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Communities in Bloom

About 40 CIB winners pose with Bloomer and Petunia

2015 National CIB Champions log with 1st place trophyLocal beautification efforts and civic pride are encouraged and rewarded through the Essex Communities in Bloom program.

Communities in Bloom is a national non-profit organization that fosters civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification. The Town of Essex participates in this program through its Communities in Bloom Committee, which holds an annual Front Yard and Balcony Contest and enters the national competition each year.

How can I participate in the CIB program?

Nominate yourself, a friend or a neighbour. Properties will be judged based on curb appeal, tidiness and maintenance, floral displays, landscape and creativity.

Nominations will be accepted until July 31. Judging will begin shortly thereafter.

It's not just about flowers

Essex Communities in Bloom succeeds not only in helping communities to enhance their surroundings, but also in encouraging a unified effort. It is a municipality-wide initiative that encourages everyone in the Town of Essex to take pride in their property and to work together to promote green spaces, environmental responsibility, and natural and cultural heritage conservation.

Communities in Bloom Week

In April 2018, Town Council officially proclaimed the week of May 7 as Communities in Bloom Week.

The proclamation celebrates the ongoing success of the Town’s Communities in Bloom efforts, which began in 1999.

Special recognition

Over the years Essex has received special mention by Communities in Bloom judges for the following features:

  • 2018- National Outstanding Achievement Award for Community Involvement.
  • 2017- Finalist for the Class of Champions National Award
  • 2015 - National Communities in Bloom Champions with Special Recognition for Harrow Veterans Memorial Park
  • 2012 - War of 1812 Peace Garden
  • 2011 - Harrow Centre Parkette
  • 2010 - Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village
  • 2009 - Turf and Groundcovers and Special Mention for the Historical Colchester Schoolhouse
  • 2008 - Top Honours for Most Improved and Special Mention for Colchester Harbour
  • 2007 - Maintenance of Historic Essex Murals
  • 2006 - Adopt a Bed Program

Communities in Bloom Committee

The Communities in Bloom Committee is made up of 1 Council member and up to 13 appointed members from the public. This committee works in conjunction with the Community Services Department to implement various programs, initiatives, events, promotions and educational activities that encourage community participation in the beautification of public and private property.

Meeting schedule

The Committee generally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Committee meetings are open to the public.

View meeting dates, agendas and minutes for this committee on our Council Calendar.

Communities in Bloom Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery: Communities in Bloom will appear here on the public site.