35 Years and Counting for Victoria’s Flowers
2011 marks the 35th anniversary of the Annual Flower Count in Victoria, aptly called the City of Gardens!
The Flower Count takes place March 1 – 7, 2011 and is a friendly competition between the communities that make up Greater Victoria to see which one is the “Bloomingest Community”. The total amount of blossoms are then tallied up and communicated (in a slightly smug way, I might add) to the rest of Canada – who can only dream of counting flowers while they shovel out from yet another blizzard and look forward to a couple more months of winter.
Victoria is blessed to have the mildest climate in all of Canada – spring temperatures average between 10-15 degrees Celsius. This climate lends itself to having some of the most fabulous gardens in Canada – Butchart Gardens of course are famous, but Beacon Hill Park, Abkhazi Gardens, Finnerty Gardens at UVIC and Hatley Gardens are all worth a visit.
There are a number of ways for the public to participate in the Flower Count. You can:
- Count your blossoms and enter the count on the website. www.flowercount.ca
- Attend the Mayors’ Flower Arranging Competition – the Flower Count launch event on March 1st
- Encourage children in grades 4 and 5 to participate in the class room competition
- Enter a flower photo contest on Facebook and Flickr and win great prizes! Access the contest sites through www.flowercount.ca
To find out more – check it out at www.flowercount.ca