4 Blooms: A Garden for Peace and Friendship
The International Peace Garden received a 4-Bloom rating and a special mention for A Garden for Peace and Friendship during the 2015 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Kamloops, BC. The International Peace Garden participated in the Special Attractions category.
Over the summer, trained volunteer judges travelled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector including volunteer efforts in regards to the following criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays.
Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Odette Sabourin-Dumais and Hugh Skinner wrote: “The International Peace Garden was founded in 1932 to promote ‘International Peace and its benefits to humanity'”. Covering an area of more than 2,300 acres, the garden was developed with the co-operation of governments in Canada and the United States, as a symbol of the lasting friendship between the two countries. Although the site is remote from centers of population, the garden has hosted many people and groups for reflection, programs and fellowship. It provides a venue for music camps and athletic camps where children from Canada and the United States meet for educational experiences”.
Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts – which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.
For a complete list of the results and the electronic copy of the Communities in Bloom magazine, please visit communitiesinbloom.ca
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