Whitby In Bloom is a civic beautification program that promotes environmental responsibility and civic pride. Whit by In Bloom is based on the international Communities in Bloom program. The program's success is largely attributed to the dedicated efforts of community volunteers and the participation of Whitby residents. Browse the photos of past Whit by In Bloom events and enjoy the Whit by in Bloom Experience!
The Judges are coming, the judges are coming!
The Communities in Bloom, National Judges will arrive in Whitby on Wednesday July 30, 2014. On July 31 and August 1, the judges will tour Whitby lead by town staff and members of the Whitby In Bloom Committee. The town will be evaluated based on the following criteria; Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Floral Display and Landscape. On route the judges will visit local, green business, parks and trails, municipal facilities and learn about new municipal initiatives. The two day tour will be jam packed! To learn more about Communities in Bloom click here.
Seeking Garden Properties for the 2014 Whitby in Bloom Garden Tour
It's not too late to open your garden gate to the community this summer!
On Saturday July 19, 2014 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Join the Whitby In Bloom Committee as they present residential and business gardens at the third annual "Beyond the Garden Gate" garden tour. Please see detail below. Properties in Whit by may apply or be recommended to participate. Email Whitby in Bloom for further information.
The FREE, 2014 Garden Seminars Series will be ground breaking!
The 2014 seminar series, will feature accomplished gardeners and designers who will share useful information to use in creating your perfect garden with a focus on landscaping. Seminars are presented by the Town of Whitby, Whitby In Bloom Committee in partnership with the Brooklin Horticultural Society.
On line registration link to be posted soon.
Presenter: Carson Arthur presents "Show me the Money"
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Location: Brooklin United Church, 18 Cassels Road East, Brooklin
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Carson Arthur started his television career as a behind-the-scenes prop coordinator for a national garden call-in show. Very quickly, Carson turned an opportunity to host his own show into a landscape design staple. With international coverage, Carson has become a voice of environmentally friendly landscape design on a global scale. By addressing outdoor challenges with a keen sense of style and a passion for eco-consciousness, Carson continues to reinvent the definition of gardening. With his first series, Room To Grow, Carson created inspired outdoor spaces for homeowners and taught a generation of viewers how to increase their own living spaces by expanding outside. Following on the heels of his first success, Green Force provided Carson with the opportunity to take on some of the largest challenges associated with urban living. Coming for 2014, Carson will be anchoring the Critical Listing team for HGTV Canada as he renovates the outdoor spaces for listed homes that need a little shock treatment.
Carson takes pride in where he lives and what he does. As the spokesperson for RTF WaterSaver Grass seed, PureRain North America, and Black and Decker Canada, Carson has made the most of his television career to date by being active in helping to develop a better understanding of green living within a social context. When not in the dirt; Carson stays busy building, planting, writing or designing as a featured guest on CityLine, Steven & Chris, and as a contributing writer for Wal-Mart’s upcoming retail magazine. Carson is also now the outdoor expert for Better Homes and Gardens Dream Team as featured on the US’s Better TV. Look for Carson as the newest guest expert for The Shopping Channel as he roles out amazing new products for the great outdoors in 2014. www.carsonarthur.com
Presenter: Marjorie Mason presents
Date: Wednesday April 23, 2014
Location: Brooklin United Church, 18 Cassels Road East, Brooklin
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Marjorie Mason is an enthusiastic gardener who enjoys sharing her ideas with others. She started gardening at a very early age on her parents market garden farm near Peterborough. After a career as a pubic school teacher, she worked for 19 years at Pine Ridge Garden Gallery in Pickering where she amassed a collection of over 500 different varieties of Pelargoniums. During the winter of 1987, Marjorie purchased a property south of Uxbridge. This two acre property is now Mason House Gardens – a retail plant centre and display garden. Plants are the main focus with collections of perennials, shrubs, bulbs and heather, as well as annuals, tropicals and an ornamental vegetable garden.
Marjorie has a passion for gardening in containers and was instrumental in promoting the concept of B.C. style moss baskets in Ontario. She has discarded the assumption that only annuals should be grown in containers and is now advocating the use of houseplants, bulbs, edibles and perennials in pots as well. She uses the term “Potscaping” to describe the grouping together of containers into pleasing arrangements.
Marjorie lectures across Canada and the U.S. on a wide variety of topics. In addition to authoring “Amazing Annuals” in 1999, she has written articles for Canadian Living, Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Canadian Wildlife Federation, and Landscape Ontario magazines. In 1990, she was given the Garden Communicator of the Year Award by Landscape Ontario. Marjorie hosts “Let’s Get Growing” every Saturday morning from 9-10am on 1580 CKDO and 107.7 FM. Marjorie has traveled extensively, hosting garden tours since 1985. Why not plan to join Marjorie on her August 2011 tour “THE MAGIC OF SCOTLAND” highlighted by the Edinburgh Tattoo and the heather on the hills!
2014 Whitby In Bloom Garden Tour
Following the success of the 2013 tour, the Whitby In Bloom Committee will present the third instalment of Beyond the Garden Gate. This year's garden tour will feature all shapes and sizes of some of Whitby's most unique and colourful properties.
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Location: Please refer to the 2014 brochure to on line here on June 1, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
View and print the 2013 garden tour brochure and map or view the locations in text format for your information.
Seed Day and Plant Exchange
Date: Saturday October 4, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Rotary Centennial Park, 800 Brock Street South, Whitby
Trade or share cuttings and seeds with other gardeners and learn about the Whitby In Bloom program. A limited amount of plant material will be available from town garden beds starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first come first serve basis. Meet Town of Whit by Horticulture Staff who will be available to answer questions and share information on what's growing in Whitby. For more information contact the Operations Centre at 905.668.3437.
Supporting Local Food banks
The 2013 Whit by In Bloom Garden tour supported local food banks. Donations of non-perishable food items were collected at all garden tour sites. This year there were 1,200 pounds of food donated. Thank you to all who supported this endeavour.
Town of Whitby Wins Communities in Bloom Awards!
- 2014 - National Edition - Competition Participant
- 2013 - 5 Bloom Award - National Edition - Recognition for Blue and green infrastructure
- 2012 - Membership Program - Provincial Edition
- 2011 - Membership Program - Provincial Edition
- 2010 - 5 Bloom Award - National Edition - Outstanding Achievement Award-Environmental Action presented by Waste Management
- 2009 - Circle of Excellence - National Edition
- 2008 - Friends Program - National Edition
- 2007 - 5 Bloom Award - National Edition - Criteria Award - Landscaped Areas presented by Canadian Nursery Landscape Association
- 2006 - 5 Bloom Award - Provincial Edition - Special Mention Living Fences
- 2005 - 4 Bloom Award - Provincial Edition
Volunteer for Whitby In Bloom!
Participating in Whit by In Bloom instills civic pride, offers visible benefits to the larger community through beautification projects, and raises the profile of Whit by in the eyes of visitors. You can become involved by volunteering with the Whit by In Bloom Committee. Complete our volunteer application form to get started.
Keep Blooming Whitby!
Share your photos and garden stories with the WIB Committee. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing your updates in our photo gallery!