Awards were presented to lcoal businesses and neighbourhoods.

Blooming lovely businesses

Awards for beautification

The District of Sooke has once again proudly toured the Communities in Bloom judges through our community, highlighting various new and innovative improvements to our town. Communities in Bloom is about people, plants and pride in the community and Sooke wowed the judges with the strong steps forward Sooke has made in these areas since the judging last year.

Communities in Bloom is not just about flower baskets — the judges wanted to know about our new planning documents (Official Community Plan, Sooke Zoning Bylaw) and what Sooke was doing to support and promote environmental protection, volunteerism, and a sustainable community. A profile book was provided to them presenting considerable information on our community efforts for Communities in Bloom.

Sooke will be evaluated by the two trained judges on the eight program criteria of: Tidiness, Environmental Awareness, Community Involvement, Natural & Cultural Heritage Conservation, Tree/Urban Forest Management, Landscaped Areas, Floral Displays, and Turf & Groundcover. The awards will be presented at the BC Communities in Bloom Awards and Conference to be held September 23 – 25, at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort and Conference Centre.

While in Sooke, the judges participated in the presentation of the Communities in Bloom Neighbourhood and Business Beautification Awards to local business and residents.

Congratulations to the following who received the 2011 Communities in Bloom decal:

The Alternative Kitchen Cafe

The Bee’s Knees Children’s Store

Christine George

Dr. Bart Wilson

The Edge Restaurant

Goodlife Wellness Centre

Harborview Mortgages

Heritage Row

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

The Kaltasin Project

MapleLine Business Centre

Marlene Barry Reflexology

Mom’s Café

Mulligan’s Bar & Grill

Otter Point Veterinary Hospital

The Reading Room

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #54

Royal Canadian Legion Housing

A Sea of Bloom

Sooke Fine Art Gallery

Sooke Glass

Sooke Home Hardware

The Stick in the Mud Coffee House

Stone Pipe Grill

Sunriver Allotment Gardens

T’Sou-ke Nation Smart Energy Group

T’Sou-ke Nation Park

T’Sou-ke Nation Administration Buildings

T’Sou-ke Nation Bus Stop

T’Sou-ke Nation Lady Bug Garden

Wiskers and Waggs

Winners were Stick in the Mud, the Sunriver Allotment Garden and T’Sou-Ke First Nation.

The District of Sooke and the Communities in Bloom committee would like to sincerely thank everyone who worked so hard to clean up Sooke before the judges’ visit. A special thank you is extended to Edith Newman, Elida Peers, Maywell Wickheim and Phoebe Dunbar for their outstanding contributions to the event.