The Sunriver Community Garden was the scene of a luncheon to honour the Communities in Bloom judges.

The Sunriver Community Garden was the scene of a luncheon to honour the Communities in Bloom judges.

Sooke is a community in bloom

Communities in Bloom judges are impressed with Sooke's 'secret' places

After a hiatus of one year, Sooke once again came through with a great showing for the Communities in Bloom competition. Businesses and individuals spruced up their premises and put on a good show for CIB judges Heather Edwards and Catherine Kennedy. The judges were honoured with a luncheon at the Sunriver Community Garden on Friday.

The CIB judges were impressed with the community garden and the improvements made in Sooke. This was their first time judging in Sooke although they were here for the CIB conference two years ago.

“It’s different,” said Heather Edwards. “There is lots of development going on.”

“Development has been done and we’re impressed by the beautyincorporated into it.” said Catherine Kennedy.

In reference to what they were shown in Sooke, Edwards said, “There are lots of hidden treasures tucked away.”

Both judges were amazed at the amount of sponsorship and the sheer number of volunteers in Sooke.

“You don’t get that in the big city,” she said.

Kennedy said she was a ‘Victoria gal’ and she saw another element of Sooke which gave her a whole new appreciation for the community.

The boardwalk along the harbour also impressed the Lower Mainland judges.

“This has to be the longest boardwalk in Canada, it’s gorgeous, beautiiful and you get a boasting point,” said Edwards.

An evaluation report will be written up by the judges and blooms will be awarded at the October conference.

The apple shack was officially opened and will be the venue for workshops on such topics as fruit tree pruning, grafting and planting. The first workshop on summer pruning and grafting is scheduled for July 28.

The apple shack is dedicated to Maywell Wickheim, said Glen Thelin.

“Maywell split every single pale (long shake) by hand in February,” said Thelin. He said Maywell was key in the vision of the orchard and the apple shack.

“Maywell listened closely to the vision and understood. Maywell’s touch is evident in every aspect of this building. Maywell took this seed of an idea.”

At the dedication ceremony a Red Obelisk Columnar Purple beech tree was planted in Wickheim’s honour.

Just Posted

Reigning women’s World Champion Kaetlyn Osmond, who also took bronze at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, will debut two brand new programs for the 2021 Stars On Ice tour, in Victoria May 15. (File photo)
Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko hit the ice when Stars returns to Victoria

The star-studded lineup is makes a return after pandemic hiatus

Local cyclist Max McCulloch catches air off a jump in the newly redesigned Organ Donor trail at Mount Work mountain biking park. The Capital Regional District approved its regional parks mountain biking guidelines and a list of short-term actions at the CRD board’s May 12 meeting. (Black Press Media File Photo)
CRD approves mountain biking guidelines that drove spoke between advocates, environmentalists

Guidelines aim to find new biking opportunites in region, while protecting park ecology

Howard English Hatchery volunteer Joscilyn Jupp poured one of many buckets of salmon fry into Douglas Creek on May 11, 2021. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
35,000 salmon fry released in Saanich park during closed event

Chum from Goldstream Hatchery trucked in to restore Douglas Creek salmon spawning

The orange parcel was bought by the CRD for $1.1 million to add to Mount Work Regional Park. (CRD map)
Capital Regional District expands Mount Work land for $1.1 million

Privately-owned 13.8 hectares in the Highlands is ecologcically valuable

Ryan Cootes, Erin Bremner-Mitchell, Bill Collins and Mike Williamson of Cascadia Seaweed Corporation are here seen holding up seaweed grown in Barkley Sound in July 2020. The Sidney-based company has organized the inaugural Seaweed Days Festival running May 17 to May 23. (Cascadia Seaweed Corporation/Submitted)
Global expert touts seaweed to open inaugural Sidney festival

Vincent Doumeizel also points to barrier facing the emerging industry

An avalanche near Highway 1 in Glacier National Park. Avalanche Canada will benefit from a $10 million grant from the B.C. government. (Photo by Parks Canada)
Avalanche Canada receives $10-million grant from B.C. government

Long sought-after funds to bolster organization’s important work

Relief is coming for B.C.’s struggling tourism sector. (NEWS file photo)
B.C. officials set to announce more support for tourism sector hit hard by pandemic

Non-essential travel is restricted between three regional zones in B.C. until at least May 24

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Nathalie Emmanuel, left, and Vin Diesel in a scene from "F9." (Giles Keyte/Universal Pictures via AP)
The blockbuster movie is making a comeback this summer

Excitement in the industry is growing again for a return to a big-screen normal

More “strings of lights” were seen on May 15, 2021, in night sky over Vancouver Island. (File photo)
Sicamous RCMP Sgt. Murray McNeil and Cpl. Wade Fisher present seven-year-old Cody Krabbendam of Ranchero with an award for bravery on July 22, 2020. (Contributed)
7-year old Shuswap boy receives medal of bravery for rescuing child at beach

Last summer Cody Krabbendam jumped into the lake to save another boy from drowning

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays below 500 a day over weekend

14 more deaths, down to 350 in hospital as of Monday

Royal Bay Secondary School’s rainbow crosswalk was vandalized shortly after being painted but by Monday, coincidentally the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the crosswalk had been cleaned up and students had surrounded it with chalk messages of support and celebration. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
B.C. high’s school’s pride crosswalk restored following ‘hateful’ graffiti attack

Hate terms, racial slur, phallic images spray-painted at Greater Victoria high school

Terrance Mack would have celebrated his 34th birthday on May 13, 2021. Mack’s family has identified him as the victim of a homicide in an apartment on Third Avenue in Port Alberni sometime in April. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Family identifies Ucluelet man as victim of Vancouver Island homicide

Terrance Mack being remembered as ‘kind, gentle’ man

Nathan Zuk had left his mother’s residence in Whaletown on Cortes Island in mid-December 2020 in a 14’ skiff rowboat and headed to an unknown location near the Pryce Channel, Deer passage, or Toba Inlet. Photo courtesy RCMP
RCMP need help finding man who set off from Cortes Island in 14-foot rowboat

Nathan Zuk left in December, may have been last seen in Toba Inlet approximately three weeks ago

Most Read