100 Mile House won the BC Communities In Bloom award for plants and flower arrangements.
Maureen Pinkney, 100 Mile House District Councilor and acclaimed mayor, said 100 Mile House won the award thanks to the flowerbeds that line Birch Avenue, planted by district gardeners Kevin Christenson and David Labossiere. Pinkney said the IPC judges were impressed with all the hard work and ingenuity of the district’s groundskeeping staff.
“They were very surprised at the creativity of our gardeners putting herbaceous plants with the flowering plants on Birch Avenue and how well they were able to withstand our weather conditions,” Pinkney said.
In addition to the prize, the judges scored 100 Mile House with four flowers out of a possible five. A bloom is achieved based on a community’s score on various criteria, including cleanliness, environmental stewardship, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscaped spaces, and floral displays. Since the community resumed participation in the CIB in 2019 thanks to Vall Bissat, Pinkey said it was the highest score achieved.
Pinkney said she gave the South Cariboo judges a tour in late July with the help of Donna Barnett, president of the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce. In addition to Birch Avenue, she said judges visited Centennial Park, 108 Mile Heritage Site, 100 Mile Football Fields, South Cariboo Rec. Center and other points of interest.
“I always tell people to be tourists in their own town. Go to the South Cariboo Information Center and look at the brochures and you’d be amazed at what’s here,” Pinkney said. “The wonderful thing about these judges’ tour is that you get to talk about everything that’s going on here and show them what you’ve got. They’re really blown away by how spectacular our community is.
Pinkney said after reading the judges’ evaluation, she was determined to see 100 Mile House take home all five flowers next year. She said the judges praised them for the cleanliness of the community, but noted that the Highway 97 corridor didn’t match the aesthetic of the rest of the city.
“Businesses on the freeway are more industrial and don’t necessarily lend themselves to that image, but there is encouragement to move forward and make this highway corridor as beautiful as our downtown corridor,” said said Pinkney. “We just have to do more of what we already do very well.”
Pinkey said she would like to involve more people in the CIB tour next year. She plans to introduce the judges to more local gardeners and start giving out awards to people who do their part to make 100 Mile House beautiful.
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