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Jun 27, 2017 Return to Headlines

Brighten Your Garden with Coquitlam’s Flower of the Year

by Katya Irwin |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 27, 2017 – Entice hummingbirds and add a pop of colour to your garden this summer by planting Coquitlam’s 2017 flower of the year – the fuchsia.

This plant features a brightly coloured teardrop-shaped flower, often in hot pink, which is highly attractive to pollinators such as hummingbirds and bees. The fuchsia prefers partial shade and is ideal for any garden, patio, hanging basket or window box.

Coquitlam in Bloom is raising awareness this year about the importance of planting gardens designed to attract and sustain pollinators. The Protect Our Pollinators project includes public events, signs, displays and online resources aimed to educate the community and provide helpful information so they can get involved.

Free fuchsias have been handed out at numerous community events throughout June – including the Teddy Bear Picnic and Park Blitz celebrations – with more to be distributed in July while supplies last. Visit the Coquitlam in Bloom tent at Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day for the chance to pick up one of 500 free fuchsias!

Coquitlam residents are invited to submit photos of their gardens to the 150 Coquitlam Gardens online photo gallery. Email photographs of your gardens, including floral displays, balcony pots and vegetable and kitchen gardens. Of special interest are pollinator plants – including fuchsias! – and those celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary with red and white colours.

To submit, email parkspark@coquitlam.ca (please don’t include people in your photographs due to privacy concerns). The gallery can be viewed at www.coquitlam.ca/cib.

About Coquitlam in Bloom

Coquitlam is showcasing its best qualities to the world as it competes on an international scale in Communities in Bloom, a civic pride and beautification competition. Coquitlam won last year in the national over-50,000 population category and received a “5 blooms silver” rating.

The City will compete this summer against Bruges, Belgium, Holland, MI, and Wood Buffalo, Alta. Judges will tour Coquitlam July 17-18 to assess the city on six categories: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. Results will be announced Sept. 16.

Other 2017 Coquitlam in Bloom highlights include:

  • Canada 150 floral displays: View themed red-and-white floral displays in parks and public building grounds across the city, including the O Canada stretching along the lakeshore at Town Centre Park.
  • MosaïCanada 150: Coquitlam is representing B.C. in the national MosaïCanada 150 exposition in Gatineau, Que., which opens on Canada Day. The City’s entry is a living sculpture using plant material within a frame modelled after the famous Bill Reid killer whale statue, Chief of the Undersea World.  This eco-sculpture will be installed in Coquitlam at the close of the exposition in fall 2017.
  • Park Blitz: Take part in pollinator plantings, flag painting and other fun crafts and activities aimed to breathe new life and colour into parks undergoing renovation. See www.coquitlam.ca/cib for details and dates.

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. www.communitiesinbloom.ca

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Download related images from our flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskWQjxsF

For more information and schedules for future events, visit www.coquitlam.ca/cib

Media contact:

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