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This year, the Town of Cobourg is entering the Communities in Bloom competition and to generate interest and participation, a Community Garden Competition has been launched.  There will be  eight different categories so that there is room for a wide range of gardens – from children’s gardens, small gardens, edible gardens through to floral displays.  A full list is below together with rules.  It is hoped that residents, schools and businesses will participate and demonstrate their civic pride while profiling their properties and gardening skills.

The Communities in Bloom competition is world wide but to start with, Cobourg will be competing against towns of similar size in Ontario.  We were an active participant in 1997 when we won five blooms (top award) for heritage conservation but it’s time to do it again.  Year one (2016) will be a learning experience for us all so by year three we can be a big winner (with a medium win in year one).  The members of the Ad Hoc Committee for Communities in Bloom are listed on this page. The name implies that it’s just flowers but it’s a lot more. Communities are judged on:

  • Tidiness
  • Environmental Action
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Urban Forestry
  • Landscape
  • Turf & Groundcovers
  • Floral Displays
  • Community Involvement

However, the Garden Competition will be a major part of the effort although we can also expect to see weeding campaigns and park cleanups by the Town.

Garden Competition Categories

  • Floral Display Garden
  • Shade or Woodland Garden
  • Edible Garden
  • Children’s Garden
  • Ecological Garden (xeriscaping, rain garden, pollinator garden, native species, etc.)
  • Small Gardens (small space, container, balcony, etc.)
  • Rare, Unique or Significant Plant, Tree or Shrub

Prizes cannon will be awarded to the top three contestants in each of the categories.

Finalists will be notified on June 15.  Judging will take place June 20 and 21 by members of the Cobourg Communities in Bloom Committee. The top three applicants will be judged on-site for the best overall garden award.


  • The competition is open to all residents, businesses and organizations within the Town of Cobourg boundaries.
  • Gardens that are designed and maintained by a professional must be given credit accordingly.
  • Gardeners may enter only one category.
  • By entering the contest, the property owner gives permission for the Town of Cobourg to use the submitted photography for award presentation, newsletters, website, promotional, display or other educational purposes.

How to Apply

Simply send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, address of the garden (it must be in Cobourg), and category.  Please submit by Friday, June 3, 2016 by 12 a.m. midnight.

Download the Town’s Press Release here.

Community in Bloom judging will be in mid July 2016

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