Millet in Bloom

Native Plants Project

Native Plants Project: Outdoor Classroom

Native Plants Project: Outdoor Classroom

Millet's Native Plants Project Display is now open! This project, a collaboration between the Millet and District Museum and Millet in Bloom, began in summer 2019 and was finalized in the fall of 2020. This outdoor space near Pipestone Creek features a seating area for visitors, as well as signs profiling our native plants. Learn about the environmental and cultural roles played by these plants, including their traditional uses by Indigenous Peoples, right in the heart of Millet's stunning natural spaces.

You can learn more about the plants featured in the display here.

Communities in Bloom

 People, Plants and Pride... Growing Together

Communities in Bloom is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental awareness and municipal beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program. 

View our virtual Millet in Bloom exhibit here: Online Exhibits

View our Millet in Bloom Symposium video

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View our Millet in Bloom picture gallery: Picture Gallery


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For more information on this program, contact Marlene at 780-984-7980.

Communities in Bloom is a national program involving hundreds of communities across Canada and abroad. In July and August, trained volunteer judges travel to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector - including volunteer efforts - in regards to the following eight criteria:

  • Tidiness
  • Environmental Action
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Urban Forestry
  • Landscape
  • Turf & Groundcovers
  • Floral Displays
  • Community Involvement

Community involvement is included in all categories above.


Millet has received FIVE NATIONAL AWARDS

In 1998, Millet’s tidiness, striking entrance signs and hanging baskets made the town of Millet a nice place to visit. This contributed to Millet’s special mention for the best floral design. 

In 2001, floral displays, landscapes and clean streets made Millet ‘sparkle’. This gave Millet the National Communities in Bloom award.

In Millet in 2007, HWY 2A was lined with flowerbeds, hanging baskets and flowers surrounding old farm equipment. This, among other things, guided Millet towards winning the National award in 2007 with a special mention for Heritage Conservation.

In 2017 we won National Competition, Bronze, Floral Displays, Outstanding Achievement, Volunteerism & Community Partnerships, Special Mention


In 2020 Millet in Bloom was awarded the Best Blooming Community Award.


Millet has participated in Communities in Bloom in numerous ways:

1996 Provincial Competition - Turf Areas
1998  National Competition, Floral Displays
1999 National Competition, Landscaped Areas
2000 International Competition with Audley, England - Integration of Historical Artifacts & Landscaping
2001 NATIONAL WINNER - Museum Project
2002 International Challenge, Hwy 2A Park
2003 International Challenge, Pipestone Creek Park
2004 National Competition, Dedication to One’s Community
2005 Provincial Competition, Community Involvement
2008 National Competition, Heritage Murals & Criteria Award for Heritage Conservation
2009 National Competition, Museum Archives
2010 National Competition, Floral Displays on Main Street
2011 Circle of Champions Small Category, National Competition, Hail Storm Cleanup and Joint Winner Community Display
2012 Circle of Champions Small Category, National Competition, Volunteer Recognition by Town & Businesses
2013 Circle of Champions Small Category, National Competition, Gardens of Remembrance
2014 Circle of Champions Small Category, National Competition
2015 National Competition, Bronze, Millet in Bloom 20th Anniversary Project
2016 National Competition, Bronze, Floral Displays, Outstanding Achievement,   Volunteerism & Community Partnerships, Special Mention
2017 NATIONAL WINNER, Circle of Champions, Medium Category, Silver
2018 National Competition, Circle of Excellence, Silver
2019 Outstanding Achievement Award in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Circle of  Excellence 5 Blooms – Silver – CP Railway Garden Beds
2020 NATIONAL WINNER, Special Edition Best Blooming Community Award


Celebrating 26 years of Millet in Bloom (1996 - 2021)Millet_in_Bloom_Case


Millet in Bloom Programs

Adopt a Tree

It's Our Environment Booklet

Memorial Rose Garden Policy

Park Benches & Recepticales

Tree Resource Guide

MiB Brochure 2014

Millet Centennial Cemetery Garden Brochure


Museum Staff who take care of the Museum Beds, and assist
with the Millet in Bloom Photo Collection, Presenation PowerPoints, and creation of the Display Board


2020 Museum Staff
(L to R) Margarita, Maggie, Tracey, Brittney


The Millet & District Museum, Archives and Visitor Information Center has been the proud winner
of the Local Competition "Best Organization" Award, for 2010, 2011 and 2014.

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 Museum Staff assisting in planting for Millet in Bloom at the Museum.


