Edmonton’s Front Yards are in Bloom

Spring is here, and we want to see your bloomin’ great yards!  The Front Yards in Bloom program is all about recognizing neighbours who make an effort to beautify their front yards.

Front Yards in Bloom started in 1999, with 150 nominations in its first year. It is now the largest program of its kind in Canada. Last year, we received over 4,221 nominations city-wide.  This year, our goal is to receive 5,000 nominations. Nominations can be submitted from May 20 – June 30.

Front Yards can be nominated in one of four categories:

General

Appealing front yards that makes people smile as they pass by!  These yards could include a variety of colours, textures, plants, and garden features. Must have at least 25% flowering plants, but can still include pots and containers.

Natural

Yards with native plants that attract local wildlife such as birds, bees, butterflies and other insects. A natural yard is one with 60% native plants (compared to all plants) or more.

Edible

Yards incorporating edible fruits, flowers, and leaves into the landscape design. An edible yard is one with 60% edible plants (compared to all plants) or more.

Public Spaces

Yards with landscaping features and aesthetic appeal in  front of a public building (including schools, businesses/offices, multi-unit residences, churches, and community league halls).

front yds in bloom 2015
Credit: Spruce Avenue Community League

After the nomination deadline, volunteers deliver a sign and brochure to each nominated yard, and also choose some top yards for recognition. Edmonton Native Plant Group and Sustainable Food Edmonton judge the top Natural and Edible yards, respectively. Results will be announced during the Edmonton in Bloom Awards on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 7-9pm at the Citadel Theatre.  Everyone is invited to attend the celebration!

It’s Easy to Nominate!

Anyone can submit a nomination. Nominations must be for a front yard or a yard visible by everyone. You can submit nominations via:

Front Yards in Bloom is a partnership between the Edmonton Horticultural Society, the City of Edmonton, and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

Questions? Visit: www.frontyardsinbloom.ca or email front.yards@edmonton.ca

Header Image: Long time Spruce Avenue home owner Mr. Bergman is nominated most years for Front Yards in Bloom. His tenant cares for the yard. Credit: Spruce Avenue Community League

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