Bowen Island: a three bloom community

Last July, judges from the BC Communities in Bloom program visited Bowen Island to evaluate our community based on criteria such as environmental action, tidiness, landscape and floral displays.

As a result of that evaluation, the Bowen in Bloom committee is pleased to announce that Bowen Island has been awarded three blooms!

We would like to thank the volunteers who made this successful result possible through their time, efforts and expertise. Special mention goes to Holly Graff, who was nominated for Community Champion.

Earlier this summer, Bowen Island Municipality sponsored a small grants program for beautification projects in order to stimulate community involvement for the Communities in Bloom judges’ tour. Open to any Bowen business, organization or individual, the matching grant competition resulted in four awards. Cherie Westmoreland of the Bowen Island Seniors Housing Cooperative (Bowen Court) received $500 to help develop a floral display to complement signage and improve the appearance of the property frontage. Wynn Nielsen was awarded $500 to add decorative pots and plants on the Village Square patio, working with the approval of the business property owners. Tourism Bowen Island’s Jody Lorenz requested $400 for decorative planters and flowers for Boulevard Cottage, a municipal building in Snug Cove. Margaret Miller of Artisan Office Services will use her $500 grant toward a new bench and planter in front of her Artisan Square shop.

BIM is pleased to have supported these improvements and looks forward to the Innovation Grants becoming an annual program.

Learn more about the Communities in Bloom program on Bowen Island.

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