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Coquitlam Gardeners Encouraged to Plant Dahlias This Year

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COQUITLAM, BC, July 7, 2016 – Coquitlam residents looking to add a pop of colour to their garden this year are encouraged to plant dahlias to celebrate the City’s 125th anniversary and participate in the Coquitlam in Bloom program.

Featuring bright colours reminiscent of fireworks, the dahlia is Coquitlam’s flower of the year for the City’s 2016 entry in the national Communities in Bloom competition, which promotes community pride, beautification and environmental responsibility. The dahlia was selected for its bright colour, long-blooming period, and ability to thrive in either pots or garden beds.

A number of dahlias were handed out earlier this summer at a variety of community events such as the Teddy Bear Picnic, Daisy Day, Neighbourhood Nights, and Canada Day.

Coquitlam residents who have planted dahlias are invited to submit photos to the City’s 125 Coquitlam Gardens project. Tying in with Coquitlam’s 125th anniversary in 2016, the goal is to build a gallery of 125 photos of gardens of all types, from floral displays to balcony pots and vegetable gardens.

Photos may be emailed to parkspark@coquitlam.ca until Oct. 1. Due to privacy concerns, the photos may not include people. Submissions will be posted on the Coquitlam in Bloom webpage at www.coquitlam125.ca/gardens.

Dahlias are also being planted in civic gardens throughout the community. The City is hoping to improve on its success last year in the Communities in Bloom competition with widespread planting of the flower of the year and several other special projects.

About ‘Coquitlam in Bloom’

Last year, Coquitlam was B.C.’s Communities in Bloom winner, 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 an updated Community Profile Book, meet with community members, get a guided tour of the City and learn about other Coquitlam in Bloom projects, such as:

  • Coquitlam Munch – 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;
  • Coquitlam Rose – A new variety of rose named “Coquitlam”; and
  • Little Toy Libraries – Free “libraries” of balls, Frisbees, jump ropes and other toys available for borrowing at a number of parks throughout the summer.

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 our 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 www.coquitlam125.ca

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Media contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Manager Parks
City of Coquitlam