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
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:
- Environmental Action
- Heritage Conservation
- Urban Forestry
- 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|
Millet in Bloom Programs
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.
Museum Staff assisting in planting for Millet in Bloom at the Museum.
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 www.facebook.com/ScottsCanada.
Over 2000 tulips were planted around Millet