inspire lasting legacies towards an exciting future.

For more information, visit www.coquitlam125.ca

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Media contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Manager Parks
City of Coquitlam
604-927-3533
kreinheimer@coquitlam.ca