Pincher Creek Communities in Bloom
2015 Circle of Champions
Noreen Robbins, Adriana Hoekstra (Oldman Rose Society), Diane Burt Stuckey, John Hancock, and Wendy Ryan
Members of the Pincher Creek chapter of Communities in Bloom (CIB) celebrated last week after receiving the news that Pincher Creek had won the 2015 CIB Class of Champions (Small) category.
|Diane Stuckey shows off the award|
Pincher Creek received "5 Blooms - Silver" and a special mention for the Lebel Mansion Rose Garden after winning in their category.
|Diane Burt Stuckey|
CIB committee member Noreen Robbins explained the history behind Pincher Creek's epic achievements. In 1996 a group of dedicated gardeners formally formed as the Pincher Planters, a year after flooding did a major number on the town, including its horticulture. In 1997 the Pincher Planters created their first garden.
|Lebel Rose Garden|
In 2009 Pincher Creek won Nationals in their category. In 2014 we were included in the Circle of Excellence. In 2015 Pincher Creek won the 2015 CIB Class of Champions (Small) category. A nervous laugh escaped most of the committee members when I asked if Internationals were next. No promises were given. My prediction: a suitable International category will be found.
In the theatre of competitive gardening Pincher Creek is #1. I'm filing this under "sports". It's the story so nice we told it twice.