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Jul 10, 2017 Return to Headlines

Calling All Gardeners: Show Us How Your Garden Grows

by Katya Irwin |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 10, 2017 – How does your garden grow? Show us! Members of the community are invited to submit photographs for our 150 Coquitlam Gardens photo gallery.

The Coquitlam in Bloom team is collecting snapshots of all Coquitlam gardens, including flower displays, balcony pots, vegetable and kitchen gardens, to be published on the City’s website at

Of special interest are those containing pollinator plants including the fuchsia – Coquitlam’s flower of the year – as well as gardens celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary with red and white colours. Please don’t include people in your photos due to privacy concerns.

This project is part of the Coquitlam in Bloom program and the City’s entry this year into the international Communities in Bloom competition, which promotes civic pride, beautification and environmental responsibility.

To submit your photos, please email To view the photo gallery, visit 

Communities in Bloom judges will tour Coquitlam July 17-18 to evaluate the city on six categories including tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays.

Coquitlam competes internationally this year against Bruges, Belgium, Holland, MI, and Wood Buffalo, Alta. Results will be announced Sept. 16.

This year’s focus includes educating residents about the importance of planting gardens designed to attract and sustain pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The benefits of pollinator gardens have been promoted through community planting events, signage and pollinator displays at parks, community events and civic buildings.

Coquitlam’s 2017 entry builds on the success and judge’s feedback from 2016, when the City was declared the national Communities in Bloom champion in the over-50,000 population category. It received a “5 blooms silver” rating and a special mention for Mackin House Museum and Mackin Park. This followed a 2015 provincial win, when Coquitlam was awarded ‘5 blooms’ and declared B.C.’s Communities in Bloom champion.

Other Coquitlam in Bloom initiatives include:

  • Canada 150 floral displays: View themed red and white floral displays in parks and public building grounds across the city.
  • MosaïCanada 150: Coquitlam is representing B.C. in the national MosaïCanada 150 exposition in Gatineau, Que. 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 activities aimed to breathe new life and colour into parks undergoing renovation. See for event details and dates. Visit for details on efforts to refresh 12 neighbourhood parks in southwest Coquitlam.

More information:
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For more information about Coquitlam in Bloom, visit

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.

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