The District of Kent received a Five Bloom award from the provincial Communities in Bloom program.
This was non-competing year for the District, as mentioned by head gardener Scott Hurst during Tuesday’s council meeting, where he was presented with the award. Five Blooms is the top honour for the program.
The District of Hope also received a Five Bloom award, for the Spirit Square and Memorial Park redevelopment. Awards were handed out on September 24 in an gala hosted by the town of Sooke.
The four winning communities this year were Port McNeill for tidiness, Merrit for heritage conservation, Logan Lake for landscaped areas and Oliver for floral displays.
Other communities which received Five Blooms this year were Clinton, Fruitvale, Kaslo, Kelowna, Mission, Qualicum Beach, Sooke, Sun Rivers Golf Resort community and Vernon.
Harrison Hot Springs competed in the national Communities in Bloom event this year. Finalists for those awards will be announced on October 26 at the CIB National Symposium on Parks and Grounds, held in Quebec City.