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Whitby In Bloom is a civic beautification program that promotes environmental responsibility and civic pride. Whitby 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 Whitby In Bloom events and enjoy the Whitby in Bloom Experience!

The National Communities in Bloom judges     visit Whitby

The Communities in Bloom, National Judges arrived in Whitby on July 21, 2014. On July 22 and 23, the judges toured Whitby, lead by town staff and members of the Whitby In Bloom Committee. The town was evaluated based on the following criteria; Tidiness, Environmental Action,  Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Floral Display and Landscape. On route the judges visited local, green business, parks and trails, municipal facilities and learned about new municipal initiatives. The two day tour was jam packed!     

Whitby wins big at the National Communities in Bloom Symposium and Awards Ceremony

The Town of Whitby was announced as the winner of the Over 50,000 population category, with a 5 Bloom rating and a special recognition for The Preservation and Relocation of the Circa 1812 Lynde House during the 2014 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Charlottetown, PEI., on the afternoon of September 20, 2014. Staff, Committee and volunteers are thrilled to have received these prestigious awards.

To learn more about Communities in Bloom click here.  Or view the Whitby In Bloom Community Guide by clicking on the image below. 

All municipalities who participate in the evaluated category of the CiB program must create a Community Guide Book. This book provides all the information that the judges are looking for and is a wonderful reference while on tour.

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Stay tuned for 2015 program information. Coming soon!

2014 Whitby In Bloom Garden Tour - Great day had by all!  

On Saturday, July 19, 2014, the Whitby In Bloom Committee presented the third instalment of Beyond the Garden Gate. The 2014 garden tour featured all shapes and sizes of some of Whitby's most unique and colourful properties.

View the 2014 Garden Tour Brochure (PDF) and Garden Tour Map (PDF) for information on each participating property.

This years tour was very enjoyable with a variety of diverse properties. Home owners opened their property to the public, with support from the Whitby In Bloom Committee, Durham Region Master Gardeners and long standing WIB volunteers. Thank you all, we could not have done it without you!

2014 Garden Seminars  - A big success!

The 2014 seminar series, featured two accomplished gardeners/designers who shared useful information for gardeners who wish to create the perfect garden, with a focus on landscaping. Seminars were presented by the Town of Whitby, Whitby In Bloom Committee in partnership with the Brooklin Horticultural Society. In lieu of a fee, participants brought non-perishable food items in support of local food banks. There was an amazing turn out for both speakers; Carson Arthur and Marjorie Mason.

Seed Day and Plant Exchange

Saturday October 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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 Whitby 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

Thanks to the participants of this years garden tour and seminars who donated a combined 500 plus pounds of non-perishable food. All food collected was donated to local food banks.

Town of Whitby Wins Communities in Bloom Awards!

  • 2014 - National Edition Winner - 5 Bloom Award recipient and,                                                                                Recognition for: Preservation and Relocation of the Circa 1812 Lynde House
  • 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 Whitby In Bloom instills civic pride, offers visible benefits to the larger community through beautification projects, and raises the profile of Whitby in the eyes of visitors. You can become involved by volunteering with the Whitby 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!