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Coquitlam To Unveil Signature Rose At Rose Show July 3

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 30, 2016 – A salmon-coloured rose named “Coquitlam” will be unveiled July 3 at the annual Rose Show & Festival in the Centennial Rose Garden. 

The City of Coquitlam purchased the naming rights for a new variety of rose as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations and its entry this year in the national Communities in Bloom competition, which promotes community pride, beautification and environmental responsibility.

“Coquitlam” is locally bred, hardy, disease-resistant and long-blooming. The first planting will be unveiled July 3, 2 p.m. in the Centennial Rose Garden at Dogwood Pavilion during the Fraser Pacific Rose Society’s Rose Show & Festival. 

Marked with interpretive signage, the Coquitlam rose has been planted next to the world-renowned Centennial Rose Garden, beside the lawn bowling green and will be tended by the City’s gardeners. The signature rose has also been planted in the Inspiration Garden and at City Hall.

As more plants become available from the grower over time, the rose will be planted in more civic gardens and parks around Coquitlam and will be made available to the public through Coquitlam in Bloom.

A visit to the Centennial Rose Garden will be on the agenda when national Communities in Bloom judges tour Coquitlam on July 20 and 21 where they will meet some of the rose garden volunteers who have maintained the display rose garden over the past 25 years. During their two-day stay in Coquitlam, the judges will also receive a Community Profile Book, meet with community members, and evaluate Coquitlam on such areas as tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays, within four sectors: municipal, business and institution, residential and community involvement.

The Rose Show & Festival runs July 2-3. Admission is $3.50 for adults and free for children under age 10 accompanied by adults. More information is posted at fprosesociety.org.

About Coquitlam in Bloom

Coquitlam qualified for the national competition this year after achieving the top “five bloom” ranking in the provincial competition in 2015. With an overall mark of over 88 per cent and special recognition for heritage conservation, Coquitlam was last year’s B.C. champion.

Along with the signature rose project, other 2016 Coquitlam in Bloom projects include: 

  • Coquitlam Munch – 37 public produce gardens along Ridgeway and Austin Avenues available for touring and tasting from June to October.
  • 125 Coquitlam Gardens photo library – photos of 125 favourite Coquitlam gardens submitted by the public. 
  • 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.
  • Little Toy Libraries – Free “libraries” of balls, Frisbees, jump ropes and other toys will be available for borrowing at a number of parks in July and August.

For more information about these projects, visit the Coquitlam in Bloom webpage.

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, communitiesinbloom.ca. To learn more about Coquitlam’s 2016 entry, visit the Coquitlam in Bloom webpage.

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 coquitlam125.ca

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Media contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Manager Parks
City of Coquitlam