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That would be a better name – the Communities in Bloom judges are in Town and have made it clear that they are not looking just at Cobourg’s gardens and flowers but looking for a Town that is “Blooming” or “Blossoming”.  That is, showing off what a great place we are and if we are not 100% in any aspect, the judges are “here to advise”.  At a kick-off Press Conference at 10:00am at the Woodlawn today, the two Communities in Bloom judges said they were looking forward to a tour since already they could see from the material already provided to them that it would be a good place to live. Judge Doreen Hill lives in Kemptville and has been judging C.I.B. for some years. Judge Chris Ziemski is from Cambridge (photo below).

Communities in Bloom judgesl-r. Teresa Behan, Dave Cromlish,
CIB Judges, Doreen Hill and Chris Ziemski
The Town was well represented at the meeting by Brian Darling (Parks and Rec Coordinator), John Henderson (Deputy Mayor), Stephen Peacock (CAO), Teresa Behan (Manager Parks), Directors Dean Hustwick and Glenn McGlashon plus Parks Staff Rory Quigley, Stu Defoe and Jason Johns.  Also present were the Communities in Bloom Committee members: David Cromlish (Chair), Gina Brouwer, Roma Colbert, John Draper, Joe Peristy, Trish Whitney and Renee Champagne (Town of Cobourg).

Straight after a few short speeches, David, Teresa and Gina were to drive the Judges around Cobourg per the route below.  Many people have asked me “what will the judges see?”   This is the agreed route but I would think the judges can ask for detours at any time!

The judging will cover:

  • Tidiness
  • Environmental action
  • Heritage conservation
  • Urban forestry
  • Landscape
  • Floral displays
  • Community involvement
  • Youth involvement
  • Community of gardeners

Route for Judges


Monday, July 25th

The text in brackets indicate the aspect/category that is demonstrated.

Time Route Location/Event Description Stop/
9 am – 10am Judges arrive by car to Woodlawn Breakfast and meet and greet  
10am Woodlawn Mayor and Town Cryer  
10:30am Woodlawn south on Division, east on University, south on College Drive By
10:40 – 11:10am West on King, south on McGill to parking Victoria Park
  • Rose Garden (Floral Display)
  • Flower Clock (Floral Display)
  • Cenotaph (Heritage/ Floral Display)
  • Lawn Bowling Green (Tidiness)
  • Sensory Garden (Landscape/Environment)
  • Butternut, silver maples, catalpa, poplar (Urban Forestry)
  • Beach (Environment)
Stop – walk
11:10 – 11:50am South on McGill, west on Charles, south on Division, west on Esplanade to parking lot, west on third, west on boardwalk, north on Durham, east on Orr, north on Durham, east on Albert Stop – walk
11:50 – 12:10pm Park behind Victoria Hall Victoria Hall
  • Fire Hall Theatre (Heritage)
  • Market Building (Heritage)
  • Victoria Square (Landscape/Floral Display)
  • Courtroom (Heritage)
  • Henley’s Arcade (Tidiness, Public Art)
Stop – walk
12:10 – 1:30pm King Street Buttermilk Café for Lunch Stop
1:30 - 2:20pm Highway 2 to Grafton, north on Lyle St N, west on Edwardson Rd Material Recovery Facility (Environment/Tidiness) Stop
2:40 – 3:00pm Highway 401 west to Burnham Street exit Northumberland Hills Hospital (Landscape, Tidiness)
  • Entrance Garden
  • Central Courtyard Garden
  • Palliative Care Garden
3:10 – 3:30pm South on Burnham to Northumberland County Headquarters Northumberland County Headquarters (Landscape/Heritage, Urban Forest)
- dry-stone walls
- plough heritage
- parking lot bio-swale
- tree preservation
3:40pm South on William, east on University, north on Division to Woodlawn   Drive By
3:40 – 6:00pm Woodlawn Break  
6:00pm Woodlawn Cocktails & Dinner  

Tuesday, July 26th

Time Route Location/Event Description Stop/
7:30 – 8am Woodlawn Continental breakfast  
8:15 – 8:30am North on Division to Ewart Street Water Garden (Environment) Stop
8:40 – 8:55am North on division, east on Elgin, north on Birchwood Stop
9:00 – 9:20am East on Elgin, south on D’arcy Cobourg Community Centre (Landscape, Art)
  • D’Arcy St roundabouts (Landscape)
  • Cycle Transitions (Environment)
9:25 – 9:45am South on D’Arcy, west on Spencer Street East, north on Walton Stop
9:55 – 10:20am South on Walton, west on King, south on Henry 199 Henry Street (Heritage, Landscape)
  • Heritage home, refreshments
10:30 – 10:45 South on Henry, east on Bay, south on D’Arcy Stop
10:50 – 11:10am East on Lakeshore, north on Brook Rd S, east on King, south on Wilmott Town Greenhouse (Floral Display/Tidiness) Stop
11:15 – 11:30am North on Wilmott, west on King Brookside (Heritage/Urban Forestry)
  • Heritage building
  • Dry stone wall and flower bed (Floral Display)
  • Heritage European beech
  • Sidbrook – cucumber tree (view across street – bring fruit/leaf sample)
  West on King, north on Ontario Drive By
11:40 – 12:50 pm  North on Ontario The Mill Restaurant and Pub (Landscape/ Environment/ Heritage)
  • Lunch
1:00 – 1:20pm East on Elgin to Union Cemetery Union Cemetery
  • Green burial (Environment)
  • Heritage Trees (Urban Forestry)
Drive through
  West on Elgin to New Amherst Gateway, south on New Amherst Blvd, east on Greenly 
  • New Amherst Gateway (Landscape)
  • Linear Park (Landscape/Environment)
  • Rogers Road Trail (Environment/ Active Transportation)
Drive By
1:35 – 1:50pm East on Carlisle, south on Burnham Street
  • Solar Panel Property (Environment, Landscape)
1:55 – 2:20pm West on King to Pebble Beach Drive
  • Trish’s house – tea and garden tour (Floral Display)
  South on Burnham, east on Monk, north on Tremaine, East on King, south on Forth, east on Tweed Drive By
2:30 – 2:50pm East on Albert to Library C. Gordon King Centre/Library (Landscape, Urban Forestry)
- yellow magnolia, Cobourg rose, heritage pine
- Horticulture Society Garden (Landscape)
- View to Victoria Hall (Heritage)
  East on King, north on Division Drive By
3:05 – 6:00 pm Woodlawn Break  
6:00pm South on Division to Yacht Club Yacht Club Dinner  


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