Lebel Rose Garden (Justine Jorgensen file photo)
"After viewing all this, now I am getting nervous….and I was the one that said – oh, it is just like nationals! This is all very exciting and can hardly believe that the judging will take place in just over 3 months! " - Diane Stuckey, Pincher Creek CIB
2015 Pincher Creek Communities in Bloom Committee celebrating their 2015 Circle of Champions win
Noreen Robbins, Adriana Hoekstra (Oldman Rose Society), Diane Burt Stuckey, John Hancock, and Wendy Ryan
Meet the judges:
National Judge 2016
Elfin Forest, California, USA
Evelyn is a self-employed writer, photographer and award winning gardener. In 2001, Good Morning America named Evelyn's garden one of the five best in the U.S. It has been featured in many consumer publications including several times in Better Homes and Gardens and its special interest publications and books.
She is the author of eight volumes of her "Fleurs du Jour" series of books featuring bouquets for every day made from plants growing in her own garden. Evelyn's garden writing has appeared monthly in a wide variety of publications.
She is a popular speaker at national conferences and has appeared on many radio and television programs.
She is also the author/designer of America in Bloom's "Ten Years of Best Ideas" book which features more than 2000 ideas and photos for making towns great from participating America in Bloom towns. The book was nominated for the American Horticultural Society national book award. She has volunteered as a judge for the national America in Bloom program since 2002 and is a board member chairing the external relations committee. She has also volunteered as an international judge for the Communities in Bloom (Canada) program since 2005. In addition, she has served as an international judge for the LivCom awards and the Philadelphia Flower Show. To date, she has judged more than 150 towns in ten countries.
Evelyn also served on the board of directors of San Diego Botanical Garden and on the town council of Elfin Forest, CA including six years as chair (mayor).
Evelyn lives with her husband and two incorrigible Westies in Elfin Forest, California and gardens on 5.5 acres.
National Judge 2016
Alongside a thirty-year career at Radio-Canada as journalist, senior editor of information services and program director of the regional radio stations, Gaétan Deschênes has always been passionate about gardening and horticulture.
In particular, he has published 6 books on the subject, including The History of horticulture in Quebec and Roses. In addition to these, he regularly publishes feature articles in various specialized magazines. He has notably presented local French-speaking readers with coverage of dozens of private and public gardens from across Canada, the United States and Europe.
A true enthusiast, he also researched and hosted a series of 26 broadcasts on the Évasion channel. The programme, named Secret Gardens, highlighted the work and the love of plants of 26 gardeners from every corner of Québec.
Throughout his career, Gaétan Deschênes has also been an active member of the beautification committee of his town.
In this capacity, he has participated as judge for various landscaping contests in his town as well as in other communities of the region.
In 2008, he acted as a judge on the Canadian Communities in Bloom competition, which brought him to every province in Canada; in 2009, he did similar work for the Québec competition Fleurons du Québec and in France for the Villes, Villages et Campagnes Fleuris competition.
Related stories and links:
- Class of Champions - Communities in Bloom judges tour Pincher Creek
- Pincher Creek first in class at 2015 Communities in Bloom awards
- Communities in Bloom celebrates Circle of Champions win, special mention for Lebel Rose Garden
- Communities in Bloom judges say Pincher Creek is special
- Communities In Bloom Pincher Creek webpage