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Communities in Bloom - Congratulations Carberry

posted Sep 24, 2018, 9:27 AM by Kathy Carr
You the citizens of the town and surrounding area have once again become a 5 Bloom community.
The six criteria - Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conser­vation, Urban Forestry, Landscape, Floral Dis­plays - are evaluated by the judges selected by the provincial committee. On this day, the CIB members planned a BBQ for all of you to come and enjoy and meet the Judges. You were welcome to ask questions and be involved.
How we are rated each year can vary according to how the individual judges see our community in the above categories.
5 Blooms for Carberry 86.55% Bronze. We can only achieve 87-89.9% (Silver) or 90%+ (Gold) by improving on certain areas as suggested and recommended by the judges who come to our area each year. If you are interested in getting one of the evaluation forms, please contact Mona Nelson at 834-2560 or 841-0535 or Muriel McPhail at 834-3538.
Some of the observations are listed below.
Carberry has green spaces throughout the town that provide spaces for outdoor recreation.
The DeWinton/­Car­berry Station Park and the pocket park downtown are attractive places for people to sit and share a coffee or a picnic. Mural style paintings in the park are attractive and add interest. Sports facilities and Agricultural Grounds are well maintained spaces for games and community activities.
The Daylily Garden is an attractive space for relaxation and for family pictures. The adjacent dog park attracts people to the area.
The yard of the museum provides a space for raised bed community gardens. This makes good use of the space.
The Carberry cemetery is well laid out with trees protecting the area, flower beds enhancing the plots and maps to assist visitors to find the graves of loved ones and relatives.
Recommendations:
More seating and a more obvious parking area might encourage greater use of the Daylily Garden and Dog Park. It is so beautiful and people will no doubt use it as a venue for photos. Picnic tables and benches might encourage more people to linger in the park.
Use of raised beds at the personal care home as gardens for the residents to grow and maintain is a good idea. If the beds are replaced they should be redesigned so that the areas are more accessible from the edges.
The garden behind the Seton Centre provides an example of an attractive prairie garden. Are there other areas, possibly along the railway tracks or adjacent to the agricultural grounds, where native prairie would be attractive, would attract pollinators and would reduce maintenance?
Thank you to all for being part of such a successful year. If you are interested in Communities in Bloom either as a member or a volunteer and want to learn more, please contact either of the above mentioned members. We would love to have you join us.

by Mona Nelson
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