Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pincher Creek first in class at 2015 Communities in Bloom awards

Special mention for Lebel Rose Garden (Justine Jorgensen file photo)
Communities in Bloom

The Town of Pincher Creek is the winner of the 2015 Communities in Bloom Class of Champions (Small) category. They received 5 Blooms – Silver and a special mention for Lebel Mansion Rose Garden during the 2015 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Kamloops, BC. The Town of Pincher Creek participated in the Class of Champions (Small) category along with Antigonish NS, Ashcroft BC, Millet AB, Sussex NB and Tignish PE.

Over the summer, trained volunteer judges travelled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector – including volunteer efforts – in regards to the following criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays.

Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Lorraine Hunter and Gerry Teahen wrote: “Special mention must be given to this magnificent Rose Garden situated on the site of the Lebel Mansion, built in 1910 by Timothee Lebel. The gardens feature 55 different varieties of Canadian roses planted on five raised beds developed by the Rose Society and tended and watered by volunteers. Walkways and benches throughout the gardens allow visitors to walk, sit and enjoy the surrounding beauty and colour. The garden project was completed in phases, and phase 3 - the replacement of the historic wrought iron fence - was started with the help of a Historic Resources Foundation Grant”.

CIB judges Gerry Teahen and Lorraine Hunter (C.Davis file photo)
Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.

Please visit our website at for a complete list of the results along with an electronic copy of our latest magazine.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada. For more information about Communities in Bloom, visit

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