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The National Awards are offered each year by the National Capital Commission (NCC) this is the Crown Corporation mandated to plan, develop and showcase Canada's capital.  The NCC is a Crown corporation that was created by Parliament in 1959 as the keeper of federal lands and buildings in the National Capital Region, with a task and sanction to build the Capital region into a source of pride and unity for Canadians.

All the trophies are created from granite extracted from the Canadian Shield and which has been extensively used on the Confederation Boulevard in the core of the Capita.  This ceremonial route links all the important icons in the core of the Capital such as Parliament Hill, the National Gallery, The Royal Canadian mint, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, to name a few.  The trophies are adorned with a pewter maple leaf coated in gold leaf, identical to those that top the distinctive street lamps lining the Confederation Boulevard.  The NCC congratulates winners for their community success and civic pride by offering the National Awards as symbolic link to Canada's Capital.


Millet in Bloom recognized Volunteers for their continued support

Carol Sadorozsney 20 years 2017
Tracey Leavitt 20 years 2016
Darlene Kenyon 20 years 2017
Rose Norby 20 years 2017
Glen Norby 20 years 2017
Eleanor Pydde 15 years 2019
Jackie Peel 15 years 2016
Darlene Pohl 10 years 2017
Linda Weber 10 years 2016
Marilyn Kroening 5 years 2016
Stan Kroening 5 years 2016
Jerome Kroening 5 years 2017
Mary Kroening 5 years 2017
Nicole Leavitt 5 years 2019


Congratulations to the 2019 Millet in Bloom Winners!


Overall 1st Place - Mike and Tera Ainsworth

Front Yard - Mary Hegge

Backyard - Craig Rudolph and Chanda Bobinski

Backyard Honourable Mention - Luke and Alyse Kwantes

Vegetable Garden - Shirley Holden

Mobile Residence - Lawrence and Dorothy Blandin

Mobile Honourable Mention - Delilah Bleictl

Novelty - Brian and Darlene Greenwood

Most Improved - Rob Iverson and Rebecca Frost

Organization - Lions Club

Business - Bubbles and Mutts Home Grooming

Business Honourable Mention - Liquor Store 'n' More

 Congratulations to the 2018 Millet in Bloom Winners! 


Overall 1st Place - Rolf & Grace Nosterud 

Front Yard - Rod & Kathy Thomson 

Back Yard - Don & Sigrid Gitzel

Vegetable Garden - Mike & Tera Ainsworth 

Mobile Residence - Sandra Ramm

Organization - Millet & District Historical Society 
Millet & District Museum, Archives, & Visitor Services

Business - Bigstone Custom Cabinets 


Congratulations to the 2017 Millet in Bloom Winners!


Overall 1st Place – Jim & Audrey McConnell

Canada 150 - Marlene Alberts Wadsworth & Tony Wadsworth

Front Yard 1st Place –  Don & Shirley Wark

Backyard 1st Place – Wayne & Audrey Smith

Vegetable Garden 1st Place – Mike & Myrna Lalande

Special Feature (Window Boxes) 1st Place – Lennie Taylor

Waterfal Feature 1st Place – Brent & Sheila Hutzul

Mobile Residence 1st Place – Sherman & Val Lane

Business 1st Place – Scissors

Adopted Bed 1st Place – Pipestone Creek Park Entrance, Jerome & Mary Kroening

Organization 1st Place – Millet & District Historical Society

Most Improved - Lisa Shoening

Each winner received a Miracle-Gro prize pack in recognition of their "hard work and dedication to create and maintain such an impressive garden". The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is in Partnerships with Communities in Bloom. Check out the Scotts Miracle-Gro Facebook page

 Over 2000 tulips were planted around Millet


Heritage Tree Project

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Heritage Tree Project

The Heritage Tree Foundation has recognized the Heritage Tree in the Millet Cemetery in 2007. 

Database and Book was published in 2008. 

"Heritage means trees of particular interest by virtue of such qualities as age, size, shape, special interest, location and/or history. Trees may include individual trees, avenues, groves, shelterbelts, tree gardens, arboretum and sites of botanical or ecological interest."

Cemetery Day in Millet, Alberta.  Celebrating Our Heritage Tree!

 Pictured Above, Left to Right: Vivian Holtby, Eleanor Pydde, Darlene Tracy, Tracey Leavitt, Carol Sadoroszney, Jackie Peel, Arlene Swedberg and Laurie Linaker in 2007 Cemetery Directory Presentation. 

Pictured Above, Left to Right: Bill, Ellen and son Alvin Kemp on the Kemp Homestead for Heritage Tree Dedication. (2008)