South Huron winner of 2018 Communities In Bloom national competition


The Municipality of South Huron has won the 2018 Communities In Bloom 5,001 - 10,000 population competition category. The announcement was made during the 2018 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Strathcona County, Alberta on September 29th. Receiving a 5 Blooms - Bronze rating and a special mention for Rural Gardens, the Municipality achieved its highest-ever score in this year’s competition, edging out the communities of Bay Roberts, NL and Coaldale, AB.

“I am so proud of our community volunteers and committee members who made this possible,” said Mayor Maureen Cole. “Their work to beautify, conserve and educate our community is absolutely inspiring and I am thrilled by their achievement.”

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 Berta Briggs and Karin Rindal wrote:

“The Russel Farm has an extensive garden that is beautifully designed with annuals, shrubs, perennials and indigenous plantings in addition to two large vegetable gardens.  It is on the prestigious Huron garden route. The Prout Farm has beautiful landscaping with gardens that specialize in pollinator flowers to complement their bee hives. The Kirkton Horticulture Society plants and maintains a perennial border beside the local community hall. The rural residents definitely play their part in making South Huron beautiful with impressive gardens.” 

For a complete list of the results and the electronic copy of the Communities in Bloom magazine, please visit


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