Hope has received a Four Bloom rating and a special mention for wood carvings in the 2012 National Communities in Bloom competition.
The community was a finalist in the 3,001 to 6,500 population category and received the award at a ceremony in Edmonton, Atla. Oct. 12-13.
“Competing at the national level is always tougher than competing provincially,” said Crystal Medlock, co-chair of the local Communities in Bloom committee.
“I had a gut feeling that we would get four blooms this year (instead of our usual five) because not only were we up against stiffer competition, but there were a few other things that were out of our control for this summer.”
She believes timing was an important factor in the outcome, as the volunteer judges arrived just as the flood waters started to recede. Some of the decorative grasses were also a bit smaller than the judges would have liked to seen, which resulted in lost marks for the community.
“Our ‘snapshot’ in the beginning of July was not what we had hoped for … but Communities in Bloom is so much more than plants and flowers, it is about civic pride and volunteering to make our community a better place – plants are such a small part.”
Communities in Bloom is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of green spaces in community settings.